For the first time in more than a decade I get to celebrate Spring Break. I managed to finagle the time away from my work obligations and my wife recently went back to school so we are taking a week and heading out on the road. For many people that means beach or ski time. Not for us. We’re going to Northern Germany and the Jutland side of Denmark. It is a research trip for her and I’m just along for the ride. Not that there was any chance of my skipping the trip.
The itinerary is reasonably aggressive given the timeframe, but we have a lot of ground to cover in a reasonably short amount of time. Hildesheim, Germany is our first stop, thanks to its medieval history roots. That it has a couple UNESCO World Heritage Sites doesn’t detract in any way from its appeal. From there we’re headed up to Hannover because, well, it is on the way to Hamburg where we’re flying out of after our few days in Germany.
The second half of the trip has us in Denmark, flying in to Aarhus and out of Aalborg. We’ll be driving around a bit, visiting the coast and making our way up to the town of Skagen at the far north point of the Jutland peninsula. I’m a bit worried about the driving experience in Denmark (mostly due to costs and less about the manual transmission or which side of the road they drive on) but that’ll likely be fine, right??
The flights are reasonably straight-forward, at least by my standards. We fly JFK-Frankfurt-Hannover on a combination of Singapore Air and Lufthansa. From there it is mostly SAS moving us about in the region (Hamburg-Copenhagen-Aarhus) and then back to London where we switch to United Airlines for the ride home (Aalborg-Copenhagen-London-Newark). There were a few other more ridiculous options I chose not to take. Even without that five of the seven routes are new ones for me.
It is going to be a great trip (and, as a bit of a teaser, I’m actually a couple days in already and it IS a great trip) so follow along…
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