It is amazing to think that words like cousins, aunts and uncles mean so much. For most of my life I have not had any cousins, aunt/uncles or grandparents living in the same community never mind the same country. And when you meet these people connected to you by blood it is different than meeting kind folk, a feeling I have not often felt in my life because of not living in Germany or Holland. Instantly you are ‘special’ and there is a genuine excitement that you are going to be spending time with them. “Like” doesn’t need to be earned, only practiced. It was there before you even got there.
My cousin mentioned during our first days in Copenhagen that the family in Germany are all very excited to meet you all. At first my reaction was “Why?” Now that I am a sitting on a train heading to Berlin with all the memories of the last 10 days it all makes sense. My aunt touring us for the last week in Denmark and Oldenburg with daily enthusiasm and patience, my cousin opening up his flat for us to invade for 4 days, touring homes of my other cousins taking time to share details of their decisions and choices, coffee times, special meal preparation times, a large family BBQ get together and all the conversations that are filled with questions about who we are and what we are about. I will cherish this family feeling.
Looking back we have seen and done many interesting things. My photos albums of Copenhagen, the afternoon in Sweden, Oldenburg, Handsapark, Hamburg and family are posted on facebook. Another new item in my life. I understand now how this social networking has been successful. It is great to communicate in easy way through viewing, liking and commenting. A connection to home.
First impressions are powerful and Copenhagen was that. Our first European city but a wonderful one to begin with. I felt comfortable and safe there. Overall people seemed at ease with no desire to want to cause any harm or discomfort for any reason. The vast majority of people were attractive, fit and trim and took good care of themselves. I don’t think I have ever seen that in any city before. Biking to and from work, social gatherings and errands is common. Thus, the fit and at ease community breathing in all that fresh air with daily exercise. I would love to return there again and stay longer. Cost of living was definitely more expensive. An average coffee was $4 from 7-11 or a street corner. The atmosphere, scenic buildings and variety of activities is magnetic.
Top things we did in Copenhagen: #1 rent bikes #2 eat at Ny Haven #3 talk through the Christiana area #4 Climbing the stairs up to the top of the Christ our Saviour Baroque Church.
I will look back at Oldenburg as a relaxing place by the Baltic Sea with beautiful brick vintage houses and warm memories with family. Hamburg has a mixture of old and new with an extensive harbour and historic building reclaimed for modern purposes. Food is amazing. When crossing from Denmark to Germany the people climate changed quickly, it was evident that Germany people have wonderful food that is hard to resist. We have enjoyed a lot of it.