The day after Nordic Game some friends had plans to visit the Louisiana museum, which is a 40 minute train ride and a short walk north of Copenhagen. Amongst the museum goers were Joon and his girlfriend Marin, the latter of whom I was looking forward to meeting before I go and stay with them in Iceland. So I tagged along.
Another was Sarah Brin, who I’d seen around but never actually met before. It was really interesting wandering around the museum with her and hearing her perspectives on things (she’s an actual art curator for several notable museums).
The flagship exhibition at the Louisiana was the poorly titled Eye Attack, a collection of optical illusions and other pieces often exploiting the weird properties of our gooey sight blobs. The permanent exhibitions were pretty good too, but Eye Attack was definitely the highlight of the visit for me.
After getting figuratively thrown out of the museum, we caught the train back to Copenhagen and I set about finding Julie’s place; where I would be camping alongside Raxter, Mika, Sara and Kish. In case it wasn’t obvious Julie and Jo are extremely welcoming about having friends stay with them. Thanks you two!
When I got there, the place was a bit of a mad house. The music was pumping, Raxter and Mika had polished off a bottle of spiced rum, and I was informed we would be partying hard tonight. The party turned out to be hosted by a man everyone just referred to as Peter Pornstar, which is in fact, not his actual surname. I never asked him where the moniker comes from, but I don’t really care because he threw a great house party. Peter was the perfect kind of relaxed party host; one who provides, but without trying to control things too much. I also got to kick a football with some Danes in a courtyard, which is something I’ve been missing a lot on this trip.
We eventually got to sleep, and unlike Sara and Mika, I was very grateful not to have an early morning flight to catch.
Raxter and I had planned to catch a bus back to Berlin a day later, so that left me with one day to do some Copenhagen tourism. I didn’t visit the Little Mermaid, but I have seen the Disney film which is probably the same experience. I did visit several other things though. Including: The Botanical Gardens, Rosenborg Castle, The Palace, The Round Tower, The Cathedral and Christiania.
The highlight of all of those things was probably the creatively named Round Tower. Aside from being fun to climb and getting a great aerial view of the city, there was also a really cool art exhibition going on inside. One with little art stories. I loved it.
Christiania was kinda disappointing though. It’s supposed to be this amazing hippy commune, but just felt commercialized and fake. And the parts that did feel genuine seemed a lot closer to stoner culture than anything else. Stoner culture is something I definitely don’t identify with (in fact I find it off-putting). Living in a trailer in a city and smoking a lot is a far cry from the connected-with-nature-earthchild ideal of a hippy commune.
Anyway, after touristing to my heart’s content I met up with Joon, Jonas and Mo in a boulevard/park. We ate pizza and confectionery items, drank wine, and attempted to play a card game in the wind.
After I lost the card game horribly and the sun started setting we went back to Jonas’ place for tea and another round. This time the game was really close and effectively decided by random circumstance (Hooray! Game design!).
And then finally Joon and I went back to the cave (as it’s apparently called) to hang out with Julie and Jo (who had just gotten back from San Francisco). Aside from being Julie’s boyfriend, Jo also happens to be the guy who made Unity. I remember meeting him at GDC last year, where we chatted for hours about Unity before he eventually revealed to me that he was the co-founder of the whole thing. Julie and Jo are also going to Isolation Jam, so I look forward to hanging out with them more in Iceland.
After a much more comfortable night’s sleep than the last (I got upgraded from couch to bed), Raxter and I caught our bus from Copenhagen back to Berlin, where I was hoping to sort out some visa admin. The cool thing about the bus from Copenhagen to Berlin, is that it drives onto a ferry, which is way more interesting than just driving on roads.