Our study abroad trip ended in Copenhagen, Denmark. We squeezed in as much as we could during our two-night stay. For the record, two nights in Copenhagen just isn’t enough time, but sometimes you have to work with the time you have.
My wife scheduled a group visit to Freetown Christiania, whose inhabitants consider themselves separate from Denmark and the European Union. As you’ll discover on the website I linked to in the previous sentence, Christiania has a colorful history.
We paid for a guided tour of the area, which lasted a couple of hours. Our guide was terrific: knowledgeable, great sense of humor, and honest about the historic and present challenges facing Christiania and its residents.
He cautioned us about taking photos, advising us to ask permission when someone might be identifiable in the frame. The one place we were specifically requested to keep our cameras in our pockets was Pusher Street, the central location of Christiania’s open cannabis market. He told us that the week before, residents had closed Pusher Street because things had been getting a bit out of hand and needed time to cool down.
Christiania is home to several businesses. One of them is Christiania Cykler, which produces the “Christianiabike.”