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- Oh, what am I doing down here, I thought just a few seconds after the big wave had hit me with all its power and managed what it wanted to do; flip me and my kayak over and give me a dunking. I rolled up, probably looked a bit surprised when I hit the surface but all I could think of was:
-My cap! Got to get my cap back! It's my favourite cap I got from my friend Carin and I really don't want to lose it.

What a great big welcome hug Denmark has given us on our first few days on our trip around Denmark!!!

Cause we are finally on our way now. Last Saturday my favourite sister, Malin, drove me and Nick all the way from Helsingborg to our starting point, Vidå Sluss. We did a few stops on the way. First outside Copenhagen to meet Lars from Kajakkaeden, who had arranged with Valley Sea Kayaks to lend a Valley Etain to Nick for this trip. It's a great expedition boat with lots of space for gear you need on a paddle like this. Then we moved on to Fyn and to Svendborg to say hello to Nicolai at Arrow Kayaks, who is kind enough to lend me one of his boats, a Nuka, around Denmark. A boat that suits me perfectly and is wonderful and fun to paddle. Nicolai is also the reason why I am now able to sit in the tent writing this blog. I NEVER thought it would be such a big deal to buy a SIM card to the iPad in Denmark. But it turned out you had to sign a document proving that you were Danish, nice to kids,dogs and old people, good looking and like eating red sausages. And since I'm a vegetarian, you all understand that they wouldn't let me buy one...

The first two days on our trip have been a real challenge and a big struggle at times. Lots of strong head winds the first day to Sylt made us realise that we wouldn't get as far as planned. Still we were on our way and that was a great feeling. A feeling that kind of changed a bit on day two. For me at least. Nick's got plenty of rough water training inside his PFD, but I didn't feel very comfortable when we had to deal with breaking waves of 2-2,5 meters outside the island of Römö. I simply didn't wanted to be where I was. But there we were and we just had to get through that bumpy part of the sea and so we did. Until the next tricky part came, outside the big sandbank of Manö. I was very relieved when we finally hit the sandbanks south of Fanö. Since the weather forecast had promised strong north westerly winds for the next two days we decided to do more sheltered milage and go east of Fanö instead of finding a spot to camp on
the west side of the island. It turned out to be a good decision.

So yesterday, we spent the windy day in the tent, hiking, drinking cappuccino and tea in the lovely village of Sönderho, buying some more fruits and veggies and charged our batteries for the strong winds of today. Winds that have been giving us a hard time on the water this morning.
-It just wont let us leave, Nick said at one point when we were trying to get around one of the headlands, both the wind, the current and the rain
working against us. This island just won't let us leave.

So here we are. Still on Fanö, but I have a strong sense we will leave this island behind us tomorrow. But who knows?

And by the way, Carin, I managed to get the cap back!

It felt really good to see the water next to the Vidå sluice.

It felt really good to see the water next to the Vidå sluice.

The lollipop lighthouse at Sylt.

The lollipop lighthouse at Sylt.

The freezing wind was cooling down all paddlers on Fanö this morning.

The freezing wind was cooling down all paddlers on Fanö this morning.

The Danish greyscale outside Esbjerg was only interrupted by our red and orange sea kayaks.

The Danish greyscale outside Esbjerg was only interrupted by our red and orange sea kayaks.

It's difficult to catch head winds in a picture but believe me, I was fighting like a bull in the bay of Nordby, Fanö island.

It's difficult to catch head winds in a picture but believe me, I was fighting like a bull in the bay of Nordby, Fanö island.

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