Day with Anand and Dorthe in Aarhus

Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 16, 2009

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Flag of Denmark  , Central Jutland,
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pictures will be added to the stories soon, so please come back to see them....

Today I got up early.  Felt wide awake at 3:30 so I just got to work on things that needed to be done.  With Internet you can work anywhere in the world...correspond, write, post on the Internet--just about anything.  I was able to get our Nordic / Baltic / Eastern European newsletter out to 250 subscribers as easy as I could from my office at home. Communications technology is great. But, this room is so tiny!  Getting used to it.

At 10:30 first Dorthe, then Anand came to the hotel and we headed out to Aarhus.  It is the same size and has the same medieval spirit (in my estimation) as Tartu, Estonia.  Lots of history.  We decided to tour a few landmarks to start the day.  

One of the banks in town has a free Viking Museum in the basement.  It was really remarkable. The bank had been built over a Viking excavation site and that became the museum under the bank.  It was one of the clearest representations fo Viking history and its impact on the West AND East.  It showed them setting up setlements on the Isle of Man and in Kiev.  It showed the linkage to the New World through Iceland and Greenland by Leif Erickson.  It was interesting to see a map that showed almost simultaneous setting up of of governments on the Isle of Man and Ukraine.  Paul Spenser and I may be more closely related than ever thought.

We then toured Aarhus Cathedral, certainly a major cathedral by any standards.  It's Lutheran...which is the State Church in Denmark.  I was surprised by how bright it was inside as compared to the darkness of most cathedrals.  The Queen of Denmark has a summer home in Aarhus and we were shown where her pew is as she attends church here. 

From there we went to the oldest Church in Scandinavia several blocks way.  It was built in 1060 and was Catholic at first, of it's Lutheran.  The treasurer of this complex happened to see us and offered to show us around areas where tourists are not usually taken.  It included the catacombs of the original church.  It included the monks quarters which is now a senior citizens residence.  A Belgian tourist couple followed along with us. This was the Church of our Lady.  The treasurer's name was Jorn Johan Svendsen and he was ultra friendly and said he liked Americans. 

There was a beautiful serene courtyard beside the church and the senior citizen's residence. Dorthe, Anand and I were looking for a place to sit down and have a Bible Study and discussion.  We asked Jorn if we could use the courtyard.  There was a table a shade tree that looked so inviting. He said "sure!" So we came back here after going to lunch a favorite spot called the "Green Corner."  We first stopped to pick up some drinks and coffee to take with us.  At the Barosso coffee shop...similar to Starbucks, the cheapest coffee was five dollars!  

We really enjoyed the afternoon and held a two hour discussion and Bible Study about some of our Fundamental Beliefs.  I really like to discuss some of our core beliefs and believe its good for us to review and be grounded in them. We talked about the nature of God, the Holy Spirit, baptism, the Gospel, the Kingdom of God.  Great stuff.  Loved the discussion. We marvelled and thought It was remarkable that we could be holding a Bible Study right beside the oldest Church in Scandinavia.  Maybe next year we'll have a Bible Study at St. Peter's in Rome.

Anand had to leave at 4:30 PM. I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting him.  He was very easy to talk to and had lots of questions and talking points.  It was great being with Dorthe, too.  After Anand left Dorthe and talked some more in the courtyard and she then went home. 

I thougth it might be a good idea to go to the train station and get my ticket for Friedrickshafen in northern Denmark. From there I will take a ferry to Oslo which takes about eight hours.  I walked along the waterfront. Aarhus is a port city and there in container ships in the harbor.

I bought the train ticket and thought that the cost was a bit higher than I thought it should be, When I got back closer to the hotel I saw why.  I was sold TWO tickets for some reason.  It was marked in small print. So, I walked back to the train station but the ticket window was closed.  I walked back towards the hotel.  Then I noticed that my train tickets had fallen out of the little folder they were in.  Now what!  I traced my way back the busy street a mile back to the train station.  No ticket. Then I walked back to the hotel and just before I turned onto the main street to the hotel, there were tickets on the ground with all the traffic and people walking around.  Prayer answered.  It was a needle in a haystack found!  Whew!

Tomorow to Norway! 

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rogersma on

Oh how interesting! I just love seeing historical sites, you always see/experience the coolest things.

Have a great trip!

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