DENMARK - Friendly fun and lots of laughs

Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
Trip End Jan 10, 2013

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Vejle is a small town about a 3.5 hour train ride from Copenhagen and is Denmarks 9th largest city. We went there for the sole purpose of meeting my cousin Phillip who I last recall seeing in about 1985/6 when he was just a little baby. Thanks to Facebook we re-connected and decided it was time to catch up while Leigh and I were visiting Denmark.

I knew from our Facebook interactions Phillip was going to be an interesting guy and we really enjoyed our short time with him, his beautiful wife Kristine and sweet toddler Sebastian. Kristine is lovely and a wonderful cook who whipped up a vegetarian feast for us all including the most amazing home made hummus we had ever eaten. We ate so much of it! Okay, okay, I will ask her for the recipe and post in the comments.

We had one afternoon in Copenhagen city after catching the train back from Vejle so we jumped on the metro and spent our time idling around the beautiful streets. We had been to Copenhagen back in May 2005 so didn't have any real hard touristy things we wanted to do.

The oldest and longest pedestrian street system in the world lives in Copenhagen (Stroget) and we walked the length of it almost 3.2 km and ended up at the very beautiful Kongens Nytorv (The Kings New Square). We had been there before and because it was such a beautiful day decided to head there for an early dinner... Leigh was on the hunt for some beef after two weeks in India with none. 

This little port used to be a place for sailors but today is lined with restaurants and tourists walking the picturesque street. We saw a group of guys of all different ages just sit down on the side walk with a slab of beer and proceed to enjoy the evening.

Europeans have such a more relaxed view of drinking alcohol in public places than we Aussies do. You can drink anywhere and you can buy alcohol anywhere, even at convenience shops. We had forgotten how social and festive the trains can be, on our trip to Vejle the people sitting beside us bought along a slab of beer and they were also drinking some kind of shots. It was all in good fun and they were not particularly bothersome. It was quite nice to hear them having fun and getting tipsy. We had just flown in from India and were pretty tired due to the time zone change and wished we could join them.

Our good friends Krista and Geir and their family were so kind to have us stay at their place and we spent the weekend catching up with them. We hadn't seen them in 18 months so we had lots to talk about.

We did a few interesting things with Krista & Geir that we don't normally do:

- Cycling to the beach. The last time we'd been bike riding was back in 2004 when we visited Anne & Ian in Maxie after moving to the UK. They suggested we take the bikes to explore the area and we did. We just didn't go very far before heading back. They are awfully uncomfortable things when you are not used to them. 

We did enjoy cycling to the beach though, it was fun despite the wobbly start/s. You do never forget but it does take a little while to get used to it again. Anelotte, 5 years old and just learnt how to ride a two wheeler, was amused at my novice status. Leigh did a much better job than I and looked almost like Krista and Geir who are real pros after living in Denmark for almost a year.

- Went shopping at a Flea market. The Danes do them nicely, no junk and rubbish... well depending on your definition of junk anyway. Krista took me while Geir and Leigh took the kids to the park.

- Went on several treasure hunts designed, developed and led by a very clever explorer called Anelotte and escorted at times by cute Kees and beautiful Caroline.

- Leigh and Krista took Geir's Landy for a test drive around the block. Krista was happy to not do it again too soon and Leigh remembered how to drive them from his time in the Army Reserve.

We had such a great time and can't wait to one day live in the same city as Krista & Geir again! It will happen we just don't know when yet... or where.
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