The Happiness Inquiry

A teacher's quest to cultivate happy habits in her students

8: Way Back When

5 Comments

On Sunday, we finally visited Aarhus’ most popular tourist attraction, Den Gamle By, an outdoor museum that features many original renaissance-era buildings reconstructed on site. There’s plenty of historical information, plus re-enactors and of course, my personal favorite, cute little shops!

Since I wrote a lot yesterday, today I’ll go easy on you guys and mostly use a few photos to share the experience. The only thing I’ll say is this: when you look through the photos, maybe imagine what your life would have been like back then. Let’s for fun assume you had some choice, some agency. How would you have spent your days? What sort of work would you have done? Would you have been a painter? Or a candlestick maker? Whatever it was, you would have had to be not only good at it, but anything related to it. Back then, everyone was a jack of all trades. It’s fun to think about (I think)! This all came up when I looked over at Greg, a software developer, and it struck me that his work is so tied to today’s computer technology–he would have had to do something totally different! I guess I don’t have to think too hard on it–one room schoolhouse for me, all the way! 😉

 

350 year-old stove!

350 year-old stove!

Assembling little herb sachets?

Assembling little herb sachets?

I want this on top of my house, people..

I want this on top of my house, people..Greenhouses are huge in Denmark and have been for a long time, apparently. Since the country is so far North, they get precious little sun much of the year (less than 6 hours in the Winter!).

Candlemaker!

Candlemaker! Those are trays of long skinny candles he has, which are hanging by the wicks.

Depressed child working while her father sleeps in a pull-out VERY narrow bed. Eek!

Child working while her father sleeps in a VERY narrow pull-out bed. Back then, only the upper class could afford to send their children to school; all the other kids had to help raise money.

Rooftops of half-timber houses.

Rooftops of half-timber houses.

Components of a man's dress shoe, which seem not have changed much in the past 300 years!

Components of a man’s dress shoe, which seem not have changed much in the past 300 years!

Paint maker, who also had to play the role of the house painter and interior decorater--you needed creative vision AND hard skills!

The local paint maker, who also had to play the role of the house painter and interior decorater–you needed creative vision AND hard skills!

IMG_6660

Old kitchens have to be my favorite--look at the hearth!

Old kitchens have to be my favorite–look at the hearth!

Author: henrykat

I am a middle school special education teacher in Chicago. I was fortunate enough to receive a Fund for Teachers grant that allows me to spend a month in Denmark, considered to be the happiest place on earth. I hope to use my experience to inspire my students to make choices that will increase their personal sense of well being.

5 thoughts on “8: Way Back When

  1. Wow Kat that looks so cool! You must be having a lot of fun there! 😀

  2. Very cool!! I look forward to your blogs every day! So well written and pictures are so awesome!

  3. Is everything hand made over there in the houses?

    • You bet, Ebony! There were simple machines to help make the making easier, but for the most part, if you needed something, you had to do it yourself! There were also professionals like there are today, so you would pay them for certain services, like the shoemaker, or the baker (though I’ll bet most everyone knew how to bake back then).

  4. The pictures you took look great. Hope you are having fun! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s