Now we are on a long ferry ride from Aarhus to Odden, and then to Klemens' summer house for the night. Tomorrow we drive to Copenhagen, pack up, and head to Sevilla on Wednesday morning! I can't wait to be back in a land where I speak the language.
This last visit to Denmark has been good. We've rented a car to drive to Lolland (Ingrid's family's ancestral home) to spend some wonderful days with Hanne's high school friend Bodil. She has a wicked wit, showed her love by feeding us to bursting, and gave us a different perspective on the social changes in Denmark. She lives in Rødby, a small, dying town where most of the stores have closed, people have fled to the city, and the economic struggles of Lolland are clear. Down the road in Maribo, where Ingrid's mother grew up, they have been working hard to make it tourist friendly, and it is more quaint and thriving than I remembered. We took the boat tour around the Maribosø, and got to see a number of the white-tailed eagles that have come back to the lake after a long absence. We also rented bikes and did the 25km (flat) circuit around the lake - by far my longest bike ride since the onset of Bartonella over a year ago, so that was great, if a bit of a stretch. But it was made more of an adventure by one flat tire and Eli's chain repeatedly falling off. But it was a great was to see Lolland in a more Danish way.
|Elias and Bodil on his 13th birthday|
|Lego version of Copenhagen waterfront|
We also made a quick visit to the Jelling Stones -- two rune boulders erected by Harald Bluetooth in the 10th century in honor of his father Gorm, the first King of Denmark and his conversion of the country to Christianity. It is a world heritage site, and last year they opened a museum, which was spectacular in its artistic presentation, information, and creativity. Primarily done as a maze of black "chalkboards" with some static and many changing, projected, chalk "drawings". Most images were interactive in some way, and nearly all in just black and white. Captivating, beautiful, and effective.
Now to focus on the transition to Spain. All should be ready, we just need to make the drive to Copenhagen, repack and balance bags, then fly to Sevilla through Barcelona. On to Pagés del Corro!