Christiania Gets A New Embassy

Being a self-proclaimed Travelling Ambassador for my beloved Freetown of Christiania, I naturally endeavor to establish as many embassies as possible in the freetowns and intentional communities that I come across.

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On my very last evening in Australia, the incredible human being David Harris – representing Ponyland – inaugurated Christiania’s first embassy in Australia by painting the Christiania symbol on the door; three yellow dots on a red background.

As it happens, the first embassy that I established was in the Nimbin Valley in a perma culture community called Ponyland. The ponies (we are the ponies!) had an old one-room shack that was in need of a serious overhaul, and they offered me that, if I fixed it up, I could stay there until my visa ran out.

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Here you see the Embassy’s office with storage space on the left, a desktop that tilts and a semi fold down bed underneath (without the two-part mattress).

This was a great opportunity and over the course of a month or so, I therefore transformed this grimy old, run-down shack with not even a wall- or ceiling-lining, into a functional space for artists, researchers, visitors and travelers – not to mention ambassadors from other communities.

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A view of the kitchen space with the bedroom right behind it. The heater was bought for $10 and the bed was converted from an old frame into a high bed, allowing for storage room underneath. The sink was installed because I needed a round seat for a stool on another project and therefore was left with a tabletop with a hole in it. The shelf is a cutout from an old door-panel supported by two struts from the back of an old chair.

Roughly around the same time that this Australian embassy came about, Christiania’s unofficial minister of culture also inaugurated a “rolling embassy” in the sister community of Ruigoord, Holland. The Dutch embassy consists of a pick-up truck with a beautifully decorated caravan unit on the tray. I wonder if anyone even has a count of how many embassies around the world Christiania has now?

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This is the embassy’s reception area, although I never got around to obtaining the proper arm-chairs and round wooden table that would have filled this spot so neatly. This space also doubles as a function room for official events and the like. Note the home-made guitar-hook and the heart shaped window.

So, if you ever journey through Nimbin in Australia and need a diplomatic favor, be sure to let me know and I can see if the embassy is available for you to borrow for a little while!

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kirsten Corneliussen
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 16:02:00

    Hej Christian det er dog et fantastisk stykke arbejde, du har lavet ved den hytte. Det ser så fint ud

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  2. Anton
    Sep 17, 2013 @ 17:54:59

    wow man, the place looks great. you really did you a great job on the old shack. And from all of us, Thank you for you kindness and positive energy that has now blossomed opened up a door way to the rest of us christiania folk for years to come.

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  3. Martha
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 21:49:01

    Bravo guerrero!!!

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  4. nina
    Oct 24, 2013 @ 06:03:02

    love you Cornelius…
    Hvor er det flot lavet, med hjerte og sind.. Håber du stadig blomster på din solrige tur.. men jeg håber også snart at se dig igen… kærlighed Nina

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