Kajsa Hvitfeldt ‘To live on a houseboat wasn’t an old dream that came true – in fact, the idea had never occurred to me before I saw the photos of the large, light and airy rooms in a housing advertisement. Well, perhaps the thought had crossed my mind once, but only as a fun idea. Now it makes me happy every single day – and perhaps makes me a better person.’ So says Kajsa Hvitfeldt, who only found out a little later that it was a houseboat at Holmen in Copenhagen she had fallen in love with.
The rest is history, as they say. Now she can’t imagine living in any other way. It’s green and quiet, and tucked slightly away from the city, although it’s only a stone’s throw away. No less than two terraces, with plenty of room for everything from strawberries, tomatoes and weeds to outdoor life that lend something of a holiday mood to most summer days. With time spent gazing at the sky reflected in the water, chatting with the neighbours in the harbour, arranging the flower pots and cooking good dinners. And finally letting the lapping of the waves lull you to sleep.
‘It’s life at its best out here, with guests, parties, New Year, midsummer and Christmas – and spontaneous quick dips in the water around the clock. Around here you help each other the best you can – keep an eye on other people’s boats, look after the cat and give good advice about life on the water,’ says Kajsa, who loves life between outdoors and indoors and between sea and sky.
‘The houseboat is the setting for a great many experiences, and much of my life is invested in it – I can’t imagine a better place to live than here.’