Well I for one am shocked at the amount of positive feedback I am getting for this blog, and I am barely underway here! Thanks for reading it and hopefully continuing to read it, and I hope I will be able to update as often as I have been.
Last night was quite eventful, starting with our canal tour sponsored by DIS, for which, even though the skies are quite gray in the pictures, it did not rain! We started in Nyhavn and rode through Christiania, Christianshavn, and the center of Copenhagen. Highlights follow:
The smallest tall ship in the world, perhaps the Queen's private yacht?
The Little Mermaid statue! I had actually been waiting quite a long time to see this. Hans Christian Andersen was one of Denmark's most famous residents and the Little Mermaid is a product of his imagination, so a statue was erected to tribute his genius. I was very happy to finally see the statue.
Gorgeous spire in Christianshavn:
Main canal through center of Copenhagen:
Too late to bed, too early to rise this morning, because I had signed up to go to Helsingør this morning for a tour of Hamlet's castle. One of these days I will finally catch up on sleep and then I will feel fully functional, but not quite yet. Maybe tomorrow. Anyway, we caught a bus up to Helsingør which was a little over an hour away. It was a gorgeous bus ride through the countryside and a town that reminded me a lot of Marblehead - lots of adorable little houses right on the coastline, with boats and beautiful gardens. I tried very very hard to stay awake throughout the ride but kind of failed. However, I did manage to catch this gorgeous shot:
Windmills! And Sweden!
This is the town of Helsingør. Very adorable. Lots of cute little stores, along with free samples of wine and delicious bread with a feta cheese concoction.
We found a sweet garden on the walk to Kronborg Castle and stopped to picnic for lunch:
And finally, here is the castle!
The tour was nice, albeit a little long. It felt like camp again because DIS interns were taking attendance and counting us and making sure that we had buddies. The coolest part (slash the most frightening part) was when we went through the dungeons where the kings of yore kept the prisoners. No light and very very cold. It must have been just awful in the wintertime...
We passed out on the bus ride home, no joke. All of us closed our eyes and when we opened them again we were back in Copenhagen. It has been a very long week, and will tonight get longer when our RAs take us on a pub crawl through Østerbro, our district of the city. Then tomorrow, piles and piles of reading - great.