It’s an opposite to Norway in many ways.
They say Norway would be heaven on earth had it been warmer. It has the scenery, but not the temperatures.

Denmark has the temperatures but by no means the scenery. It’s flat as a pancake and that, I have concluded, is the reason that bicycles are as popular here as they are.
Traveling to Denmark is as easy as taking the ferry from Kristiansand if you are coming by the way of Norway. Or crossing the border by train from Germany if you find yourself in these northerly parts. The public transport network is well developed and easy to maneuver. Not immensely cheap, but for Scandinavia it’s cheap-ish.

Aalborg my first destination instantly gives me a déjà vu feeling. I’ve been here before. The suburbs of London, and streets of Brighton. Very similar architecture, and the landscape. Well, England’s flat as a pancake as well. There is a definite German influence too.
It’s warm, sunny, faded and my first impression is of a lazy, dormant town. A stepping stone for the lights and glam of Copenhagen. I wonder if all the locals flee to better places as the streets just out of town seem forlorn. Everything that moves seems to be inching along at a slow pace.

But move in to the center of town, by bike of course- which you can borrow for free at a number of stations positioned evenly throughout, and you’ll hit the main walkway/alley. Colorful, bustling, and cheap. Aalborg is definitely paradise for us Norwegians when it comes to shopping and cheap beer.
A walk down Urbangade(urbanstreet) will lead you on to Bispegade which branches off on Jomfru Ane Gade. A narrow street dormant until dusk, when the lights come on. Music slowly gets louder and number of empty beer glasses magically multiplies.
Here you can get shots for 10 krona. Beer for 15. And friends for free.
Try the gin and lime at “Pusterommet” or “Breathing space”. It’s cheap and good.
Fly the way of the crow to the other side of the north sea to Kristiansand, a town so similar in size and vibe just a few hundred kilometers north. But in Norway. And shots go for a skyrocketing 70 krona, and beer. Well you’d have to be a millionaire to get drunk on that stuff.

Need somewhere cheap to stay. Try Danhostel Aalborg.

For just around $50 pp. a night you get a a good standard room in a close to town-but not too close area. Just off the coast of Limfjorden which divides Aalborg in two. Right across the road is the NKI Racing Track. Cash exchange rates are high as the horse and buggies shoot around the track. And apparently these races are a big deal in Denmark. Televised nationally with the betting stakes running high.

Danish people, I have found out are very casino-crazy. There are casinos on most streets and cash game machines in most bars. What does this remind me of… Yes, Gold Coast, Australia.

Eating out is a culinary experience to be enjoyed. Arriving exhausted and travel sick at the Aalborg bus station on a Sunday afternoon. Me and my travel buddy looked around and spotted an Italian Restaurant Gastronoma Neapolitana just next to Majorca Bar.
We ordered a pizza which was absolutely delicious! An entire meal for two including drinks for what was less than half the price of what it might cost in Norway.

Another fun place to eat is the “Friends” restaurant on the corner between Vesterbro and Urbansgade. Where you can eat a Joey sized burger or a Phoebe sized vegetarian( she was vegetarian remember).
They also have very American sized portions and drinks – the coke is tap cola my American friend eagerly pointed out.

Are you a bookworm or movie junkie stop by “Læsehesten” on Reberbansgade. Here you van delve into books from all around the world. Swap, buy or borrow books, DVD’s or computer games.

I’m now ready for Kopenhagen.
See you there.

One Response to “Aalborg-Denmark”
  1. Great look at the differences between the two places!

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