Posted in Denmark, Travel

Traveling to Copenhagen

Most travelers arrive by plane, as the land borders have become a bit less friendly during 2016.

Which route to take?

I would advise via Iceland, if you are coming from North America. Why, you might ask?

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Source: Google Maps

Well, it has just the right conditions for travelers on the way to Denmark.

Let’s compare the size of these 2 Countries:

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source: overlapmaps.com

See. Other than Iceland being a bit more lopsided, then the size comparison is about right.

Relax in the comfort of Iceland, before you take on Denmark. Get acquainted with their funny words, and try your hand at pronouncing the Native Language, in preparation for you visit to Copenhagen. Are they laughing at you? Are you looking for the nearest lava rock to bash some heads in?

Can you say “Police Brutality” in Pure Icelandic?

If they don’t deport you from Iceland back to Northern America, then continue on to Denmark. It’s kind of like getting the card in Monopoly that tells you to “Pass Go” and “Collect $200”.

I feel like a winner every time I’m allowed to leave Iceland, before attempting another foreign Country.

Now you are on the plane on the way to Copenhagen. It is now time to review, what you have learned along the way:

  • How to pronounce Foreign Words, without knowing what they mean
  • How the inside of a Foreign Jail looks like, sharing a heated cell with someone named Olaf
  • Being restricted to the inside of the Airport, when you return home again, or face criminal charges.

Use these experiences, and the rest of what you learned about being handcuffed and gagged to better enjoy your visit in Copenhagen.

It might be a good idea not to insult the Royal Family during your first day in Copenhagen, otherwise you might be visiting the inside of a Danish Jail with someone named Knud!

Unless you like that type of thing?……………….

Posted in Denmark, Life

Little Bird, Big Window

We often get birds who fly into our windows. Some make it, some don’t.

Today, a little bird took a wrong turn into our picture window.

“Smack” which wasn’t anything more than a small “Swish” of a sound when it happened. Through the window, I could see a small bird lying lifeless on the pavement. So young to be killed in such a meaningless way!

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Mama bird was on the roof just a minute ago, above the grapevines, keeping an eye on the lifeless form below.

I looked out of the window from time to time, but didn’t see any movement at all. The other birds in the yard went about their business, seemingly unaware of what was happening with others.

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They moved quickly trying to find breakfast in the cool Danish morning.

The little bird showed signs of life. It sat up for a bit, as if to gather its wits about it, before trying to fly again.

I looked through the window and took a few pictures through the glass.

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It seemed to be OK, but it still didn’t move.

I took a look out of the door, and took a few more pictures.

After closing the door, and looking out again, it was gone.

Now I can continue on with my Sunday, thinking nice thoughts about that little bird and our mean, cruel and nasty picture window, which doesn’t seem at all to be those not-nice things otherwise….

Posted in Canada, Denmark, Travel

Going Undercover in Copenhagen

For those of you who think this blog is about nightlife in Copenhagen, then you are barking up the wrong Danish Larch!

No dear readers, this blog is about my journey into the unknown, the mysterious, the as yet untried method of convincing the rest of Denmark that Copenhagen is not a 4-letter word. For those of you not accustomed to idioms in English, or Street Language, then that means that some, of not all of my neighbors, co-workers and yes, even my family have protested about my continued coverage of Copenhagen!

“What is wrong with Northern Jutland?”

“What about Viborg?”

“What has Aarhus ever done to you?”

I know a Canadian who has had issues with at least two of those statements, but if you want to consider her side of this twisted tale, then I’d advise you to look here:

https://cyrannyblog.wordpress.com/

Some people seem to love Denmark in every way, shape and form, for whatever reason, I’m not sure exactly?

I’m not even sure if the residents of Copenhagen feel that I am portraying them in the proper light?

You see, it is an uphill battle, regardless of which side of this rather smallish Country, but then the lack of topography makes my job all the less hilly……………….

Posted in Denmark, Travel

Anything Can Happen in Copenhagen!

