The Little Mermaid, Vikings, and Rain

We took to the water in Denmark. A canal tour through Copenhagen gave us a good overview of the city’s history as a trading center, after which we bravely tried a lunch of pickled fish. It wasn’t horrible, though we won’t be going out of our way to order it again. Back on foot again, we strolled across the city to the end of the harbour to join the crowds at the statue of The Little Mermaid. She was much smaller than we expected, looking quite forlorn as she gazed away from the sea.

Inspired by the number of boats around us, we were excited to try our hand at sailing a reproduction of an actual Viking fishing boat at the Viking Ship museum at Roskilde, Denmark. We did an adequate job rowing out of the harbour, though we wouldn’t win any speed prizes. Hoisting the sail under direction of the skipper, we managed to sail out and back without hitting anything or capsizing. Thankfully, the rain held off until we docked, though we were far less happy than the harbour ducks, as we huddled under the boat shed waiting for it to stop, so we could walk back to the train station.

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