Monthly Archives: December 2013

December 12

So the headache is pretty much gone, there was nothing serious with my teeth, the dentist wasn’t terribly good looking but had lovely eyes and was pretty friendly, and no antibiotics were prescribed, which means I’m all set for the weekend!

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Desiree should be arriving tomorrow at noon, then we’ll probably go for a wander around town, then I will need to escape for a couple of hours to make it to the office Xmas dinner/party, then join Desiree again in the evening and take it from there as we go. I probably should have made a plan but I kind of stop doing that long time ago, things never go as you expect it anyway.

Speaking of surprises, today I just found out that Laura, one of the girls who works at the reception here in the office, is half Colombian, lived in Venezuela for a while and speaks fluent Spanish. Who would have thought it, right? We spent 10 minutes or so, talking about her time in South America and my experience in Denmark so far. Really nice. I must invite her out for a drink sometime, I would love to hear more about her trips around the world and her take on Danish culture from her half Scandinavian/half South American perspective.

Now, off to meet Tina for dinner. It’s been a month since I las saw her and we thought it would be nice to catch up before I go away so I booked a table at that Chinese restaurant we wanted to try a few weeks ago; I never had to make any reservations at that restaurant but the time I wanted to take her there, they refused to let us in because we didn’t have a booking so we now have one and everything should be fine.

After dinner, I should probably go back home and pack my suitcase; I’m flying on Saturday at noon, I haven’t sort out my clothes and stuff I need to bring, and tomorrow it’s gonna be a busy day so it’s tonight or never.

Oh yeah, one more thing…

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December 10

Great party on Saturday, lovely afternoon with coffee and cakes on Sunday, and then there was Monday. The day in which my throat went sore all of a sudden, and my head started to ache, and the left side of my lower jaw began to feel a bit funny. Then it was coughing at night, more headaches and one of my back teeth really started to hurt, all just a couple of days before the office Christmas party, which happens to coincide with my friend Desiree´s visit to Copenhagen (I haven´t seen in more than a year and promised her I would show her around and make this the coolest trip ever); shit going down just when I’m about to fly to London for the weekend to make a quick stop-over there before taking a 10-hour flight to Venezuela. Everything happening all together at the worst possible time.

What really sucks is that last year, around this very same date, just before flying home for Christmas, I had to rush to the dentist because one of my teeth broke and was aching. This time around my back tooth isn’t broken but hurts and something feels a bit swollen, which means I would need to go to the dentist tomorrow morning, pay God knows how much to be tortured with a fucking drill, and maybe get prescribed antibiotics, which would prevent me from properly enjoy the weekend with people I’ve been really looking forward to spend quality time with.

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Well, at least my friend Carlos says the dentist is one of the most beautiful girls he’s ever seen in Denmark… we’ll see about that, tomorrow.

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December 8

So, how did the party go, you ask?

Here’s your answer.

+50 cans of beer, 5 bottles of red wine, 2 bottles of white wine, 1 bottle of whiskey, 1 bottle of vodka, 1 bottle of Baileys, half bottle of Bacardi Apple and 1 bottle of rum. I think it would be fair to say we smashed it last night.

Much to my surprise, even though we were 20 people (that’s three times more than the last party), it all ended a bit earlier than expected, around 2:30am. Still, a fantastic party with loads of fun people. Really enjoyed having them over. Woke up this morning at 9am, did a bit of cleaning, went back to bed and slept a couple more hours, then woke up again, back to bed for half and hour and then finally jumped in the shower and took a bus straight to the city centre, to meet Carlos and Bettina at a nice french café called Voulez Vous for Sweet Sneak, a lovely pop up bakery organised by some of Carlos’ friends.

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I have met some of the girls behind Sweet Sneak before, at that CBS party a few months ago, but didn’t know back then that they had this wonderful business going on. Everything looked amazing and it was difficult to make a choice but in the end, I decided to go with the carrot cake, which was delicious. There were also cupcakes, brownies, apple tarts, cheese cakes and all sorts of lovely baked stuff. Really nice. I stayed there with Bettina for a couple of hours, then we went to Greasy Spoon for a burger and now I’m back home, feeling quite tired really. I have no hangover but I’m a bit sleepy so I might as well watch a couple of episodes of The Shield if I find them online and go for an early night, feels like the right thing to do after all this partying…

 

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December 7

Another Saturday, another day in which I have to go and pick up my bike somewhere because I was unable to go back home on it the night before. I really need to get better at this drunk cycling thing.

Anyway, yesterday finally snowed over Copenhagen, just in time for our Christmas house party. Last time, we were only 6 people and we wrapped it up at 5am; tonight we’re expecting at least 15 people so God knows what’s going to happen or if there will be any house left by the time we’re done with this but no matter what, there’s only one thing we could possibly do…

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December 5

A couple of days ago, I was going through my Facebook timeline and found this video about the science of lucid dreaming, an ability I’m not entirely sure I would like to have but that according to lucidity experts, offers whoever can master it the potential for wild adventures, fantasy fulfillment, enhanced creativity, problem solving, and healing. Sure, if you put it that way, maybe it would be a nice idea to try it out but, as the video below explains it, lucid dreaming comes with a minor risk: the possibility to experience sleep paralysis, a phenomenon that, although completely normal, is really fucking scary. I know because I experience it regularly.

Up until now, I didn’t know that a) it was called “sleep paralysis” and b) that it was a normal event. Actually, I always thought it was some mild anomaly and although I never talked about it with anyone, it worried me a bit, especially because it happened quite often. Some people experience sleep paralysis only once or twice in their lifetime but I can remember waking up in the middle of the night, unable to move or talk (while desperately trying to do so), at least five or six times. Last time I experienced it was 3 days ago and, as always, it was terribly frightening.

