3 April 2009

The Most Important Post of the Past Six Months

First Bare Legs of 2009
This is an important photograph.

I moved to Copenhagen 15 years ago. It was February. At the beginning of April I was to meet a good friend at a café. He was late. When he arrived he was dizzy, with a goofy smile all over his face. He immediately told me that he saw his first pair of bare legs that year. On the City Hall Square. It was a 20 minute walk from the Square to the café and I suspect he grinned the whole way, and the rest of the day.

This proved to be an important way for me to decide when spring has finally arrived in this Nordic capital, after six months of hibernation. When the cafés along Nyhavn, the postcard picturesque canal in the city centre put out their tables and chairs in front of their businesses, you can bet that spring is right around the corner. It actually gets covered on the national news as the first sign of spring.

Then there is the light. The days get longer and when we put our clocks forward at the end of March, everybody comments on the extra light each day. Giddy. Happy. Even it it's overcast.

But every year since 1994 I've dutifully recorded my own personal sure sign of spring and many of my friends, not to mention Wifealiciousness, now all relay their personal sightings to each other. Last year, Wifealiciousness spotted her first pair before I did. I beat her to it this year.
First Bare Legs of 2009 02
There are rules to this game:
1. The bare legs must be spotted in daylight. Nighttime doesn't count since so many women go out on the weekends with legs bared in the winter, even if it's sub-zero.
2. The bare legs must be bare. No stockings.
3. The bare legs have to appeal to your own sense of aesthetics. You can reject a pair if you don't fancy them.

Yesterday, this Copenhagener rolled past in the afternoon light and in one sweeping, elegant moment in which time stood still, Spring 2009 had arrived for me.

Fast Forward Cycle Chic

I had some errands to run yesterday, and a meeting. I rode around town as per usual. Perusing the photographs taken along the way last night, I figured I'd just slap them all together in one fast forward flow to see what a day in the life of a Copenhagen Cycle Chic camera looks like. Unedited and uncut.


Anonymous said...

I'm glad Spring is coming! Have you thought about asking KPH tourist office for a comission? My boyfriend and I will travel next week to Copenhagen for a 7 day visit (and mostly because of being a google subscriber to your site).
Any recommedations?

Cyclin' Missy said...

So many bicycles! It's beautiful!

Mikael said...

send me a mail at copenhagenize [at] gmail dot com, roxana... it's easier to give good advice that way. great you're coming!

Dottie said...

Tattoo and blue satin heels - that is my kind of woman!

Adrienne Johnson said...

I like the film. I have noticed that cinematic quality when scrolling through my camera. I like that you out it to music, it certainly gives the feel of the city!

Bloggerella said...

I've seen this girl before! I think she is a hairdresser in a salon near Det Kongelige Teater... If so, she has many more great tattoos.

Cargo Cult said...

Beautiful montage. May I ask what the song is?

Amsterdamize said...

Cool...and again we're so alike, see it as equally important, culturally significant...we just call it 'Short Skirts Day' :)

lagatta à montréal said...

Mikael - and Marc - it takes a cycling-friendly city in a climate where winters are too cold to show much skin in the wintertime. We haven't quite reached the bare-legged point yet; I've seen lots of pretty skirts bit the wearers all have on tights. The only bare legs I've seen have been on men, jogging in shorts. It won't get much above 5c here today, and there is a nasty little rain, so no bare legs or short skirts (except with leggings or heavy tights) in the offering this Sunday.