Night out in Copenhagen
Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
36Trip End Aug 22, 2009
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I love times like these when I just don't care and can shoot the shit with just anyone without any regard in how they perceive me. My day in Copenhagen was ok, but my night was a fuckin riot.
Started out just getting unpacked at the hotel and I was online chatting up the locals to make plans that evening. Ended up grabbing a beer with a Swede from Malmo (which is across the water), and relaxing with him down in the touristy square area. He was a good guy, awesome name too, Magnus, but a bit too uptight for my taste that evening. He didn't drink or have much desire to mingle, so after a couple hours of that I thought it best to move on. I had pseudo-plans to meet up with my cruise roommate Mike and his 2 friends, Chris and Jim from NY anyway (side note: I truly love the fact that my phone works here, makes life so much better than the last cruise).
So, after telling some stupid half-lie that I was heading back to my hotel, and then doublebacking to the bar where all the cruise boys were at (Oscars), I finally connected with Mike and gang, probably around midnight. Now just remember I'm operating on 3 hours of sleep, plus some screwy jet lag. We ended up staying at the bars where at least a hundred if not more of the cruise ship boys were mingling. It was a hoot cause I connected with all 3 of them in like T minus 7 seconds flat. I have zero concerns about this trip now, i'm sure I'll be hanging with them a decent chunk of time. I knew that would happen with folks onboard (and I'm sure there will be more), but usually happens on like day 2 of the cruise, not day 0.
*Graphic paragraph* Anyway, the night proceeded to get a bit more adventurous from Oscars. There was a local (swiss really) named Sid that they were hanging with who wanted to go to a leather bar of sorts called SLM. His goal was to get spanked by some of them (I think all, can't recall). So we wander up the street and down some alley and another alley and open a secret door, etc. I just kind of laughed at how far off the beaten track this was. By this point I had already started to guess this wasn't a leather bar on the order of the cuff, or even the eagle in Seattle,... this was going to be a bit more.... shall we say, raw sexuality. That stuff doesn't really faze me though and have no intention in participating, just observing as I've never been into one of this sort. So we get there and it's a full on leather bar/sex club as I expected. We had no intention in doing anything but checking it out and I was letting Mike and gang sort out how to get Sid spanked or whatever they were trying to do. Jim was feeling out of place, so we both kept our shirts on, the other 3 were shirtless (and still more clothed then most of the guys in the joint). Anyway, I'll stay out of the truly graphic details, but we mostly just wandered, had a few more beers, talked to random guys and saw the,... tools of the trade. There actually wasn't anything much going on at first (minus some old couple doing something unholy). Sid got his spankings from everyone (you can borrow paddles at the bar) and we pressed on as it appeared things were finally starting to get interesting. It's not my scene at all, but was still fun to see.
So after that, we pressed onto another bar where it looked like the leftovers of the cruise boys at Oscars had come to. Must've been the next stop. This was your normal gay bar, with the occasional random Danish song that got the locals all fired up. Most of it was your standard american variety though of music. We hung out here for a while longer, more beers, more random talking, dancing, etc. I ran into my old cruise buddy Frank from the Mediterranean cruise. I wonder how many more I'll run into :). Overall it was a good way to wrap up the night. I was drunk, but not too out of it that I couldn't wander back to the hotel (about 25 minute walk). On the way back, I must've seen like 3 guys pissing in trash cans (teenagers) and just random young drunks. It was a very comfortable feeling though, no concerns about being a tourist out late. Got back and promptly passed out after recycling the beer.
Overall, I doubt I could've started my vacation any better. Today (wednesday), I check out and head to the ship here in about an hour. Disembarkation is at 5pm local time. (8am Seattle time). I won't be as connected onboard, but i should still be piping up.