The Return to Innocence

Trip Start Jun 21, 2008
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Trip End Aug 03, 2008


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Thursday, July 10, 2008

It's going to be a busy day, today - first Roskilde, Odense, then finally to Aero Island, for the night.  I'm going with shoes instead of sandals today; my feet are killing me, cracked and bleeding.  Hopefully a day or two of shoes will allow them to heal. 

It was pretty annoying in Roskilde - the guidebook suggests Roskilde as a good day trip, or place to stop en route, but there is no luggage storage at the train station.  Arrrgh ... but it's probably the first complaint about the book, so far this trip. 

I skipped the Viking Museum, because I've already seen one in Oslo - it's supposedly more focused on the actual Viking ship building, but who really cares?  I also skipped out on Frederiksborg castle; I'll see plenty of castles when I get to Germany.  There wasn't much going on in town, except for a small farmer's market on the main square.  

Odense was much livelier, with a nice pedestrian zone.  The main reason to come here is the Hans Christian Andersen Museum.  Surprisingly, I enjoyed the museum quite a bit.  It makes you feel like a kid again, learning the history of the man who wrote so many stories that meant so much, to so many children.  Off to Svendborg, to catch the ferry to Aero Island. 

Coincidence - I noticed a girl backpacking by herself on the ferry, and we later ended up in the same dorm room.  But maybe I shouldn't be surprised, since we seem to be the only two backpackers on this island.  Jenny's originally from Ohio, but now lives in NYC.  We've got similar travel stories - she's been to Europe 5 or 6 times, most of them solo. 

We wandered into town to the grocery store - maybe it's because she had a long travel day (flew in to Copenhagen from NYC today, then train to Svendborg, and then ferry to Aero), but she started to pass out on me.  Perhaps she was passing out because she was bored - I've been known to have that effect on women!  Jenny went back to the hostel and I went to grab some food at Aeroskobing Rogeri, a fast food joint specializing in smoked fish

I wandered over to the beach huts that some locals have built - wow!  The huts, the clouds, the sun ... it was a beautiful spot, and I never want to forget that moment or that feeling.  I simply lay on a bench, relaxing and taking it all in, while listening to my iPod. 

Enigma's "Return to Innocence" started playing, and I kept on repeating it.  It's a fitting song for today, in a few ways - memories of childhood that the Hans Christian Andersen Museum stirred, and also Aero Island, itself.  I would have loved vacationing in a place like Aero, as a kid - but now, while I still enjoy it, I could only do this for a day or two, at the absolute most.  But seriously - some music, the sun, a beach, and a bench to lie on - what more do you need in life?       
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