Tuesday, November 16, 2010

More Fall Pictures

A Halloween greeting from the Brobergs

Tivoli, Copenhagen's amusement park, was decorated in October for Halloween and the picture above is the play they put on with some crazy witches and the Tivoli clown
 We especially liked the missionaries who dressed up as nerds - pretty scary!
 We had a Halloween party at the Center for Young Adults and these are some of the costumes.  These are pretty impressive costumes - don't you think?

John has decided what he wants to do when we finish our mission - can't you see him driving his hotdog stand down the street and parking it in the middle of downtown St George?  He would love it!

These are beautiful scenes next to our apartment.  Our apartment is behind the fountains in this pictures with the swan.
This is John harvesting his carrots from our back-porch tiny garden. Do you remember when he was in the Danish paper last June, posed as a Danish carrot farmer - well they got that one right!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Autumn in Copenhagen

Gayle standing by a beautiful windmill found in Copenhagen
The young adults doing a line dance at the Center
The young adults love to play foozball at the Center

 We finally bought a new big screen TV and WII game at the center - It is a big hit with everyone

These two pictures above are taken of mailmen or postmen who deliver the mail on bicycle - only in Denmark would this happen.  I would have loved to taken a picture while they were riding the bike, but I am not fast enough with the camera.
 This is the famous Vor Frelser Kirke with its spiral spire.  The two pictures below are taken from on top of this spire - It is the second highest church tower in Copenhagen and can you believe that we made it to the top?

 Beautiful views of Copenhagen from the top of Vor Frelser Kirke spire.
The Copenhagen LDS Temple with fall flowers in front.
 Even though Copenhagen has many ornate castles and towers, this is the home of Queen Margarthe and her family - it seems a little less fancy than some of the other buildings.
These two towers are some of the architecture in Copenhagen.  Can you see the one called Dragon's tails? 
 Copenhagen has a lot of statues of former Kings.
 The lake and fountain that is next to our apartment.
Gayle is standing on our back porch on a pretty autumn day.  Notice the tray that John uses to feed the birds everyday.  

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Festinord and More

We are enjoying our time in Copenhagen.  The following pictures are taken during the end of July and August, 2010.  They are scenes from around Copenhagen and then from our trip to Finland which we took with the young adults to attend Festinord - a week long party held each year in one of the Scandinavian Countries. 

This is a well known statue - fountain in Copenhagen.  It is of the Goddess Gefion and her oxen - as legend says she is plowing up land from Sweden to form part of Denmark. 

Last week was Copenhagen's International Fashion Fair and they were trying to set the world record for the longest cat walk.  We happened to see some of the models in Magasin du Nord - a popular department store.

These two navy ships were in the Copenhagen harbor last week when the Danish navy invited naval ships from all over the world to visit.  The one above is from Russia
Above and below are scenes from Tivoli - the famous amusement park in Copenhagen, first opened in 1843. Above is a short ballet on the Pantomime Theatre and below is the Restaurant Nimb

On our return from Festinord we saw this view of Helsingnor Castle on the Danish coastline.  This castle is the setting for the Shakespeare play of Hamlet.

The sun is setting over the islands between Finland and Sweden.

This is the whole group of Danish young adults and leaders who went to Festinord - we are at the Helsinki Temple

I couldn't resist including this picture of John modeling a Russian fur hat, which was for sale at the Market Place in Helsinki, Finland - we didn't buy one and hope that we don't need such warmth during the Danish winter ahead of us.  

John at the outdoor Market in Helsinki - yummy vegetables

This is the Helsinki, Finland LDS Temple which we visited while in Finland.  The picture doesn't show it, but it is surrounded by a forest of trees - very beautiful

This is a remarkable Church of St. Lawrence in Lohja, Finland - it was right next to where we held our Festinord.  The church is very tall - towering above these gigantic trees.

This is the organ and some of the wall murals inside of the church - the murals are estimated to date from 1510 - 1522 and they depict scenes from the Old and New Testament

This is the graveyard outside of the church.

We were puzzled by the gravestones with dates with fractions - does anyone know why the Finish display dates in this manner?

This is a group of Danish young adults who are dressed for a dance with a jungle theme.  They all had a great time at the Festinord in Finland

Every town we drove past had a McDonalds - It is amazing how McDonalds have taken over the world - and I still don't like their food.  

This is the ferry boat which took us from Stockholm, Sweden to Turku, Finland 

We are riding on the ferry with Sweden in the background.  

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

More summertime pictures

We finally found some baby swans that survived. The ones that were hatched on the lake next to our apartment unhappily disappeared shortly after hatching. These three baby gray "ugly ducklings" are with their parents in a local park. Let's hope they make it until they are adult swans.
This is a sad sign in the window of our favorite bakery. It says that they are closed for the month of July. Everyone in Denmark goes on vacation in July and many of the smaller shops have similar signs in their windows - I can't imagine small businesses in America just closing shop for a month. Can you tell from his reflection in the window, how disheartened John is?

These two pictures are taken in a local park - the tree is a "pacifier tree" where children can deposit their pacifiers when they have "grown" out of them. We thought it was a cute way to help parents wean their children from pacifiers.
This is a very common sight - a preschool class on their morning walk.
I wanted to show that we see as many fathers walking their children as we see mothers.
We celebrated the 4th of July by having a hamburger feast with the young elders and sisters, plus some members. Here they are singing "American the Beautiful" - I am at the piano.

We visited an open air museum which showed how Denmark looked 200 years ago. The three pictures above are from that museum.