The Uncrowned capitol of Scandinavia?
Trip Start Aug 02, 2011
3Trip End Aug 22, 2011
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I bravley start out speaking Swedish and as I I quickly realize that my ear for Danish is pretty darn bad and I have to use my English to save the conversations. Yeah, I know that some of you might think that Scandinavia is one country and that we speak the same language ( which at some point in history was true) but not anymore. We all have our own languages, costumes and very own sense of country ship. You say pølse I say korv kind a thing
It is hard not to the much more liberal way of Danish living right off the bat; people smile at you as they bask in the late summer sun while enjoying an alcoholic beverage anywhere in public, gay couples stroll Støget showing public affection as well as mothers leaving their children in the strollers outside the stores while shopping. One quickly becomes aware that under no circumstances do you step out in the bike lane without looking both ways, rush hour or not. You will be warned by angry bike bells on all frequencies or simply run over. As a result of the massive bike cascades that can sneak up on you any second, NOBODY ever J-walks on the streets of Copenhagen. It's quite nice.
We check in at a nice little hotel in the Norrebrø quarters. This is the more bohemian part of town where you can buy fresh vegetables from your friendly neighborhood market, shop independent designer clothing, and eat ethnic food accompanied with the seasons latest Tuborg beer brew.
Before we left for this trip we read that Copenhagen is the unofficial capitol of the Scandinavian countries and I am, of course, a bit partial to my hometown Stockholm (also called the Venice of the north)
law, the Christiania Law, which basically gave authority over Christiania to the state by
transferring responsibility from the municipality of Copenhagen. This, in effect, gave the residents of Christiania a free reign in self government. It is easy to get lost among the graffiti clad houses dotted out in a labyrinth-like overgrown area. Flower Power and I really mean it. There are cannabis plants growing galore here! Quite a contrast from the otherwise clean and very neat city.
We had a couple of amazing days and my highlight was the sunset boat tour around town. Simply magic. I must admit though, I still think Stockholm is the uncrowned capitol of Scandinavia. Come visit and see for yourself! But make sure you come in the summer....
Peace, Love and Pølse