I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Denmark a few times now and I can honestly say that this American has a love affair with this country. It’s easy to romanticize its bike culture, clean countryside and rich history—especially its literary legends. I’ve biked up the coast to wander the grounds of Helsingor (the beloved “Elsinore” of Shakespeare’s Hamlet), stroll through the gorgeous Assistens Cemetery to find the gravestones of Søren Kierkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen, and enjoyed a day at the Karen Blixen estate. Just walking through the public parks and touching the stones of ancient castles, it’s easy to see how scribes found inspiration in this Nordic setting.
I’m looking forward to returning once again, this time teaching with dear friend and fellow journalist Anja Klemp Vilgaard. Who will join us in this summer’s adventure?