Monday, May 21, 2007

Denmark is cool. Red Sox are not.

Heck, the Europe is cool. Except for jet lag. I'm beyond the point of exhaustion, and am watching the Yankees game in order to stay awake while I describe the wonders that is my journey to Copenhagen, compliments of my kick ass job.

Let me start by saying the back of the bus kicked my ass. I was not first class aisle, and was responsible for a galley; I've never been responsible for a galley before. Needless to say, the lead was not impressed with me. International service is hard - there's the pre meal beverage with those goddamn peanuts, the meal (chicken or beef?), and another full beverage service with a water service every hour. Going there, we ran out of red wine. Coming home, I had a couple that almost single handedly drank all the Heineken in coach; I had another girl drinking Jack like it was her job. I was surprised that I didn't have to flag either of them. Other than that, the flight was rather uneventful.

After we got to the hotel around 8:30, I decided that I was going to see the city and took the 10:30 bus tour. Similarly to the state I'm in now (as the Yankees are leading 4-0), my chickens were cooked and I was having a hard time staying awake. Of course the tour guide is from the city and had an accent so I had to pay attention. I missed what he said Copenhagen means - Wikipedia says it means merchant's harbor. The country of Denmark is comprised of a peninsula as well as an archipelago; there are over 200 (I think) islands, and only 85 are populated. We drove around and saw city hall, the Parliament building, we stopped to see changing of the guards at the Palace (once again, the Queen was not there). We walked around to the Gefion Fountain, which is right by The Little Mermaid, both of which I thought I recalled from art history but that all runs together (like the CHURCHES! right, Allison??). By that time we'd been touring for over 2 hours, and I fell asleep when we stopped at the National Cathedral, which is Lutheran. Got back to the hotel around 2, slept til 5:30, met with the crew at 6 for dinner and was back in bed by 10. I'm very perturbed by the lack of ketchup and extreme use of mayo. I am new to even putting mayo on my turkey sandwich, let alone using it for my pomme frits. Its kind of nice to be able to have a coke everywhere you go; Copenhagen also has 7-11's like South Jersey has Wawa's. I think I liked it better than London because the weather was beautiful - 60 and breezy, and as a tourist, I didn't feel overwhelmed with different things to do or with its size. The actual city is home to only 500,000 with 1.2 million people in the metropolitan area; in terms of population, it is comparable to Oklahoma City or Buffalo.

Next time, I'd like to actually go into the art museum and possibly Tivoli Gardens, which is an amusement park. Rent a bike, and cycle around town. Its a cool little city, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to go - regardless of how exhausted I am now.

Could be what's wrong with the Red Sox too.



Alison said...


The Lysser said...

Someday I will have buddy passes and you can come too!