This year we were so blessed to take another trip to Denmark. It was a big two-week escape from our daily routine and it filled all of our expectations.
I don’t quite know how to explain this, but living here in Germany you sometimes feel a little “closed in”. Maybe it’s because the roads seem narrower, or the houses smaller, even quaint sometimes, also the modernity (is that a word?) of growing cities. I’m not sure if other Germans who have never lived anywhere else sometimes feel the same way, but I certainly do and my husband does also. I hope I don’t step on any toes because I do love it here, it is the land where I was born after all, but sometimes it does so good to get away and see something completely different.
We’ve lived where there are wide open spaces, sparcely populated … and so sometimes we need those wide open spaces again for our brains to gather strength. Denmarks west coast certainly has all that to offer. It’s just a 12 hr. drive from here (!) Not far for the American in me, but a lot for the German in me! This drive takes us all through Germany, from the south to the north. It can be a hectic drive up the Autobahn. We spent most of it in a Stau (heavy traffic and jams). Oh so worth it though.
Picture in your mind, the wind, pounding on grasslands. The sun coming in and out of fast moving clouds…and wide wide open spaces. Add to that the lovely well cared for farms and houses in the cleanest villages I ever have seen. Those are the makings of a very peaceful and relaxing vacation in Vestjütland.
The relaxing part starts shortly after crossing the border because already people are driving less hectic due to the speed limit. After driving north for about 12 hours, you start heading west, and this is where you start hearing the ocean call.
We did all kinds of sight-seeing, but not so much that you get the feeling your always on the go. The weather was what Germans would call “durchwachsen”, which sort of means, everything at once and intertwined. It’s not warm in Denmark, we knew that though, we weren’t going for weather, we went for the peace. If you want warmth, you don’t drive up north, right? right!
All-in-all it was such a memorable vacation and I’m very thankful for it. It was one of those you always think back on and let your brain take you when your having a rough day. Those are the best vacations. In fact, if you’re lucky enough to go on vacation, it should be one of those.
Wishing you and yours a lovely week!
p.s. It was pretty hard to select which pictures I would include in this post. I’m a visual person and I love to look at pictures. If you’re like that too and want to see some more, please join me on my Facebook page, where I’ve added an album with more Denmark pictures.