One Short Moment at the Train Station

I am not to show/take any photos of my son. That would be the ultimate embarrassment for a teenager.

“Why are you taking so many photos?”

“Why have you said the wrong things?”

“Why are you (all) still here. I can take the train on my own.”

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An automatic ticket machine – Denmark is a modern country.

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Model trains that take your donations and entertain you a few moments.

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Food disguised as sugar and caffeine can be purchased.

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Well, if not then you can pretend anyway.

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No, this is not HAL from 2001, A Space Odyssey. This is where your plastic card containing your money is transferred to someone elses bank, thus allowing you to travel on the train (or, bus) – Rejsekort

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Some of you are probably still looking up 2001, A Space Odyssey on IMDB, so for the rest of you, this is a view to the south at the Train Station.

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And the view north.

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A classic manhole cover (or personhole cover for political correctness)

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This might be the back of someone’s son, showing off his FDF-shirt (FDF a Christian organization for children and youth in Denmark). If you said “Scouts” to him you might just have your face slapped!

 

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One of the trains heading south.

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Raised metal studding on the inside floor of the Train Station. For your eyes only.

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My pathway towards the car, after embarrassing my son, and his friends with my presence.

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Looking across the parking lot towards the buildings on the eastern side of John. F. Kennedy’s Plads in Aalborg.

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Train Station (Aalborg St. ) Kennedy Plads seen in Red.

Courtesy Google Maps.

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Always a few bicycles to see in Denmark.

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The view from the north of the Train Station:

My wife: Why are you still taking pictures?

End of blog…..

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Denmark 360 Degrees

This is for you Danish Lovers out there (read: Cyranny).

These videos are taken with 6 cameras, which can let you see well, 360 degrees around the inside of Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen. Your host, speaking in Danish, is telling about Danish History, while allowing you to look at the ceiling, floors and the other actors playing their parts.

Not all of these videos will be understandable, but now you can say that you’ve been inside, or outside in Denmark, as if you really experienced it yourself.

Lars Mikkelsen (brother of Mads Mikkelsen – Cyranny) is your host. He is explaining the various things seen by using the virtual button on the upper left, then invites you into the main room, where other things are taking place.

This next video shows a sword fight.

 

While this one shows a Feast, way-back when in Denmark’s History:

 

Take a look around while the action is going on, this is an interesting way to attract interest in the History of Denmark. It helps to know Danish, but then not everyone can learn a World’s Language (like Danish) and live in the Country, like I do…..

A Short Bike Trip to Aalborg

Some of you might have been missing the Denmark-part of this blog? I’d like a show of hands (everyone except Cyranny of course), who has missed this part of the blog?

Well, it doesn’t matter one way or the other, as today’s blog concerns a short bike trip to Aalborg.

Here is the customary map, courtesy of Google Maps:

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There was a cold wind from the north, which is usually attributed to Norway, but it was a nice trip, nonetheless.

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This is the view to the north after the first hill. I knew where my legs and lungs were, but decided to continue anyway.

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This is a view of the southerly hospital in Aalborg, Syghus Syd. The older building is now dwarfed by the newer buildings in the background.

 

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Google felt at this point in time that I needed the above picture, which I agreed to.

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Here is a closer shot of the older hospital, which is now mainly used for other things than patients.

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This nifty sign tells cyclists that they are number ?? bicycle for the day. It also tells your speed and how long it is to the center of town, but as I had stopped to take this picture, my speed was then 0 kilometers an hour.

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Here is an intersection a bit farther ahead.

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If any of you doubted my assertion that I was on a bike, then here is a bit of proof!

 

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Here is another Google rendition of a building next to the train tracks. I took it to show the 3 statues/towers placed on this and the next 2 buildings, which normally aren’t seen while driving in the city.

 

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The train station is in the background, but if you can’t see its fine detail and many tracks then you’ll have to take my word for it.

 

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Looking back to the north, I finally can give my legs and lungs the message that it is all downhill from here.

 

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One of Aalborg’s many fine hotels, the Phoenix is seen on the left-hand side. One thing that is characteristic about Denmark are the many flags seen here and there. I don’t feel the need to salute them, nor break out in the Danish National Anthem, which by the way doesn’t have any bombs bursting, or the like, but I still respect the flag as a symbol of The Kingdom of Denmark.

