Arrival in Aarhus and great visit

Trip Start Jun 28, 2009
Trip End Jul 16, 2009

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Flag of Denmark  , Central Jutland,
Monday, June 29, 2009

My Lufthansa flight to Munich, Germany Sunday night Lufthansa flight was the most jam-packed flight to Europe I've ever made.  Every seat was filled. Summer travel to Europe is always this way as this is the season for tourists.  Planes are full and ticket prices are high.  I enjoy winter as much as summer travel to Europe.  Not so many tourists.  I keep hearing about the economy affecting travel. Well, I haven't seen it.  I'm just glad that I was able to sleep most of the night, though.  Probably because I was so exhausted from all my work the past two weeks,

In Munich I routinely transferred to an SAS flight to Copenhagen.  In Copenhagen I had about an hour to buy my train ticket to Aarhus and get on the train.  Again, no problem and smooth.  Hope that this is the way the rest of the trip goes. 

Sitting across from me was an interesting young man.  We struck up a conversation and in the course of discussion I asked him what he did.  He told me that that he was pilot for a Gulfstream jet owned by a certain rich man from a well-known country.  He was part of a group of five captains and second officers that were the crew of this jet. He worked 15 days and then had 15 days off.  He was going home in Denmark.  He showed me photos of the Gulfstream that he piloted.  It had a kitchen and bedroom in it.  Definitely more spacious quarters than what I endured last night. 

I asked my friend what his rich boss did.  He said "Steel."  I heard "steal," though.  We chuckled.  He was a  steel industrialist.  The economy  was getting to them and he made slight cutbacks on his junkets.

We crossed a long bridge connecting Copenhagen Island to the bigger part of Denmark.  Quite a spectacular engineering feat. You can now travel by car from anywhere in Scandinavia to the European mainland without going on a ferry.  But, these bridge crossing are expensive.  The toll one way for crossing is $45.  So a trip to Copenhagen by car from where he lived would cost $90 in tolls alone.  He said that these high tolls were dividing the country. The bridges also cut out the ferries that were considerably the surface transportation situation in some ways is worse than with the ferries.  You don't sense the toll issue on the train. My ticket from Copenhagen to Aarhus was hardly more than the cost of the toll. 

Now a shocker.  Our train was running 30 minutes late.  I never thought trains ran late in these parts.  But we were.  I called Dorthe who was going to meet me to let her know.  Anand, a new person to me,  was going to be there, too. 

It was wonderful seeing Dorthe and meeting Anand.  We walked over to the Cabinn Inn hotel where I was staying and I checked in.   I had never seen a hotel room so small!  But, it's just me.  No place to put anything and you can hardly close any door.  But, it is cheap.  I'm somewhere a one and two star minister.  Don't go for all that flashy stuff.  As long as it has wireless Internet, I'm OK. 

We then went out to eat to the place where Bev, Dorthe and I have been, called the "Italia." They have a very nice buffet for a "reasonable" price.  It's Scandinavia and your dollars fly away very quickly.  We had a very wonderful evening getting acquainted with Anand.  Anand has been corresponding for about a year with us.  He subscribed to the Good News  magazine on the Internet and loves it.  He has ordered a number of other items from our Swedish office and has asked that we come by to visit.  The days are long now and even though we walked back to the hotel at 10:00 PM, it was as bright as could be outside. 

We made our plans to spend the entire Tuesday together to do some sightseeing and to have a Bible Study and discussion. Sleep came easy as I have been up with catnaps only since Sunday morning.  It's Monday evening. 
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