It has been very logical...

Trip Start Mar 04, 2008
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Trip End Oct 07, 2008


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Sunday, June 15, 2008

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All showered and clean thanks to the ferry's amazing facilities we started the Scandanavian stretch of our journey on the well paved, cyclist friendly back roads of Sweden.  Riding through little farming communities, it was interesting to see how simple and logical most of the structures and houses were built.  It was something like riding through the IKEA catalogue!  The best was getting a peek into the little perfectly furnished sunrooms that most houses had!

On our second day in Sweden we had a little run-in with the Swedish police.  After our good old Euro Atlas failing to show us a secondary road to take for a section of our ride we decided to get on the main highway for a few kilometers to connect to the next town on our map. But, of course, as soon as we got on the highway we realized we really shouldn't be on it.  Single lane highway, no shoulder, the lane fenced in on both sides, cars and trucks whizzing by at 110km/h.  Every other car that passed honked like crazy, failing to empathize that we didn't want to be there just as much as they didn't want to see us on their highway.  Within minutes there was the call to the police by one of those honking drivers and we were pulled over by the police 50 meters before reaching the section of the highway where bikes were allowed.  The words were: "Does it seem logical to ride your bicycles on this road?"  (Trully Swedish words from a trully Swedish cop... haha) They turned out to be really nice cops and after escorting us the remaining 50m they still recommended the side roads over the highway and gave us directions to the roads that our map didn't show.  They bid us farewell by promising to beat us in Hockey next time!

Despite the nice encounter with the police, however, I have to say, I don't think I will paint the Swedish flag on my wall next time I have a wall!  Overall, we thought Sweden to be a little too logical and way too expensive.  Throughout our ride, we didn't come across a single liquor store, or a single IKEA, and all their wind mills were facing directly West and rapidly turning continously.  Our Swiss friend Matt road the exact same route a while before us and thought it was just great though.... so if you are reading this for advice, maybe you should see for yourselves!
Now in Copenhagen... an amazingly live Capital City with beautifully architectured buildings and way too many bikes all over the city.  We enjoyed a night out with new friends made at the hostel and were forced to take a rest day to recover.

There is a little "country" in Copenhagen, called 'Christiania'.  Here the locals separated themselves from the rest of the city with a wall and created their own community with their own rules, their own stamps, and live in peace and harmony in their hand crafted homes with their hand crafted hash.  The Danish believe this community is stuck in the 60's.
The highlight of our visit here was by far the live performance we caught on video in the central square, of an intoxicated homeless person dancing from the bottom of his heart for his beer bottle! Oh, and witnessing a high speed police chase in the busy streets of downtown! The pursued driver was enjoying a cigarette while being chased by at least 5 police cars.

We're heading south now to Germany where we hear groceries are much cheaper.
I have no witty goodbyes to use for this one because everyone in Scandanavia speaks perfect English and that made us lazy to even learn the simple greetings!
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