 

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This statue of a bull symbolizes both the City of Aalborg and Himmerland, the peninsula in which Aalborg is located.

http://www.visitaalborg.com/ln-int/cimbrian-bull-gdk596476

 

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Here is where I’ll be turning to the right, otherwise I’ll have to bike over the drawbridge separating Aalborg and Nørresundby to the north of the Limfjord Canal.

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There are some fountains spewing their water, as I take this picture of a rather largish Cruise Ship sporting flags from Nassau.

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It isn’t the largest ship that I’ve seen here, but it does tend to fill up this part of the harbor a bit.

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Here is a former Ice-breaker called Elbjørn. This is now a restaurant, and guess what? It is for sale! Just 6,5 Million Kroner ( almost $ 1,000,000). A steal at half the price!

 

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Here is the drawbridge mentioned before, between Aalborg and Nørresundby.

 

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With the Cruise Ship in the background, and Elbjørn on the left, there is still some room for a game of basketball.

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Patterns on the street looking East.

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Patterns on the street looking West.

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My final shot is of the drawbridge, just a bit farther to the West. I’ll be peddling home now, with less energy than I started with, but then isn’t that what exercise is all about?

On Being 16 Year’s Old

My son turned 16 today on this 3rd of October. In Denmark we usually wake/are awaken by the rest of the family with a traditional birthday song and presented with gifts.

On the way to the bus stop he said, “Wow! 16. Now I know how it feels to be old like you!”

No. No he didn’t. I told him though how it was for me to be 16. In Southern California 16 was the age for getting a Driver’s License. I was there at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) on the day of my 16th birthday, rather nervous at that. I passed the written test, then went on to the driving test.

The examiner noted the date, and said “Oh, Happy Birthday”. “Didn’t you know that you could’ve taken the written test 2 weeks before?”

No. I didn’t know that, but it was too late for that anyway.

Being 16 with a Driver’s License. Borrowing the family car. Driving around with my friends. That was really living! Less attachment to parents. More of my own life. Just wait until I turn 18, then….

That is what my son says on a regular basis, “Wait until I turn 18”.

As if that is a cure for all that ails us? It really means that we become less reliant on our protective parents, with increasing responsibility of our own fate.

I hope he enjoys his quantum leap into age 16. It is a milestone in his life, one of many. He’ll just have to learn how like the rest of us did.

The weather today?

 

 

Cloudy but dry right now, going over to rain later on.

Why should that be important?

Well, in Denmark it is said that if the weather on your birthday is nice then you have behaved yourself during the past year, but if the reverse is true, then….

Enjoy the nice weather as long as it lasts, just as we should enjoy our lives as long at they last,

16, or….

 

Nordic Sailing – Denmark – Day 2

4 July 2017. The ships are ready to sail from the harbor in Aalborg, and move into position across from the town’s center, waiting for the start signal.

My views of this event were increased by taking photos of the ships as they approached then passed through the first obstacle, the Railway Bridge ( as seen from the pedestrian walkway).

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The start signal was  sounded around 10am and the ships, with filled sails, moved along the Limfjord Canal towards the open sea, The Kattegat.

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Next stop: Sweden

Alas, I won’t be accompanying them, other than being an armchair observer, but not all of us are destined to sail on the seven seas, after all……

 

Nordic Sailing – Denmark – Day 1

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3 July 2017. Skudhavn, Aalborg Denmark

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A collection of ships from the 3 Nordic Countries, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. This yearly event is to strengthen ties between these three countries especially with the youth on board. This year the trip (a friendly competition) begins in Denmark then continues to Sweden, then Norway.

Nordisk Sejlads website – in Norwegian http://nordisksejlads.org/wp/

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A Danish Naval vessel, accompany ship, named Jupiter.

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A Danish windmill wing, displayed along the roadside.

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Each ship had a blue/while description of the history of that ship, as well as its facts and figures.

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Starting location. FDF – Danish  Scouts.

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Pallet furniture for use by the visiting guests.

