Valley
Valley
  • end of Denmark
    • 08/07/2017
Had a brief photo stop in Roskilde, where I met another cycle tourer, and first Brit since Holland - Doctor Tim, who had travelled up from Gibraltar, quite a trip!
Onwards to camp just outside of Copenhagen, in a nature reservey type place full of waterfowl.

Next day I rolled into the city not sure where I would stay, but noticed a guy (Ali) on couchsurfing was organising a BBQ. He travels from the UK making deliveries, and if the weather is good, stops off to cook in a park - 250 times so far!
Of the dozen other attendees, only one was a Danish local, so no hosting joy, but then I got a call back from Hilary on warmshowers, rescuing me with the offer of a sofa bed, leftover pasta, perfectly cooked eggs, interesting conversations and beer tasting with her housemates Jan and Manulus.
Their kitchen is occupied by a huge hairy spider which has its own Facebook page!

Next day was supposed to be a day off sightseeing, but it was pretty rainy so I spent most of the day trying on new waterproof jackets.

The city itself is very very nice, lots of parks, street art, classic architecture, trendy neighborhoods, modern flats, colourful canal side, easy to get around by bicycle.

Then finally some sunshine so made another lap of the city for some photos, then northward, briefly stopping to see the crowds gawking at the little mermaid statue.
The road north along the coast is a very prosperous and pleasant region, beautiful houses looking out over the water to Sweden.
In the evening I stopped at Louisiana, a modern art gallery, which had on a fascinating exhibition of the career of the performance artist Milana Abramovic. Lots of nudity and screaming but rather thought provoking.

Then one last night camping in the woods at a Shelter location, before leaving the country - not quite though, as spent the day at Kronborg castle, setting of Hamlet, following the cast around as they put on the play.

Short and cheap ferry ride to Helsingborg, which also has an interesting looking castle keep, but it was getting late so had to do a quick 20km up the coast to get out of town, everyone is having a bbq and queuing for ice cream as if its being banned tomorrow!
In Sweden you can camp anywhere, as long as not too close to property, not disturbing anyone, and no signs saying otherwise - ie nature reserves, so this rules out almost the entire coast!
Found a shelter on the map, occupied by a friendly German couple on a two week hitch hiking trip.
Nice sunset, nice beach, but the coast is heavily populated and utilised by the locals so an early rude awakening by dog walkers and then kids activity groups!


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