Sjoe! I’ve been a bit busy. Holiday is over and it’s back to work. But now let’s continue with travel…
Before we reached the final town in Germany, Puttgarden we got a visit from German Customs Control. At first we couldn’t figure out what they were all about, because they were so casually dressed. Aah! now we are soon to enter the Scandinavian region and they are strict with passage of travellers. Apparently this is where illegal immigrants from Africa via Italy, Spain, etc., come through making their way up north.
How interesting though that they didn’t ask all the passengers in the carriage for their passports and declaration of goods but only those of us, who of course look different from the rest. Anyway, it was a quick process and we were soon to leave the comfort of our seats and board a ferry, Fugleflugtslinien to be transported across to the other side, Denmark. The ferry takes about 45 minutes, a time to use for duty-free shopping, quick lunch or simply relax and enjoy the view. Before long we were back in the train and approached Copenhagen shortly afterwards.
We were set to spend a day and night in Copenhagen but decided against it at the end. Instead we explored the city during the day and took another night train to Stockholm. I reckon three weeks for this kind of holiday is more than enough. We were already missing home.
According to a survey carried out recently, Denmark is the most balanced and satisfied country, and this makes Danes the happiest people in Europe or even in the world. Well that goes to show, being happy doesn’t mean one does not have issues or problems but chooses to be happy regardless. I like that.
What was very visible and disturbing at the train station, when we arrived was the amount of beggars and other people, who were just roaming around with an ‘agenda’. For the first time in this trip, I was holding on tightly to my bag because of few people, who seemed very interested in us in a rather uncomfortable way. There was one guy, whom we noticed had been following us around the station. It could be that he had seen us using the ATM (we needed the local currency) and each corner we turned he was there. We had to literally stop and make eye contact with him, before he changed course.
There seem to be a problem with influx of illegal immigrants here, who come through Malmö, Sweden because of no border controls. In fact soon after our trip, we heard on the news that Denmark has finally been pressurized to re-impose control on it’s frontiers Germany and Sweden because of the rise in cross-border crime. That was last summer I don’t know if anything has changed since then regarding this.
As for Danes and the country at large I don’t have much to say at this point as we didn’t spend enough time to form any opinions. That calls for another trip and spending more time there. But here are some few snapshots around the city and the weather was not great either, dark skies and threatening to rain anytime.
Collection of antique sculptures, paintings that include French impressionists, work from painters such as Cézanne, Degas, etc., are found here. For art lovers this is definitely one of the places to check out, when in the city.
A former fortification, which nowadays is a protected area and used by inhabitants of Christianshavns. This part of town had a bohemian style in earlier years but nowadays the inhabitants are diverse and live side-by-side.