Saturday, September 8, 2012

Across the Denmark

After two days of enjoying the dazzles of Varberg, we drove down to the harbor to get to the ferry that would transport us, cars and all, to the eastern coast of Denmark, specifically Grenå (Grenaa). It took us about five hours to cross the Kattegatt Sea to get to this southern Scandinavian country. On the 27th of June, we docked by the shore of Grenå. We got out of the ferry and kept moving  to the inland down to Aarhus and finally to Silkeborg, where we attended a Scandinavian convention in English, with the main theme, Safeguard Your Heart.

We checked in to our pre-booked cottage in Jyllandsringen Camping. ( I want to mention my gratitude to the kind-hearted owner of this camping site, who generously gave us a two-room cottage instead of the one-room that we have booked, for the same price, since the two-room was vacant that time, and he said that we deserved to have that.)

single-room cottage

two-bedroom cottage, side-view
two-bedroom cottage, front view

In the night, after eating our first dinner in this country, we picked up a friend from the Philippines, who works  as an architect in Dubai. She came by herself all the way from UAE to attend the convention and to visit some places in Scandinavia. I was so glad to see her again after several years, and in a place other than our country of origin and our present settlement. 

our first dinner

The following three days were devoted to the convention programs, which were designed to fortify our hearts so as to keep our integrity, and to build up and strengthen our spiritual well-being through lectures, dramas, demonstrations, experiences, and singing soulful songs. We also enjoyed our international brotherhood through our warm, loving and joyful associations.  I came to meet in person some of my cyber friends, one of whom, along with her hubby,  invited us together with a few others for a sumptuous dinner in their home. 

Those were three days packed with blessings that will always remain as my prized possessions.

The bright summer nights afforded us opportunities for sightseeing around the city. As usual, my camera went busy the whole time, capturing and freezing memories of things and places that tickled my fascination.  My friend, too, being a photography freak like me, got herself preoccupied with peering through her camera viewfinder and pressing the shutter.

Here are just a few of my captures:

I stored most of my photo memories of the place in this album:

After staying in Silkeborg for four days, we set off on our journey back to Sweden. It was not easy to part with our dear friends who attended the convention, and yet it was refreshing to have had wholesome associations with them and to have met new friends from other lands. 

On the first of July, we again took the ferry that conveyed us back to Varberg. This time, my friend from UAE came with us to see some places in the south of Sweden.

I said goodbye to Denmark for the second time this year (first time when I visited Copenhagen last May). Standing on the ferry's deck, I watched the harbor slowly diminish until the vast sea dominated the horizon. 

As we sailed on, some distant interesting sights popped up along the way, and I zoomed my camera up to 24 times to capture them.

When there was nothing left to see except the plain sea, we retired to the ferry's "activity center", ordered  hot chocolate drinks and some bread, and then bought chocolate bars from the duty-free shop.

Thus we waited until the ferry moored along the seaport of Varberg.

Another series of unforgettable wanderlust activities would commence  here, which I will share in the next episodes.