-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Copenhagen


The travel schedules brought us into Copenhagen with enough time for a cappuccino, and a stunning Danish at Lagkaghuse, before we walked across the city to Kelley’s apartment for dinner, along one of the canals in a very smart part of the city.

The weather was too cold to stay outside for long, where the weber was doing the cooking, and we bunched around the table inside chatting about a whole range of crazy issues. The artichoke bake was particularly good. Managed to keep all the red wine in my glass, until back at the hotel, where the wine did its automatic jumping from the glass trick. Trolls brought back from the forests of Sweden?

Spring blossoms, and jazz, on a sunny day in Copenhagen. Still a tad early, with the banks of the parks filled with green sprouting bulbs without flowers. However, in pockets, masses of yellow daffodils catch the eye, while the mauve carpets hint at the splendor to come.

After strolling through the fresh market in Ostre, we made our way to Nyhaven where we sat in a patch of protected sunshine, with a glass of wine, listening to a jazz trio. Our feet happy for the rest after walking for hours across the city.

Our new offices in UN city are dazzling, with spectacular views, and a focus on efficiency and effectiveness. The architectural form, and function – even down to the air vents – are amazing, if somewhat impersonal. The central staircase, looks a bit like a cross between bad air conditioning ducting, and something you want to zoom down on a carpet. The clear, open access areas down five flights, are terrifying for this vertigo challenged individual. All that is missing, beside personal stamping on space, is a great big jazz band to rock the daisies.

Kelleys Artichoke Bake
1 can artichoke hearts, chop them
1 can water chestnuts, chop them
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup mayo (the US version of Hellmans mayo)
Bake 175C for 20-30 minutes

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.

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