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A Danish Submarine, Springeren, at the nearby Maritime Visitor’s Center

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The program

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Keeping track of who wins/loses

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The proposed route from Denmark to Sweden – Norway.

Continued in Day 2.

Beer Tasting in Aalborg, Denmark

The other night after work, I attended “Beer Tasting” sponsored by our employee club at work.

It started out innocent enough, with one beer, a small plastic cup and a lot of anticipation from the 15 or so participants.

The first beer was a Pilsner, which tasted all right, but our expectations wouldn’t just accept a normal tasting beer like that. We might as well have been drinking Tuborg or Carlsberg, which are known over the whole world.

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Beer number 2, Belgian Tripel was a far cry from the first Pilsner. Things were looking up, and the chips and nuts began to fly as well.

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I apologize for not setting things in the correct order, but there was talking, and laughing, and my boss to my right who felt that I wasn’t enjoying myself enough with those small cups of beer, so he helped me attain another state of reality.

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Beer number 3, named Drunken Sailor began to resemble a simple evening get-together after work with some friends, turned Christmas Party with cares and worries forgotten, as well as why we had been there in the first place?

The beers became darker, as shown with the above two: Dark Ale and Anker Porter. I imagined working on a Danish Oil Platform somewhere in the North Sea, drinking, or perhaps pumping up the last two beers, which resembled motor oil, and tasted nothing like the first 3, more proper types.

Our host told of their stories, and the musical entertainment was throbbing silently in the background, when my head told me that tomorrow would be less fun than today. Unfortunately, my memory wasn’t listening at the time, which made me continue to enjoy myself, while the beer flowed.

When the party/tasting was over, some of the rest of my best buddies wandered/weaved over to the local Pub in order to continue the high as long as possible, while I chose to go home and consider sleep instead.

I’d like to tell you that the next day dawned as brightly as the previous one, but my head told me to keep my eyes closed, drink a lot of water, and not think too much about the night before.

Beer Tasting, Danish Style

PS Someone asked me the next day if my hair hurt? Yes, it did, but I probably had worn a hat of the incorrect size the night before…

An Evening in Aalborg Denmark

In the City of Aalborg, Denmark where I reside, a yearly event occurred last night. It is called Regatta, which according to English Oxford Dictionaries means:

A sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races.

Usually it is just some ships docked at the harbor with a number of stages set up offering music and ambience to the residents of Aalborg.

This year was no exception.

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There was music, speed boat races, events and playground for Children, and the event I experienced: Semi-finale in Firework Competition (in Denmark) between 3 competitors.

I ended up experiencing the firework show on my favorite wooden ship from 1899, Jens Krogh, and in the middle of the Limfjord Canal, a bit closer to the Firework Show than the rest of the audience present.

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Jens Krogh.

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Danish ship called LOA.

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Russian Ship named Mir (peace) on left, Utzon Hus in middle, where the music took place.

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Sunset in Aalborg 2245 (10:45pm)

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One of the tops of Utzon House.

I apologize for not posting more about Aalborg, but I’ve been busy emptying my head of my random thoughts. There was a time when I was less fond of Denmark, mainly because it wasn’t California, but sink or swim, I decided to accept it as my home at long last.

Attempting Springtime in Denmark

In Denmark is is said that it isn’t the temperature, nor the weather that is the problem, rather the type and amount of clothing, you have on.

My faithful dog didn’t ask, if we shouldn’t go out in the rainy weather. He had his fur coat on, and that was fine for him.

This day of 9 degrees Celsius resembled Spring in certain aspects, but I would have liked a bit more warmth and dry conditions for my walk.

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Danish Cowslip (Primula veris)

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My dog allowing me to take up the rear.

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Reclaimed Gravel Pit now used as recreative area.

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Bronze Age Burial Mound in Background.

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The Ox Road (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A6rvejen)

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Flowering Cherry Plum tree (Prunus cerasifera)

 

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Beech Trees with their winter foliage, waiting for the green of Spring.

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Many choices of pathways.

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Denmark’s 4th largest city, Aalborg, seen in background.

 

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Designated trail marker with stated restrictions.

 

All photos taken with Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)