Saturday, February 16, 2008

Roskilde Trip


Valentine's day was lovely - thanks for everyone's well-wishes.

Today the school planned an optional event to Roskilde. Just outside of Copenhagen, Roskilde use to be the capital of Denmark. We were to get up early for this trip, a heady 8am! For students like me who had spent the previous night going out to see an Indian movie, this was an unGodly hour but get up I did. Alas, with a sore throat, which was not helped by the fridget cold weather in Roskilde.

Yet enough complaining about this horrible weather - the trip itself was quite nice, a simply 20 minute train ride outside of Copenhagen. We went into the big Roskilde Cathederal, most of Danish royal family is buried here, interesting note Marie Fedoreva (the Dowager Queen of Russia prior to Nicholas II, a Danish princess married into the Russian Royal family) was buried here as well (since she fled Russia during the revolution) but recently Russia wanted her back. I have to say Danes are always surprised by how much I know of their royal family history...pleasantly surprised I might add. The church was lovely but a bit creepy to think about having service surrounded beside and below your feet of all these dead people. I asked one in my group if they thought they would have a wedding here and she looked at me with skepticism and said "no, not the right mood."

We had a cheap meal and went to the Viking Museum, which the picture is from. It was fascinating to see this history, these were a very hardy people, my God just think if you were rowing one of those boats and fell in, in the artic cold water - I think death would quickly follow. The Vikings, from what I read, were not a very nice bunch, lord some very barbaric practices, but I guess which culture doesn't have that, no?

Right, I'm off to bed - must get some sleep and fix up this throat!

7 Comments:

Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Have you been downstairs in the castle yet? Out to the mermaid? Over to the big amusement park? Oh, so many things new to see.

12:24 AM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

I don't know why, but the idea of a Viking museum makes me alugh a little. I guess it conjures up images of that horrible movie, "The Vikings."

9:45 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

First-gargle with warm salt water, will make the throat bearable.
Ya know in most cathederals the queens, kings & families & royalty are buried. Notre Dame, Westminister Cathederal's for sure. In olden times the folk were buried there.
I visited a cathederal in Spain built in the 1400 that was just a burial ground. Very interesting cultures NO?
Seems a little barbaric to us civilized folk, but we all come from them!
I am so glad you are taking the trips- even if ya gotta get up early! Have a great day

9:35 AM  
Blogger JellyKean said...

the trips sound awesome, hope you get healthy soon so you can fully enjoy them. salt water is really good, I know this sounds weird but you can also snort some warm salty water up each nostril and it will flush your sinus and hit that part of your throat you can't seem to reach by gargling.
Unless they actually have netti pots in Denmark!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Hina said...

my question is what is the tunda situation? that's critical ;)

also, ff is fat - pass it on ;)

1:30 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Joe - yuppers so many new things - I've been to the castle, but didn't know there was a dungeon tour...hmm..will have to look into that.

Citizen - I never this movie, alas they were not showing it at the theatre (wouldn't that have been a hoot!).

Mommantor - thanks for the throat advice, its ever so slowly getting better. Yes all cultures are interesting in their own way, perhaps it is just from my cultural perspective, I would not want a service or a wedding ceremony with tombs of dead people around me. Just my outlook on it, I suppose.

JellyKean - you always have the most interesting facts..hmm now can I get myself to snort hot salt water - that would be a real resume builder, eh? LOL.

Hina - just worry about your own tundas, sheesh! you're a blanket-hating buffoonish buffalo!

6:33 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

tend to your throat, girl!
those viking boats sure don't look like a carnival fun cruise!

10:51 AM  

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