We loved Denmark. Full Stop. A massive shout out of thanks, love and gratitude to Nikki and Basil our friends who generously opened their home to us. We shared Channuka, lit the menorah candles, made latkes from scratch (first time for me!) and dined with new friends from their community where meals always ended in a sharing of hearts and minds on close-to-home themes. Being Jewish in a small community takes creativity and effort and it was all the more meaningful for that.
Our ongoing battle between freshwater and forrests (Boaz) and ocean, beach and waves (me) was more or less resolved when one afternoon Nikki first took us to Light’s Beach and then to a freshwater lake where the sweet water was a deep brown hue due to the tannen in the surrounding trees.
With Basil we explored the coast and he took us to Fireworks Rocks where the waves exploded into a sea-spray fireworks display as they hit the rocky coastline. Photos do not do this place justice as in a photo you can’t hear the roar of the ocean or feel the wind blow the remnants of the spray on your skin. We were mesmerised by the sheer size of the waves and power of the ocean. We could have sat there for hours. (Spot Boaz in the photo below!)
My hands down best favourite place in Denmark was Greens Pool. Heaven.
Other fun stuff included.. Berry picking at Denmark Berry Farm where were managed to eat about twice as much as we put in our pre-purchased container. The berries were just too delicious and it was too much fun eating them straight off the vine (shh!!).
… Searching for treasures at the Tip Shop, where the old saying ‘one persons treasure is another persons trash’ is put into practice. My newly found treasure was a green plastic plate that cost 10c to replace the one that just broke.
… Visiting the Sanctuary, a beautiful community space at Denmark’s Centre for Sustainable Living (which is run by Basil). The CSL is a special place which challenges people to think about how they can make a difference and aims to inspire and teach people how to live sustainably. It is currently threatened with closure. Please take some time to read about it and sign the petition to Save the CSL.
… Admiring the amazing and varied artists, including Nikki, at the Old Butter Factory gallery. (Incidently Nikki moonlights as a kettubah artist extraordinare and has created a beautiful kettubah for us!)
We also popped in for tea at a new friends place and were delighted to find that he had built a flying fox in his backyard. More tree climbing for us.. yippee!
After dancing into the new year at 5 Rhythms (Happy New Year everyone!) it was time to drag ourselves away and continue on the road. We left inspired by the intentional community that our friends have created in Denmark and will do our best to bring some of its spirit home with us.