It’s been quite a while since I last wrote an entry so I’ll try and split this up.
I went on my first trip with the ESN for Copenhagen, which was to a small island in the south of Denmark called Møn. To demonstrate how tiny Denmark is I’ll let you know how long it took us to drive all the way down there from Copenhagen… an hour and a half, yup, it’s not a big place.
The first place we stopped was Møns Klint, a nature reserve along beautiful white chalk cliffs. You were able to walk down a long wooden path to the beach where it’s famous for fossils, can’t say we found any though. The woods around the cliffs reminded me of home, similar trees and autumn colours. In fact, a lot of the Danish country side reminded me of the south of england, rolling hills, hedgerow and the patchwork of green that makes the up the miles of farm land. The cliffs of Møn reminded me of the white cliffs of Dover but maybe a little more impressive, the land around it was uninhabited which allowed the woods and wildlife to take control and cover the cliffs in rare wildlife.
After the cliffs we went to an 18th-century landscaped park called Liselund, which was designed to be a romantic english garden but was built by a french man. Lucky by then it was sunny and perfect for a walk around. The park itself was pretty but the best part were the thatched houses – the swiss house, Norwegian house, the manor house and the Chinese summer house. Now, none of the houses were particularly Chinese, Norwegian or swiss… the gardens weren’t even particularly English, but they were pretty.
Next on the list was a bronze age passage grave, basically a man made cave which then had soil on top to make a hill, many many people would be buried in the grave and you can go inside and have a look. It was creepy to think that the cave I crawled into would have once been full of dead bodies, and it was rather claustophoic, so I didn’t stay in there long. On the way home the bus driver decided to smash into a lamp post, which was quite entertaining and completely suprising. Luckly no one was hurt, although it did mean waiting for 2 hours in the harbour for a new bus to be sent from Copenhagen. Overall, it was a really nice day out, with lots of other students. It was good to have someone to tell us about the significance of each place we were going to, and i’m looking forward to going on another day trip with them to Århus in November.
On the 9th of October it was culture night in the city. This is a night in which most the tourist attractions are open until midnight and the city is full of art, concerts, street sculptures and all sorts of special things. you pay one price which lets you into all the places. Luckily for my mum she was coming to stay on this day so it was a nice way to introduce the city to her. Despite all transport being free it’s just not possible to get around everything so we had to choose a few things. First we headed to the parliament building to see the royal reception rooms which were full of gold and shiny things, everything you would expect from something thats made for royalty. Outside the place there were a number of ice sculptures which were really beautiful. Then we walked through the town and ended up at the round tower, which is in the heart of Copenhagen. At the top there is an observation tower with a huge telescope, we saw the astronomer moving the telescope and moving the entire circular roof around, and then he allowed us to take a look at the moon through it, which was one of the most impressive things i have ever seen, i could see each crater in incredible detail. We spent some time walking around the streets which were full of the smell of honey roasted nuts and a mash of music coming from every angle. It was a great night and i highly recommend people trying it out next year.
As my mum was staying for a few days we did an awful lot of sightseeing, she had never been here before and it was the perfect excuse to take some time off and tick some places off my to do list. We visited Rosenborg Palace which was incredibly opulent. However, perhaps one of the best things we did was take the train over to Sweden and visit Malmö for the day. Denmark and Sweden are connected by a bridge which for about £15 you can get a return day ticket, in fact the water is so shallow between the countries that in the viking times it would freeze over in winter and the vikings would simply walk over, but I wouldn’t recommend this today.
Malmö is a pretty little city, 3rd largest in Sweden. The town center is full of the old Scandinavian charm with beautiful squares, cafes and trinket shops. There is a beautiful park around the castle, which even has an old windmill. The castle has very little left of it’s original structure, just some round towers. The castle was repeatedly burnt down and attacked, and then left in ruin for some time. It has since then been rebuilt into a museum and aquarium which seems like a strange combination for a castle, but it was fun. The museum itself is huge and took nearly all day, but it was interesting to learn a little about Sweden and Denmark.
So that’s about all for now. I don’t expect much excitment for the next few weeks as I’ve got to do some actual university work. I’m surprised at the liberal attitide of the university, I basically write about whatever I fancy for my essay, which is my only form of examination. I’m hoping to get my *15 page*essays finished before December so I can take some time off and sightsee before coming back to the UK, I already have a trip to Germany planned so I can experience a REAL German christmas market.