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[4. day of travel to my fathers funeral before returning to the route again]. Farum, Denmark.
As I hope many who follow wr2 and who has followed wr1 have experiensed - these run's across the continents of the earth is both a journey understanding the continuency of our nature and cultures; but also at times a journey into its extremes.
I doubt though, that anyone would expect denmark to be one of those extremes of the world. But, I have to say, after arriving here suddenly to attend my fathers funeral tomorrow, then my perception of denmark og Northern Europe as a very 'un-extreme' part of the world have changed !
- Coming in literally after more than 40days of running through a desert (the Atacama Desert), its a shock to experiense Denmark ! In fact one of the strongest contrasts that I have seen in many years both in and outside the world runs:
The degree of "Green" - grass, lawns, gardens, forrests, flowers, fields growing high; but most of all simply the extend that the colour green is present - is striking. And it dawns on me how I the other times when returning to denmark or Scandinavia always have had atleast a few months of running through similar terrain or climate before reaching. That too have a quality, in the way that it puts the nature and culture back home in context of its sourroundings. But, how deeply strange it is to experiense this contry and this part of the world when coming 'fresh' out of the 3.world and even more so, when coming direct from months of remoteness, desert, empty costal ranges by the Pacific Ocean (but beautifull in their own way), tiny rural settlements and a life which is beyond comparison with what I for a few days find myself in now.
Its a fertility, a growth, an abundance and a degree of "peace & pleanty" which is nearly impossible to comprehend when one day stepping into a flight beeing in 'survival mode' and living very close to a quite harsh - but fantastic and Huge nature - And two days later stepping off' an airplane and into a surreal amount of surplus. A surplus not only of the society and its comforts but equally by the nature itself. Atleast here during the summer which in Scandinavia means 1-2 months where the sun hardly sets on the horizon except just around midnight, and the freqvent small rainspells means that plants, gardens and forrests can grow nearly 24h. a day. In sharp contrast not only to the last 3 months of the world run 2 - where there was not 1 day with rain of any sort; but also in contrast with the Scandinavian winter itself, where the ''pleanty'' of summer is removed and a nearly day-long darkness sets in duing the cold and often snowy mid-winter.
What a priveleagues to experiense both worlds. But also... a bit of an unexpected homeground-shock :-)
But it will be a brief shock. Tomorrow the funeral, the next day the "Furesų Marathon" organized aound the local lake, www.worldrun.og/fureso, then follows meetings w. my main sponsor Ecco to use the oppotunity to update our logistics plans; then packing and back to Peru !
I have uploaded a few pictures which perhaps can offer a rare view of where I myself come from. I hope that it can illustrate the steep contrast to the landscapes which I am currently running through in South America.