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Lolland: Living market towns with life and happy days

Lolland is cozy and far better than its reputation. The Ødyssé found out when they visited the island.
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Af Sarah Steinitz

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Lovestorm to Lolland

The sky was blue-blue, and the sun blazed down over the red poppy fields, green rows of beets and the village idyll with mills and old half-timbered houses. Of course, it was something of a contrast to the somewhat brutal media image that is often drawn of the entire Lolland-Falster area and tells the story of an area in decline with unemployment and discouragement.

That story reached its climax when the program "På Røven i Nakskov" hit the airwaves, and then it became enough for the area's residents. Instead of the eternal shitstorm, they wanted a 'love storm' with good stories and beautiful pictures to nuance the narrative of their area. It became the hashtag #LollandFalsterLovestorm and in a few days gathered more than 20.000 people in a Facebook group.

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Nakskov and Lolland's elbow

On the west side of Lolland is Nakskov, and just south of the town we left Øjvind and trudged out of a long, beautiful sandpit that stretches about 6 kilometers into the water and can only be passed by a little more off-road vehicles.

'Elbow' is its name, as its shape for confusion looks exactly like one, and out along the seaweed you will find white sandy beaches, a fine lagoon and an old lighthouse and lots of tranquility.

The only thing that broke the slow and peaceful atmosphere was a kitesurfer who brought up the pulse a bit for Sarah, who has 'kited' a bit, but typically only makes involuntary jumps and smashes right on her head in the sea. Of course, we bet on having a lot of fun out of it later in the summer, when we go on a jump in southern Funen.

In Nakskov, we found a touch of the area's bad reputation - empty houses that have certainly seen better times. But the city also offered super cozy little streets with nice houses, and it is probably precisely this balance that #LollandFalsterLovestorm has missed.

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For it may well be that the tarnished reputation has an origin, but it certainly has the good reputation as well. In Maribo you will find a vibrant small market town with life and happy days, flea market and people of all ages. And if you move 5 minutes away from the city center, you are at the beautiful Maribo lakes.

Here we automatically got all the way down in gear as the sun shone over the lakes while blish hens tugged around with their little bliss animals - blisungs, or whatever they are actually called - and we have already planned to come back with kayaks and picnics.

You can see the video from Lolland at the top of the article.

Read more about Ødysséen's trip to Lolland here

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About the travel writer

Sarah Steinitz

Sarah has a degree in sociology from the University of Copenhagen with a supplementary education in journalistic communication from the Danish Media and Journalism Academy.
From March to September 2018, she and Tine Tolstrup will explore the island kingdom and travel to 37 islands in Denmark. It's going to be an adventure. An adventure they call The Odyssey. They are part of a generation that flies around the world after the book "1000 places you must see before you die", but still have never been to Avernakø or driven over Storstrømsbroen. They will seek out the adventures that await around the corner - on Fejø, Fanø, Fur and the 34 other islands that they travel around on their Ødyssé.

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