I don’t experience any hallucinations and my sleep paralysis episodes don’t last more than a minute, but I tell you, that’s long enough to really mess with your mind. I’d wake up all of a sudden, with my heart pounding, really scared and not knowing what the fuck just happened. And because I was unaware of it simply being a consequence of disrupted REM sleep, I’d spend the next half an hour wondering what the hell was wrong with me and feeling a bit uneasy about the idea of falling asleep again.

Researchers have conclude that “sleep paralysis is simply a sign that your body is not moving smoothly through the stages of sleep and is rarely linked to deep underlying psychiatric problems” but there seems to be a strong association with anxiety and depressive disorders, which might explain why I experience it on a regular basis. The last 3 years have been a ferocious emotional rollercoaster and although I have enjoyed this spiraling ride, there has been times in which the occasional drops and diving loops have really affected me. The uncertainty of my visa situation, having to start from scratch in a new city, getting my heart broken by somebody I trusted, being away from my friends and family… it all adds up.

However, despite the rough times, being able to go through all these experiences is something I will be forever grateful. The places I’ve visited, the people I’ve met, the things I’ve seen… I just can’t complain, man. If having the opportunity to discover world wonders and meet inspiring characters means I have to go through a minute of night terror every once in a while, then so be it.

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Yesterday, I spent the whole day with Hannibal and Christopher shooting a little silly idea I came up with for Advance‘s Christmas card. They wanted it to be a video and it had to feature a Christmas song, so I suggested something out of the blue and surprisingly they bought into it. To be honest, I’m not sure it will work, or if anyone will find it funny, but it’s just one of those things that are worth doing, just for the sake of it. Sure, with a bit more time I would have probably come up with a better idea, something unusual maybe, but sometimes I feel like being less self-critical about my work, let go of all stupid pretensions and just have fun. I should do that more often.

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It´s 3:30pm and I’m already home. I left the office earlier than usual because Copenhagen is about to be hit by Bodil (aka Xaver), a winter storm which is supposed to be even stronger than the last one we had a couple of months ago. I couldn’t be bothered to cycle home in this weather so I left my bike in the agency and took the bus instead, and this time around the driver didn’t detour and went all the way up the hill, leaving me just a few meters away from my house. Win.

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December 3

Queens of the Stone Age at Forum on Friday night: shitty place for a fantastic band. Not only Forum is probably the most soulless looking venue ever, it also has an awful sound and unless you’re front row (like I was on Soundgarden), you know the show is going to be ruined by the venue’s terrible acoustics. It’s that bad. However, I just couldn’t miss the opportunity to see the band live again, playing all those tracks from “…Like Clockwork”, which in my opinion is their best record to date. Since it was released this summer, I have listened to it no less than a hundred times, and each and every time it gives me an aural boner. It’s just bloody perfect.

Anyway, I met up with Sabrina at 7pm and went inside to try to find a good spot. We chose to stand in front of the mixing table, which seemed like a nice move until the opening act – a pretty average band called Band of Skulls – finished and people started gathering in front of the stage. Soon we had a wall of sweaty people in front of us and we couldn’t see shit. At 8:30pm, Trudy rang me so I went outside to meet her and her husband, and when we went back to our spot, I suggested to move to the sides, where we could probably have a better view of the stage but they decided to stay where we were so I politely split and relocated towards the left side of the stage, where my friend Magnus and his mate were. I like Magnus, he’s one of the coolest dudes I’ve met in Denmark.

Around 9 pm, the lights finally went off and the Queens of The Stone Age hit the stage, ready to make sweet love to Copenhagen for 2 solid hours. The sound went off during “My God Is The Sun” and for a minute you could only hear the monitors, barely. The setlist was sharp from beginning to end, and all the keyboard parts from “…Like Clockwork” sound even better live than they do on the record. Of all the songs from the new album, “The Vampire of Time and Memory” has always been my favourite but I must say that “Fairweather Friends” sounded pretty good live and since then, it has been growing on me. I love the contrast of those powerful riffs and the beautiful piano parts. Oh yeah, and Jon Theodore is probably the best drummer out there; just watch him play “A Song The Deaf” and you will know what I’m talking about.

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After the show, I said goodbye to Sabrina, Trudy and her husband, bought the event t-shirt and went out for a drink, on my own. I called a few friends but couldn’t get hold of anyone so I ended up at the Meatpacking District, by myself, jumping from one bar to the other: first Jolene, then Bakken, and finally that one bar/club I left at 3am the day of our Creative awayday. There, I randomly met a girl called Julia, with whom I spoke for 2 minutes before a couple of her male friends decided to her somewhere else. Stupid cockblockers.

There was also a girl all covered in tattoos that was dancing very seductively with one dude when I arrived, then suddenly took me by the hand and encouraged me to dance with her for a second, only to jump into some other guy’s arms shortly after and make out like the world was going to end that night. It was endearing scene to behold: full-on tongue, hands all over the place, stumbling on other people’s tables… you get the picture.  I finished my beer and left around 1:30am, wishing I could teleport to my bed instead of having to cycle home.

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Those are my friend Chris’ words and I must say, he’s spot on. Copenhagen takes Christmas very seriously; the streets are nicely lit, there are little Christmas markets all over the city, people playing festive songs in the squares, cookies and xmas decoration in the office… there was even a nice parade on Sunday afternoon, with an all girls-in-Santa-costumes march band escorted by firefighter trucks, horse carriages and old vehicles, spreading joy around Nyhavn.

Well played, Copenhagen. Well played.