Thursday, November 17, 2005

Ah, mysterious rune stones. What can you teach us?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Each day, in our own way, we all slay dragons.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The only type of horned helmet found in what we now know as Scandinavia. Apparently a ceremonial offering, this striking headgear discovered in Denmark may have been worn during dramatic presentations.

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Vikings take me to see some of their ancient relics. Contrary to popular belief, there is no proof they ever wore helmets with pointy horns. Vikings are sensitive about these things.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I wander to the northwest, arriving in the historic port city of Aarhus. Sometimes things lack clarity. But when the weather matches one's mood this seems to make sense, if only for a time.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

In a quiet field near the city's edge, I glimpse a fleet-footed creature. My Viking friends later tell me of the Water Sprites. In Scandinavian folklore, these spirits of lakes, rivers and waterfalls are said to mysteriously appear in the form of a person or horse.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Takin' care of business, Scandinavia style.
Near the central train station, Copenhagen

Monday, November 07, 2005

The Danes love their bicycles. And they rarely lock them. My faith in humanity is (partially) restored.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Greetings all, from Copenhagen

Following the sinking of the good ship Vendetta, the Independent Observer found himself in most desperate straits. Adrift in the cold night, clinging to a barnacle-encrusted plank, the IO spied a magnificent vessel with the swirl of a dragon's tail atop its proud bow. Kindly Vikings plucked me from the icy seas, served up great bowls of mushroom soup and spun tales of their salty adventures.

I shall rest a while in this northern land, for there is much to experience, learn and observe.