Copenhagen, Denmark

 

(Left) James, Melinda, and I decided it would be a great idea to try to sleep in the train since it was a 14 hour journey to Copenhagen.   James and I just wish that getting to MTU was this easy!  A Michigan Tech. Express Train would be very cool. 

(Right)  During the night we heard lots of noises.  The next morning we found out why.  There were 3 very fun kids next door.  They spoke turkish and could only ask us what our names were (in german).  But with only knowing a bit of turkish, it was tough for us to communicate, but it was lots of fun trying.  James gave them some Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and they gave us turkish pizza.  It was spicy and very good!  We learned some more turkish and that one is never too old for fun. Ek mek var mi? 

(Left) Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish writer of fairy tales in the 19th century. His adopted city, Copenhagen, erected a statue of one of his most beloved characters, the Little Mermaid, at the entrance to the harbor. Made of cast bronze, the statue reflects the Danish love of simple, fluid line and form.

(Right) Denmark features many historic buildings dating from the 1600s. Here, picturesque houses line the Nyhavn Canal. Many old sailing ships also add to the city’s historical flavor.

 

 

(Above) We took a boat tour of Copenhagen.  I had to include this picture because the tour guide gave the tour in 5 different laguages! Impressive!

(Left) She didn't feel like working anymore so she took her hotdog stand and left.  

(Right) Large doors to a building made out of stone - great photo opportunity!

One of our goals while here was to climb as many stairs as possible.  Europe has stairs everywhere.  We were sure we could find some in Denmark.  The round tower (left) had over 400! (Although the cathedral at Ulm is holding our record at 768 steps.)  

(Right) James and Melinda take a breather after climbing the Round Tower. 

On the train ride back, we met people from Spain, Switzerland, and Denmark.  After 10 minutes of everyone staring into space and contemplating the 14 hour journey, I decided to start up a conversation.  It got off to a slow start, but then we were learning a new card game, exchanging language tidbits and having a good time.  When it was time to sleep a "good night" was exchanged in 4 or 5 languages.  The people we met along the way really made the difference.  I can't wait to see who I'll meet next.

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