Last minute Christmas shopping and a stroll around Copenhagen to keep the blood flowing, given the drop in temperature, it was the perfect opportunity to share a morning coffee and catch up with two of my oldest friends here. To clarify, when I say 'oldest', its not their age I'm referring to but they are two of the girls that I met early on in our Copenhagen adventure. As is so often the case when one lands in a foreign city with young children, we met through the children. Bonding as adults during time spent at playgroups and playgrounds, children's playdates and little ones' birthday parties. Ultimately, I know that our children spent all this time together because we bonded as mothers, but one always wonders what might happen when the children move on..
And here we are in a new phase of our friendship - the children are in daycare (save for the angel baby that tagged along today and did a marvellous job of sleeping as mummy browsed and shopped). Today was one of our get togethers under the new regime - it was kid-free time. We weren't bound by children's routines and needs. It was our time. Its in this new context that we are getting to know each other as individuals not just as the mothers of the children our own children play with. Its all part of the journey to our pre-mother identity. Or maybe we never lose that identity but it asserts itself when children are in daycare and we can meet up as 'girlfriends'. The focus is on us rather than our (adorable) little appendages.
I'm very pleased to report that when left to our own devices, we headed straight for the cupcake emporium that is Agnes Cupcakes. Like kids in a candy store, we gasped and delighted at the colourful buttercream and sponge cake creations. The coffee, though a necessity, was an after thought. In truth, even the cupcakes, though delicious, blended into the background as we caught up and chatted the time away.
Now we chat about our stuff not our roles in the world as mothers and that, like the coffee, is refreshing. Re-energised we returned to our Christmas shopping lists and the chatter continued. It turns out that even without our children in tow we have lots to talk about!
Visit Agnes' website to see the ever changing menu of seasonal cupcake creations.
Cost: A double cappuccino costs 30 DKK
Coffee hygge factor: 4 out of 5 (what's not to love when the coffee comes with such a tasty side order?!)