Friday, October 09, 2009

Random shots in the dark

It's my last night in Denmark, and I'm too tired to put together a very coherent blog. Here are some random thoughts on the week.

  • The bike lanes in Copenhagen really are a safety necessity. On streets that don't have them, cyclists will run down innocent pedestrians without blinking. More than once, I saw guys pedaling madly through the middle of crowds at Kulturnatten, an annual festival of Danish Culture that draws probably hundreds of thousands of walkers onto the streets to bounce from one museum to another.

  • Cab drivers in Copenhagen are crazy. Take a train.

  • Finding a train station in Copenhagen is easy. You walk approximately 8 kilometers to your destination and the station is across the street. The other end is in an undisclosed location.

  • The letter 'd' is pronounced like the letter 'l' unless it's at the beginning of a word. The letter 'r' is pronounced like you have fish bone caught in your throat no matter where it appears in the word.

  • There are more than 200 places to see during Kulturnatten. They're all on a map that will show you how to walk in a circle without finding the one you're looking for.

  • Given a choice of visiting an art museum, Danish Parliament, or the Danish Design Center, Copenhageners will crush each other getting into the milk and cheese exhibit in the agriculture building.

  • A kroner is like a miniature dollar. It's shorter and it buys less. If you go, take a wheelbarrow.
One other random thought: This is the most beautiful city I've ever seen. It's worth taking the wheelbarrow.

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