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 Today was devoted to an all day tour of Copenhagen, on foot, by canal boat, and by bicycle. As luck would have it, we were the only people to book the tour today, so we had our tour guide, the very lovely Inga Maria, all to ourselves. We saw a great deal more of the city, learned a bit about its history, and generally had a really enjoyable day. Inga Maria is originally from Iceland, but knows her adopted home well, and was an absolutely wonderful person to spend the day with.  It turns out that she is going home to Iceland tomorrow, and we may catch up with her again before this trip is over.

Early in our tour, Inga Maria pointed out the police guarding the Synagogue here.  She told us that these would likely be the only police we would see, as there is very little crime here. We also talked about the history of fires in the city, and noted that improved fire safety had served to prevent any further repeats of the runaway fires that had burned down the city from time to time.

Then, just before lunch, as we were walking in front of the Hotel d'Angleterre, a whole bunch of sirens started drawing nearer, and several fire department trucks pulled up and stopped near us. I snapped a few photos before we left the area, but as we were leaving several more trucks drove by in that general direction.

But the real excitement came as we were walking back to our hotel after the tour was finished.  We were waiting to cross Hans Christian Andersen Blvd. when we here a series of loudish pops from down the street.  Within a few minutes, there were dozens of police vehicles racing into the area from every direction. As the police closed down the street, and ambulance rushed towards the cluster of police near the side of the street.  The ambulance was only on scene for a few minutes before it rushed away towards the hospital. When I got back to the hotel, I did a search on the web and discovered that a police officer had apparently shot a man after some type of pursuit. One report indicated that the police were saying that the incident was not terrorism related.

Tomorrow, we head to the cruise port to board the ship that will be our home for the next week. I don't expect to have much internet access during the cruise, so I'll have to post about the cruise when we get home.

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Date: 2017-06-08 12:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elhamisabel
Denmark has wittnessed its lowest crime stats on record for 2016. In 2012 it had a total of 42 murders in the whole of the country. To witness the police acting like that seems to be something like 'luck' if you can use that word in this context.

I'm glad you seems to have enjoxed Copenhagen before your cruise.

Over here, Jewish schools in Frankfurt also get police protection.
I pass one of them occasionally, and every time I do, I get all annoyed that we live in a society in which it is deemed necessary to protect people (children!) from arseholes. We shouldn't hate one another on account of our beliefs.

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