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Published: July 10th 2003
After meeting so many people who had been to the Roskilde festival I was destined to go there. Also and more importantly my friend Lizette lived there. I met Lizette in Xela, Guatemala at the Spanish school. The month or so around the time I had spent in Guatemala had been some of the best times of my life. Lizette was one of the people that made it so good and I was really looking forward to seeing her again. There is always some trepidation when meeting a friend again - especially when it's a friend that you've only known in one set of circumstances and in this case one country. But it was great - we got on really well, which I had known we would all along.
So Roskilde, from the tourist perspective. Charming Danish town set in traditional country side with a long history. Colourful and charming houses line the streets around the Cathederal. The town is set up from one of the many natural harbours that abound on Zealand coast. The Cathederal is a really impressive building, built in the middle-ages, 1300's and continually added to over the centuries. The Danish royal family is baptised, married,
and buried in this cathedral. There are tombs stretching back through the ages.
Down at the peaceful harbour a reconstruction of the largest Viking Longboat thus found is taking place. At around 30m long the boat is huge, would have carried around 120 Viking warriors. The Danish are proud of their Viking heritage and have museums and attractions dedicated to them in many places. Anyone remember Vicky The Viking? A cartoon from when I was a kid.
Lizette and I went to Copenhagen for the final day of my visit. I hadn't realised that Copenhagen was quiet so close, only half an hour by train. So on my return to Copenhagen we went to Tivoli. Tivoli is the largest tourist attraction in Denmark more popular than Legoland! It's basically an extremely cute amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen. Pricey though. The best way (which we didn't) to visit the theme park is as early as possible on a weekday, pay the entrance fee DK65 (10) and then buy a day pass for the rides, DK190 (28). Buying individual tickets for each ride rapidly becomes even more costly, and the park fills up towards the mid afternoon, leading
to huge queues for just about every ride. We decided that we would spend most of the afternoon in Newhaven, sitting at the side walk cafes, see the palace close up and then head back to Tivoli later. Had really good Ice Cream from the Ice Cream store nearest the harbour (heard not so good things about the other one). Went back to Tivoli with the intention of buying a day pass and going on all the rides, but discovered that the queues were crazy. We spent the evening at a Salsa club, I had learnt to dance with Lizette so it was great to end the visit like this.
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