Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Destination Denmark!: Day 3

This was a hard choice.
A fine breakfast!
Waking up at 4:30 each morning has its advantages. Andersen Bakery is located next to Tivoli Gardens and is a short walk from our hotel. I started Day 3 there and had an excellent breakfast. The pastries are flaky and delicious.


Walking out of the bakery, I spied the bike rack outside the train station. Denmark has one of the highest populations of bike riders in the world so I have been encouraged by several people to try riding a bike in Copenhagen. Even the city encourages visitors with a program that places free rental bikes throughout Copenhagen. You can use one of these white bikes to pedal through so I gave it a whirl. Did I mention that I am terribly out of shape? Everyone passed me by. Nonetheless it was a great experience. After about 25 minutes I decided to no longer be a danger to Danish society and park the bike outside of City Hall. There is plenty of space to bike and the key thing is to follow others to learn the etiquette of riding in traffic. 


Our group was fortunate to meet with members of the Danish Energy Agency for a presentation on the use of renewable energy. Denmark has launched an ambitious program to leave fossil fuels behind by 2050. If you look closely, you can see the windmills in the background. This ambition comes with many challenges and it will be interesting to see if Denmark can continue on this path. One of my goals is to take this discussion to my classroom and talk to students about renewable versus nonrenewable sources of energy. 


A thirty minute train ride took us to the town of Roskilde which is the original capital of Denmark. We visited the Viking museum and saw five Viking ships that were 1,000 years old. Another site in this town is the Roskilde Domkirke which is a 12th century brick cathedral that serves as the burial site for Danish monarchs. It is a beautiful building that is a mix of several architectural styles.                                                      


Being a citizen of a rather young country, it is amazing to see these structures that are several hundred years old. 


2 comments:

  1. Jeff, so fun to read about your experiences in Denmark. better than a post card!
    don't you wish we had more bikes lanes in the US? The bike lanes near my house often throw you directly into the car travel lanes.... have fun! Grace

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  2. Thank you, Grace! It is so easy to ride a bike in Copenhagen. It's amazing to see the bike culture.

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