The Magical Møns Klint

Before we arrived in Copenhagen, Ida made an epic list of things to do/see in Denmark. Obviously we couldn’t do everything, but one thing that everyone was saying we just HAD to see was Møns Klint, a cliff of sorts. We put it towards the top of our list of things to do with Ida, but after a hectic week of site seeing, taking a whole day devoted to this cliff just wasn’t in the cards. Since the apple orchard was on the way (sort of) to this cliff from Copenhagen, we decided that one weekend during our WWOOFing stint Ida would pick us up and we’d head up to Møns Klint and check out this cliff situation.

The weekend came and Ida, Lasse, Katie, Kira and I made our way toward Møn, the island this mysterious cliff is on. I refused to Google this place because I wanted to be completely surprised, and was I in for a treat. We began with a picnic and then started down some stairs through the woods. As we got closer to the bottom, the trees opened up and we could see the top of the cliff, way way up there. Once we reached the bottom we were on a beach, a beach made up of flint rock, large rocks, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen. The face of the cliff itself is made of chalk, it was fascinating. The sky and the water were a vibrant blue next to the white face of the cliff.

As we walked along the rock bed, Lasse started finding fossils! Fossilized squid tentacles and fossilized fungi. It was so cool! After a lovely walk along the rock beach we reach the stairs to head up. It was a bit of a climb but the trees we were walking through were completely magical (there’s a real theme here with me, get me into some trees and I’ll be so content). The trail we were climbing up was along the side the edge of the cliff, and once we got to the top the view was breathtaking. We had the perfect weather and picked an off time to go (later in the day) so we had the trail all to ourselves.

All in all it was such a nice break from life at the orchard, the magical Møns Klint is with out a doubt one of the top five favorite things we did in Denmark!

Hope you enjoy the pictures below! I got a little picture happy, a majority of them were just of trees (classic Sarah move) but these were my favorite!

Stay tuned for a post on Berlin. Spoiler alert: we’re LOVING it! 🙂

 -S

A Day at the Market

When I found out that I was The Chosen One to go work a market with Anders, I was slightly skeptical at first.  It was to be an all-day affair, loading up the car at 7:30am and not returning home until after 6pm that night.  I love a good farmer’s market as much as the next guy, but it involved skipping my afternoon free time (and mushroom hunting) which I’ve become quite attached to.

The morning of the market, I got up just as the sun was rising to fix some breakfast and get ready.  Anders and I loaded up the car and trailer with fruit and apple juice.  I was so sleepy, and there was a dense fog hovering just above the ground that made me want to crawl right back into bed.  But when we arrived at the “market,” I found a full-blown festival!  More specifically, a farmer’s market/flea market/Renaissance-festival-but-with-vikings, all rolled into one.  It took place at Kongskilde Friluftsgard, a nature center about an hour north of Kysøko.  I took some time to wander away from the booth and explore the market, viking village, and nature areas nearby.  I even stumbled upon a beach!

Back at the booth, Anders was quite the salesman.  He was drawing a lot of customers in to taste samples of his famous apple juice.  I picked up a few words in Danish that ended up coming in handy when Anders needed to take a break.  I managed to sell about 4 kg of pears, 3 apples, and several bottles apple juice in his absence. There was a lot of pantomiming involved.  A few people laughed at my pronunciation of “æblemost” (apple juice).  From what I could gather, I was saying apple + something-that-wasn’t-juice.

It’s been great to find so many English speakers so far on this trip, but it was fun to have the chance to be out of my element for a change.  It turned out to be a good day, and I still got to hang out in the forest that evening!  Win-win!

-K

Orchard Life

After almost a month in Denmark, I’ve started to feel quite at home, definitely starting to get used to the fact that I’m not just going to be returning home soon. After such a busy pace in Copenhagen it was so nice to get out into the countryside and take some time to relax and regroup, along with experiencing a whole new side of Danish culture.

After a rocky start, our time at the orchard turned out to be a great learning experience. We worked for 4 hours every day, picking apples, pears, raspberries, or making juice. If you know me at all, you know that I am a bit of a picky eater. I can proudly say that as of right now, I’ve tried everything, even liver and pickled herring! (Definitely won’t be eating those again voluntarily.)

Speaking of food, one of my favorite things while staying at the orchard was cooking. We would go out and pick what we were going to be cooking with, dig up potatoes and artichokes, or get some fresh basil from the greenhouse. Everything we made was SO fresh and completely delicious, and pretty darn healthy.  Katie has become quite the chef and its so inspiring to try to come up with new dishes for us to try with all the great produce!

By far my favorite thing about staying at the orchard was the forest, which was just across their field. The trees towered high above and created a beautiful canopy. Late on sunny afternoons, the rays of sunlight coming through the trees would create a golden hue, as if it’s glowing. No photographs could even come close to doing it justice. We would often take an afternoon walk or run through the woods, Katie even found a plethora of mushrooms that we (once we decided they wouldn’t kill us) used in a couple meals.

