Along the way you'll catch a glimpse of lovely little sonderborg, too bad it was a grey-gray day otherwise I would've walked along the beach and past the harbour.
It would've been great if I could've made this instructable non-linear. :)
btw, Sonderborg is located on the Island of Als, in southern Denmark. So far south it's almost in Germany.
Step 1: Check the Weather!
Step 2: Out the Door.
It's not the nicest view (the renovations are almost over, give them another 4 months) but well, it's about 8:30 now, who cares about the view at this time of day.
Step 3: Just Keep Going
Step 4: Onto Skovvej
Not much to see here, it's still grey and windy and wet.
Step 5: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road
See those little flags in the extra picture? Danes and their flags, they're everywhere, one out of three houses has a flagpole in front... and you can get fined if you forget to bring the full-size flag back in before nightfall. Apparently that's why many people have the mini-version (me thinks it's really because it gets too windy for full-size flags).
Those flagpoles are so popular you can now by TV-antennas that double as flagpoles.
Step 6: Ringrider - Shortcut
If it's really windy you're better off going straight and then taking a right, we're taking a shortcut over the "Ringriderplads" an open space where the wind has free reign... especially when it's raining it'll cut straight through you.
Also, when it's dark, watch out for the low-flying alien saucers. They're dogs with blinking lights on their collars, the dogs are usually not the problem though: It's the leash tied to the doggy's owner that'll trip you up.
Step 7: Over the Ringriderplads
The general purpose square of Sonderborg, from monster truck madness to beerfests.. and of course the actual "ringriding" (a thing with lots of horses with drunk people who try to aim a very big stick through a very small hole).
Note the little kiddie in the ski-suit. It's the standard outfit for any kid that can walk but can't argue over its own clothes yet.
Step 8: Almost Into Town
A lot of schools are in this area, from the german kindergarten to gymnasiums (one of which has a weird statue of a guy on a chair which no Dane has managed to explain to me)
Step 9: Through Town.
First you'll pass Netto & Kvikly (gotta love that spelling) two competing supermarkets, accross the road from each other. Often you'll find the same products in both, but Netto's cheaper!
Step 10: City Hall
Weirdest thing about sonderborg: people (germans :) drive up here... to get married. In summer you'll find people in their best clothes sipping champagne out of plastic cups, chilled in picnic baskets.
The always thoughtful Danes at the tourist office also provide a doggy-bar, so "inclusive" :D
Step 11: Down to the Bridge
Step 12: Left at the German Church
This is the "german church", not sure why it's called german but it's different from the Danish white-and-square things you normally see around here.
The church is perfect for checking whether I'm late or not... it's 8.55... guess I'll be , class starts at 9!
Step 13: Over the Bridge
On the other side of the bridge there's a house easily winning the prize for worst location ever. caught between the main road into town (and until they built the new bridge, the only road onto the island) and the old railroad tracks... even more amazing is that the owner recently renovated it and built a small roofterrace, can't wait to stare into the headlights of the oncoming traffic.
Step 14: Zebra Crossing
Accross the water you can see the military school (their clock is always stuck at 9) and the hospital (Fraenzi works in the 4th tower from the right)
The banner on the side of Alsion is about Frank Gehry's plan to redevelop the waterfront in front of the military school, it's a huge project (so far they've burned through all the funding, just pay Gehry's fee... or so the rumour goes :)
Step 15: Alsion
You can find me in the Interaction Studio.
Hope you enjoyed the walk,