Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Angel Island 2017

Last weekend, Troop 14 landed on Angel Island, in the San Francisco Bay for a camping outing, and to do a service project. And mostly we wanted to soak in the beautiful views. If you have never been to Angel Island, it is must when exploring the Bay Area. We took the Ferry from Tiburon, although you can also get there from San Francisco's Ferry Building. The island has lots of history, from the Fort McDowell to the Asian Immigration Station. It was known as Elis Island of the West, though it came with the sinister twist of the Chinese Exclusion Act. During the cold war, the island provided a last line defense through a battery of Nike missiles.  Here are a few memories from the past weekend:



Not our Ferry


We moved in place a Civil War era cannon



We erected civil war era tents for next weekends' Civil War Days. 

Former hospital building at Fort McDowel






A view of Tiburon and Belvedere



Saturday, April 08, 2017

Copenhagen

Last winter, we visited Solvang, CA, a Danish town near Santa Barbara. It has plenty of coffee houses, a few windmills, an Ecco shoe store and lots of pastry shops. Danish flags are everywhere. On a layover to Spain, I had a few hours to kill in Copenhagen. I decided to go explore the real deal.

From Terminal 2, the Metro will take you from the Lufthavn, straight downtown Copenhagen (cost: 36 DKK). It is a packed 20 minutes ride. I got off at the Norreport Station, which I assumed meant Nord Station. I turns out I overshot the city a little bit and decided to walk back towards the center.

I was able to see many of Copenhagen's touristy places. Rundetarn (*the round tower*), Kongens Nytorv, Stroget shopping street, Gammel Strand, the parliament building Christianborg (*Borgen*), and Nyhavn. Nyhavn was very nice and quaint. I didn't make it all the way to the little mermaid. Instead I sat down in Nyhavn for a Fiske plate with herring, salmon, shrimp and cod, and of course a Calsberg pilsner.

My first impressions about Copenhagen: a clean, safe and friendly city. Lots of coffee shops. Seriously, there are coffee shops everywhere.

Danish is very difficult to understand. Although I did make up a few words here and there as it sounds a lot like the West-Vlaams Dutch dialect. Fear not, most people speak a little English.

And as advertised, there are lots of bicycles everywhere. Very few big European cities have too many bicycles. If I were to do a little day trip again, I would rent a bicycle.