Short Study Tour: Stone Age Burial Mound

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

One of our last stops on the study tour was a completely unplanned one.  One of our tour leaders was from Odense and knew of a lot of little sites around Funen.  We actually drove past her family home at one point.

Basically, our tour bus stopped on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere, where we walked out to this mound in the middle of a field.

It's supposedly the oldest burial mound in Denmark dating from the Stone Age.  There's not actually anything inside it as it was most likely raided at some point.  To get inside, we had to climb this narrow path up the hill and walk into that very very tiny hole. 

We were also warned before going in to watch our heads for bats...which was fairly hard to do as only one person had a flashlight when we initially went in.  According to girls I heard from afterwards, this stop was the absolute worst one on the study tour.  It was so horrible having to crawl into things with bats!

There were, in fact, no bats.  None that I saw anyways.  It was also quite roomy and we fit most of the 35 people inside at once.  After the entrance, it was tall enough to stand up in.  We were given tea lights to have a look around.  However, I took a lot of pictures because looking at the picture afterwards helped me see the layout of the tomb.

After exploring a bit more, we made our exit.  Here's a view from the tomb without flash.

Then, we climbed on top of the burial mound.  It was by far the windiest day in Denmark I've witnessed so far and it was FREEZING, hence more whining and complaining from the girls.  Luckily, our tour guides had a solution.  They had brought a bottle of bitter schnapps.  This kind of alcohol is very very traditional of Denmark.  According to the guides, Danish nobles would drink it when out hunting to warm them up.  During H. C. Andersen's time, it was the cheapest alcohol available and ended up killing his mother who drank a liter of it a day to "warm up" while washing clothes in the river.

Oh and it tastes absolutely disgusting.  But anyways, everyone got a shot and everyone said "Skole" which is cheers in Danish...and everyone was pretty disgusted with it.

I should also mention on our way back from Funen to Copenhagen, we stopped at a small beach town for some ice cream, also provided by DIS.  Since all I'd had was a buttery cheese cold sandwich for lunch, I was starving and the ice cream was amazing.    It was vanilla and chocolate.  The stuff on top is called guf.  Lots of times they don't give it to Americans because they assume Americans hate it or that they'll ask what it is.  No one really knows what it is.  It's just good.  It's a cross between whipped cream and marshmallow fluff.  Then, instead of a cherry, they put a little swirl of strawberry marmalade on the top.  It was definitely a much better end to the trip than how it originally started out in Odense.
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