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June 23, 2005

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Hippies took over an abandoned army base in the early 1970s, and they're still there. Christiana is like a free state within Copenhagen, a remnant of the era of free love and purple haze. Pot plants grow along the side of the paths, and the citizens hang out listening to music and partying in the midday sun. The ramshackle houses that the residents have built over the past decades are certainly worth millions now, surrounded by green space and overlooking water, just five minutes from central Copenhagen. (Click on the image of Em on the swing for a short movie of a hippie-made playground toy.)