Welcome back, dear reader. What I’m about to tell you is a true story. Once upon a time, before the fog rolled in and the sky over the city of Copenhagen was still blue, an American exchange student overheard that fall doesn’t exist in Denmark. She ignored this warning and continued merrily through the semester but, as you already know, that is never wise.
Boo! Fall really doesn’t exist in Denmark! Ghastly, I know – at least when it’s your favorite season. I had imagined strolling to class with red and orange foliage overhead and riding my bike through an autumnal paradise, but it turns out fall here is not as dramatic as back home in the northeastern US. There’s only yellow foliage here, which are my favorite, but they don’t turn bright and warm like the gingkoes and black locust trees of New York. The fallen leaves don’t crunch, and the air isn’t crisp, perhaps because of the climate is so humid. But since I’m here, I embraced pumpkin season as much as I could in the form of Halloween!
First up was a spooky ghost tour of Copenhagen with the student media team. The tour started at sunset with church bells tolling in the distance; our guide carried a lantern and wore a cape that billowed when she walked. I learned that part of DIS was built on an old graveyard!
Another weekend, I visited Tivoli with a classmate on the perfect foggy night and braved the haunted house with my roommate. I couldn’t look for the second half, but it was still worth it. Overall, I was really impressed with Tivoli – the various vendors weren’t overpriced (for Copenhagen) and the decorations were just as whimsical as I had imagined. The food hall at Tivoli, which is also open to the public, has plenty of tasty plant-based options and the park has cup recycling kiosks across the grounds!
Another day, I tried the pumpkin cheesecake and hummus from Seks Bakery & Eatery, one of my favorite cafes near DIS, and borrowed a book from the library that turned out to be about ghosts.
The cafes here have random postcards from museums, events, and other organizations and in October, I found this one from Copenhagen municipality. You can punch out its features to make a jack-o-lantern so it’s cute and a reminder to compost pumpkins when they’re done “creating chaos in your home” (an approximate Google translation).
On Halloween, I got permission to miss class and visited some farms with Grønt Marked (website, Instagram, Facebook). It wasn’t a traditional Halloween, but we did have pumpkin soup for lunch! Later, at the first DIS open mic ever, I took the opportunity to dress up. Around Copenhagen, I only saw a handful of people in costume but in the Student Hub, there were many creative outfits, contributing to all the talent shared that night!
In Denmark, the leaves may change slowly but Christmas comes quick. on November 1st, Halloween pastries were out, and jule-everything (Christmas-everything) was in – croissants, lattes, socks, you name it. I thought the tea advent calendars were pretty cool though!
If you’d like to continue giving fall the love it deserves, I have an autumnal playlist on Spotify. Enjoy the rest of the season and stay tuned for all the details of Christmas in København!