Saturday in Copenhagen

The Museum of Danish Resistance 1940-1945 is surprisingly good. We went along expecting something quite small. I think our expectation was based on some publicity we had read which indicated the museum tour (in English) was less than an hour. In the end, I think we spent well over an hour there, and could have spent even more time visiting.

The museum documents the lead up to the occupation of Denmark by the Nazis, explains some of what happened while they were here, and also covers much of the resistance story. I was particularly interested in the radios and printing presses which were at the heart of how communication was maintained both within Denmark, and with other countries such as the United Kingdon. But there was a lot more to see, including lots of paper documentation, uniforms, weapons and so on.

From there, we wandered down to Nyhavn, the waterfront district of Copenhagen. Although I’d been on the canal tour when I previously visited Copenhagen in 2010, I was definitely keen to go again with Sue and with Aaron (the young Australian guy we had met yesterday). Unlike 2010, there was still a fair bit of ice on the water as we made our way in the boat which took us to both the larger bodies of water, as well as the smaller canals. It was cold. Sue went inside, while Aaron and I stayed outside (along with a few others), as we were both keen to really experience the outdoors, and to be able to take some really good photographs. Although it was undoubtedly warmer inside, I really enjoyed being outdoors in the thick of it. The tour costed about 70DKK ($10-12 AUD) and lasts for about 65 minutes.

Although it was a good way to spend an hour or so, we definitely needed warming up after that, and head in for a coffee at Baresso, described to us yesterday as the Danish equivalent to Starbucks. I’m not sure if I’d agree with the comparison, as I’ve found the Baresso coffee to be vastly superior to Starbucks.

As for the cold? Marian, whose apartment we’re staying in, told us this year has been unseasonably, exceptionally colder than it has been for a couple of years. When I was here three years ago (at almost exactly the same time), it was much warmer, I remember. You can see it in the clothes I was wearing. (The photograph also confirms I’ve lost a fair bit of weight since then, and was complaining I was sick of wearing the same clothes every day.) I wouldn’t say it was warm, but it was certainly warmer than it has been this year.

And finally, I feel inclined to re-assure my family I have brought with me on this trip more than one set of clothing. If you’ve looked at the photographs I’ve blogged so far, you could seriously think otherwise. The warm jacket on loan from Damien has been an absolute treasure, as most days have seen sub-zero temperatures in Stockholm, Berlin and now Copenhagen. But, it is beginning to look like I only have the jacket, a pair of jeans, a jacket and a beanie, and so I risked the cold and asked Sue to take this photograph to prove otherwise.

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