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To be or not to be….Helsingør & Copenhagen, Denmark

We left Sweden Tuesday morning and took a 20 minute ferry from Helsingborg to Helsingør.

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Having fun with candy teeth.

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Posing with the Hamlet castle.

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There it is.  The castle where Shakespeare’s Hamlet is set.

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We met our gracious hosts, Gig and Knud, at the ferry and explored the castle and Helsingør before heading back to their place just to the north.

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They still have the cannons, but seemed to be mostly used as intimidation to collect taxes on the boats passing through the sound back in the day.

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Hamlet Castle

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Never have I seen so many jellyfish.  Apparently they are mostly harmless, unless they are red.

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Lots of great little streets, some dating to the Middle Ages.

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Then we headed a bit north to Gig & Knud’s house, where they have a great view of Sweden!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Drinking some great Danish beer with a view.  It is only 4 km (2.5 miles) across here so most days you can make out the buildings on the opposite coast.

That evening, we met for a family dinner in Copenhagen, tapas-style.  We had a great time catching up and seeing Nicklas & Malin’s renovation in-progress.  I particularly enjoyed learning that the Swedes, Danes, and Norwegians can all understand each other and at one point in the evening all three languages were happening simultaneously (not that I knew at that moment, they all sounded strange to me).

We spent the next day wandering in Copenhagen before our flight back to Zurich that evening.

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Look, marsh, just like Louisiana.  Except these have trolls apparently.

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Copenhagen is very walk-able and bike-able.  The amount of bikes is overwhelming and every sidewalk is covered with locked-up bikes.

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As this is our last European post – We’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who has made our trip so delightful up until now.  The list is long:

Gig & Knud & family for your time in Denmark and opening up your home to us.  Gunilla, Ulrika, Nick and Jonas for the great visits, walks and food in and around Båstad.  Mica, Calle, Shirin, Myran, Ebba, Alex and Marcus & Co. for the tours, cuisine, nightlife and Peter Forsberg spotting (I’m still not exactly sure who this is but Riki made me add it) in Stockholm.  The Spaniards in Spain for towing us all around Asturias and keeping us full.  All the aunts in Zurich, Noggi, Toodle, Sabine & their families, for dinners, fishing, rides, advice, and much, much more.  And lastly and mostly, many, many thanks to Ouma for agreeing to put up with all our chaos for the last few weeks.  The last month would not have been possible without her.

A big thanks to our parents, who so generously have arranged for some of our travel and provided support and advice on our great adventure.

And to all for carting us around, to and from the airport, train station, etc while we trip through your lives.

Thanks for reading, see you on the flip side.

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