Lykkelig?

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

Offshore Wind Turbines

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.

View of the city from a distance

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.

Another city where cycling is big
Ny-Carlsberg Glyptotek Art Museum

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.

Christianshavns Vold – Historic Site

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.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. odilets says:

    wow! Thanks so much for sharing:) I enjoyed reading!
    Denmark looks like such a modern/old city. I really like how everyone’s not in their own cars like in the States, and are about biking, walking, running!
    However..the weather is not very bright haha

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Hi Odilets, you are welcome and thank you so much for visiting my blog and for a lovely comment. Yeah! cycling is big there and the dark skies don’t deter them either:-)

      1. odilets says:

        do you live in Denmark or were you just vacationing?
        and It’s a pleasure to read your blogs!

      2. cocoaupnorth says:

        No, I live in Finland. We were just visiting Denmark. I’m really glad you are enjoying my posts. It’s nice to know someone is reading.
        Have a great weekend!

      3. odilets says:

        I just read your “about” page, and wow! That’s quite a big move- South Africa to Finland!
        How did you cope with the big change?
        Either way, I’m very impressed:)
        and you’re welcome! It’s a pleasure!

      4. cocoaupnorth says:

        :-), that’s what the quote on my homepage is about. It was a huge culture shock.
        There are still things I don’t understand about the Finnish culture but the easiest thing to do, is to go with the flow than try to fight the tide. Makes life easier:-)

      5. odilets says:

        ohhh..I just read that now..
        Yeah, I can definitely imagine that.
        People say that Scandinavians seem very enclosed at first.. Is that true?

      6. cocoaupnorth says:

        Yep! that is true. But once you break that icy layer on the surface, you’ll have the most loyal, honest and kind people who will move mountains for you:-)

      7. odilets says:

        wow..That was said so poetically! haha:)
        Thanks for your opinion! and good luck!

  2. Very interesting! And great pics. The guy following you must have been a little scary!

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Thank you Allthings. Yes, the guy following us situation was a bit scary and it came as big surprise in a country like Denmark, I expect something like that to happen in my home country SA:-(.

  3. Ruth2Day says:

    I’ve heard the same comment before about the Danes, but it surprised me as the country and the people all seem sort of grey!

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      I really still would love to visit there again and stay longer. Maybe to find out the key to their happiness:-)

  4. optie says:

    I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Go to http://walking-on-eggshells.com/2012/08/16/an-award-yay/ to collect you award and then nominate 15 others and share 7 things about yourself.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Wow! Optie, thank you very much for the award nomination. I’m honoured and it’s lovely to know that someone enjoys my writing. Much appreciated.
      I will be working on the 15 others to nominate and sharing about myself soon:-)

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