A good day of Danish beer, hippies and soccer

Trip Start Apr 21, 2008
Trip End Apr 20, 2009

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

I just arrived in Berlin. Looks like a great city. I think I will end up staying for at least 4 nights. In this update, I will describe my last day in Copenhagen.

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. I really do admire their awareness of doing trips like this.

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. Organic and vegetarian restaurants can be found along with mini cafes and bars.  Small gardens could be seen next to people's tiny homes.  Lots of really amazing graffiti. I wish I could have taken pictures because it was all really amazing to see. However, no pictures are allowed (although I did take few pictures of the graffiti filled walls). The people who live and work here don't allow it. I think someone would quickly put an end to your picture taking if they saw you snap a few shots with people in the area. The girl at my hostel explained that there is still a lot of drug dealings in the area so dealers, buyers and users don't want to be seen in the background of your pictures. She was definitely right about drugs still being sold openly. Walking alone in the area, I had a few guys asking me if I wanted to buy anything. You also smell the hash as your checking out the sights. The area is a little sketchy but I strongly recommend anyone visiting Copenhagen to check out this "community". It beats any Royal Palace.

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. We hurried to the stadium to buy our tickets. We made it just in time which was great. What sucked though was that my credit card wasn't being accepted when trying to buy my ticket. I had the same issue a day earlier but I thought it was an issue with the machine I was using. It became pretty clear to me that the PIN on my credit card wasn't working which is a BIG issue as it is going to be my main source for withdrawing money.  Anyhow, it was a good game. I didn't think the fans were as passionate as the ones in Newcastle. I saw 3 games in Newcastle and the fans there are a lot more vocal than the ones cheering for FC Copenhagen. STill very good fans.   In case you care, FC Copenhagen tied the team they were playing. It was a 1 to 1 result. The guy who scored for the home team is actually Canadian - Antiba Hutchinson.  

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.

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arrylt on

I think that would be a great experience - seeing a football match in Europe. I'll add it to my never-ending always growing to-do list LOL. Cheers!


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