We all have a topography or a private geography over areas or sites that are significant for our self-understanding. Copenhagen is my private geography.
We all have a topography or a private geography over areas or sites that are significant for our self-understanding. Where we were born, where we grow up, where we had our first kiss, places we have traveled, and our home, where we have our day to day life. To me, Copenhagen is where I established my first real home, where I became an adult, where my children are born and where I live my day to day life. Hence Copenhagen is the place I consider to be my home.
I call my self a Copenhagener, but original, I’m from the island Fynen (more specific a naughty little town called Middelfart, which never goes well in English). While I love to travel and have for shorter times of period lived abroad were I for the time being called it my home, Copenhagen is the place I always return to and consider my real home.
My Many Homes Becomes Part of My Private Geography
For many years I had several places I regarded home. Fynen, where I came from, was the place I returned to, but so was Copenhagen, and when I was living abroad, it just became even more confusing.
But Copenhagen is where I belong and the place I always return to – it is the place I call home.
It is with love and passion to my dear city, I write about it and photograph it. I have fond memories as well as bad when pacing through the cityscapes of the town. The most significant places in my “private geography” are P Knudsensgade, the first home for my husband and me in Copenhagen; Artillerivej, KUA and the libraries where I spend most of my working hours getting my master in History of religion. These places are sites where life-changing events have taken place; they are places I have brought with me in my memory, and continually shapes my perspective on my city my home. I’m a Copenhagener, living still living in Sydhaven.
Becoming Part of the City
Unfortunately, I rarely have time to be a tourist in Copenhagen, so when I commute, I try to experience it all on the go, as I did when I first moved to Copenhagen, and it still wasn’t mine home. The different pace in the streets, the diversity, in the sometimes very eclectic, cityscapes, and different sounds and smells all provide a different atmosphere to each neighborhood. I take in every little detail as if I was capturing it by a camera lens and with a historical and architectural insight, I analyze the different layers in the city. Copenhagen becomes a part me and my identity, but I also become a part of the city.
To read more on my perspective on Copenhagen, please go to the post “Capturing Copenhagen in an Instant.”
I got the inspiration for this post, by listening in to the episode 624: Private Geography by the great podcast This American Life. I hope I have inspired you to figure out which places have become part of your private geography.