Backpack Benji

A Cruise to Denmark and my first trip to Berlin.

From Norway, I took an overnight cruise on Fjordline from Bergen to the port of Hershals at the very top of Denmark.   After boarding the beautiful ship, I went to my cabin and found that it was dirty and unmade after the departure of the previous guests. I notified the friendly ladies at the reception center, and they stated my room would be ready in half an hour and offered me an espresso or cappuccino and a double chocolate muffin for my inconvenience. Yay dirty room! Here are some pictures from the cruise…


Upon arrival in Denmark I took a bus to the small train station. The little station was merely a platform with a ticket kiosk at the absolute end of the rail line. Two cyclists who spoke no English and me, were the only ones there. A group of about eight Asian tourists arrived on the next bus and joined us on the platform. They asked me what to do and how to get a ticket. I helped them as best I could and we all climbed aboard the train once it showed up about an hour later. I rode thru the entire country of Denmark and into Germany. Just a few days later, Denmark closed their borders going into Germany due to the migrant crisis so I was fortunate to have left when I did.

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The Berlin Wall came down in 1990 a few years after Reagans “tear down this wall” speech. During my brief time in Berlin, I found my way to the legendary Checkpoint Charlie border crossing; the geographical focal point where East and West divided. This had been the spot of numerous demonstrations, escape attempts, American and Russian tank face-offs, and even death. After finding out I was from the US, I was referred to by the guys posing as guards as “Indiana”. I checked out a piece of the original wall and chatted up the crossing guards.


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