Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Thursday, May 15, 2008


Now for our final destination in Denmark, Copenhagen. This is a lovely city, and probably one of my favorite big cities so far. It's a big city with a small city vibe. The buildings are lovely and it is set on a clean blue harbor. We stayed at a camp site about 9kms out from the city centre, and on the first afternoon we road in for a quick look around.

We had asked the campsite lady if the road to the city was hilly, and she laughed and said 'there are no hills in Denmark!'. Now I was skeptical, I had seen these hills, lots of them. 'There might be a gradual slope into the city but that is all.' She told us. Well I can tell you, there was a gradual slope into the city, followed by a big hill at the end! So going in was fine, but I was not looking forward to the ride home.

We decided to look at the statue of the little mermaid that afternoon, as it was a bit of a walk out of the central part of town. Now over and over again I had been told, you will be disappointed, she is very small, everyone who sees her thinks she is too small etc... Well I don't know what everyone is talking about, she is about the size of an adult, and as she is sitting on a rock so she is above you. How big do these people want her to be! Sorry for those of you who don't know Hans Christian Anderson the author of the before mentioned character came from Denmark.

Before leaving we wandered down Nyhavn, the street with the canal and the sailing ships and the colourful buildings that most people associate with Copenhagen. It was great, and lots of people where there, so we got a 5 pound (tell me about it) glass of Carlsberg each and savored the view. The wind we felt in Mon seemed to have bought the temperature down a bit and we were back into jeans and jumpers. So as the sun was going down we thought we should get going. The ride home wasn't too bad, but it was a lot slower, and I was glad to get back to Clive and climb into bed that night.

For our last full day in Denmark we wandered around the rest of the tourist sites. Our initial plan was to get to the Amalienborg palace for the changing of the guard, alas we didn't make it, slept in to long and by the time we got into town it was 12 and we weren't going to get there. We saw a guard and he was happy for Dave to stand and have a photo with him, but not too close. We also got a photo of Dave in the same spot where he was 10 years ago, just to compare.

After lunch we walked into an area called Christiania, back in its hay day you could buy Hash from a vendor on the street and it was considered normal, Back 10 years ago when Dave was here he said it was everywhere. See this area is a kind of hippy town, I have read that it even has its own mayor and is technically its own principality, not part of Denmark. To me it just looked like a kind of shanty town. You were not allowed to take photos in there, and we weren't about to try. There was a small market going on, but most people were just sitting at tables in the sun having a drink. All the walls were covered in graffiti and the roads were all dirt, interesting, but we didn't stay long. On our way out we got asked if we wanted to by some Hash, so I suppose it is still fairly available, and we then passed under a big sign that read, welcome to the EU.

To finish the day we went to Christiansborg Palace and through the main mall part of Copenhagen, it really is pretty with lots of fountains and nice buildings. Tomorrow we are going to meet up with Mai and Charlotte, two Danish girls I worked with, for brunch before we leave, just happens that they have come back for a short break at the same time we are here!

Miles so far: 2844
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