U2 360

Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Flag of Denmark  , Jutland,
Monday, August 16, 2010

With Granny flying off to visit Trevor, it was back to basics on the accommodation front and found ourselves in a hostel for the night in Hamburg. It was a very nice hostel, eventually found after quite the tour of Hamburg city center in the process. This time we couldn't blame German directions or traffic for the problem, the issue was closer to home. The directions we’d downloaded from Google were great, and we easily found our way to a hostel that wasn’t expecting us! In a moment of confusion somebody (over 6 ft tall) had downloaded the directions for the wrong hostel! Once we had the address and directions for the right place we found it without too much trouble, though were rather concerned at one point that it might be in St Pauli…..and so were quite relieved that it was in a fairly nice area beyond the red light district.

An early check-out meant that we were on our way in good time and so had a leisurely drive from Germany into Denmark, stopping just short of the border for a picnic lunch and a nice cold German beer. Having done lots of research into Denmark in the planning stage, we’d discovered just how expensive Copenhagen is and so opted to spend all three of our nights in and around a small town called Vejle on the mainland of Denmark called Jutland. Why did we choose Vejle? It won’t surprise you to learn that the reason for our brief foray north into Denmark was the presence of a certain group of Irishmen. The decision was made way before we left Canada last year when U2 announced the dates of the second leg of their European tour and we were able to get tickets for Horsens, the smallest venue on the entire tour. U2 are playing two nights in Horsens and sold out both nights in less than two hours! Vejle is just fifteen minutes by train from Horsens and has much better accommodation options for a family like ours (i.e. cheap and spacious!).

It was easy enough to find the bed and breakfast and we were very pleased with what we found; the lower part of a lovely house, with bedroom, bathroom, full kitchen and living room complete with ping pong table.  Legoland had been on our list of things to see and do in Denmark, but having seen our accommodation, checked the Legoland entry fees, consulted our upcoming itinerary (and considering that the kids went to Legoland in England with Grandma and Grampy last summer) we decided to pass and spend a couple of quiet leisurely days exploring the area around Vejle and generally  taking it easy.

Unfortunately the first B&B wasn’t available for all three nights and so for the second night we had agreed to move our stuff to the apartment of some friends of the B&B owner. The apartment itself wasn’t quite as nice as the first B&B, but it was set on the most amazing property with big open areas, a fruit orchard, a small lake and extensive woodlands with numerous walking trails. The kids had a blast playing in the garden, kicking a football around and "rescuing" frogs and so we managed to while away the best part of the day (something we should probably have done more of throughout the trip). We decided mid-afternoon to drive into the town centre to do a little shopping and go for a swim at the local pool, only to discover that everything in Vejle closes at 4pm on a Saturday and so we bought some groceries and returned to the apartment for the evening!

Sunday was our reason for being in Denmark and having spent another lazy day hanging out and moving back to the first B&B it was “show time”. The easiest way to get in and out of Horsens from Vejle is by train and so to avoid the traffic jams after the concert we bought a return ticket and made our way, albeit slowly, to the stadium. The lengthy stroll from the train station to the arena took us through the town centre and backstreets, but was an enjoyable walk soaking up the festival-like atmosphere and enjoying the craic. Now, we mentioned before that it was expensive to go to Copenhagen, but we were discovering that Denmark is simply expensive wherever you are… a pint of beer from a street vendor on the way to the concert was 50 Danish Kroner or about US$8.50! Surely at those prices nobody can afford to get drunk in Denmark – right? Wrong (based on what we could see)….people must be REALLY well paid in Denmark ;-)

Horsens promised to be the smallest venue on the tour, but the stadium had been expanded for the concert and the standing area was much larger than expected. This would be the first time the kids had been in the standing area for a concert and so we’d planned to be there in good time to get a good spot where they wouldn’t get bumped around too much. It seems that about ten thousand Danes had the same idea and by the time Snow Patrol (the Northern Irish support act and another favourite band of ours) hit the stage the standing area was crammed. Snow Patrol were great, witty, and very much on form despite it being their first gig in quite a while (I guess their summer tour was cancelled too).

By the time U2 arrived on stage, Derek had made some new friends who were quite intrigued by our story and the kid’s presence at the concert (we didn’t spot one other child there the whole time). They were a great group and would regularly hoist Lauren and Alex aloft for better views throughout the concert. The boys were on fire again and the show was every bit as good as Frankfurt, if not better; their new song Glastonbury sounded much better than it had on Tuesday.  

A great time was had by all and the concert was a fitting finale for the unofficial end of our travels.

SPOILER ALERT… In case you hadn’t noticed the curious nomenclature or this is one of the first entries you’ve looked at, here’s the skinny. As a bit of fun, the name of this blog “Moody 360” takes inspiration from the banner U2 have designated for their World tour “U2 360” and for extra interest and challenge, every blog entry (other than this one) has been given the title of a U2 song (or Album)… we’ve had some great times trying to make certain titles work and are still trying to figure out how we can use “Alex descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk” somewhere! Our encore will be almost two more weeks on the road visiting family and friends and having fun, stay posted we’re not quite finished yet……
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RoseAnn on

Hey....great pictures. Just been thinking about all of you. Looks like your trip has been fantastic.
Are you ready to come home yet?
Keep enjoying. Hope to see you soon.

Shirley on

Wow, looks like a great concert.

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