Sunday, October 06, 2013

København: Fristaden Christiania Redux

Thank you, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season Two), for bringing this and other global touchstones into greater consciousness. 

There is quite an alternative community, very interesting to check out, in Copenhagen, Denmark, called Freetown Christiania. Situated on a former military site, nearly 1,000 people live there (last I double-checked). If you're into pot, it's there. If you're into art and music, it's there. If you're into food and drink, it's there. It's everywhere. 

In fact, all of Copenhagen, all of Denmark is nifty-fifty. Indeed, all the Nordic/Scandinavian countries are culturally sophisticated, ecologically minded and highly educated. 

You might say that "modern" Existentialism started in Copenhagen with Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), whose spirit roams the city.

Above: Peter Fallesen & Sulaima Hind,  Fristaden Christiania / Freetown Christiania (2008).

More from CNN's Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season Two) here.

Today's Rune: Partnership.   

1 comment:

jodi said...

Erik- As a good Scand, I am so interested in that culture and want to check it out for sure!