Through the Northern Kingdoms

We left Denmark behind, sailing on a ferry past Sweden towards Norway, through the fjords. Inspired by the scenery, we spent some time reading Pippi Longstocking and considering pirates.

This week we are tackling science. Before we left the US, I picked up a “Science Experiments On The Go” kit from Thames and Kosmos. After Boy’s shopping spree in Legoland Denmark, we are a bit short on backpack space, so I need to use up this kit and give us some space back.

We are spending the next few days in Oslo, Norway, so, I also expect us to finish our Viking studies.

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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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Copenhagen: Fairy Tales and Fast Rides

Our flight to Copenhagen was uneventful and we spent it reading Hans Christian Andersen stories. Last night, I sat Boy through the old Danny Kaye movie about him as well. We will continue our Viking studies this week, but are also reviewing Germany and Norway, our upcoming stops.

It is a bit hard to keep Boy focused, as we are also going to Legoland while in Denmark. Today, we stopped by Tivoli Gardens, another amusement park, so his excitement is building.

Our school books this week:

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