Trip Start Aug 08, 2006
Trip End Oct 08, 2006

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

That is the Danish writing for 'chuva', Portuguese for 'rain'. And rain is pretty much what I've seen the most here. Since I landed in Europe, I've had seven rainy days in seven, some of them with random brief sunny spells. Anyway, things have improved a lot and I just had a real experience with being a guest in Hospitality Club. I mean two, as I was hosted by two excellent girls here. The first day, I arrived at 18h (8 hours late due to the train missed in Amsterdam) and my first host, Lisbeth (Matthias' friend) picked me up at her station and after leaving my bags at her house we went to the center. The concert we were going to see at Tivoli (an amusement park) was too crowded, though, so we ended up just having dinner, walking around the center and later going to Sara's (my second host) bar for a beer and some chatting.
The next day (Saturday), Lisbeth had to leave in the morning for a party and in a very impressive display of trust gave me keys to her house and left me there alone until Sunday afternoon, when I moved to Sara's (where I stayed until Tuesday morning). As it rained a lot, I didn't spend much time outdoors, but there was plenty to see under cover. In these days, I visited:
- The Statens Museum for Kunst, which had most of its collection closed for the time, so I could see only the sculpture hall (including a very weird exhibit of Venus-inspired statues), some French masters drawings (not that good) and a quite stupid invisible maze.
- The Rosenborg castle, where I spent a lot of time viewing the decoration and the treasury, and also its very nice garden.
- The Nationalmuseet, which was the best of the three, but was so large I could only see the middle-ages part, missing the renaissance completely (and the pre-history part was closed).
And I also managed to see during the brief times of good weather some of the Botanisk Haven and have a guided boat tour around some of the city, during which I also saw the little mermaid, which I did not find so disappointing (after hearing a lot about its being a contender for most disappointing tourist attraction).
Highlights of this section of my trip:
- Seeing the ancient clocks in Rosenborg castle, complete with the position of the stars in the sky and the months written in old French (Ianvier, ..., Aoust, ...).
- Going alone to Sara's bar and from there to an Australian one to meet a brazilian HC member who lives in KÝbenhavn (and a few other brazilians as a bonus).
- Being to a HC meeting in Christiania, a hippie community in KÝbenhavn, including members from Russia and Germany (one of which could speak Portuguese and will be in Stockholm at the same time as I will).
- Going back home from the meeting riding a bicycle Sara lent me.
- Catching Lisbeth whistling 'Besta ť tu' from the Novos Baianos CD I had just played for her :)
Thanks again to both of my hosts, and please, give me an opportunity of paying back properly your hospitality by visiting me in Rio.
Stay tuned for Bergen news!
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