Last Christmas we met Connie and Henrik, friends of Kirsty and Tim, during their annual holiday to Hua Hin. When they heard of our big adventure they offered to host us in their home town of Holsted, Denmark. I wonder if they really thought we would!? 8 months and many emails later we found ourselves in the driveway of a lovely bungalow in central Denmark. Fortunately Henrik was able to take time off work, being a baker he worked nights, and being the peak summertime season, days off were gold.
Luckily we had planned to stay the night in their driveway!! It was a delicious lunch/dinner with great conversation and laughs. The slow lunch with friends is often overlooked in our hectic world but they can be amazing. The next morning the hospitality didn’t stop... we were greeted with another table full of yummy delicacies - including more bakery treats... to my delight!
Thanks Guys, it was amazing and great to catch up.
Blavand, the most westerly point of Denmark, has lovely sandy beaches and calm waters that, when sunny, would be worthy of a day lazing about, however today was not such a day.
Tirpitz” is World War II museum based around one of the most significant bunkers along the coast, This bunker was to house 2 38cm SK C/34 navel guns that, when completed, would have had a range of 30miles, fortunately the war ended before it was finished. The museum itself not only exhibits the bunker but brings to life the human stories of locals who lived through this period. It was one of the best museums I’ve been to well laid out, interactive, informative and well worth the visit. Oh and the building by BIG architects is pretty cool to.
Since the weather was still not pleasant enough for any beach activities, we decided to press on up the very narrow peninsula to the small coastal town of Hvide Sande where we stayed the night.
The next day, the sun was out and it turned into a lovely summers day as continued our drive up the west coast through small towns of Sondervig, Kryle to Thyboron A pleasant fishing town where we stayed the night.
Leaving Kitmuller the previous day we had pulled off to the side of the road to check our whereabouts and reprogram the sat nav, when a guy pulled up beside us and wound down his window. My immediate thought was he would offer assistance... but no! He then threw a tirade of abuse at us saying “Go home. Go back to Germany. We don’t want any Germans here!”... we tried to tell him we are not German, we are Australian... but he just kept going... “You Germans are thieves. Go back to Germany! You look like a criminal!!!”... WTF!!!!??? He then drove off, leaving us totally bewildered. The Danes are such wonderfully friendly people but I suppose there are haters in all societies. After that incident, we decided it was time to get AUS stickers, mainly so people would forgive Pete’s appalling driving and so folks at campsites would chat to us English. Pete downloaded some images onto a thumb drive and as cycled around the town, we sought out a printer place. They were so helpful and printed off a roll of stickers for us. We now have a few Aussie stickers near the number plates! Although to be honest the other day a couple came up to us speaking in German! When we said we are not German, we are Australian, they quizzically looked at us, went back to the back of the van and then said “oh! yes!”