Viking Mechanics

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of Denmark  , Jutland,
Thursday, June 10, 2010

Probably around up to 9 months ago we had decided we wanted to visit a small town in Demark called Ribe. It is a miniature city which is celebrating this year it's 1300th birthday (and we think federation is impressive!). but even before that, the place has been used as a Danish settlement. This is the most important Viking site in Denmark as it was the central trading hub for all of Scandinavia to the rest of the world. There is a tavern in town that was built in 1600. The place is so old.

The rain has been a bit of a burden which stopped us from taking any worthy photos, which was a shame as there is an amazing cathedral in town which is built around the first Christian church in all of Scandinavia! It was a mish mash of architecture from every age. But what a medley of history!

We took Bigwig once again to a mechanic to get fixed, we limped in. We don’t really want to go into whinging about our home, but a new front left driveshaft really hurt our budget.

It should have been expected that the Krona currency here would really mess with us, but we really got surprised by our stunning fuel and grocery bill. We thought that maybe things would get expensive further north, but no. We now realize we should have stocked up on supplies while we were passing through Germany.

When we picked up our Bigwig finally we went to see the 'Musset Ribes Vikinger’ which is a Viking museum. It was really interesting to learn about early Danish life and even the pre-christian religions. We even bought a little Odin trinket to bring luck to the van (Odin knows we need it!)
Upon leaving the museum we realized that we had left our macbook in the waiting room at the garage where the van was repaired. Frantically we bolted there to find that yes, our laptop was sitting pretty and still charging. Thanks Odin!

We drove out to the western coastal shore to dig in for the evening and to see if we can see a leopard seal. We have loved Denmark so far, and apart from the exorbitant prices everywhere, we have found the Danes to be a very friendly people who are all generally good at English. But we do as always have to tell them that we are Australian, and not from England. And that makes all the difference.

After a short stay by the sea we were forced to flee because of buffeting winds. It was as if 20 angry Viking ghosts were rocking the van, determined to tip us over. So, in the middle of the night we drove away to a sheltered area.
No wonder they have wind generators everywhere. This place is in constant cyclone.
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