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August 2023

Sojourn in Denmark brings surprises and delights

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Your correspondent and his spouse spent a wonderful two weeks in Denmark in May, most of it on a "workaway" vacation with a lovely family in the countryside near Gjøl, a small town on the northern coast of the Limfjord on the peninsula of northern Jutland. We have had a longstanding interest in visiting Scandinavia but confess that  two years of being hooked on the Danish television political drama "Borgen" piqued our particular interest in Denmark. It was no surprise that your correspondent didn't accidentally run into Sidse Babett Knudsen who played Denmark's first female prime minister Birgitte Nyborg nor Pilou Asbæk  who played Kasper Juul, a spin doctor, in the seriews. After all, your correspondent was  painting a 200 year old stone barn across the water and quite a ways from  Borgen (the Castle) as the Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government in Copenhagen, Zeeland, is known, not that the actors who likely now have international reach would be hanging out at Borgen anyway! Politics came up  in this interview with a  Vigo  (a play on "we go"?) rideshare driver from Romania who was sympathetic with the truck drivers who were on strike and staging blockades (but not along our route to the airport for our flight back home) in a protest against government policy. But it is culture, history and nature that figure prominently into your correspondent's documentation of this beautiful, dynamic land of 6 million people, three quarters the population of New York City.  We are grateful to all our hosts, everyone who helped us find our way and all the people of Denmark. See some documentation below.



 Denmark May 2023