We have just passed the Winter Solstice in our corner of the northern hemisphere and for a few precious days, the amount of daylight time is frozen on 7 hours and 2 minutes. Although this can sound quite exotic for many visitors, especially from the southern hemisphere, but for many locals, it´s an ordeal bordering on the suicidal. Light deprivation has been linked with winter depression for decades, but it is still unclear why so many Danes struggle with the winter months and still remains a mystery for researchers. What does seem to suggest beneficial for those struggling with this melancholic state of mind, is a daily dose of two hours of outdoor activity, which recent research suggests.
The residents that did not leave Copenhagen for the Christmas holidays, woke up to quite a surprise this Christmas day, as the city was treated to the year´s first dose of snow followed by a sky so blue. So before I drift off into my own state hibernation, may I suggest a walk by Copenhagen´s harbor, especially by Kalvebod Bølge, where you can feel your cheeks tighten by the wind coming in from the Baltic. For the more adventurous, rent one of Copenhagen´s city bikes and follow the harbor route, which you should have for yourselves at this time of the year. Or for the more laid-back, take the harbor bus 992 from Telgholmen and sail into the city just before sunsets at 3.15 pm and enjoy the glow of the skyline. It is quite stunning.
Finally, let me wish all the entrepreneurial souls that are transforming Copenhagen into a healthier, progressive and sustainable city that have featured in this blog in 2014, a Happy Christmas and a pulsating 2015. And for all you urban planners, architects or just plain curious contemplating a visit to this glorious city, book now, you will not regret it.