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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

"Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen."

I'm off to visit the beautiful city of Copenhagen today.  My home away from home.  I really look forward to visiting my family and friends.

Here are some fun facts about Denmark, that you may not know:

-Denmark was home to famed author Hans Christian Anderson...who wrote The Little Mermaid (Although his original version was much darker than the Disney version).
Here's Den Lille Havfrue



And here's TWO little mermaids:



-Denmark is the HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH:
http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=4086092&page=1


(They look pretty happy...and blond.)

-In 1989 Denmark become the very first European country to legalize same-sex marriages and offer for gay partnership the same rights as for heterosexual couples.
(A little behind are we now US?)




- The Danish invented LEGO.

Check out these humorous Lego ads:
http://www.topdesignmag.com/35-hilarious-lego-advertisements/


-The Danish Pastry, however, may not have come from Denmark.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_pastry
(But who knows what to trust on the Wiki.)



-Some historian's believe that Great Danes originated in Denmark, although no one is sure.
The Great Dane is also known as the German Mastiff or Danish Hound.  They are awesome dogs.



-Denmark has Christiania, well, sort of.  Christiania is commune in the heart of Copenhagen, established in the 70's by squatters in an old unused military bunker.  40 years later, it's rich with culture, art, music, and is home to some awesome local cafes and bars.  The residents of Christiania are part of a community which looks to enrich their self made city, by openinging Christiania based business, schools, and community centers. 
But with this Freetown lifestyle, there came lots of issues amongst the city of Copenhagen, when it came to drugs.  Lots of drugs were being sold out of the main street.  However, when I say Drugs, I mean hash and marijuana.  Sure other types may have been sold, but this American girl doesn't really consider Hash and Weed 'serious drugs'.  If you're a fellow Seattleite, you know that crack and meth are WAY more serious. (Until I'm weary of a stoner like I am a meth-head, weed is nothin'.)
Since I first visited Copenhagen 4 years ago, I always enjoy a stroll through Christiania.  Some of the eco houses are the coolest you've ever seen! 
But, It seems as though the Danish Government may finally be winning, as Christiania slowly succumbs to the rules and regulations of the Danish Government.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/28/christiania-copenhagen-squat-last-stand
Bevar Christiania


Look here for more information about this magicial city within a city:
http://www.christiania.org/index.php

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