06 March 2013

A cargo mission

A friend of mine has taken the initiative to offer rickshaw rides to the elderly in Copenhagen retirement homes. The department of health services wisely went on board with the idea, and picked up the tab. The rickshaws were built in free town Christiania, and yesterday we went to pick them up.

Christiania bike rickshaws

Christiania bike rickshaws

I almost never go to Christiania. Mainly because you are not allowed to bring a camera (you risk being threatened or beaten, if you pull one out), and I usually feel like an intruder when I go there. Uninvited. I don't know.

Nesting birds

But yesterday I was on a mission, and I even snug my camera out to steal a few shots (see? It pisses me off, that I should feel afraid of pulling out my camera in my own city). I love the wilderness of this place. And so do the gangs, who have taken over parts of the free town. Gangs don't like cameras.

Skull

But the bike guys were the kindest people around, and the sun was out in a big way. Blue skies, spring breeze, it was intoxicating.

PS! People who bitch about cargo bikes on the bike lane better re-f*cking-lax. Just be grateful that it is not a car, stinking up your airways. There, did I manage to piss everybody off now, or did I miss someone?

Uh

Hahaha.


18 comments:

  1. Hvor er de cykler SMUKKE!!! -og folk, der ikke tåler andre mennesker (på cykelstien eller andre steder) skulle overveje at flytte laaaaangt ud på landet, hvor der ikke er så mange af dem.
    -så dejligt solen skinner, tænker jeg, du er rigtig glad for Sandra<3
    kh Muttilove

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    1. Ja, ja, ja til det hele! Haha. De er så fine, og der er endda hjælpemotor på, så man lige kan gasse op. Ren medvind. :-)

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  2. So that's what they are! I just saw a few parked in the yard of the newly renovated home for the elderly close to me, on Jagtvej. I thought they were just wheelchairs with a windbreaker on them. What a great idea. I hope they will get used!

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    1. Ah, I see they dumped the last three at the same location then? I dropped off number three, and they were supposed to move on. Busted. Haha.

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  3. Nice initative!

    I thought cameras were "prohibited" in Christiania only in the rather central "dealing" area. I saw the flags "camera free area", so assumed that now other areas are allowed to cameras. So I did take pictures at Christiania. What's the fuss anyway: I understand dealers don't want their picture taken while, well, dealing. But for the rest of the area, I don't understand why pictures should be prohibited. That's how I always feel about Christiana: I'm confused about their double-sided philosophy/behavior/rules... Free minded area but no cameras allowed and a bit "hip" in a "you can't understand us and you don't belong" way somehow, free land area-utopia but just bought the land for very little of the actual value, were selling "parts" to benefactors and were not accepting any new people anyway as far as I know. So I could never know what to feel about this place and people. But I do love the art and home-made houses/shelters. And the nice hang-out areas in summer time.

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    1. Wow, that pretty much sums it up for me (except I never got around to the hanging out during the summer time). Thank you. :-)

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  4. That is such a sweet idea.I hope when I become one of the 'old folks', that someone will occasionally take me for a ride in their cargo bike.

    and as for Christiania? I know nothing about the place but your post makes me want to go there with my big old Canonflex SLR and take a lot of photos. And then put them up on my blog,of course?I've often noticed how hippies move into a beautiful, sleepy town, push up the real estate prices and then walk around with a smug 'we live here,and you don't' smirk on their faces.

    Please keep snapping away!

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    1. You really don't want to bring you big camera and flaunt it, trust me. They will beat you up, and they may take your camera away from you. Or, if you are a journalist undercover, they may strip you naked and chase you out on the street, as was the case sometime last year.

      This is not the hippies, of course, the concern is that you will compromise the drug traders, which I would never do. I am only interested in bikes and nesting birds and weird stuff on walls. Hahaha.

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  5. You can take pictures anywhere in Christiania. Only in Pusherstreet it is really not a good idea, because of criminal, lowlife scumbags, who has taken Christiania as a hostage in their greed for money. The real habitants in Christiania are still in general peaceloving (and touristfriendly) citicens. They can not get rid of the bullies as long as there is an illegal marked for hash. I would so much love, sometime in the future, to be able to buy a danish produced, organic "fairtrade-joint" from a friendly person in pusherstreet/CA. Now the first link the consumers feed is a young criminal working his way up (down). Second chain is a brutal gangster, third chain is a smugler and fourth chain is possibly some sort of a clan leader in a heavy armed, lawless part of the world. The cost of producing a joint may be the cost of producing a cigarette. The remaining 49kroner could be taxes instead of crimesupport. That would make me a happy consumer. Christiania is so very fotogenic so please give all parts (exept pusherstreet) a chance. Bring a smile. Ofcourse people should respect normal privacy code and not take pictures through windows, but anywhere else in the free part of the free town, with standart photo ettiquette, it would surprise me if someone complained. You take so nice pictures, Sandra. Greets from a political consumer-wannabe.

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    1. See, I didn't know that I was allowed to take pictures outside Pusherstreet. Useful info, I am just itching to take pictures of the rest. Maybe I will give it another shot, then.

      I am undecided on the rest, still. The fact that it is illegal, is definitely creating a lot of problems, maybe we could benefit from a trial period of legal marijuana, to see how it goes? If we can try out everything else, why not that?

      What would they move to then, I wonder? Hard drugs? Or even worse: trafficking?

      My guess is that the gangs don't even want the stuff to be legalised, why would they? Ah, I don't know.

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  6. Sandra, I'm not pissed off yet. You are going to have to try much harder. I do love the 'Nesting Birds' photo!

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    1. Haha, I would never attempt to alienate you on purpose. :-)

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  7. As long as you keep your pics coming then I will take next to anything from you ;) Hope you are having a cosy weekend! Hugs!

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  8. jamen Sandra, det er da kun i Pusherstreet at du ikke må fotografere! Jeg har da flere gange gået rundt og taget en masse billeder alle andre steder der inde. Intet at være bange for, hvis du bare ikke tager billeder i den gade.

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    1. Siger du det? Det kan være at jeg skal vende tilbage en dag og udforske resten,s å.

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  9. Helt enig! Jeg kører næsten kun på Christiania cykel og folk har virkelig ingen respekt for det :( Man føler sig altid lidt i vejen...

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    1. Har prøvet det et par gange efterhånden, både med lånecykler (på en søndag ovenikøbet), og nu da vi skulle cykle dem hen til plejehjemmene. Man begynder næsten at tro på at man ikke har lige så meget lov til at være der som almindelige cykler eller biler. Det er jo grotesk?

      Bare ikke i orden, det bliver vi simpelthen nødt til at rette op på.

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  10. Jacob Holt (American Pictures) once told about traveling through USA for 5 years, never being beaten up for taking pictures. Then he went to Christiania and was beaten up within 15 minutes.
    The measage to me at least is: BEWARE

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