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Jun 26, 2014 - Fyrkat and Viborg

Our first stop today was Fyrkat near Hobro. Firstly we visited the recreated Viking-style farmstead which archaeologist believed surrounded the Viking fort Fyrkat. This complex took ten years to construct using only materials and tools authentic to the period. This recreation outlines the purpose of each building and the way of life of the Vikings. A 1km walk along the river we came to 1,000 year old remains of the Fyrkat fortress believed to have been built by the Viking King Harald Bluetooth around 980AD. . Archaeologists have discovered...

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Sep 14, 2009 - Flight back to Vancouver via Zurich and Montreal

Had to get up early (again) to catch the Swiss Air flight to Zurich and arrived ther with a couple of hours before the next Swiss Air connection to Montreal. The lounge was pleasant enough and quite crowded. It seems that European business people don't mind paying extra euros to fly 1st or business class. The flight to Montreal was without any excitement and service and food was very good. Not a long lay-over in Montreal and the Air Canada flight arrived on time at YVR. Vera was there to pick me up and was ecstatic to see again. She had do...

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Sep 13, 2009 - Long train ride back to Hamburg

I got to the train station early (just across the street from the hotel) and found my seat. Just before departure we are told that the locomotive has to be replaced. It took almost 50 minutes and started to get nervous. My connection in Warsaw was only 30 minutes and I had to get back to Germany as my flight to Canada was tomorrow. The female conductor assured me that the next train would wait for me in Warsaw!" "Fat chance", I thought. As we neared Warsaw we were 40 minutes late to get to the main station. Well, would you believe we...

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Sep 12, 2009 - Trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau

I was up fairly early and had my breakfast (buffet style) and was ready when the minivan came to pick me up for the trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps. There were eight people from different countries. A couple from Toronto (she spoke Polish), two from the States, a couple from Ireland, a chap from New Zealand and then the driver. It was good distance and took almost two hours from Cracow to get to the first camp - Auschwitz. When we arrived we were introduced to a tour guide and given a headsets which were connected to the...

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Sep 11, 2009 - First day in Cracow

After a quick breakfast and saying good-bye to Solvejg and Finn I took a taxi (quite inexpensive here) to the main train station for the 09:00 train to Cracow. The express train takes three hours and is quite comfortable. I had a light lunch (soup) on the train just before we arrived in Cracow. After arrival there I looked across the street from the station and saw a nice old fashion hotel (hotel Europa). I decided looking around for something else would be a waste of time and checked in and found the price was very reasonable. It also had...

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Sep 10, 2009 - Meeting the people at the head office - International Federation of Chopin Societies

Today I had breakfast (buffet) in the hotel and then left early and walked for almost an hour to get to the headquarters for the International Federation of Chopin Societies. On the way walked though a city park with beautiful vegetation. Many new buildings in this part of town showing the latest in Polish architecture. I had invited Elzbieta Artysz, the General Secretary, for lunch, but she did not think she had time. After paying our dues ($300.00US) from the Vancouver Chopin Society I had a ong chat with Elzbieta and her Assistant, Jakub...

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Sep 9, 2009 - Berlin - Warsaw express

Up early to catch the train from Berlin to Warsaw. The Berlin-Warsaw express takes six hours. It only stops a few times and at the border to Poland the locomotive is exchanged for a Polish one. The 1st. class compartment was very comfortable and the dining car had excellent food. I did read a lot on this trip. Currently I am reading Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion". He is one of my favourite authors and certainly makes a lot of sense in this crazy World we live in. (Read it - you'll like it) I arrived in Warsaw early afternoon and...

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Sep 8, 2009 - Long drive from Fur to Hamburg

After a great breakfast I had to say a tearful good-bye to my friends -- we never know when we shall see each other again. After another ferry ride back to mainland I drove quickly towards Skive and stopped at my favourite florist.I bought a small fall arrangement and placed it on my Mother's tomb stone. I drove by my niece, Tine's, new beauty salon to be opened in a week's time - nobody was home. She will be on her own and has the salon attached to their house (separate building) and can then look after the two girls also. I stopped by...

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Sep 7, 2009 - Visit with Inger and Otto on the island of Fur

After a quick breakfast I said good-bye to Grethe and Evan and thanked them for the great birthday party and headed for the island of Fur. I had to drive through Thisted and suddenly I was stopped due to a procession of horses and fancy horse drawn coaches. It turned out that the Danish Queen, Margrethe, and her concort Prince Henri were visiting the city. Their ship was anchored in the harbour and they had been picked up by the city's mayor and were now on their way to some luncheon function! I was a only three meters from the coach and...

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Sep 6, 2009 - Sunday at Klitmøller - Hanstholm

I woke up to a rather bright day (must have been good all year - my birthday). Had a light breakfast in the hotel's restaurant and was hoping that Gertrud from Toronto would have been there (she was also staying at the hotel over-night) but I did not see her. She and I were the only "foreigners" in our graduating class. I drove slowly through town once more and saw all the old places where I spent my youth and took a photo of our old home (looked very small now!) I thought back to the many Saturday night dances at Hotel du Nord back in the...

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Sep 5, 2009 - Class re-union in Løgstør

After a hearty breakfast I thanked Karen and Vagn and said "Good-bye". The night before Vagn had showed me a piece in the local paper about a book which had been released the day before and with the author present for autographing at a large book store in the neighbouring city. The book was a collection of biographies and interviews with well-known people from that part of the country and it was written by one of my friends, Søren Christensen, from my class at school. I quickly stopped by the local book store to see if it had arrived there....

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Sep 4, 2009 - September 4th

I left Bent P. early as I had to get to Sjællands Odde for the ferry over to Aarhus. It was quite a ride on the hydrofoil - waves were 10 meters high and the ship moved from side to side quite a bit. I did not get seasick and arrived safely in Aarhus. I drove pretty fast to get to my aunt Grethe in Hobro for lunch. We had a great lunch again with all the usual delicacies - pickled herring, liver pate, smoked salmon and all the usual sliced meats and ending with cheese tray and apple cobbler with whipping cream!!! Now you know why I have to...

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