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?