We were surrounded by animals here at the orchard: kittens, hens & roosters, hedgehogs, sheep, SO MANY SPIDERS and SLUGS, hares, and pheasants! It was always very entertaining. And if the animals weren’t entertainment enough there were some interesting people too, two girls also from the States (Vikki and Ellen) who have spent the past year in Alaska, a girl from Belgium (Hilike) taking a gap year before starting university, a guy from northern Norway (Brage) above the arctic circle and last but not least a girl from Portugal (Katarina) who was an extra in a Game of Thrones episode filming in Morocco! Its been so fun to get to know them along with our hosts, Anders and Susanne!

Its hard to believe that our two and a half weeks are up, it has FLOWN by here. Next we venture to Germany and we are so stoked to see what Berlin has to offer.

Check out a handful of pictures from the orchard and the forest!

Until next time Denmark!

-S

København

After 9 days in Copenhagen I am worn out. Ida and her family have been absolutely amazing hosts to Katie and I. We’ve seen so many great things and eaten so much wonderful Danish food! Ida has packed almost everyday full of places to go and things to see! From boat tours to castle tours to climbing the spire of Our Savior’s church, I truly feel like we’ve experienced what Copenhagen has to offer, and I’ve been loving it! We’ve packed so much into such a short time that I would be writing a novel if I covered everything, so here are some of my highlights!

  • Our boat tour through Copenhagen was amazing… being able to travel through the canals alongside all of the sailboats and historic buildings was too cool, but what made it even more memorable was that it started down pouring during the tour! Luckily Ida had gotten us some ponchos, but we were still soaking wet. While our boat was docking, I SAW A CLEAR FISH!! It was completely clear and it was awesome!
  • Rosenborg Slot, my first official castle! It used to be a countryside house but now its right in the middle of Copenhagen, a little oasis in the city.
  • Danish hotdogs! I’m truly sorry Chicago, but Denmark wins this one! We hit up an organic hotdog stand one of our days in the city and it was, hands down, the best hotdog I’ve ever had.
  • We were headed to the Royal Opera for a tour at 10:30 and it’s on its own little island.  While walking there, we realized that the bridge that was on our map isn’t actually finished yet, so we had to go all the way back where we came from and run in the rain to make it to the opera.  We were 5 minutes late and they had already started the tour and locked up the doors!  Things start exactly on time in Denmark.  Thankfully we weren’t the only ones late–there was a group of 15 of us that had all arrived late, so thankfully they let us in! It’s a newer opera house, so it was so cool to see all the little details and the thought that went into making it such an amazing place!
  • Kronborg Slot, aka Hamlet’s castle, was nothing short of majestic. While following the arrows, we were lead into the basement and down some stairs, into a dungeon that was pitch black.  It was a Monday, so it was not busy at all in at the castle. We were completely alone in a dungeon, it was SO CREEPY! Katie wanted to explore on past that, but I wimped out, because if you know me you know that I do not do haunted houses or anything remotely similar, and this was the real deal. I ran out of there so fast!
  • One of the most beautiful places we went to was the graveyard where Hans Christian Andersen, the famous fairytale writer, is buried. It was more of a park with some graves, and it was such a beautiful sunny day.  There was this EPIC long path right through the center of it, completely lined with really tall trees, it was gorgeous! The graveyard is also in the middle of Copenhagen, so you enter from a busy street right into this quiet and calm park.
  • Christiania (sometimes called the Free Town) is basically this hippie town right in the middle of Copenhagen, it was SO interesting! Over 800 people live there and they follow their own rules. We went there for a picnic by the lake, had a nice relaxing lunch, and we tried Faxe Kondi which is this Danish pop. It’s SO good!  A Danish rapper wrote a whole song about how much he loves it, it’s quite hilarious!
  • By far the CRAZIEST thing we’ve done on the trip so far was climb up Our Savior’s Church.  You climb over 400 steps and 300 feet, the last 150 steps being outside on the spire.  It was SO high up! I’m not one to be scared of heights, but to be that high up climbing the stairs around the spire and not even being harnessed in had me shaking! But what resulted was a breathtaking view of Copenhagen!
  • Tivoli!! One of the world’s oldest amusement parks was magical. We ate a wonderful and delicious dinner and then watched a ballet performance. There are lights EVERYWHERE, and the whole place just has this feeling of stepping back in time. It was so magical with all the lights and old rides and carnival games. There were some newer rides though, one of them being the Vertigo, which looked terrifying.  Listening to people scream while on it was hilarious though…one girl was freeeeakking out, at one point she screamed “I’m gonna die up here!” It was quite funny, but she’s braver than me, just watching it made me feel sick. Also, we ate the most delicious churros which in Danish they call “warm Spanish tubes” 🙂

 

So there you have it! 9 ACTION PACKED days in Copenhagen–it’s been simply wonderful to be able to explore this city and spend time with Ida, Anna Mette, Peter, Lesse and Kira! Tomorrow we are off to our next destination: an apple orchard in the Danish countryside.  Can’t wait to start picking apples, making cider and exploring another part of Denmark!

 Be sure to check out our photos too!  You should be able to click on each photo to see a description. Thanks for reading!

 

 -S