From Legoland, I continued on to a little island called Aero for some biking and meandering
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This was another one of those times that I wanted to know Danish. I mean,
what possible sort of hotel could this be advertising?


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From Billund, I took a bus and then the train to Svendgard via Odense. Actually, I would have
completely missed my connector in Odense if not for the fact that I sat in a reserved seat and the
young ladies who had reserved it got on at Odense and told me I was an idiot and in their seat.
Svendgard is a small port town with ferry service to Aero. I just barely caught the ferry,
and this is the view from the back of the ferry leaving town.


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Svengard, by boat.


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Danish flag (for Carl) from the back of the ferry to Aero.


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Me, heading to Aero.


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Nice colour off the water.


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The water is easily calm enough to sail small vessels here.


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Yeah, yeah, I'm a sucker for a nice sunset shot.


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The village of Aeroskoping is absolutely picturesque by day. By night (when I arrived), at least
in off-season, it's a little dead. However, I still managed to find two pubs to serve my needs.
The first one had a piano and three old local men. The second pub had VLTs, local drunks, and
one drunk middle-aged man making out with two drunk middle-aged women. It was odd to say the least
and even odder since they were all speaking Danish. Anyways, this picture has nothing to do
with the drunks in the pub. It's a gravel walkway along the beach of the town called Molestien Lane.
It's also nicknamed Virgin's Lane since it's a common spot for a chaperoned date (since the houses back
right onto the beach). My parents would say it's a tough spot from which to watch the submarine races.


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This is one of the "small-is-beautiful" houses, in the words of Rick Steves.


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If you care about where this is in the world, check it out!


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Possibly one of the sources of my friend Alex's last name - Goldhammer.


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This is an interesting concept. Apparently, this is a school system that is set up for regular
people to learn how to be better citizens. Called the Danish Folk School, this is fully subsidized
school for adults to learn subjects concentrating in Danish government, culture, literature, and how
to be better citizens. It's free and some people attend courses here, but there's no diploma or degree.


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This town needs structural engineers in a bad way. Apparently, they can't do very much with the
exterior of the house for historic preservation reasons. Check the tilt on this guy.


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The cobblestone streets of Aeroskoping.


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Another example of a house that looks like it's falling down from the outside.


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I took this picture for two reasons. One is the guy's name. I mean Hans Hansen is a pretty
solid name. But, also, I thought the door was pretty cool.


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Hmm, what happens when another car comes down the other way?


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Pretty sweet shot capturing the red tile roofs of the old houses in another house's windows.
You can't look at the shape of the window and not believe that glass is a fluid.


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I really don't know what to say about this sculpture. I found this in one of the house's
windows. It's apparently quite common to walk up and down the streets here and check out what is in
people's houses. If they don't want you to, they close the curtains.


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Pretty cool door also. Note the year.


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The house to which the previous door is attached.


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I thought that this was sort of neat and is used in other European countries. As you're leaving
a town, there will be a sign with the town's name and a cross through it. I rented a bike and
took the recommended bike tour of the island of Aero.


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Hmm, so I think this sign is saying, "Jump up and down if you have pigtails and a cat."


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As for this one, my best guess is, "I'm hiding something and I won't tell you unless you give me
a bigger balloon than this one!"


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My trusty steed on the bike tour. This is a thatched roof house somewhere near the peak of the island,
which at 1600 inches, was quite the uphill climb. Admittedly though, with 3 gears, it made it a challenge.


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My brother Denis' favorite fictional name has always been Rasmus. When he's telling a story to
his niece Alandra, the character is always Rasmus. So, Denis, this is a country where Rasmus lived.


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This is a painting on the ceiling of an old church on the island of Aero. It turns out that
this is where the bell rope came through. Kind of odd, but entertaining. I guess you pull the guy's tongue.


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One of the parochial churches on the island of Aero, Denmark.


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The south coast of Aero is about 10 km to Germany. I pedaled here to see the coastline.
The huge wind turbines were interesting. Apparently, the island has a goal to be self-
sufficient in terms of energy by 2010.


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Peaceful pasture overlooking the sea. Aero, Denmark.


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The entire island is no more than about 6 km wide, so you can see all the way across it in
places. Here you can see the agricultural nature of the island.


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I thought the folks at the Rick Steves' guidebook company would like this shot. The clamp
on the back tire is actually a lock. The lock goes around the tire and unless the appropriate
ternary code is entered (5 x either pushed in, pulled out, or neutral positions), the tire
can't move. Much easier than carrying a giant U-lock.


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I looked everywhere for a gravestone with Erik Olson on it, but to no avail.
This one is close though. At least they got the 'k' right.


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The ships in churches thing must be a Danish thing as this was the third church I saw
with ships in the church.


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Yours truly enjoying an Odense lager in some guy's backyard. This was a break in my island
bike tour. Aah, nothing tastes better while out in the sun!


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One of the citizens of Aeroskoping was a master ship-in-a-bottle builder.
In his honour, there is a museum in town celebrating his art. As it turns out, the ships are
actually built outside the bottle and then the sails and masts are bent forward, the ship is
pushed inside the bottle, and the sails are hoisted from outside the bottle. This is why
the width of the boat is never wider than the width of the bottle.


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Keeping the previous thought in mind, this piece of artwork is outstanding.


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This was a strange little sort-of mini golf thing in Aeroskoping. I really don't know what it is
but it looked like it had fun potential.


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Naturally, even Danish mini-golf needs a windmill. I didn't see a clown though...


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Small outdoor climbing wall found in Aeroskoping.


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Tiny beach houses along the water's edge.


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Yeah, that's right, even I take some flower shots sometimes. Especially when there's a little
bit of action going on.


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Beautiful sailing vessel leaving the island of Aero. From here, I went on to Copenhagen.

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