… Not gasoline! We still have plenty thought we used the engine because of the wind direction and the narrow waterways from Marstal to Birkholm. Cash refuel. We are running out of Euro and never got “Kroner” (Danish currency) as the ATM in Bagekop was removed a long time ago.
Another sunny day, wind 1-2 Bft. from east; course towards Ærøskøbing – a small town known to be one of the most beautiful market towns of Denmark.
We are entering the harbor about an hour after we have left Birkholm. It is 10:15 in the Morning, bustling activities in the rather large marina. Probably a few available boxes but we are spotting a pier we could go alongside from windward. Haven’t done that with the Seascape yet – for Sina it’s the first time with any boat. Perfect conditions – let’s give it a try. Sina is getting the fender and forespring ready to berth. We are stopping the boat parallel to the pier in reach of a bollard, the wind is doing the rest. Piece of cake!
After an extensive cleansing of norðri with fresh water and vacuum cleaner, we are continuing on our mission “bank robbery”. Where’s the next ATM?
Out path is leading us from the old harbor into the town center. The “City” of Ærøskøbing reminds me of a lot smaller version of Lüneburg. It’s old town flair, full of history. Small alleys, old houses, the church and the market place . A beautiful, peaceful place.
The ATM nowhere to be found. It must be hidden, as its look would not fit into the city picture. We are asking a few Danish people enjoying cold beer at the market place. A stage has been setup, an old guy on a keyboard is playing pop songs; fresh sausages and waffles are on sale. If we just had some cash!
The one and only ATM is at the back of a building in the old harbor – currently defect but a technician said it should be back in operations later today.
Time to take a closer look at the handicraft work some of the 930 inhabitants of Ærøskøbing are selling and to check out the marina.
Unique: the marina offers a super fast freezer in the kitchen house. We are placing 3 bottles filled with 1.5 liters of water inside. They will serve as cooling system in our “refrigerator” from tomorrow. Every marina should have that. Great asset for small yachts without a conditioning compressor.
Also, the family bathrooms and showers are specious and clean. A lot bigger than our bathroom at home. Something to look forward to tonight after having skipped showering for two days in Birkholm.