A good day of Danish beer, hippies and soccer
Trip Start Apr 21, 2008
225Trip End Apr 20, 2009
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I met these 2 Canadian "kids" from Vancouver at my hostel - Chris and Peter. I say kids as they are only 22 yrs old - around the same age as most people in the hostel. I am definitely starting to feel like the senior citizen on the backpacking circuit. I imagined it would be this way in Europe but I don't expect it to be this way in Africa and the Middle East snd so on. I think I will see older (but still young) travelers like myself when I get to those areas. What's funny is that my hostel won't allow anyone 35 yrs plus to stay there. Luckily, I just made the cut. I know when I was 22 I didn't have the courage to travel on my own but I see all these younger people doing it and it's pretty amazing. Good for them
So Chris, Peter and myself went out together to do the Carlsberg Brewery Tour. They are really nice guys. We had a good time at the brewery tour. Did some walking and reading and viewing. I still don't know how they make beer though :). Again, my focus was on the tasting session at the end of the self guided tour. We got to taste two of Carlsberg's finest. The Carlsberg campus was amazing. It had fantastic statues and stone wall carvings everywhere. It was impressive.
Once we were done there, I took off for Christiana. I'm not sure how to describe Christiana. It's basically this walled community or ghetto that was created by a bunch of hippies and social activists in the 70s. There goal was to create some kind of alternative society. I believe at its peek about 1000 people lived there. Its quite huge as it takes a while to walk through. The municipal government actually recognized it for a while but my understanding is that it got too drug infested and so a police raid many years ago put an end to a lot of the self governing that went on there. When I walked into Christiana, I expected several old homes to be boarded up but it looks like a lot of people still live there. The area was filled with local people - most still happily living the hippie lifestyle
While touring Christiana, I ran into another Canadian guy (we're everywhere!) who explained to me that he was going to watch the FC Copenhagen soccer team play later that night. I thought it was a good idea. When I returned to the hostel, I ran into Chris and Peter and asked them if they were interested in going. Both of them are big soccer fans so they liked the idea immediately
When I got back to the hostel, I tried calling Visa to get the issue resolved but I was having major issues contacting them. Luckily, I saw my friend Michel on line. To make a long story short, with the use of instant messenger and teleconferencing, Michel was able to help save me from a potential trip-financing disaster. We were able to reach out to Visa who is going to re-set my PIN in the next few days. Thanks Michel. I owe you one. You now know all the answers to the security questions I have set up with VISA so go ahead and reward yourself. I won't be able to stop you :).
Many of you have been asking me about pictures. They will come once I find a place that will allow me to install the software required.
That's it from me.
I hope all is well back home.