Copenhagen, Denmark Day 110

I had another busy, busy day! I think I’ve gotten my second wind to see this trip through. It’s hard to believe I only have another 69 days to go. That sounds funny, doesn’t it? ONLY another 69 days, that’s over 2 months! I guess it’s all in your perspective, isn’t it? 
Time seems to be motoring along faster than it did at the start though, so I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the rest of it, whatever that may bring. I’m going to start things off with the end of my day, rather than the beginning. This morning I decided that whatever Danish money I had left at the end of the day would dictate what I had for dinner, and for dinner I WANTED SUSHI! 
 The sushi place across the street has what they call “RUNNING SUSHI” which means it’s on a conveyor belt type of thing and you serve yourself. I took their card when I got take out the other night and though it’s in Danish I got the jist that it was all you can eat for 189 crowns. 

Eat sa lot you can” was the GOOGLE translation… 
Expensive, yes, but considering the wee amount I got the other night for 155 crowns, I knew I could get my money’s worth, and boy did I! I must say the sushi was really quality. The place was jam packed too, so the food wasn’t just going around and around and around. I ate as much sushi as I could handle, then had probably a weeks worth of fruit. Pineapple, grapes, watermelon and orange slices. I’ve been missing my fruit lately!
Statue of Hans Christian Anderson in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Hans Christian Anderson. My favourite H.C.A. story just might be The Emperors New Clothes.  Or The Princess and the Pea? The Ugly Duckling? Oh,  they’re all so good!
My first stop today was the National Museet. I must confess that I didn’t really plan on going to the museum. I had to walk by it to get to Nyhavn, and thought I might swing by on my way back home at the end of the day if I had time.  
Well, just as I was walking by it started torrentially raining again, so I decided then and here to spend some time indoors rather than get soaked for the third day in a row. The museum is AMAZING! And FREE! I was really, really impressed with the quality of the exhibits. I only looked at the Stone Age through to the Viking era, so should I ever come back to Copenhagen I still have 3/4 of the museum to see. 
Grave of Stone Age woman and child in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This is a 40 year old woman and a 3 year old child found in Denmark dating back to the Stone Age. Did you know that right after the Ice Age people could walk from Jutland (in Denmark) to England? Then as it started to get warmer the ocean started rising and the hunters had to continually move their hunting camps to higher ground. Danish fishing nets still bring up bone and antler tools and implements from the bottom of the ocean in areas that used to be hunting grounds. Amber jewellery from the Stone Age is still washing up on beaches. Now wouldn’t that be an amazing find?
Grave of Stone Age woman in National Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
It was dark in this room, so I couldn’t get a really good photo, but this exhibit was the one where I spent the most time. Yes, I am a bit macabre I know, but it was so fascinating, and I wasn’t the only one! There were about 6 coffins containing the remains of people from the Bronze Age. Once they were placed in the oak coffin, a barrow consisting of grass turf was placed grass side down all around the wood, then a wall of stone was formed around the base. A chemical process took place in which the coffin was sealed from oxygen so that the bodies, their clothing and the items they were buried with were preserved. It was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
Jewellery and decoration in National Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Daggers and knives in National Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Sun horse motif in National Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This is the Sun Horse motif, used frequently in Bronze Age art.
Jewellery and decoration in National Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Gundestrup Cauldron in National Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This is the Gundestrup Cauldron, made about 150 BC. I’m just amazed at the craftsmanship of so many of the items I saw here today, even the ones dating back to the Stone Age. Yes, most of the implements they made were crude, but they were useful, and you could really see the evolution over time of the honing of the tools, then the decoration, symbolism and eventual sacrifice of them. That part of it really blew my mind. The amount of work and time that would go into making something like a dagger,a sword or a battle ax,  and then they would just throw them in the bog or the lake as a sacrifice to the gods. There was also the occasional human or animal sacrifice as well, so in that case I’d say yeah, just throw in the tools!
Iron Age grave in National Museet in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Another grave, this one from the Iron Age.
Next I went to Nyhavn. It’s a really cool little neighborhood in Copenhagen. There are lots of restaurants and street musicians, and you can either sit in one of the cafes and have a beer, or buy one (for cheaper) and just sit on the side of the canal and drink it there. So civilised, isn’t it?
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Vintage Pinocchio toy in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
I had an ice cream at this place where they make their own waffle cones. It was paper thin, and so crispy and delicious! There is also a special Copenhagen thing where they have this super sweet strawberry flavoured marshmallow fluff (it’s actually called “guff”) that you can have added to your ice cream cone but it was too sickly sweet for me. I just got a mallow puff on top of mine instead!
Waffle ice cream in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Waffle ice cream in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Next I headed for Christianshavn…
Church in Christianshavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Church in Christianshavn, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The reason why everyone walks over the bridge to come to Christianshavn? Christiania! This is a city within the city created in 1971 by some hippies who didn’t want to live in a conventional way. 
The area is a former military barrack and there are about 850 residents of the commune. Visitors are welcome (most of the visitors I saw were either buying pot or just looky loo tourists like me) but I just read that the doors were closed by the residents in April due to an ongoing conflict with the government. 
I’m still mulling over how I feel about this place. On the one hand I find it kind of liberating that these people are living their life the way they want to in a peaceful way on their own terms. On the other hand the place had a vibe that I wasn’t really into. It wasn’t very well kept, there was graffiti and junk littering the place. It was definitely interesting, but something about it all made me uneasy. 
It kind of reminded me of when I was ten and went to the Adventure Playground down at Ambleside in West Vancouver. This was a place where parents would drop their kids off and the kids would build a big, giant fort in the trees with 2×4’s, plywood and nails. Then on our last day of camp we’d sleep in it overnight. It was so much fun, and there is no way in hell any parent today would allow their kid to do that, but my point in all of this is that that is sort of what Christiania reminded me of, kids playing fort, with one major difference… lots of drugs. 
The main street (where there were oh, about a million signs of a camera with a red slash through it) is aptly named “Pusher Street.” This is definitely the place where all of Copenhagen comes to get their fix. The commune is against the hard drugs, but apparently it’s still a bit of a problem here. The vast majority of the people I saw coming and going through the gates were young men. Oh, and a LOT of dreadlocks… never seen so many dreadlocks in one place!
Entrance to Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
The backside of this sign (as you are heading out) says “You are now entering the EU. That would be European Union.
Bikes and graffiti in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Graffiti in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Graffiti in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Graffiti and a hammock in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Graffiti in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.
So much graffiti! I put the rest of my photos of it all in the Graffiti tab…
Woman on canal in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Flowers on the side of a building in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bicycles outside of train station in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Copenhagen is a bicycle town. This is outside the train station (and just a small selection.) I wish I’d taken a photo of the bike storage in Amsterdam. It was like a multi-level car park for bikes.

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