sense experience

Friendly streets

Midtbyen, which translates into ‘Middle town’ is a common name for the centre of Århus, Denmarks second largest town. The equivalent word used for the Copenhagen centre is Indre by; ‘Inner city’. I find that the word ‘Midtbyen’ has a round and down to earth feel about it in contrast to the more sharp ‘Indre by’. Pronouncing the two terms with a respectively Århus- or Copenhagen dialect will underline this.

One of the big advantages of Århus is that it is so small, so you always run into someone you know in the street. It has a great feeling of relaxed community about it, which I love. The streets in the Latin Quarter and The Island Quarter, Øgaderne, are idyllic and cute. Next to one another, the neighbourhoods complement each other, the first full of cafés and little shops and the second a housing area.

On this sunny early spring day I went for a walk from Øgaderne where I live, to stroll around the Latin Quarter streets and get some atmosphere and impressions for this post. And of course I bumped into a couple of friends, Josva and Thomas.

In 2011 the City of Aarhus decided to change the spelling of the name Århus back to the old form Aarhus, which was also used untill 1948.
Everyone except the City employees is free to use the Å-spelling though. I am happy about that because I like the characteristic danish letters and the way they look graphically.

Dansk Sprognævn (in danish) about the changement of the name Århus to Aarhus
Wikipedia in english to more details about Århus and Midtbyen

Jeg elsker kål

Hjemme hos os laver vi hver dag lækker mad med grøntsager og kød. Flere slags grøntsager i samme måltid, og ofte kål.
For tiden forsøger vi at spise som i stenalderen, dvs. uden ret meget af hverken brød, korn, pasta, ris eller kartofler. Og helt uden mælkeprodukter.

Kål
Broccoli, romanesco, rødkål, hvidkål, spidskål

Nedenfor er en lydfil og nogle af de måder jeg godt kan lide kål på.

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Rosenkål, broccoli: Lyndampet i letsaltet vand, derefter hældt i et ovnfast fad og blandet sammen med olivenolie og lidt presset eller finthakket hvidløg. Bagt ved feks. 200° til kålen får lidt farve.

Spidskål, savoykål, pak choi, bok choi osv: Sautereret i olivenolie med hvidløg og lidt soya.

Blomkål, hvidkål, broccoli, romanesco, pak choi, bok choi osv: Dampet som et enkelt tilbehør, evt med soya eller en dressing med feks. soya, hvidløg, sesamolie, lime

Blomkål: Stegt med spidskommen eller andre indiske krydderier.
Sammen med kartofler i den indiske ret aloo gobi.

Hvidkål, rødkål: Fintsnittet og marineret á la coleslaw men uden mayonnaise eller mælkeprodukt.
Tilberedt med indiske krydderier.

Rødkål: Stegt med kanel, honning og hyldebærsaft.

Kål er gode venner med bla. hvidløg og soya. Spidskommen. Gurkemeje. Mulighederne er mange :-)

Lammekoteletter
Lammekoteletter fra halal-slagteren
Lam og kål
Lammekotelet med dampet romanesco og kanel-honning-rødkål

Høfeber

Foråret er for mig høfebertid. Jeg har det meste af mit liv været plaget af pollenallergi. Og i perioder symptomfri. Da jeg var lille var det græs der forpestede sommeren. Senere skiftede det til birkepollen og foråret. I år er  hassel og/eller el kommet til. Det går ud over sanserne; jeg bliver som bedøvet, træt, energiforladt og let irritabel.

Rakler og kogler fra el

Get a colour boost in Århus

your rainbow panorama
ARoS rainbow changes the view on the town of Århus.

The luminous circle on top of the ARoS art museum in Århus works as an energizer for me. Experiencing the world completely immersed in brightly coloured light is remarkably wonderful and vitalizing.

The rainbow on top of the AROS Art Museum in Århus is a new landmark for the town of Århus as well as for the art museum. It is itself an artwork by the artist Olafur Eliasson, called Your rainbow panorama, and allows you a walk round and look out over the town through coloured glass.

Nothing like it

I haven’t seen anything like it before. The consistent use of colours is really a unique experience, and not only from the inside of it. Århus is a hilly town so you can see the bright colours of the circle from far away and in unexpected angles. I often get pleasantly surprised when it emerges around a corner somewhere in town; it makes a strong impression and I have to stop for a little and take it in.

ARoS Art Museum
The rainbow on top of the art museum is visible from many angles around Århus. Here from Vester Allé.

 Energizing colours

There is something both very calming and energizing about visiting the rainbow. The mix of colours, light and the position high above the ground all together has a magic effect on me. When I look at the other visitors they are looking just as amazed and especially the young and old seem to find their inner playful child, awe and wonder.

your rainbow panorama
Access from the rooftop.

Colour science

The rainbow is a whole study in colour. In this circle the contrasting colour is in the opposite side of the circle. Red facing green, blue facing orange and so on.

your rainbow panorama

Learn more about the Raibow and Aros here