To Jutland!

Trip Start Apr 13, 2010
Trip End Oct 13, 2010

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Flag of Denmark  , North Jutland,
Sunday, April 25, 2010

So we finally hit the road from Copenhagen over to Aarhus on the main part of Denmark.  Bus trip there was uneventful, but kinda novel catching an Incat boat across.  At the hostel we managed to befriend a French woman who was in our hostel room with us, and hopefully will be staying with her in the Pyrenese a little later in the trip when we head to France.  Sadly much of our visit to Aarhus was clouded a little by the death of Miss Kitty Fantastico, the best kitty that ever there was.  We did have a fairly interesting time navigating the city (only got lost once) and found the only hill in Denmark whereupon we visited the natural history museum with the most fun had a the Steno Museet (museum of science, nature and medicine).  We must have spent half an hour playing 'mind ball' i.e. strapping an EEG to your head and trying to 'out-relax' the other person.. We are not really that grown up.  Unfortunately for us, so much time being juvenile and immature meant that by the time we made our way back in the town centre, everything else that we wanted to see was closed, oops....Beer ensued as the only thing to do when all the sights were closed (that's our excuse and we're sticking to it!)

Tristan met us the next morning and we visited yet another Danish Church, then hit the road and headed to Moesgaard.  This was a bit of a highlight for us, a viking museum complete with one of the most famous preserved bodies, the Grauballe Man, dating from a time that we can't currently remember, but really really old (ok that's pathetic and we know it, but google it for goodness sake!!).  Then headed up to Aalborg where the plan was to dump our gear then go explore the city.  Ummmmmmmm.. Remembering the recurring theme that we have been seeing through the posts so far, we got about two blocks before stumbling upon an Irish pub and thinking that beer would go down very nicely just to get us primed for the exploring.   That was at 5:30pm.  At around 1:30am we got back to the hotel.  Aalborg was lovely.  The city is a delight and a must see. :)

The first thing we did was head to an old Viking burial ground outside Aalborg, dating from 500-1000AD.  Very hard to wrap your brain around time scales like this.  It was really an amazing place, very atmospheric with ravens cawing from the top of skeletal beech trees and a misty, moody kind of day.  We then headed up to Skagen (pronounced skairn) which is the northern most tip of Denmark.  From all previous accounts AND the lonely planet guide, Skagen is the bees knees.  Kind of looked like a bee in that it was totally yellow.  We turned around and went back to Aalborg.  Another night at the Cabinn (which really is like staying in the cabin of a boat) we then revisited the burial ground at night, hoping finally for some kind of ghosty action.  Ok, so it was a long shot considering that a) nobody died there and b) it's at least 1000 years old but still worth a shot.  Unsurprisingly, we didn't get much, although did spring the Danish version of bogans driving their hotted up European version of a commodore. 

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