Today David and I arrived in Denmark to visit Anne, one of my family’s former Rotary exchange students. Her parents picked us up at the airport and took us just outside of Copenhagen to Dyrehavsbakken, the world’s oldest amusement park. It was first opened in 1583 when natural spring water was discovered in Dyrehaven Park. The spring water drew large crowds to the area and in return attracted entertainers and hawkers. Walking around the park in the evening was like being on set in an old movie as the lit up archways, rides and game stalls guided you through the grounds which are surrounded by forestry. It is FREE to enter the grounds and then you pay for the rides you want to try out and games you want to play for a prize. After eating we went on an old wooden roller-coaster, and then one called the Tornado, after convincing David and Anne that it wouldn’t spin that much. It was called Tornado, of course it was spinning!
The property of Dyrehaven is home to thousands of free-ranging red, fallow and Sika deer. I couldn’t believe how many of them we saw as we walked through the trail outside the park. It was the first time I had ever seen a white deer. I felt sorry for it as the poor thing could be spotted by a hunter miles away. The baby deers were walking with their moms and crossing the pathways right in front of us. We also learned about some of the plants of Denmark, one in particular called Braendenaelde (Burning Nettle) that will cause a burning sensation if it touches your skin. It lasts for about 10 minutes then goes away.