From the ship:
When we first got on the ship we wandered around the deck for a bit until it was past most of the islands in the fjord and then we escaped inside from the bitter wind. Checking out the duty-free we bought two of the cheapest bottles of red wine and some snacks. After drinking these (second one being opened by a knife-wielding Finn) and eating the makeshift sandwiches and salads we brought with us we decided to check out the ship's nightlife. Oh dear that was funny. I was easily the youngest person in the bar by several years. There was a live band playing and groups of drunk Norwegians dancing. There was a couple groups of people in their late thirties and then a bunch of older people who were probably on board for a business conference. I love watching older drunk people try and dance and flirt. It's hilarious. The drinks however weren't much cheaper than what you'd get in Oslo so we each bought a round and then headed to bed since we had to be up and off the boat around 9.
I was really interested in seeing Christiania, the autonomous commune where there is no private property and the main street called Pusher street is a hub of marijuana sales.
|a painting outside the commune walls|
We then tried to go to a museum that we heard had cool Viking weapons but they didn't open for another hour so we headed to the National Museum. The National Museum is awesomely free and has quite extensive exhibits from Danish prehistory through to the Middle Ages- we didn't go any further than that but they do have much much more. The problem with putting two Viking nerds in a museum while on a limited schedule is that we simply can't be rushed with certain things. We spent an hour longer than planned at that museum and I easily could have spent much more time in several rooms.
Some cool museum stuff:
|OMG A MEDIEVAL BRICK! We found it so very ridiculous but awesome that they had a brick on display, like behind glass and everything. They also had several piles on open displays in another room. Why? I have no clue.|
|St. George killing a dragon.|
|a baby being impaled on a carved walrus tusk|
|golden reliquary designed to look like a stave church.|
|the molestation of Jesus|
After spending a couple hours in the museum we were both starving so we walked along one of the main streets to find a cheap restaurant to have lunch in. We found a small Italian place that was advertising a steak and potatoes lunch special for 98kr (approx $17) which is unthinkable by Oslo standards. The place was empty and we decided to have rather low expectations but were pleasantly surprised both by speed of food delivery and taste. My steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare with a tasty pepper sauce and yummy potatoes. Oddly my friend, who ordered the identical thing, got a well-done steak but it was edible. I don't know if it was just a difference between North American and European restaurants where the waitress/waiter visits several times during the meal but the waitress seemed very hesitant and kind of hovered a couple empty tables away before approaching to take our orders or remove the plates, and we had to find her to pay the bill.
It was then time for shopping. No not clothes shopping or anything boring like that but shopping for meat and booze. While by North American standards things in Denmark are pricey they're cheap as hell compared to Norwegian prices and it's especially good when the two currencies are at par as they are now.
|Wooden dragons from the National museum guarding my meat and mead haul|
|Dragons love meat and mead|
So YAY Denmark! I'll be heading there again in April because there was another coupon that had tickets even cheaper (29kr a person so about $5). That time I plan on heading off alone and doing some touristy things. Can't wait. And that time I will be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring my glasses and contact case so I eliminate the only negative aspect from the trip.