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Published: July 30th 2019
Magnificent benevolent art museum donation by the founder of the Carlsberg brewery
Arrived into Copenhagen mid afternoon to a hot 29deg day. A 25 hr trip but pretty good & not too tired & then a short train ride to our starting point accommodation, the Hotel Cabinn City, a little bit basic & no AC. Apart from a supermarket trip, no time for a city walk before an evening briefing and a meet-up with the rest of the group. The tour has a full group of 12 supported by a leader/guide. The group dynamic is very diverse in age, gender and geographic home & a group dinner was a nice way to get to know everyone. Some will only do stages of the tour and we will pickup new people along the way.
Another hot day expected and we started with a morning bike tour around the wide bike-friendly streets of Copenhagen passing grand palaces, royal residences, many museums and churches and the colourful waterfront houses along the Nyhavn Canal. These magnificent structures remain a legacy of 17th and early 18th century prosperity through trade.
After lunch a local guide took us around Freetown Christiania enclave & what I perceived to be a somewhat bizarre social experiment. A derelict military base
became a self-proclaimed autonomous neighbourhood which has amazingly been allowed to exist since 1971. At the time, poor or marginalised elements of the youth rebellion movements all had a common problem, being a lack of affordable housing. They eventually took over the whole base & surrounds and then held off efforts to displace them.
Once their housing issue was eased their creativity talents were able to be fully developed & is now a fully functional self-supporting community without crime or hard drugs & operates with broad egalitarian & conservation principles. It was fascinating to see.
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