Saturday, May 24, 2008

Denmark Vacation Days 1-3

I have just a minute on a computer so I wanted to give a brief update. So, here goes.

Between three flights, layovers and travel time we spent about 17 hours in airports and airplanes on Thursday and Friday. We left Salt Lake on Thursday about 2:00 pm and arrived in Denmark about 5:00 am our time and 1:00 pm local time. The flights were fine except the 2nd one when the flight crew decided we were flying to Hades and kept notching the temperature up in the cabin accordingly. I think we ended up at about 99 degrees in the cabin. Know what happens when you sit compressed in a very small space with other people who are sweating? You all sweat together! Several people got nauseous and we finally asked if they could cool down the cabin. How do you spell relief on a six-hour flight? The first waft of cool air you feel.

We arrived in Denmark excited to do some sightseeing and really sink our teeth into this beautiful country. We got to our hotel, checked in, and started walking. That's what we've done for the last 36 hours. We are like the pioneers. We've walked and walked and walked and walked. Our first stop was Tivoli Gardens where I rode a roller coaster for the first time I can remember in a long time. We ate dinner there and just played for a few hours. Then it was back through the shopping district to grab an ice cream on our way home. We also stopped in for the night service at the church Vor Fruekirke where the Christus statue is housed with the statues of the 12 apostles. That was sweet to be in a silent, quiet church while others worshipped there.

Saturday morning was beautiful with breakfast in a greenhouse room on the side of the hotel. They served all kinds of hot food and we ate on stark white table cloths and sat in wicker chairs. It fulfilled many of my wishes of eating in a beautiful place here.

And what did I say we have been doing since we got here? Walking. We left the hotel at 8:30 am and didn't get home until 5:30 pm. We had a city tour and a harbor tour and toured the Rosenberg Castle and saw the beefeaters and the crown jewels.

Funniest was where we ate dinner. It was a French restaurant in Copenhagen that was known for its American hamburgers. We came all the way here just to eat hamburgers? Well, they were great on their yummy French bread.

That's all I have time for now. Coming soon will be the tale of the lost luggage. All I can say is, help us out by adding a few of us to your prayers. We are wearing only the clothes on our back and doing it with a smile. Any love sent our way would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: We did pack carryons. Spencer and I just happened to be at the end of a long line for a full flight to Minneapolis and there was no room left in the overhead bins to store our luggage. They checked our bags because of this and we haven't seen them since. They did not deliver them to us at the gate in Minneapolis and they did not give us a claim ticket. And now they seem to have fallen into some dark abyss.

I'm now entering day five of wearing the same shirt and pants. Yikes! I've also become rather proficient in washing my clothes at night in a sink. I have the clothes on my back and my purse. It's actually been rather interesting to see this whole group of 16 pull together to make sure that Spencer and I have everything we need.

So, wish us luck (and send prayers). We are having a BLAST in Denmark. I just never expected my packing light challenge to include the self-help pamphlet "How to Travel Internationally with Only the Clothes on Your Back."

It's quite a read, if I do say so myself. :)


ChefChristine said...

Thanks for the post. Glad to hear you were allowed to sneak a laptop in that luggage!

Ward said...

Thanks Eden for the post. We have been thinking of you in Mesa. I'm anxious to read your follow up posts. How did luggage get lost? I thought everyone was going to just "carry on"?

Ward said...

So with just the clothes on your back, what do you miss the most? Or do you realize that you really don't "need" much of anything? Does someone have a Mac notebook? I would love to Chat and have them show me the area via the camera on the notebook.

de la Hoz Family said...

You are soooo adventurous. I would love to read your new pamphlet :)


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