26.05.2015 - 19.08.2015
We found a great house for rent in July as one of Rikke's colleagues was heading for six weeks in Greenland for the summer holiday. It was a lovely home in a complex of townhouses (similar to our own actually). However, together with the house we became 'guardians' of their special family member, Cosine. It took a while but she eventually came looking for snuggles on my lap.
Danes have a special affinity with their national flag. It has pride of place whatever the celebration … tho' I'm not sure who or what was being celebrated with the last pic which Chas happened upon on a walk one day!! The mind boggles.
One of the wonders of travel is experiencing and understanding some of the cultural differences. For example, in Denmark (and I think Scandinavia generally) it is customary to put babies and toddlers outside in the fresh air for their lunchtime nap. This occurs up to ~10degC, but the children are rugged up in special sleeping bags, so they are very snug against the cold. This was a little one in the apartment block where we were staying .. out under the trees enjoying the lovely day.
Another interesting children's story is the 'dummy tree'. This is a tree on the banks of the Aarhus River not far from town where little ones can place their dummy .. a symbolic gesture when it's time to let go. Very cute.
This was a community project happening next to the dummy tree on the day we visited. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see how it turned out.
A lovely part of the town area is Møllestien, a quaint little street especially preserved in the traditional style.
Other points of interest:
- I love the long summer daylight hours;
- It's great fun to just wander down the walking street .. always something of interest to catch your eye
- Bicycles - everyone cycles. Children start early to understand the culture of cycling. On this visit I noticed many parents guiding their very young children (5'ish) as they navigate the streets. The child stays next to kerb with the parent on the outside, and buses flying past. Vehicles must give way to cyclists, and cyclists to pedestrians. It works (mostly!!).
- A sense of tradition and history everywhere.
- Great restaurants and a lovely vibe ..
And something that can't be missed in Aarhus is the lovely street art. These are only a sample. They add interest and colour to ordinary structures.