Heading North in Search of Nina
09.04.2009 - 13.04.2009 25 °C
The Hajji waiting for us in Utrecht
Last weekend was the first voyage of the Hajji, a teariffic vehicle which entered into our lives just a few weeks ago. The history and future of the Hajji will be covered later, and for now we'll just explore the north.
Brett (Kiwi), Simone (Dutch), Elles (Dutch) and Tatiana (German/Russian) took the train up from Maastricht to meet me in Utrecht last Thursday evening and the voyage began. We stocked up with supplies and got on our way, extremely late, and ended up arriving at our first stop, Hamburg, at around 2am instead of the planned 11pm. We were welcomed warmly none-the-less, with our host Kerstin having many hours to indulge and treat herself like the queen she was. A couple things we learnt about the Hajji:
1. The Hajji takes longer than you think it will to get places
2. When driving at night the driver gets to watch/enjoy his passengers sink into silly states of drunken stupor
Upon arriving in Hamburg only me and Tatiana had the energy to go on (drinking while riding for extended periods of time is extremely draining it seems) and scurried off to Kubix club with Kerstin and her friend Tiny for some super-chilled out electromusik. The club was a giant warehouse with loads of giant plastic cubes filled with water and fluorescent green lights. These fluoro-cubes pulsed with the music and were cool to say the least
Fluorocube at Kubix Club
Here is a video of the Kubix Club
Friday we split off quite early and soaked in the sun all the way to Denmark. Some more things we learnt about the Hajji
3. The Hajji is the greatest
We arrived in Espergaerde at Nina's parents home at around 8pm and were again warmly received with food, drink and song by Nina, her dad Tom, and her dog Mr. James . They had an Easter party the night before, so were rich with leftovers which we quickly devoured. After listening to some Irish music and exploring their house, we set out for Austa's (sp??) house for a Good Friday party. There we sat, played drinking games, sang, dance, etc etc. Wonderful
Good Friday Party
Saturday began our real Danish experiance. After sending Dad off to work and breakfast with Mom, we drove down to the sea for an icy dip. Explored the coast, saw the family's summerhome, played with Mr. James.
Swimming at the coast
We then packed our stuff and headed north 10 minutes to Kronborg Castle, which is the setting for Shakespeare play Hamlet. Nina's dad works as a guide there so was able to give us an exclusive tour to parts of the castle which arn't open to regular tourists (we are super tourists).
Two Things we love about Denmark - Nina and Lego
To continue our wholesome high we hopped on a ferry and shuffled over to Helsingorborg, Sweden which is just a 20minute ferry ride across the water. The sun was shining, the weather was sweet, made us want to move our dancing feet. After returning from Nina took us on an absolutely beautiful country-rode down the coast about 50km to Copenhagen. We saw a number of kite-surfers blasting down the coast.
Castle in Helsingorborg
We arrived in CPH, unpacked the Hajji, drank some cold brews, and then headed off in search of Martin, Nina's brother, who was performing with his band (one of three he is in) at a house-warming party. The party was extremely small but full of very happy people who made us feel welcome. After the party we wandered the streets creating adventure and excitement wherever we landed. This included a late-night strip/floor-mopping show from Martin in a kebab shop.
Nina at Housewarming Party in Espergaerde
Here is a video of the crazy subway in CPH
Sunday we awoke to an incredible Easter Brunch (prepared by Nina and Brett while we slept!)
Easter Sunday Brunch Panoramic (Nina is making a bunnyface as requested)
We headed to one of my favorite places in the world which I visited exactly 4 years ago, Christiania. You can find some information about it here:
Photos arn't allowed inside so the memories are ours to keep. We sat in the sun, met some crazy Danish girls, got cool clothes from the Leave/Take stand, ate vege food, and saw a creepy Kiwi movie about incest and rape (Brett's country is strange). Christiania certainly remains one of the coolest places in Europe. After a short drive around the city, we retired to Nina's place to relive the weekend, drink more cold beer and prepare for our voyage home.
Monday involved a 13 hour drive home. I dropped the kids off at the station, parked the Hajji in her home, and came home to my bed. More posts to come on the Hajji and her exploits...this is only a beginning.....
Here is a link to my Facebook album of all the photos: