. During the next eight hours, all train staff were absent, no one answered questions, and no one checked tickets. The first announcement was made the following morning and then the fun continued: the replacement cars could not enter Denmark, and we instead had to transfer to a bus for the remaining three hour drive. Needless to say, we arrived in our Copenhagen hotel tired and dissatisfied with the German railways (although surprisingly only three hours later than planned).
Although tired, we still wanted to explore the city. We ventured out for lunch in the Nyhavn (New Harbor) area containing the colorful buildings along the canal usually featured in pictures of Copenhagen. We sampled the traditional Danish Smorgasbord (open-faced sandwiches) including herring, salmon and curry chicken salad along the canal, enjoying the food and people watching. Afterwards, we walked along one of the main shopping streets in the city and came across a huge design store. We had fun looking at all the clever-designed kitchen and dining ware. Still feeling exhausted from the prior night, we headed back to the hotel to rest. That evening, we went to Frida’s where Creighton ordered one of the dishes he’d been most looking forward to, pickled herring. We were not disappointed and Kelly even enjoyed it, much to her surprise.
The next day, we packed up for our afternoon train to Stockholm
. We stored our luggage at the hotel and headed out to see a few last sights. We took a boat cruise recommended by the hotel where we saw many of Copenhagen’s interesting sights, including the Opera House and the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Unfortunately, one of Copenhagen’s most famous sights was on loan to China for the Shanghai expo – the mermaid. Instead, we saw a screen where the mermaid usually sits showing a live-feed of the statue sitting in Shanghai. A small shower broke out while we were on the boat and while it did not take away from the fun of the boat cruise, it did limit the picture taking. Afterwards, we walked around the city and grabbed a late lunch before heading to our train to Stockholm. This time, due to no fault of the railways, we were forced to perform an Amazing Race
feat to catch the train in time. Luckily, we performed the feat in record time and now plan to investigate the expected returns from entering the TV reality show when we return.
Our journey to Copenhagen began with a rough start. As we may have mentioned before, we've had some problems with the German trains, but previously, although delayed, they had always showed up with the proper number of cars. Our night train was a cornucopia of European railways as the train split to multiple destinations throughout the evening and each car was served by different country’s rail company employees. The train arrived with several cars missing. Unfortunately, one of the missing was ours. We, along with a sea of other carless travelers, frantically ran up and down the train searching for our car as the train staff kept pointing us in different directions to find our car. After about 15 minutes of running up and down the train, we were told our car had not arrived, we should hop onto one of two replacement cars and we would be informed what to do later. So instead of our own private room with beds that we had reserved, we sat in a seated compartment with four others crammed in (thankfully, they were very nice people)