Today we travelled back to Mariager, the city of roses. Here we will be taking a 3 stop round trip by 3 different vehicles, Trekantruten. First up, a steam train, but due to the drought, the steam locomotive has been changed to a regular engine. At first we chose to ride 1st class, but found the compartment very stifling and then we got little itchy bites, so decided to move to the sitting area. We learned that the coach we were riding in was built around 1910 and was well preserved. We rode through the country side, bypassing forest and farms. At one point we came across a rather larger herd of cattle lounging in the shade who upon hearing the train and its whistle began hightailing it to the other side. This train runs 4 times a week making 4 passes by this area, I would have thought they would be used to the noise. Coming into station at Handest, we boarded a bus that would take us to Hobro where we had a 2 hour layover. We ate some fruit, cheese and pretzels by the wharf, before wandering the streets and visiting their kirke. At 2:30 our paddlewheeler pulled into the dock. We made our way to the top deck to enjoy our cruise back to Mariager. Sheep and cattle wander the side of the Mariager Fjord. At one point the cows were actually standing in the water, probably to cools off. Along the shore there were people picnicking and a couple sheep came up and surprised them. On the boat we met a a lady and her 5 year old Grandson, Nik, who she was looking after for 4 days. He was quite shy at first, but then began to warm up to us. She was telling us how most of the young people, when they get a chance have moved to Copenhagen to live and work. The buses and trains are often filled with Grandmothers going to visit their kids and grandkids in Copenhagen. The last lady we met in Horsen also confirmed that she too would bus it to Copenhagen as well to visit her Grandchildren. I suppose it isn't much different from many of our families at home.
We docked at 4 and made our way back home, about 1 hour drive. It was a little cooler tonight. At one point, a wind picked up, slamming the doors shut and tipping over the fan. Leaves were flying everywhere. I found a stem of white hydragangeas in the back yard, which had been lifted from a vase on the windowsill in the master bedroom. Thankfully nothing was broken. Our house gets very hot and stuffy, so we leave doors open. At night one of usually gets up around 3 or 4 and begins opening doors.
The lady on the boat was telling us how the people will leave their babies in the pram, sleeping when they step in side a shop. They are only in for a few minutes or are sitting by the window to watch. It is very common to so. She was saying that a Danish woman had been arrested in New York for doing the same thing, but as it was common place in Denmark she didn't know. They have very large prams, as they are used until the child is about 3 years old. They will sleep in them inside or outside. We saw many children running around bareheaded and short sleeved without the usual protection we do with our children back home. She did tell us that they do lather them up in sunscreen.
Linda, Cheryl and Marilyn, remember our command center on our trips. Well we have the same here.