Dragør is a small fishing village 13 km southeast of central Copenhagen on the island of Amager. I'm living in Amager Vest, and it only took me about 35 minutes to bike there. I could have gotten there faster if my tires weren't nearly flat! I had no idea the cute little town even existed until I researched "off the beaten path, Copenhagen". The village is beautifully preserved, and I stayed there until almost sundown to get some great photos. The village has a cozy and peaceful atmosphere, and there wasn't very many people out in the neighborhood areas. I suspect in the summer time it is busier, but many of the shops and restaurants had customers. It appears mostly elderly folks live in the old homes, and many of the cobblestone streets were pedestrian only.
The Cititek girls takeover Tivoli on Halloween!
This was my first time experiencing Tivoli. We convinced our boss Bianca to come along, and she treated us to a glass of gløgg to celebrate. The whole amusement park was decorated beautifully with lights and themed decorations.
Jægersborg Dyrehave, The Deer Park, is just north of Copenhagen. I was able to easily take a train there from where I'm staying. Here, the deer run wild and are quite tame. They seem to be multiplying like crazy! When I went the trees were just starting to turn yellow and orange and the park was pretty crowded near the entrance, but very quite and peaceful further in.
On Sunday I only had time for a short half-day tour before flying back to Copenhagen. My choices were limited, so I decided to check out Malahide Castle and Howth. Howth is a small fishing village on Dublin Bay.
I was able to get a great tour of the interior and learn about the castles history
Walled castle garden
Howth fishing village
The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland. This was the next stop on our tour. Our enthusiastic Irish tour guide was awesome and shared stories, songs, and legends with us the whole trip.
It was unbelievably windy, to the point where it was almost blowing me over
It kept raining on and off with strong winds so my camera and lenses got soaked :(
We hiked to the top for a spectacular view. Everyone on the tour kept getting annoyed with us because we were always the last ones back on the bus
Back on the bus we passed by more great scenery. Our tour guide was a big Game of Thrones fan and was trying to be an extra on the show. He kept saying he'd seen film crews in a bunch of the areas we were passing, and to look for familiar scenery from the show.
I stopped for about an hour in Belfast on my all-day tour. I met some new friends on the tour earlier that day and we decided to head to The Crown Liquor Saloon. The Crown has booths (snugs) built to accommodate the pub's more reserved customers during the austere Victorian period. The snugs feature the original gun metal plates for striking matches and an antique bell system for alerting staff. It was really a neat place. We also visited the capital building, featured below.
I was only in Ireland for a weekend, but I was able to pack in a lot: a 13 hour tour, a half-day tour, and I met new people and explored Dublin on foot. Dublin has beautiful cathedrals and lovely historic architecture, including pubs and restaurants with hanging flower baskets and painted shutters. The homes and apartments were beautiful as well, many with small gardens and colorfully painted doors.
I learned quite a bit about Ireland while I was there, and though they've had their struggles and are still struggling in many aspects, I thought the country was beautiful. You definitely have to get out of the cities to truly appreciate it though :)
Most (if not all) of these photos were quick snaps on my phone and some were out of a bus window so sorry for the bad quality!
The B&B I stayed at
World famous Guinness Brewery and Storehouse
...Right next to a church
Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery
So far I have worked on a variety of projects at Cititek including: drawing perspectives/vignettes (Photoshop), mapping and diagraming (Illustrator), and assisting my boss with sprucing up her presentations for conferences and key-note speaking. I have also assisted my boss on a bike tour and helped with a project we're doing in Larvik, Norway. In Larvik, we are activating an unused area in the city with a light display, street painting, performance art, a climbing wall, and possibly an outdoor movie. These interventions will kick-off on Culture Night, Nov. 8th, 2014 and will stay in place for a few months. We are also currently participating in an Australian design competition, which I can't share too much about. I wouldn't want our competition to steal our great ideas!
Assisting my boss with a bike tour in Copenhagen
In the office
A quick peak at my screen. Mapping for a couple projects
I vectorized my boss for her business card ;)
Graphic representation for a presentation my boss did for the International Healthy Cities Conference in Athens, Greece. She was a keynote speaker.
Cititek has a very unique graphic representation style. My boss loves graphics that aren't "too realistic". She wants the viewer to get a sense of the "feeling" of being in the space, but not get caught up on details. By having the graphics not too realistic, the client or viewer can still interpret them how they wish and work with Cititek to get exactly what they want. These aren't the type of graphics I generally produce, but I'm giving it a go.
A client hired Cititek to create perspectives and envision how his new home could look. He can only build a very small home because the land he bought is a nature reserve and is public.
As I briefly alluded to in a previous post, Christiania (or Freetown Christiania) is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood in Copenhagen. It has about 850 residents and covers 84 acres. Civic authorities in Copenhagen regard Christiania as a large commune, but the area has a unique status and is regulated by the "Christiania Law of 1989". This law transfers parts of the supervision of the area from the municipality of Copenhagen to the state. There has been much debate and the area closed in 2011 but is now reopened. Cannabis and drug trade, riots, biker gangs, grenade attacks and a shooting have all added to the debate and their controversial standing. It is, however, one of the main tourist attractions in this part of Copenhagen. I encourage you to read more online.
When I went, I started taking photos but then noticed lots of people glaring at me and giving me dirty looks. I then saw lots of "no photo" signs, so I put away my camera until I got out of the main area and started exploring the interesting looking homes. On my way out, I snapped a few extra photos on my phone and a guy about my age on a bike came up and told me to delete the photo I took. I said "okay" and began to walk away out of Christiania, but he kept following me telling me to delete it now. I tried to keep walking and he pulled me back by my backpack and told me he wanted to watch me delete it or else he would smash my phone. His aggressiveness began to quickly rise. I deleted the photo and he saw and few others and made me delete those too. Apparently "cannabis trade is still illegal" so they want NO photos (even though mine were just of shops, homes, etc). So, unfortunately, the only photos I have left are those that were on my camera (some of which are a little blurry because I was being sneaky ;). Enjoy.