My Ultimate List:

  • Free giveaways of Pinot Noir
  • Elephant ice skating at Nyhavn
  • Take a Mermaid out to lunch
  • Getting lucky at a Copenhagen Bar!
  • Melted Ice Hockey Championships
  • First one up a Palm Tree is a Coconut!
  • The Winter Doldrums – Getting Unlucky at a Copenhagen Bar!
  • Prize giveaways for winners of “All you can drink, but not remember drinking  Pinot Noir”
  • Feeling your way along the floor of your favorite bar. Don’t knock it just yet!
  • Take a Royal out to lunch.
  • Dare to wear a “I Love Québec” button in Downtown Copenhagen!
  • Lose your water bottle, and win a prize
  • Winter Bathing with the other Vikings!
  • Dare to be different: Get a Copenhagen Tattoo!
  • Throw caution to the wind and windsurf to Sweden. Remember your passport!
  • Try to remember, why you decided to visit Copenhagen in February!

My list can just go on and on, but most people will still be wondering why they said, “Yes” to the free giveaways of Pinot Noir?

Who knows? You might end up in bed with someone totally unexpected, but hey! Let yourself go! After all, this is Scandinavia!

……………………….

Posted in Denmark, Travel

A Bum Rap

Some of you might ask, “Aren’t you giving the people of Copenhagen, A Bum Rap?”

Of course not! The whole Country acts as as a, well as a whole.

Almost everyday we, up here in Northern Jutland, speak about Copenhagen:

  • A new highway? Well, more power to them
  • A new bridge? Well, they deserve it more than we do!
  • More money to the Capitol Region? Well, they do pay more taxes over there

You see. Everyone else in Denmark envies the people of Copenhagen, and the others that live on the island of Zealand.

If I mention them to my friends and co-workers here in Aalborg, they shake their heads and say things like:

  • I wish, I were one of them

  • I can’t wait to visit Copenhagen again

  • All of my friends live in Copenhagen

  • If anyone deserves that, then it is them

All of the above statements are put in quotation marks as if to say that they are “implied”, because, as some of you might know, Danes don’t often air their opinions publicly!

That’s why, I’m encouraging everyone around me to join my “10 Days of Fun and Sun in Copenhagen in February 2017!”

Can’t wait to see all of my friends from Jutland there.

Vel Mødt!

 

Posted in Denmark, Travel

Hug a Palm Tree in Copenhagen

No way, some might say.

But it is way. Way out!

Hugging a Palm Tree in downtown Copenhagen is the thing to do when visiting Denmark. A lot of you probably didn’t know that February is the finest month to do so, when the sun’s rays are at the most perfect angle for photographing this event!

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I was one of the first to do this most elegant of hugs, but all residents were not as open-minded back then! Just look at me enjoying the February Fun and Sun , and in shorts no less.

I would imagine that if you booked your flight early enough, then I could pose right along side of you when…..what……wait a moment….I’m getting a message in my headphones…..What! Wrong Palm Tree?

Wow. I’m sorry about that, but it seems that my pictures have gotten a bit mixed up. This Palm Tree is actually from the Danish Island of Funen, which is a bit farther south of Copenhagen.

I’ll get back to you on that one……….

 

 

Posted in Canada, Denmark, Travel

A Winter Weary Canadian

Well, Chalk one up for February, Fun and Sun in Copenhagen!

Look here:

https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/38988862/posts/1202945594

This young Canadian girl is probably the first lucky traveler to sign up for my Fun and Sun Tour to Copenhagen in February!

I just can’t say it enough: February in Copenhagen is the place to be in February 2017!

If I’m lying, I’m dying……………………..

 

I just can’t say February enough times!

Posted in California, Canada, Denmark, Travel

Denmark in February. Sun Cream Recommendations! Part 2

OK. In my last blog, I broke the news about Tourists visiting Denmark in February 2017, and…Yes, you heard me correctly. February!

Here is some more info about the searing chances of Sun for that time of year:

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Source: https://www.timeanddate.com/sun/denmark/copenhagen

Sunrise: 8:47

Sunset: 16:00 (4pm).

Now, my recommendation for the extreme conditions is this here:

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I realize that 50+ might make some of you think that getting a suntan with such a high amount of protection, might not be possible?

Wrong again.

