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christiania *copenhagen*

4 April 2012

Christiania is a self-governed commune of approximately 850 residents across 34 hectares (85 acres). It wasn’t until afterwards that we realised this is the area the Australian Government advises against visiting. Really, there was nothing to worry about when we visited, but only a week before they had shut it off to the public due to debates with the Danish government.

We explored the quieter areas and had breakfast in a garden where I had a chat to a local. As we headed towards the market a man fell into step beside us and said something about our camera. It was then my husband saw signs stating no photography is allowed in the Pusher Street area. Away went the camera.

The dog psychology nerd in me was very impressed with the off-leash behaviour of the many large and uncastrated dogs. The swap corner looked like an effective application of sharing and re-using items within a community. Also interesting is their concept of collective ownership of the land, buildings and gardens. It can’t be denied that this is indeed a unique and fascinating social and political situation.

Have a look at Tora’s photos. I stumbled across her gorgeous blog and I’m convinced we both photographed the same dog. What do you think?

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5 Responses
  1. April 4, 2012

    I think it is the same dog!

  2. April 5, 2012

    These pictures are awesome! You never cease to amaze me! I am a big fan of graffiti and I am always on the lookout for some great works of art. Christiania looks very cool!

  3. April 5, 2012

    ciao! thanks for finding me and for the lovely comment!
    i’ve been here 10 years ago when i was young :)
    i’ve a great memory of Copenhagen!
    and your photos are really surprising!
    :)
    have a nice day
    selene
    http://hipandchips.blogspot.it/

  4. April 6, 2012

    For a brighter day put drugs away!

    This looks like such a cool place, really interesting. I’ll have to do some more reading. My Mum went to an island off Vancouver that was really similar, they had an op shop type place where everything was free and everyone swapped food/etc, anything they need. I think there was also some liberal use of marijuana…. These little microcosms are so interesting.

  5. April 11, 2012

    It does look like the same dog (and thank you for the kind words, by the way!).

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