“Define a destination; a café, a landmark, a village. Get out a map and plan a route. The adventure has begun. Jump on your bike and go explore! This is my approach to creating everyday cycling adventures.”
WHAT A PLACE!
The dome is amazing! The second I step inside, all my senses wake up; The warm air, the sweet scent of greenhouse jungle, the acoustic spacious silence and the amazing light illuminating the welcoming interior. This is the Copenhagen Dome – a Knowledge Center for Socio-economics and part of the Grennessminde complex, in Taastrup, 20 km outside of Copenhagen center.
I enter the café, located in a greenhouse and enjoy an organic juice and a delicious cake made by the bakery, that is also one of Grennessminde´s many projects. A few visitors sit and chat and the atmosphere is relaxing and welcoming. All sorts and sizes of plants are on sale in the greenhouse café, and I wish I could carry some home on my bike!
DENMARK IS FOR CYCLING
On my way here, I passed my favorite hill, Herstedhøje – always a great little climb, and then continued towards and along the Albertslund golf course. The extensive network of cycling paths in Denmark still amazes me, and something I highly appreciate and value.
HOW TO RUN A MODERN BUSINESS
Grennessminde´s mission is to actively create a ´bridge´ between young people with special needs and the job market. Their focus is on the individual person, and his or her resources as a way to achieve success and positive experiences. The young people completing education at Grennessminde, leave the place with self-confidence, knowledge about themselves and courage and experience to stand on their own feet.
Grennessminde has more than 30 years of experience within the socio-economic business principles and has several companies/workshops within organic farming, food production, metal and wood workshops. They sell and supply their products to amongst others the Copenhagen Zoo, the Parliament and the famous restaurant Noma.
I leave the flowers and berries, and can´t help feel overwhelmed by the humanistic approach that this place breathes, grows and shares through their open-mindedness. I re-trace my ride back across herstedhøje Hills and feel rewarded by my visit to Grennessminde.
More info about Grennessminde can be found at their website https://gminde.dk/
By Martin Paldan, Cycling in Copenhagen