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April 20

On Saturday, Kat and I had our first anniversary. Whoa, a full year has passed since we first met… it blows my mind when I think about it because so much has happened in such short period of time that I often feel like we have been together for ages. It reminds me of what Joshua Foer wrote in Moonwalking with Einstein: “Monotony collapses time; novelty unfolds it.”

Anyway, Saturday was a fantastic day with blue skies so I cycled all the way to Sort Kaffe og Vinyl in Vesterbro to enjoy a cup of coffee in the sun and then decided to drop by Sound Station to soak up some of that joyful atmosphere they always create on Record Store Day. They really do make an effort to make everyone feel welcome. I had promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything but as soon as I started browsing through the shop’s wonderful stock of vinyls, I knew I was going to have a hard time living up to the vow of restraint I had naively taken.

Things started slowly, bagging just a couple of records: Groundhogs’ “Who Will Save The World?” (which I wanted mostly for the cover artwork) and The Band’s “The Last Waltz”, which I thought would make for a great anniversary present considering it’s one of Kat’s favourite records. I kept on looking and I kept finding stuff I liked: Spiritualized’s “Ladies and Gentlemen, We’re Floating In Space” and Radiohead’s “In Rainbows”; nothing particularly special about them, they are just records I really enjoy. At this point, I was kind of ready to leave but on my way to the counter I spotted two girls in the shop, one holding a copy of the “Singles” soundtrack and the other one with a Screaming Trees record… I knew right away there was a section of the shop I was missing. I went back to the entrance and looked around. There it was, an entire “Alternative and Heavy” selection of records I hadn’t checked when I arrived.

In hindsight, I should have walked away from it but I just couldn’t, I had to see what they had. That’s when things got a bit out of control: Soundgarden’s “Louder Than Live” white label promo, “The Day I Tried To Live” 12″ etched vinyl, and “Jesus Christ Pose” special edition 4-track etched vinyl; Iron Maiden’s “Live After Dead” (Dutch version with inner sleeves and a booklet full of my friend Ross Halfin’s photos), “The Number of the Beast” and “A Real Dead One” label promo on clear vinyl; AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” and “The Razor’s Edge”; Slinth’s “Spiderland” and The Kink’s greatest hits, which I eventually got for free courtesy of the shop.

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In the end, I took home THIRTEEN records! Fucking ridiculous. I cycled home holding to full bags of vinyl hanging from my bike’s handlebar, with a big smile on my face and the wind blowing in my hair (and the bags), making my ride home slightly harder than usual. Shortly after I got home, Kat arrived with our new dining table (a red, round piece from the 60’s) and we went for a walk around Bispebjerg Kirkegård to see the cherry trees and their famous blossoms, which are probably a local trending topic on Instagram.

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I hadn’t seen them before and I have to say, the view is stunning. We got a couple of random people to take a picture of us standing under the trees, both with my phone and our Instax mini camera, and much to my surprise, the results were quite nice. We went back home, listened to some of our new records and left the house again around 5pm to go to Taller, a new restaurant in town with a menu inspired by Venezuelan gastronomy and flavours. We were a bit skeptical at first but once we finished, both Kat and I agreed it was probably one of the nicest dinners we have ever had together.

The Venezuelan influence was clearly reflected in the majority of the dishes we tried (especially the mini arepas, the guasacaca and the dessert) and the wine they paired with our 4-course menu couldn’t have been better. On top of that, the service was impeccable. We’re definitely coming back once they change the menu, we had an outstanding experience.

On Sunday, we went with Monika to Louisiana Museum to check the Richard Mosse exhibition, and to enjoy the weather. I had never been to Louisiana before and I was blown away by its beauty. It’s was so quiet and green, with a wonderful garden overlooking the sea. I don’t know why I hadn’t visited before but I will do my best to come back often, it really is an amazing place. We went through the permanent exhibitions, including the Gleaming Lights installation by Yayoi Kusama, and ended up with the Richard Mosse exhibition, which was terrific. Those photos really strike you when you see them in all their glory. Strangely beautiful considering the dark subject that inspired them.

