Posted in Denmark, Travel

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……

 

Posted in Denmark, Travel

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.

Posted in Denmark, Travel

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…

Posted in Denmark, Life, Travel

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.

Posted in Denmark, Dogs, Travel

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)

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Dog Day Near Ålbæk, Denmark

While celebrating my mother in-law’s birthday at my sister in-law’s holiday cottage, the dogs had their day.

I’d like to say that the sunshine was strong enough to ward off the incessant winds, but that would be stretching the truth a bit too much. The 8 degrees Celsius felt more like 4 degrees, but wearing a good, heavy winter coat and having a dog’s determination, made the day a bit more palatable in the April breeze.

After we reached the beach, the Kattegat Sea glistened in the April Sun, but the dogs just continued in their dog ways, and took no note of me and my observations.

Then we returned to the party, as could be seen,

as we neared the Danish Flag, Dannebrog, once again.

I’ve saved a few of the best photos for the end of this blog, in full size to capture the full effect of the day. Enjoy!

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Source: Google Maps App. Apple iPhone 4s.

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Source: Google Maps App. Apple iPhone 4s.

Only 21 minutes, until I ran out of Denmark……..

Posted in Denmark, Prose, Travel

Considering Traveling

I’ve been considering
traveling around Denmark
Perhaps taking one island
at a time, running it ragged
seeing all of the sights,
and blogging, until I pass out,
When are you leaving?
some might ask.
Well, I’m not, you see.
I am just considering,
that’s all….