My first two weekends here were filled with the two DIScovery Tours offered in Denmark. I signed up for them because I wanted to see more of Denmark beyond Copenhagen. The tours seemed exciting and they also were not expensive. Transportation, lodging, food, and other necessities were provided the entire weekend. There was also free time to relax and appreciate the sights.
The first DIScovery Tour was called Tall Ship Sailing. Sixteen of us went with a tour leader, who was a Danish student, to sail around the northern part of Zealand in the Kattegat Sea. There were four crew members and they were all very friendly. They taught us how to hoist the sails and lower them. We also helped with the food, dividing into groups to prepare different meals and to clean up afterward. At the end of the first day, we docked at Hundested.
We got to explore the town for a couple of hours. We stayed docked overnight, and we got to watch the sunset. Each of us got a night shift. Two of us had to be up on the deck and awake for an hour all night. The next day, we sailed back. We dropped the anchor during lunch, and several people jumped into the water to swim. I didn’t want this trip to end. I was having so much fun out on the water.
The next weekend’s DIScovery Trip was biking on an island in the Baltic sea called Bornholm. Now, as it turns out, my biking skills were not too spectacular. The first day, my friends and I mainly hiked the trails along the edge of the island. There were cliffs and rocks, with stairs leading down to the water’s edge. We walked along the rocks and even explored inside a cave at the bottom of a cliff!
The next day, I was tired and a little sore from biking, so I just walked around the town we stayed in, which was called Gudhjem. It was really pretty.
All too soon, it was time to leave. Bornholm is a big island, and I didn’t see everything I wanted to, but what I saw was beautiful. The DIScovery Tours were an extremely fun way to spend my first two weekends here. It was really cool to see different parts of Denmark, and also be out in nature during this amazingly warm summer. I’m definitely going to try to go back to Bornholm, but maybe next time I’ll rent a car.