Short Study Tour: H. C. Andersen everything...

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
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Trip End Dec 20, 2007


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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense and lived there until 16ish when he left for Copenhagen.  He never once had a nice thing to say about it.  So, in typical fashion, Odense has taken the idea and turned it into touristy Hans Christian Andersen hell.  It's kind of like Disney World and how you can't look anywhere without seeing Mickey Mouse ears.

I should mention Odense is the third largest city in Copenhagen, slightly smaller than Akron.  There's a few cute streets.









There's a church, apparently important enough to get used by royalty. 







Annnd that's about it.  We started our day off at the H.C. Andersen museum.  Apparently, the girls really liked it.  I thought it was a horribly set up museum made up of 50 text panels.  I don't go to museums to READ for hours on end.  Basically, we skipped through it pausing only to read about his sordid love affairs or lack thereof.  We also learned that Andersen had a largely abnormal nose and was unpopular as a child because he liked to play with dolls and cut things out of paper.  That being said, he was rejected by both men and women.  The most amusing story involved a girl way too young for him who he publicly sought after, so that the whole town knew he was after her.  Then, at a very very public party, the girl toasted to him something along the lines of, "To Andersen, whom I love like a brother."

After the Andersen museum, we went to a town....constructed to look like a town in Andersen's time.  It would have been more interesting had I not just been to the Open Air Museum which was much more well done and interesting.

Then we went on a guided walk through Odense, where we got to feed ducks like we were 5 year olds and were told a fairy tale by our guide who spoke horrible English.  Oh, and apparently swans can hiss.

That night, after the boredom of the day, we decided to go out.  That's when we realized how true Odense's nickname was.  "The Little Copenhagen"  It was Copenhagen, down to the exact same bars...only smaller and less exciting.  We did manage to randomly join a 100 person pub crawl of international teenagers.  No one questioned us and we suddenly found ourselves with wristbands on and free beer...and free beer just doesn't happen in this country.

Regardless, by the end of the day, we were kinda gloom and doom about the whole trip but luckily it picked up the next day.  Not so surprisingly, many of the girly girls thought this was the best day of the trip.
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