Nymindegab, Denmark

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit a part of Denmark I hadn’t previously seen when I was invited to my friend’s wedding in Nymindegab, on the South-Western coast of Jutland.

Danish Summer houses in Nymindegab, Jutland.
Danish Summer houses in Nymindegab, Jutland.

Nymindegab is a small, former fishing village to the north of Esbjerg and is a popular town to rent a summer house and spend some time relaxing at the beach or taking advantage of the bicycle and walking trails nearby.

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Just outside of Nymindegab, you can see the remnants of wartime with concrete bunkers scattered all through the sand dunes and right on the beach.

 

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Bunkers on the beach at Nymindegab

I absolutely loved spending time in this quaint village, plus I got the chance to practise my Danish with the locals! I spent a very rainy Sunday at the local Museum and enjoyed the displays on the history of the area from the Stone age to the Vikings and right up to the present. The museum is easily recognisable in the village as out front you can see a giant whale skeleton and an old wooden windmill.

On nice days, I hired a bicycle and rode up the road to Hvide Sande and spent most the rest of my few days there wandering up and down the beach, following the paths in the sand dunes and through the forest on the edge of the village. Some of the scenery reminded me of home- especially the grasses in the dunes.

It was a relaxing time although for me getting there was quite the mission! It took a two hour drive, two flights, a metro, a four hour train followed by a smaller train and finally a local bus to get from home on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia to Nymindegab, Denmark. The local bus driver was most perturbed by the Danish speaking Australian girl getting on a bus primarily used by local school kids and was concerned he was dropping me off in the wrong place!

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Isn’t this the most adorable little cottage by a lake?!

All up I had only 6 days in Denmark (two of those were spent mostly getting to/from Nymindegab & Copenhagen Airport). I’d love to go back here and spend some more time exploring this region of Denmark!

For more information on Nymindegab and region, see here.

xx Lauren- navy

 

Peru! Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Wow! My trip to Peru has come and gone and now I’m left with a living room full of dirty clothes and souvenirs!

My first challenge was getting to Cusco: from Melbourne that involves four flights. In Lima we had to clear customs, drop our bags and board the final flight to Cusco. The airline lost my bag. The result was that I missed the connecting flight and LAN put me up in a 5 star hotel in Lima until I could get another flight!

Having made it to Cusco, I had no idea how the altitude would effect me. Not well evidently. I live at sea level, Cusco is more than 1000 metres higher than the highest point in Australia. No amount of preparation at home could have prepared me of that. I felt dizzy and slightly sick but pushed through it. It’s all part of travelling to new places. Stairs, however, were not my friend.

La Catedral on Plaza de Armas, View down Choquechaka, Cristo Blanco overlooking Cusco

My first visit to an Incan site was at Sacsaywamán. It’s an Inca ruin of both religious and military significance. Although it seems huge, only about 20% of what once was stands today. The Spanish conquistadors tore down many walls to build their own buildings. (You can read more about the site here.)

Sacsaywamán

After a few days acclimatising in Cusco, It was time to join up with the tour to hike the Inca trail. I couldn’t do that without being my usual clumsy self and slipping in street (after having some Pisco Sours) and pinching a nerve in my hip. Ouch. Being stubborn, I refused to let that hold me back. I was going to be at Machu Picchu for my birthday and I was not getting there the easy way!

Before beginning the trek, we got to visit a small village where the local ladies were making yarns from Alpaca fleece in the traditional way and weaving. It was a lovely insight into the work of making many of the souvenirs I’ve bought for friends and family (gloves, jumpers, scarves and a blanket)

Weaver, alpaca, and hand dyed wool
Weaver, alpaca, and hand dyed wool

We also visited two Incan sites at Pisac and Ollantaytambo- a teaser of what was still to come.

 

Pisac
Pisac
Ollantaytambo
Ollantaytambo