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Cute Copenhagen

Pushkar Sane Sunday, 19th July, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , Life, Observations, Travel No comments

We spend a couple of days in Copenhagen and loved the place & people. Like many other European cities Copenhagen has cobbled streets, palaces, gardens and churches. We experienced (and enjoyed) both sunny and rainy spells.

Trip to Frederiksborg Castle was well worth it and but the museum was quite disappointing. In my opinion most of the european history is stored in either the Louvre or the British Museum. And unless you’re a student or admirer of Christian Art (largely paintings) these museums offer very little.

Experience in Tivoli was very refreshing. We saw two shows and they reminded me the power of non-verbal communication. Emotions displayed through acting, dancing and facial expressions rather than dialogues. It certainly helps in getting over the language barrier and people fm different ethnicities could enjoy the humour and feel the emotions. Apart from that rest of Tivoli is just rides and restaurants but I’m sure it must have been mind blowing in its early years.

Little Mermaid is quite overhyped in the tourist books – it is actually little – the part around it is quite nice for a picnic meal and relaxing (precisely what we did)…

A couple of interesting things that we observed.

1. Quite a few places we found Danish youngsters dancing to international music including a Hindi song “jimmy jimmy jimmy aaja aaja aaja” – I didn’t know it was made popular by a Tajik guys until Vikas Mehra posted a link for me.

2. Picnic meals and outdoor drinking (buying beer in supermarkets) are quite common

3. Friday noon time looked like weekend. Many local people were just relaxing in parks and walking on the street as if it was a holiday. And coming from Hong Kong that certainly appealed to us 😉

On the whole it is a great city to spend a few days, walk around, eat, drink and relax.

Loss of my travel buddy

Pushkar Sane Friday, 17th July, 2009 Tags: , , , , , , , , Life, Thoughts, Travel No comments

We arrived in Copenhagen a couple of hours back from Honningsvag. It was a long journey with 3 flight changes. Our bags took some time to arrive and to my horror I realised that the handle for my bag was broken. It is almost impossible to carry a bag without its handle unless I lift and carry it. So I walked upto the SAS counter to complain and they acknowledge the fault. They reacted quickly and replaced my bag with a new one.

As we started shifting my stuff from the bag…thoughts started flying… and then the it struck me that I’m going to abandon a travel buddy. You might think I’m crazy but people who spend a lot of time on the road will tell you how important it is to have a bag that serves you well. Quite a few requirements are there – sturdy, compact, style, water-proof, design etc…

This bag was perfect for my travel needs and accompanied me to 20 odd countries and traveled over 300,000 miles. It never failed me. It was always there when I rushed for flights or once in a while missed them and got stuck.

In no time my stuff was transfered to the new bag and with heavy heart I bidded farewell to my travel buddy who went through some crazy travel with me. All I could say was Thank You!