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Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig

I have no idea what that means, but it’s something my mom always said, and I love and miss my mom.

I woke up early today in hopes of getting some shots of Copenhagen in the sunlight. I didn’t, however fully appreciate what being at 55 degrees latitude actually meant.

It meant the sun didn’t rise until 8:40, and I had gotten up at 6:00. 🙄 So I had some breakfast and went a-roaming…

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penhagen is gorgeous

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ere were several times, while wandering in the limited time I had, that my breath was taken away

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ring a corner…

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tering a plaza

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ming across Hans Christian Andersen

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d those colors

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, trying to be clever with my commentary for these next ones but my lack of sleep is getting in the way, so I'll try again tomorrow.

I will share one last story though… As I entered the check in line at the airport in Copenhagen this morning a gentleman from the airline said I would need to check my bag.

"I flew your airline to Europe and was able to carry this bag on to that plane."

"Yes, but it is too big," he began, "and some of you Americans are crazy so we have to check your bags," he finished with a wry grin.

"Especially our President," I replied.

"He's fucking crazy!"

"Yes, yes he is," I sighed, and continued on to check my baggage.

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Ow, My Thumb

Somehow I sprained it; no idea how, but it has been a busy, day. The day was spent having breakfast at Bagels & Beans, packing, biking around Utrecht, taking the train to the airport, flying to Copenhagen, checking in to the hotel conveniently attached to the airport then exploring a bit of Copenhagen to find something for dinner. Wound up at McJoy’s Choice, billed as a Scottish/Irish pub…wait, is that ok? Maybe it’s just one or the other. Gotta be. I’ll check on my way out. Pretty sure any Scotsman or Irishman would consider a hybrid pub fighting words.

Anyway, places like this are fun and the playlist is mostly acceptable. So far Boys II Men (or some other nameless boy band), Bon Jovi, the Beatles, “Why do fools fall in love” (can’t recall the name of the band), and a medley of CCR has played. Love that I can hear “Stuck in Lodi Again”, when I’m so far from it. Also glad it’s a CCR medley, many of their songs are best in bits.

Incase you’re wondering, typing with a possibly sprained thumb is mildly painful and mostly irritating.

Ok, some parting shots from Utrecht.

Liked how this is framed

Random sidewalk tile

Just thought it made a good shot

Oh, I ordered fish and chips “English style”, that’s what the menu said, so that’s more 🇬🇧 than 🇮🇪 , so I guess it’s a Scottish pub.

The tees lined up so well

Ah, I see golfing paraphernalia, definitely Scottish. Why did I think it was Scottish/Irish? Must be tired.

Rabbit?

Very true

Couple of opening shots of Copenhagen, hopefully I’ll get up early enough to get a few more

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Oh Shit Part 2

Wasn’t planning on two parts but the previous post got a bit long. After the Moco I did this

Then wandered around taking some photos

Ran into my friend

Then it started getting dark

And I’ll end where I began

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Oh Shit

This is my last full day! I had the 29th stuck in my head as the day I was leaving, but that’s actually the day I get back! D’oh! My journey home tomorrow starts with a fight to Copenhagen where I’ll have a 12 hour layover; planned ahead, booked a room, might have an hour or two for Denmarkventuring.

So this being my last full day I implemented Plan A from yesterday. When I arrived I took too many of these and couldn’t decide which to post

I liked the photobombers, nice smiles.

Then I went to the Moco Museum for the Banksy exhibit. Here’s a few shots with limited commentary

And a few with commentary.

Partners

My favorite

What usually happens to me

These go together

Mickey Snake

Sculpture garden

Last stop here

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Observations While Walking to Breakfast

Little Dutch houses for you and me.

Only saw one of these. Shouldn’t there be more? Several runners passed me🤔

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cken.

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🤷‍♂️

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Bagels & Beans to Beers & Barrels

Woke this morning after another night of deep sleep, weird dreams, punctuated by waking once or twice. Took a shower, got dressed, and either bent over wrong, stood up wrong, or whatever I did wrong pinched an old lower back injury. (Fell off a waterfall in Thailand over 20 years ago. It’s a good story but not as exciting as you might think; maybe I should embellish it sometime. But I digress.) As a result of said wrongness, I have spent a good portion of the day saying, “Ow.”

After showering, dressing, and wronging, my brother directed me here,

which he said was just up the street from the grocery store. It wasn’t. It was actually a few blocks up and several over plus the few wrong turns I made searching for it. Ow.

Had a delightful breakfast of coffee, OJ, and a bagel with cream cheese and strawberry jam. Then walked the correct way back to the house. Ow.

The return home is when I felt really jet lagged for the first time so thought it would be a good idea to go see this

because I didn’t want to nap and jeopardize my adjustment to local time, and I enjoy going to movies in other countries; when I’m in them, not like a regular vacation thing.

Ow.

In Taipei I saw “The Money Pit” that was in English and subtitled in Chinese, which made it both awkward and hilarious when I’d laugh several seconds before most of the Taiwanese audience.

Similarly in Spain I watched “There’s Something About Mary”, at an outdoor theater, which was dubbed in Spanish with English subtitles. The enjoyable bit that time was that the Spaniards in the audience didn’t get the hair gel joke, nor had any idea who Brett Favre was! (I’m assuming you’d get the joke and know him.) While in Thailand I saw a movie I don’t recall, maybe because of the waterfall incident, but I do remember the lights dimming, some music playing, and the audience standing in unison…for their national anthem.

Ow.

Back to this

I tried to use the ticket kiosks b/c even though they were in Dutch, (but not cahoots), I figured, “It’s just tickets, how hard could it be?”

After getting my ticket from the cashier I headed up the stairs toward theater #7. On the way I walked through the concession stand, which is really more of a convenience store kind of thing, grabbed my snax, paid, and walked to my movie.

Huge theater, comfy seats, and virtually no one else there. Awesome. Seriously, maybe 15 people. As expected there were a ton of commercials before the film, one of which had a scene with a couple, um, coupling, didn’t expect that.

Also unexpected was intermission. Seemingly out of nowhere the screen went dark. When it came back on, there was a 10 minute countdown timer. WTF?

Ow.

The movie was great, even though there were Dutch subtitles, though shifting in my seat periodically in an attempt to get comfortable was not great.

On the walk home I passed a gentleman playing Christmas music on an accordion, saw this

and wondered, What’s ‘tegen’ mean? It means “against”.

Arrived back at the house, succumbed to a nap, the movie excursion was over 3 hours, then woke in time to join my brother on a bike ride to Beers & Barrels for dinner. I had tacos.

Ow.

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I Should’ve Known

Since flying into Copenhagen on my way to Holland I’ve felt ashamed. I have a Masters Degree in Geography, have taught the subject for nearly 20 years and while I knew the capitol of Denmark was Copenhagen, I had no clue that 1) Denmark had a bunch of islands

and more importantly 2) Copenhagen is so dang close to Sweden!

See?!

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Been Here Before…

…and since I have I’ve done most of the obligatory touristy things, and since I’m staying with family I can do things like… go grocery shopping.

Grocery shopping in another country is only mildly more interesting than shopping at home but intriguing enough. It’s nerdy fun looking at the same, yet different, foods as well as coming across familiar products like Coke in different sizes. Like I said, mildly more interesting.

After the neighborhood grocery we went to a COSTCOish type store that my brother said was more of a restaurant supply place, now THAT was more intriguing. They had plates made out of wheat…

…jars of weenies…

…large containers of sardines(?), anchovies(?)…

…and United States beef…from the Frozen Butcher? Produced below zero degrees?

Why is production at that temperature important?

The remainder of my afternoon was spent walking to and wandering through Utrecht’s old city center, window shopping, taking a few photos and having a beer in a cafe with the proprietor and his cat. Speaking of cats, I call this one Fuzzy.

Fuzzy because I saw him sitting comfortably in this tranquil, if chilly, space, thought it’d make a good photo, then as I knelt to get a better angle he got up to say, “Hi.” I had to snap the photo quickly, thus Fuzzy.

Some things that caught my eye included her

This

This

That

which was below this

And lastly this, from three sides

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Been a while.

Copenhagen; Flight from SFO wasn’t bad, slept a bit, and the legion of babies and toddlers hardly peeped at all. Of course I had my headphones on watching movies, as was everyone apparently. It was a little Orwellian, or maybe Bradburian (if that isn’t a thing, it should be) to notice everyone glued to a ‘telescreen’.

2 hour layover wandering the airport people watching and shopping for replacement headphones, as I had inadvertently broken mine, when I saw this at a newsstand:

“You know that’s a Danish magazine?” Says the cashier.

“Yep, I do; but gotta have it.”

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Vienna 2016 Revisited

One of the first things we did upon arriving in Vienna was head to Naschmarkt, yes, another public market, to find some food. While I apparently did not photograph the actual market I did take this where we ate:

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Which roughly, very roughly, translates to, “Why are we arguing? You are sausage, I am sausage… we’re both angry men (?) let’s eat well anyway!” (My German is marginal and my Austrian is even worse! Google Translate helped me make an educated guess.)

After lunch, satiated with wurst, we embarked on a short walking tour where we saw the ‘cabbage’, the opera house, and the Albertina museum. I did go into the museum and will touch on that in a bit.

During our tour a few things caught my attention including this:

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…this banana…

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…horses in pink hats…

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…and though I do know what the verb ‘fahren’ means I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this:

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Where’s Howard Stern when you need him?

(Story note: I started this several days ago, and have no idea where I was going with it, so I’ll pretend we went from here to….)

Schönbrunn was our next stop the grounds of which were beautiful and I played with some filters on my camera…

…ran to see this…(wasn’t sure I could make the walk to it in time and get back on the bus)…

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…got there and saw this…

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…snapped a few photos using filters again…

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…then headed back to the bus. Another quick note of interest before I move one is that we did get a tour of the palace and on that tour we received ear pieces to better hear our guide who was using a microphone. Awesome! Right? Well, yes, except when the Chinese tour guide and her group kept getting too close and her audio would interfere with ours. Our guide tried to rectify the situation but the Chinese guide either didn’t understand, or just didn’t care. We let them pass.

While in Vienna we ate good food…

…saw some sweet roman ruins…

…and some of us, for some crazy reason, decided to climb the 400 some-odd steps to the top of St. Stephen’s Cathedral…

…ok, maybe it was for the view.

At some point during our visit a few of us went to the Albertina Museum and saw some great pieces…

…and afterward I took this from the observation deck(?)…

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…and wondered, “What’s with the giant green rabbit?” Never did find out; that’s ok, after-all isn’t it better just to wonder sometimes?

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