Best. City. Ever.

Copenhagen Ironman 2013

Copenhagen Ironman 2013

The rain clouds are gathering outside my window (and thousands of other windows I imagine) as I write this. But rain is one thing this city has seen very little of this year and I doubt any of us can argue that the weather has sucked.

As the summer starts to wind down and we gear up for autumn and possibly another long, cold winter, I’ve been looking back over the last few months and realised something important: I haven’t been bored once!

Copenhagen Sand Festival 2013

Copenhagen Sand Festival Art Director Martin Tulinius

I’ve seen men in cowboy hats arriving to outdoor music events with kittens on a leash, I’ve seen massively overweight men belly-flop from the tower at Islands Brygge’s outdoor pool, men and women covered head-to-toe in permanent ink and dark designs, and I’ve witnessed the next in line to the throne cross the line after a gruelling Ironman race.

And then, of course, there’s all the other unforgettable events: The start of the Gumball Rally, the Copenhagen Marathon, the truly remarkable Redbull Cliff Diving at the Opera House, for which thousands turned up to see, and the awesome Sand Sculpture Festival.

Copenhagen Ink Festival 2013

Serana Rose and The Enigma at this year's Ink Festival

At Valby Bakke, maniacs raced down the hill in office chairs as spectators roared them on, and just down the road, Metallica and Rihanna wowed audiences from across the world at this year’s Roskilde Festival.

I can honestly say that I had no idea Copenhagen was so vibrant and exciting. And for such a relatively small city (on a worldwide scale, at least) it’s most definitely up there with the best of ’em. My camera lens has been trained on so many wonderful things that I think I’ve forgotten how to photograph all the other things I used to snap. Cheque Presentations, Charity Book Sales and Angry Residents kicking off because the local council has decided to remove a bin are all images of the past.

Redbull Cliff Diving 2013

Nine-time cliff diving world champion Orlando Duque leaps from a height of 27m from the top of Copenhagen's Opera House roof.

In a few weeks time I’ll be celebrating my one-year anniversary living full-time with the Danes and already I’m looking forward to planning the next twelve months. And if the calendar fills up as nicely as it did this year, I better make sure I put my feet up this winter and take a break.

Oh yes, that’s right: I’m going to become a father in two months time, so I guess that’s not going to happen…