I would suggest that you just pull out your portable Palm Tree and simulate a Sunny Day in Denmark:

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Notice how I’ve been working on my tan in anticipation of this big event, and how I’ve been practicing lying under my Palm Tree for this event!

OK. It might be a bit cramped, but I thought, I’d start with my hand and sun myself a bit at a time.

Here is a portion of my Tanning Chart:

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I’ve put a “Day of Rest” in, so as not to stress my delicate skin, too many days at a time! This list is only a partial one, and could combine more than just the one or the other thing, if that is my Palm Tree was a bit taller!

Why all the fuss about Fun and Sun in February?

Well, if you consider how little there is to do, otherwise, in Denmark at that time of year, then you need to concentrate on other things to draw, and keep the tourists occupied.

It’s kind of like photos of Southern California. They are generally taken in the Winter/Spring when the air is clean and clear:

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Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles

They don’t want to show you how little there is to brag about, when the Summer Smog sets in! This photo looks great, but if you only knew…….

Posted in Canada, Denmark, Travel

February Fun and Sun in Copenhagen!

I realize that I am not a professional photographer, but if the photo is eye-catching enough, then those Sun-starved tourists, won’t know the difference!

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See how I’ve been able to give the impression of height?

Now look at my swim trunks:

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See how I’ve combined The swaying of the Palm Tree, The fashion of swimming trunks, and wait, there’s more:

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You see, how the elements change over time? Now there is a Palm Tree, Sun Lotion, and a bottle of Maple Syrup, which points in the direction of……Yes, A large Country which everyone knows is sun-starved in the Winter!

A lot of you are now asking, “And you don’t do this for a living? Amazing. I never would have guessed, that you haven’t been in this branch forever!”

Well, Amazing but true is the answer here. It is just like being a Professional Blogger, some make it, and some don’t!

I would be surprised, if some of you haven’t already ordered your tickets for Copenhagen for February? Where should we meet? I could stand there at the Airport, wearing my best swimming trunks, carrying a large sign with my Palm Tree on it saying, “February Fun and Sun in Copenhagen – Line Forms Behind Me!”

I might though, have to change the text size, or some of you will be confused if it only says, “Sun in Copen”. Some people, like those from chilly Montréal might take offense at the word, “Copen” which some people tell me, means “Put a Hockey Puck Up Your Nose”. I wouldn’t want to insult any of those Sun-starved Tourists with a Faux Pas like that, so I’ve decided to put that one on the back burner for now.

After all it is not February as yet!

However, the big countdown has begun, with only a few Winter months between The Fun and Sun of Copenhagen and thousands if not dozens, if we are lucky, of guests arriving in February!

God Rejse………..

 

Posted in Canada, Denmark, Travel

Stop the Presses and Let Me Off!

Wow. I was about to take a break from blogging (again), until yesterday that is. What is going to happen to change that you might ask? Well, let me tell you here….

It seems that Denmark is going to have a Tourist Invasion in February 2017 due to a Tropical Heat Wave! What you say, “No Way”, and I reply, “Yes, Way!”

Reliable sources have told me that hoards of Tourists from Northern Climes have decided to invade Denmark in search of warmer temps, more sunlight and yes, inviting beaches!

In February no less!

I thought, I should write a blog or two telling you, the blogging world, that Denmark in February 2017 is the place to be. It might just be known as the Cat’s Pajamas, or the Bee’s Knees, but I’ll let you decide for yourself!

Wait a minute. It seems, I’m getting a new report into my headset. Those Tourists are coming from latitudes below Denmark? That seems a bit crazy, as they would be getting more sun than us in Brrr Northern Europe!

Let’s have a look at Copenhagen in the month of February:

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Source: http://www.holiday-weather.com/copenhagen/averages/february/

It doesn’t really matter, as long as you think positive, and take a heavy jacket or two with you when you go!

I’ll be laying out my favorite Swim Trunks to show you that I’ll be hitting the beaches along with the tourists, when this blog continues next time.

Surf’s Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, if you think you’ll have trouble thinking “warm” in that otherwise Summer-like month, then listen to this song to get you in the mood: