22.08.2012 20 °C
.....and I'm only allowing myself one other occasion to say that by the way....
I crossed the border into Scandinavia at lunch time today and couldn't stop smiling. I know I've been gone 4 days and already been through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, but this was always my reason for the journey, somewhere that has been on my To Visit list for at least 4 years and now I'm actually here.
And yes it really is that different, from the long clear roads sweeping through the pine forests, to the beautifully manicured roundabouts in the middle of nowhere, and as for the scenery, well I've not even been here a day and I'm already running out of adjectives and my camera just doesn't seem to do it justice.
I have had to work at it to get here mind you, aside from having to come alone because I've given up waiting for company, losing my job which gave me the time, the 19 hours on the road since Sunday and the thunder and lightening in northern Germany that seemed determined to thwart my way. Looking out from my tent this afternoon, across a row of boats rocking on the water with the river snaking around the bend, then walking alongside a lake with water so clear I could see each pebble on the bottom with water lilies bobbing alongside, dappled in the sun, yes, it's been worth every moment. OK maybe this could be somewhere in Britain, but it's not, the peace, the blue skies....oh yes, and I can't understand a single word ;-)
I haven't seen an English car since Monday when I was several hours south of Hamburg, they're probably all migrating like the birds and heading south for the summer, not intrigued enough to turn left off the ferry. I did see an English motorbike today though, a lone traveller with his bike packed for his travels, passing me just meters after crossing the border into Denmark, there is so much irony in there......
Another interesting sight that I saw on arriving on the Danish roads, was an estate car filled to the roof with packs of Beck's and Coca-Cola, literally, which did remind me that this whole region is probably the most expensive in Europe, it's not by chance that I'm sat here with a cold bottle of German purchased Beck's.
It's just started to get dark, so I've zipped my insect screen closed across my huge doorway, so still looking out over the river, safe and smug in my totally insect proof tent (I hope) there's even a zip around the flap where my power cable comes in, honestly, the mod cons are all catered for nowadays, well how else do I keep my kindle charged :-)