In the middle of Copenhagen, a self-proclaimed free commune has sat for the last forty years. Christiana was created in 1971 when some “hippies” squatted in the abandoned military base to protest war. This freetown has been the site of much controversy due to it’s legalization of marijuana. In the 1970s, it was the site of all sorts of drug trade, but today the people of Christiana have agreed to band hard drugs, biker gangs, and allow the police to come into the community once a week. The government has not tried to reclaim the land because they now a civilians war would ensue and they recognize it’s really not harming anyone. There are three rules in Christiana (which are strictly regulated by the residents). No pictures. No running. Have fun.
Walking into Christiana was like walking into an alternate universe. Everyone was so peaceful, happy, and high. The pace slowed down and colors filled the scene. Beautiful graffiti murals coated every corner of the commune, dogs ran freely, and people of all ages enjoyed each others’ company over beer and joints. The most shocking sites to me were the marijuana booths. I still can’t comprehend the idea that marijuana can be sold so openly, like right out in the open for everyone to see!
My host brother and I sat for a few hours with some beer while people watching on a hill that overlooked part of Christiana. I wish so much that I could express this fantasy land in words or have taken some pictures to try and show you (the ones above are courtesy of google). Anyway, it’s something you all show see, and I can’t believe I didn’t know this place existed until very recently.
i shall visit this place when in europe