A day in Odense

It has been one of the warmest, if not the warmest, summer in Denmark for years. I remember complaining about the Danish summer the past two years since I’ve arrived in the country. They were cold and rained in most days. The opposite is true this year when temperature hits up to 30 degrees celsius and the Danish beaches have never been this crowded.

It’s too warm that green grasses turned brown, some plants had not survived, and grilling is forbidden to prevent uncontrollable fire and other accidents.

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However, this warm summer presents plenty of ways to enjoy the season. A drive through the idyllic corners of Odense in Fyn, Denmark makes one appreciate the lovely sunny days highlighting the clear blue skies with spots of puffy clouds, the crystal clear waters of Fyn, and the lovely environment that envelops the island.

It presents the best of both worlds – the tranquility and the modernity, the tradition and the internalization, the love for what is truly Danish yet the openness for what is foreign

Odense is one of the most populous cities in Denmark, perhaps next to Aarhus and at close par with Aalborg. It presents the best of both worlds – the tranquility and the modernity, the tradition and the internalization, the love for what is truly Danish yet the openness for what is foreign.

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Spending the day driving through the outskirts of Odense and appreciating its waters, land, plantations, fields and the many others in between, is a day well-spent on getting to know Denmark a little bit more, and loving the country more and more.

Text and photos by Cathy Perez

Written 25th July, 2018

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