Down with the Danes
January and February tend to go by quickly in a whirl of rain, wind and darkness. What better way to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, than a well deserved weekend away with your fellow junior lawyers?
That's what happens at the end of February each year during the BTSS annual trip abroad. Previous destinations have included Amsterdam and Hamburg. This year, Sarah and I organised a fabulous weekend break to Copenhagen, Denmark's beautiful capital.
On a frosty Thursday morning, eight Higgs BTSS members and 14 other members from firms in Birmingham met at the airport, excited and sleepy all at the same time. After a connecting flight in Amsterdam and a coach transfer on our Viking bus (no helmet or horns), we finally arrived at our hostel in the trendy Norrebro district of the city around lunchtime. We then happened upon the best burger place in Copenhagen and had a big feed before making the most of the afternoon, exploring the city's landmarks. After shivering the afternoon away in the winter sun, we headed back to the hostel just in time for happy hour at the bar. The night out involved cocktails, live music and lots of dancing.
The next day was another action packed day of visiting The Little Mermaid, the Carlsberg Museum and the Round Tower, which gave us panoramic views of the city's stunning skyline. The evening involved a fun night out at the local nightclub, Rust.
Day three was a mixed bag of attractions. Starting off royal, we visited Christianborg Palace. We then entered the alternative autonomous neighbourhood of Christiania and then ended up relaxing with refreshments in one of the canalside restaurants in the picturesque Nyhavn district. Night three was another great night out and brought our fantastic trip to a lively end.
The morning came for us to pack up and say goodbye to our hostel and Copenhagen. Some managed to sneak in a visit to the Assistens graveyard for a peaceful Sunday morning walk, which is the last resting place of a number of famous Danes, including Hans Christian Anderson.
After spending our leftover Krone at various airports, we finally arrived back in Birmingham on Sunday afternoon. We were tired, aching and dreading the early start the next morning. However, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I can confirm that the tiredness was definitely worth it. The highlight of the trip for me was getting to know my fellow Higgs colleagues and making connections and memories with others outside of the firm.
With elections on the horizon, it will soon be time for the Committee to step down. Being part of the BTSS has been one of the best parts of my trainee experience and we'll be sad (and relieved) to hand over our responsibilities to the new talent. Roll on the 2017 trip! In the meantime, I'll be on the hunt for another committee to busy myself with...
Written by Hannah Bollard
Below: Around Copenhagen
Below (L-R) - Shana Quinn, Carly Davies and Georgia Stott