Aarhus was Amazing!

Sorry for the long delay everybody. As we said earlier, it took us a while to settle into our apartment in Sweden. The first night we got here all of the stores were closed so we had no blankets or pillows. Luckily it’s hot in Sweden, right now. We also had some trouble finding European power adapters for our computers, so we haven’t been able to post on this blog very much. Well I’m glad to report that we’ve found adapters, we’ve bought linens and pillows, and we are finally comfortable with our bus routes. Now it’s time to tell you about our short stay in Denmark before we arrived here in Sweden. Click on any picture to see a bigger version.

The Hostel

Here’s a quick video tour of our tiny room on the fourth floor of the City Sleep-In hostel in Aarhus, Denmark.

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Even with the wide lens on my camera, the cathedral was too big to photograph all at once.

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF OUR PHOTOS FROM THE AREA AROUND THE HOSTEL

Moesgaard Museum

Near Aarhus (or maybe in Aarhus, I’m not sure) there is a wonderful museum. Erin had an especially great time there. She would wander off from me and a few minutes later I would find her gazing into a display case full of viking artifacts. She was completely transported.

Here are a very few of our favorites from the museum.

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This shield boss looks like it has seen better days.

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An unfinished sword. You can see how the pattern weld is put together.

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Decorations from a belt and sword sheath.

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This is the display that I found Erin staring at for minutes on end. She was soaking up every detail. I think she’s already mentally planning another Europe trip in the future just to see these displays again.

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Shield fittings from the viking age.

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Viking Jewelry.

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More viking age jewelry.

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While walking through the museum grounds, Erin spotted an ancient burial mound. No it’s not a recreation.

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This iron-age man was executed and thrown into a bog where his body was preserved.

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Another shot nice shot from Erin’s camera of the Bog Mummy’s face.

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Iron age vessels.

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A shot of the gorgeous museum grounds

CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THE MUSEUM.

AND CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF THE MUSEUM FROM ERIN’S CAMERA

Moesgaard Annual Viking Moot 2011

Every year, the Moesgaard Museum hosts a huge viking festival where reenactors from around the world gather to dress up and teach the public about life in the viking times. They also have a couple huge battles with hundreds of people fighting with real steal swords and spears. This is the main reason we went out of our way to visit Denmark before arriving in Sweden.

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Viking Blacksmith

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Lunch in the Viking Village

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Before the battle, there was a horse show.

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Riders showing off their skills by riding as fast as possible without spilling their beer.

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Near the end of the horse show, a few warriors wandered onto the field but they were driven off by the girls on the horses.

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Little did they know that the warriors were part of an entire army that was hiding in the tree line.

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At the other end of the field, another army appears of the edge of the hill.

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So the leader of the first warband walks out to meet them with his personal bodyguard and a female standard bearer.

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Negotiations must have failed because soon the warriors on both sides are pounding their shields rhythmically and pouring from the woods by the hundreds.

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The front lines clash far away from us down the field.

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By the time I get there, the battle lines have been broken, the dead lay every where, and the battle has devolved into a disorganized brawl.

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Both sides have taken heavy casualties and now everyone is engaged in duels.

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This warrior quickly dispatches his enemy.

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More casualties.

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A small group of warriors charges the audience.

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A female warrior gets some water after the battle.

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The losing army walks off the field in defeat.

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Followed by the winning army’s general, leading his army off the field victoriously.

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The warriors from the winning side leave the field chanting “Einherjar!”

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF OUR PICTURES FROM THE VIKING MOOT!

Erin has some video from the event that I’m still sorting through and editing so be sure to look for that in the future. Today (Aug 3rd) we’re taking a rest day. It has been non-stop for us since we left San Diego so we’re making it a point to stay in all day today except for a little grocery shopping. Tomorrow we are going to Lund for the first time (10 minute train ride) to see Erin’s school! Then on Friday Erin has to go back to Lund for her orientation. Classes then start on Monday.

Thanks for checking the blog. Updates will be more frequent from now on.

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