Our pedometer read 18 kms today when we came through the door of the flat from our tour. What you may ask were we up to that kept us walking for 26,000 steps today? The day held diversity galore; treats for our eyes, ears; basically our whole beings with the exception of our tired feet.
We started with two terrific architectural stops both great contemporary design and both located on the edge of city canals. The state Opera house has a huge presence with views across the canal to the Royal Theatre. A cooperative young woman was responsive to Jack’s pleas in rusty Danish to gain access and so we had the building to ourselves for half an hour or so and took a ‘self guided tour’.
From there we made our way to the Black Diamond – a contemporary addition to the Royal Library. Home to 21 million books the library is the largest in Scandinavia and the 1999 construction of the canted black glass addition affords great views from the interior of the building of the canal and skyline.From divine design to froth and festivity – we strolled through the Royal Gardens to the craziness of Carnival – a street parade with mainly percussion instruments and dancing humanity pulsing to the rhythms of the Caribbean and South America. Infectious fun and certainly a different type of textiles than I anticipate encountering next week at the conference. Jack and I were so swept up in the party that we took ourselves to a large park that was hosting an extension to the parade with live music being enjoyed by literally thousands of people all out to enjoy the sun, each other and the music. So a day of diversity – sore feet but stimulation galore.