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Colour and Cannabis in Christiania, Copenhagen - Little Observationist
“Christiania was fascinating,” I wrote in my pink notebook one evening when Jorge and I were relaxing in our room at Hotel Fox in Copenhagen. “but it seemed sad in a way, a bit past its time, like walking through the decaying remnants of what was once an incredible realisation of a dream. It seemed to be a community clinging to the past, attached to an ethos of fighting the system, like a living museum of the 1970s that tourists are itching to see.” And I suppose we were just another set of those tourists really. We arrived shortly after spending half hour sitting in a nearby cafe in Christianshavn to warm our frozen toes on a bitter October afternoon, watching bikes roll by the windows. I was drawn immediately to the entrance which was covered in street art. We walked inside a small doorway to another world, or at least what is a self-proclaimed autonomous area. The other entrance says, “You Are Now Leaving the European Union.” To put some background behind this, the story of Christiania started in 1971 when a group of squatters moved into what was an abandoned 18th century fort, a former military barracks called “Bådsmandsstræde”. …