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We ended the day at home, drinking wine and watching the EELS concert at the Royal Albert Hall, a film I had been wanting to see since I heard it was going to be released.

A great time was had by all.

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January 27

It just hit me last night… I have been in Denmark for two years already. Well, two years and two days, exactly. I remember flying out of London on January 25, in the late afternoon, and arriving to a very cold and dark Copenhagen in the evening, half excited about the idea of moving somewhere new and half scared at the possibility of failure in a place that was -and still is in a way- very different to anything I had experienced before; from the culture and the language to the scale of the city, the weather and the social dynamics, Denmark was so unfamiliar to me that, apart from expecting to be surrounded by beautiful blondes at all times (I was right), I don’t even remember having any concrete expectations at all.

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Two years and two days have passed since and, although there have certainly been some rough patches along the way, I have to say that moving to Copenhagen has been a fantastic experience, well worth of every single lonely night I spent at home, hiding from the cold, wishing I was back in London with my friends.

It has been tough -Denmark can really be a bitch sometimes- and every now and then I still miss parts of my life in England, but things are better than they have ever been in a good while and a sense of belonging is finally developing, after all these years. Yes, it has taken me a while to get here, broken bones and all, but that’s ok. You know what they say…

I might not be in a band but I sure feel like I’m rocking.

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October 20

Kat and I watched “West of Memphis” this weekend, the documentary directed by Amy Berg and produced by Peter Jackson and Damien Echols that further explores the failure of justice in the case of the West Memphis Three, which was first introduced to mainstream audiences in “Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills”, back in 1996. The film is brutal, captivating and masterfully put together by Berg, offering fascinating insight into the case and the remarkable efforts of Lorri Davis, Peter Jackson, Eddie Vedder, Henry Rollins, Johnny Depp, Natalie Maines and everyone who supported the West Memphis Three over the years, donating money, fundraising and working tirelessly to produce new DNA testings and physical evidence, which eventually led to a plea deal and finally their release in 2011.

The film is brutal, captivating and brilliantly put together by Berg, an impressive achievement considering the amount of attorneys, judges, suspects, witnesses, investigators and evidence surrounding the case. Apart from the the details of the investigation that was carried out on behalf of the West Memphis Three, I was surprised to find out how involved Eddie Vedder was on the case and how close he was with Damien, not only advocating for the cause and visiting him on a regular basis while he was on death row but also providing support after his release. Bonus human being points to Eddie for that.

(If you don’t feel like watching “West of Memphis”, watch the video below. I promise you that once you finish watching it, you’ll be compelled to find out more about it)

Kat loved the documentary but I have the impression she liked Eddie Vedder better; when we finished watching the film, she sat in front of the TV and spent about 20 minutes watching videos of Eddie on YouTube. She seemed a bit happier to have tickets to see “Pearl Jam: Twenty” this weekend, too. On Sunday, while Kat was with her dad watching football, I spent the evening watching interviews with Damien and reading about him and his life after prison, kind of inspiring and disturbing at the same time. I think I’ll buy his book this week and maybe try to get in touch with him and see if I can get him to guest on the GustaPOD. I know it’s very unlikely but I will give it a try.

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It’s been six months since Kat and I met… I think we were both a bit shocked when we realized it but decided to go ahead and celebrated it watching Game of Thrones and drinking white wine at home on Saturday, and looking at erotic postcards in the Police Museum, walking in the rain (less romantic than it sounds) and eating cake at Conditori La Glace on Sunday. Kat had a Karen Blixen cake, a coffee mousse, mocha truffle with roasted hazelnuts, and a chocolate bottom decorated with coffee beans covered in chocolate and I had a Det Gyldne Tårn, a rhubarb and white chocolate with lemon cream and almonds. Bloody amazing cakes, I tell you…

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