I was travelling to Denmark sometime towards March end on a media tour to Denmark-headquartered pump-manufacturer Grundfos in Bjerringbro. It was my first official trip overseas and I was looking forward to what the visit can offer. I learnt a lot from the trip, but that is another story, one reserved for my publication.
It was a week trip, where we would be staying in Bjerringbro and Copenhagen for two days each. Bjerringbro is close to an hour drive from Billund, which is famous for Lego. Like any other European country, the scenery was amazing with leafless pine trees on either side. Spring has yet to come and winter is sure overstaying its welcome. But I liked it. I loved the biting cold wind that cut my unprotected fingers and the clean air that caressed my hair.
Frisholt, where Grundfos guests stay that includes media persons, is in the middle of pine forest housing one of the largest lakes in Denmark. As you come out of the lovely guest cottages, the long cement road stretches in front of you, with no end in sight. There was no sound or living being in sight as I walked the never-ending stretch except for swishing of high-speed cars and those rare bikers I caught on road. I do not think there are any farm or houses at least for 5-6 kilometres. My interaction with Dorte, one of the employees in Grundfos, only confirmed that there was indeed nothing near the guest house except forest and lake.
Dorte lives 25 km from Bjerringbro and commutes by an Audi Q2. Having a car is more of a necessity for those living in suburbs as the rail and bus connectivity is not as good as it is in city, say Dorte. So many here have cars despite the 200 per cent tax. But it is hardly a worry for those who like the smell of leather and feel their fingers vibrate under the wheel, which is most of the Danes who love their car and crave the speed. It is obvious given how structured the roads were. We should also remember that people follow rules here, unlike the country I come from.
As you drive around suburbs, it is hard to miss the farms where you could see horses and cows lazing around in the lawns. There were small houses, very toytown-ish gas stations and convenience stores. Given that few thousands population living in the area, I guess this what you can expect.
But there were not enough time to immerse myself in the atmosphere for I had other business to attend to. During the course of media tour, all those technical details aside what I liked was the museum about how Grundfos started. The museum housed a look-alike workshop of the founder Poul Due Jensen, when he worked in his basement making pumps. It was interesting in its own way. It was more or less like a real workshop. You can almost smell coal burning and 1940s music playing through an old radio. There was his work desk with account books and a board with a pump design half-finished. An old newspaper was stuck in the corner of his office room. You can almost see him working there if you let your imagination run wild. I liked it.
Other than that Bjerringbro did not have much to offer, considering it is an industrial area. But there is more to come in the way of food, people and the beautiful city Copenhagen. I hope you will enjoy them more than you did this post.