Some of my favorite stops on my most recent Enrichment Voyage were not new ones at all—in fact, out of 19 countries, only two were first-time visits for me—but rather the places I had been many times before, like Denmark. Spending one day in Copenhagen is pretty criminal, but if that’s all you’ve got, it will give you a good taste of Scandinavia’s smallest country.
The difference in this visit was that for once I experienced Copenhagen in the summertime, which might as well have made it a new stop as different as it was bathed in the warmth of sunlight then blanketed by winter gloom and smothered in cold.
What you hear is true, not just in Denmark but across Scandinavia: Everyone is outdoors the second the sun comes up until the moment it goes down (and beyond). And bear in mind, in summer months, that can be 3am.
They’re also all so active, either out and running or walking or on their bikes. Guess that’s why you nary see an obese person!
I suddenly got why my friend Helle has always said she’ll never live anywhere else. Copenhagen in the summer is, quite simply, magnificent.
I’m so used to my American friends going AWOL when they have babies, until they’re at least two years old. Well, not in Denmark. They just throw the kid in the Baby Cadillac and haul him all over the city (even though all the stairs and cobblestone do not a stroller-friendly place make).
Just another reason to love the Danes, to love Denmark.
Almost as if to match my mood for leaving my dear friends—and this incomparable Danish weather—the summer was gone as the ship pulled away. For once Mother Nature mirrored my mood.