Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WW: Greeting from Denmark

Well, I'm back now, but I wish you could have been there with me!


Some giant pottery in the public square at Roskilde: the miracle was that I navigated the train system and my inadequate tourist guide and the jet lag to actually make it to this medieval city 30 minutes outside of Copenhagen.

Bicycles and brickwork: Europe looks a lot like a university campus, huh? I have to think about that some more. (BTW, everyone rides bikes in Denmark, with their kids, dressed for work, or in high heels. No helmets. Proper bike lanes.)


Some reconstructed Viking boats at the Viking museum in Roskilde. I got to watch some historic shipbuilders at work, and also sat next to a reseacher who was working on historic textiles: she was hand weaving Viking wool on a loom. Oddly fascinating. For a dork like me.

You can't see this too clearly, but it's a cityscape built and partly demolished entirely out of white Lego! This is in the Radhuspladsen--the 'city square' in the centre of Copenhagen.


So I'm walking along a canal through Kongens Nytorv, another public square, when my coffee and I lean out over the water. I nearly drop my tiny, six dollar latte when I look down and see people! frolicking! under water! But, phew, it's a statue. Random art terror!

Can you believe I found another city that has paving stones built out of wood? It makes my noise-sensitive heart glad. I imagine it felt nicer on the feet of the horses, too.


The reason for the trip: 400+ sociologists and little ole me, gathered together to make ponderous proclamations about Internet culture, in a gorgeous Danish Modern technology school. Where the wireless Internet conks out by the time you hit the 3rd floor.

12 comments:

Beck said...

So.... very.... jealous.... can't.... commment.... geeeeeeeez.
Lucky! It's BEAUTIFUL there!

No Mother Earth said...

Weaving Viking wool on a loom would be fascinating to me too.

Jenifer said...

What a lovely city. Glad you are back.

Denguy said...

Wow, those are big jugs!

Mimi said...

denguy: SNORK!!! Good one.

hoppytoddle said...

Sheesh! How long were you there? Were the jugs big enough to hold all the BM you had to pump?

Yeah, who's going to solve all the problems we all have with our connections? You would think that would be a platform bloggers would be asking about.

Bon said...

love the tech school with the conked connection...sigh.

love Denmark, too, i think...at least through your pictures. the wooden paving stones are cool and would never have occurred to me as something even possible. those Scandinavians...Ikea AND horse-foot-friendly paving. ;)

Cloud said...

I can't decide whether to show my Hubby the Lego photo because I love him and he loves Lego or hide it because I've already been to Copenhagen and was hoping we could go somewhere in Italy when we finally start traveling internationally again....

Kyla said...

How cool! You get to see some neat places AND talk about Internet culture all day, talk about a dream job!

Omaha Mama said...

Wow - I wish I was there too. Gorgeous photos!

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motherbumper said...

Darn, den guy beat me to the jugs comment.

Anyhow, I've always wanted to go there and have always imagined it was like one big ol' university campus there. Sigh... I'll get there someday.