On Monday, we all awoke. . . a little foggy from the massive quantities of red wine consumed the night before. . . and sat for a nice breakfast around 10 am. After breakfast my mom, aunt, and I accompanied Bjørn to the grocery store. We wandered about the store and tried to be helpful in gathering groceries for tonight’s dinner. I think we may have hindered instead of helped since I still don’t quite know my way around a Danish grocery store and my aunt and mom were a little less knowledgeable than me. We return back to Mama’s Hotel and everyone piled into Mama’s bus to head into downtown Copenhagen. Today’s lunch will be served at Ida Davidson’s, a famous Danish treat known for their smørrebrød. At Ida Davidson’s we peruse the counter of smørrebrød delicacies and pick out what we’ll eat for lunch. The table was covered with herring, shrimp, smoked tuna, poached eggs, caviare, and an assortment of other treats. (For a few though, this was not the ideal meal after the previous nights wine and beer.)
After a good lunch I got to play tour guide and Bjørn and Irena returned to work. First we walked to the Marble Church and the Queen’s house. We observed the guards on duty and wondered how long they had to stand there in those funny hats! We couldn’t come up with a solution so we wandered to the Little Mermaid statue. I tried to explain to my family that the statue really isn’t that impressive. . . but they insisted on going. I guess it is mandatory to come to Copenhagen, walk to see the Little Mermaid, cock your head to the side and say “Is that is?”. Just as I predicted my family had the very same response. We took a few touristy pictures and walked along the canal towards Nyhavn. Along the walk it began to snow. By the time we reached the Nyhavn Christmas market it was a full fledged winter snow surrounding us. We decided to duck into Nyhavn 17 (picture below) to warm up and enjoy a hot chocolate, irish coffee, and beer. From the inside of this cute pub we watched the snow fall over the Christmas Market and canal while listening to Christmas carols. . . some in english. . . other’s in danish. (We heard a version of “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” in this pub.) We finished our drinks and wandered over to my apartment a few blocks away. I had to show them the penitentiary I’ve been living in with the model UN. (It really isn’t that bad. . . but still.)
Back at Mama’s hotel we had a light dinner and settled in early. I headed back to my apartment in Copenhagen because I had class the next day. It was nice to get an early sleep and finish up some work. The next morning I awoke refreshed and ready to go to my last day of class. I went to Negotiations in the morning and then popped on the metro to meet my folks and aunt and uncle for lunch. We ate at Hoppe’s. Everyone enjoyed a beer and good hearty sandwich. My family continued shopping and I returned to school to attend my last danish lesson!
After school on Tuesday I met my family and Bjørn at Tivoli. Tivoli is the world’s oldest amusement park. It is normally closed during the winter, however it opens back up for Christmas. In the summer the park has many rides, beautiful gardens and is beautifully light at night. During Christmas I believe that anything standing still is covered with Christmas lights. I have a theory that if you stop and stand still too long someone will come, cover you with Christmas lights, plug you in, and you become a part of the park. We didn’t test this theory. . . we kept moving through the park at a quick pace. We passed beautiful gardens, trees, castles, rides, christmas booths, and stopped to enjoy a Swedish traditional warm red wine drink called Julegløgg. We then met Irena and their son, Jacob at a nice restaurant inside the park. We started to discuss if the rides were open at Christmas over dinner. Jacob assured us that they were and he wanted to ride a few after dinner. Aunt Trish and I agreed to ride the big roller coaster. . . after we finish our enormous dinner! Sure enough we walk through the park (Jacob skips and runs because he is so excited) toward the roller coaster. My aunt can’t remember the last time she has been on a roller coaster and I’ve never ridden a roller coaster at night. . . in the freezing cold winter. Needless to say the two of us were a bit nervous. We board the roller coaster . . . front row at Jacob’s request. Jacob takes his shoes off first. We ask why and he says that sometimes people lose their shoes on this ride. To which my aunt replies, “If Amanda’s boots blow off we are in deep doo doo”. The ride starts and Trish tells me she loves both me and Jacob. . . we head down the first hill and the screaming begins. Poor Jacob, I feel Trish and I may have cause major damage to his ear drums. We survive and it actually was really fun! I would have gone again, but it was getting late and cold and I don’t think my vocal cords could take another ride.
Stacie, Trish and I walk back through town to pick up my stuff while the others head back to Mama’s Hotel. The walk was beautiful with the city decorated. It was a bit chilly but just right for a brisk walk. We pick up my stuff and take the train to Gentofte where our shuttle service picks us up and takes of to Mama’s hotel to reunite us with our guests. Another great two days. . . smørrebrød, Christmas Markets, snow, beer, Tivoli, roller coasters. . . no one can accuse us of not vacationing to the fullest!