From March 1-3, the student group ESN organized a trip for the international students to the major cities of Denmark. First, we travelled all the way to the northernmost tip of Denmark to Grenen (near Skagen), and then worked our way down to Aalborg, Aarhus and Odense, visiting the sights and meeting local students along the way. We left Copenhagen at 4:30 in the morning on Friday and slept during the 8-hour bus ride to Grenen. Good thing I make chocolate croissants for the road. This town was my favorite part of the trip! Here on the beach, you can stand with one foot in the Baltic Sea and the other in the North Sea (Atlantic). You can also see the turbulent waters as the two tides meet. Not the best (or warmest) place for swimming! Still, years of cold Connecticut-water training enabled me to get some good pictures.
Halle and the guys at the beach in Grenen:
Spoiler! Halle would be my roommate and best friend on the Lapland trip. She’s from Michigan, and the other guys here are all Americans, too.
The beach had old bunkers to explore:
So beautiful, but so cold. Here’s a seal sunbathing:
And finally, standing in both seas!
Afterwards, we went to visit the Rabjerg Mile, the largest moving dune in Northern Europe! Who would have guessed that I would visit a desert in Scandinavia?
For the rest of the trip, we were back in civilization. Here’s Aalborg:
Did you see that last monastery? There’s a legend that a nun was buried alive in its walls!
On to Aarhus (my second favorite destination after the beach):
The museum (more pictures from the inside later):
The music academy:
The whale-helicopter sculpture outside the museum!
Bike locks on the railing:
Some nice, old Danish houses and our student tour guide:
Even the churches have Viking ships in them!
Me and my new Danish boyfriend (he’s kind of skinny):
Here’s the inside of the Aros Museum of Modern Art! The top of the museum has a walkway surrounded by colored glass, so that the city seems to give you different feelings as you view it through the various colors. It is very cool, and certain colors really do make you feel uneasy.
Me, Michael, and Jake in various places:
Some more modern art: The giant boy, which is supposed to look nervous or happy, depending on the angle from which he is viewed:
A live exhibition; a guy shooting red wax at the wall every half-hour with a giant cannon (Jake thought they were beets):
I liked this room, too:
Finally, we left for Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen (author of The Little Mermaid). He’s such a hero in Odense, that even the people in the traffic lights are modelled after him:
Here’s his house:
And a statue from his story “The Emporer’s New Clothes”:
Even the birdhouses in Odense are artsy. This would be an excellent city to visit in the spring, because it has many beautiful parks and gardens. I’m looking forward to coming back!