Lakes District, Northern tip of Denmark and Monica

Trip Start Apr 27, 2005
Trip End Sep 06, 2005

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

You know your backing experience has really begun when you buy the cheapest loaf of bread, ham, cheese, bananas, yoghurt and orange juice from the supermarket and plan to have that for three meals ... he, he! Ken and I spoilt ourselves whilst Mum and Dad Lewis were with us but now it's time to get a little tight with money so it goes further down the track. Our first day of actual backpacking started with a fair bit of rain and the large, stupid looking, anorak I bought in Oz came in handy ... if only to keep my belongings dry and to sit on the wet bench with to have our first "on the road" breakfast together.

Anyway, after eating and drinking our goodies, we headed to the train station and began to wander if we had really been strict about the amount of luggage we'd taken with us because our backpacks were feeling like they were laden with lead ... we decided there wasn't much more we could've left behind and we'd just have to deal with it and so we finally arrived at the train station ... desperate to put the bags down ... anywhere!!!

Silkeborg (central Jutland) was our first destination outside of Copenhagen and we took a lovely train ride to Arhus followed by a bus ride to the heart of the Lakes District of Denmark. The hostel in Silkeborg was by far the best I've ever stayed in and we had our very own little cabin right by the water's edge. Apart from the fact that we didn't leave the heater on overnight on the first night and we woke up freezing the next morning it was a wonderful place.

We did some canoeing on our first full day there which was a very peaceful and relaxing experience right up until some German sounding kayaking group come along and started yelling at one another across the serene lake. We took off and found another beautiful spot though so all was good! After a couple of hours we thought we'd better call it a day otherwise our arms might fall off and it also looked like it was about to rain so we checked out the Silkeborg museum where a well-preserved bog find from the early Iron Age, called the "Tollund Man" is kept. He is a mere 2,400 years old and just looks like he is sleeping ... a bit scary looking but rather interesting.

The next day we took a boat ride to Himmelbjerget ... Denmark´s 2nd largest mountain I think (or should I say hill). We hiked up the whole 147 metres of it and then decided to strain ourselves a little (not) and go the extra 20 metres up the tower on top of it for a brilliant view over the lakes and forest (well, it was an excellent view right up until the rain started bucketing down just seconds later ... bugger!) Luckily it didn´t last for long though and we walked back down and took the boat to another beautiful spot for some hiking around a very clear lake. Then, unfortunately a bloke told us that we didn´t need to raise the flag on the jetty to indicate that we wanted to be picked up and our boat sailed right on past us ... we were a bit yakked off because there wasn´t another boat going to where we wanted to go for 2 or so hours and our time was limited so we took a different boat across the river and trekked back to where we were staying. To make things worse the Aqua Museum that we wanted to check out was almost all the way back from where we started trekking but on the other side of the river so we spent another hour trekking back to it ... thankfully it was worth the effort and we saw some otters mucking about, a beavers home and loads of fish and stuff ... you know the usual things you see in aquariums ... actually maybe no sharks and stingrays and things from the sea!

Anyway this is turning into a very long story and I´m sure you´d appreciate me abbreviating a little SO ... other things worth a mention are as follows in point form

* Went to the very tip of Denmark and put our feet in both oceans ... for the life of me I cant remember what both are called know but if you are keen to know just have a look at a map.

* Went to Aalborg to visit a wonderful friend from my London days, called Monica, and her to be hubby very shortly Kristoffer. We had the pleasure of staying in their home and even though we hadn't been travelling for very long at that stage it was marvellous kicking back in a home (sitting on the toilet and not wearing thongs in the shower is always a good thing) and with Monica's amazing cooking to boot we were very spoilt ... tak again Monica and Kristoffer!!!

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