Trip Start May 07, 2005
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Saturday, October 1, 2005

When we arrived in Copenhagen we had a few hours to kill before meeting our host. We found a better way to wear the backpacks so we hiked around the city with all of our gear. We had a nice picnic of leftover smoked salmon from Finland in a nice quare in front of a nice church. I took a picture of the church but ironically an ugly little booth to promote new concepts in good design blocked any good pictures of the church.

When we called our host he told us how to take the bus close to his apartment and then offered to meet us in front of McDonalds. His apartment was very small. Just one room with a small bathroom on the side. He proudly told us that there was plenty of room to sleep and he once had 10 guests. The first night we were lucky that we both had a couch to sleep on. The second night I had to sleep on the floor (because there were three other guests) but I got cold and ended up taking half of Kim's couch. The third night we opted for a hotel.

But Martin was very friendly. His goal is to have 100 guests for the year and he has already had 75. On the first night I went with him to play poker with his regular group. They played three tournaments and I won one of them. They were scared of me because they played Texas Hold'em and knew I was from Texas. One of the other players was from New York and when one tournament got down to the two of us we had a nice partriotic moment.

One of the other guests was a French guy. Something awful had happened to him in France but he wouldn't tell us what at first. He had left for Denmark to work on a farm with €1000 emergency money. The farm job didn't work out and after a month he was completely out of money. He had been working for a restaurant making about $15 per day, just enough to cover the cost of the hostel. Eventually the hostel decided they didn't like his late payments so they had the police kick him out. He would eat by distributing flyers for a restaurant and get a free meal in exchange. He finally had lined up a job to tutor someone in French but they didn't show up. What an unlucky guy! Eventually we learned that the tragedy causing him to leave France was the death of his dog. Something about that almost made me laugh. I was expecting something very romantic like a tragic breakup. Oh, also this guy didn't have enough money to eat but he was still able to smoke 10 cigarettes a day. And he wanted to have children so day. A lot of children. So many that he wants two or three wives to make more children.

We did a lot of walking around downtown. At one point we "rented" two of the free bikes and saw the Little Mermaid statue. It was pretty crowded and I couldn't imagine how packed it would be during the tourist season.

One afternoon we decided to see the symphony. Copenhagen has a new opera house that's very nice and looks across the channel to the palace. Tickets are half price an hour before the show so we splurged and got the best seats. I enjoyed it much more than I expected. Kim enjoyed it too saying she had never had such a good nap.

The last night we stayed at a hotel near the airport to avoid sleeping on the floor.
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