Danish Steps into Scandinavia

Oct 8 – 10, 2015 in Denmark

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I met a liberal intellectual on the train from Berlin to Copenhagen who said he’d rather visit India again than the US.

He said he’d contact me but didn’t. As I’ve travelled, I’ve met these in-the-moment-types, the best example of whom was a Mancunian I met in Prague. They give you excellent conversation in the moment but are not the online types that keep in touch even as fb friends. I didn’t expect this guy to be one of those types though because he seemed pretty tech savvy given his work experience.

When I arrived at the Copenhagen Central Station, I was immediately approached by an African guy who asked me if I’m a Muslim 🙂 I said no but he said please give me 100 kroner ($15) anyway. I declined the poor guy :/

There was this couple from Lebanon in my bus who happened to be sitting across from the German man and me in the train. They were very good looking. I noticed the young lady was reading To Kill a Mockingbird and so I asked her how the read is. She said she has been trying to read smilingly, insinuating that my conversation with the German made it a little difficult to read. Yes we were loud.

I met an Italian girl, a bit younger than me, walking toward the Danhostel and followed her. She said it was her first time in Copenhagen I said it was mine too. The hostel exemplified Scandinavian cleanliness — it was like a hospital. The only irksome part was that you had to press a button to keep the shower going.

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Disgusting danish licorice, pressed the wrong button on the vending machine Nothing open at 11pm except vending machine.

I met a few people in my hostel room. One man who was looking for work. He said I look Pakistani. I said thanks.

There was a lawyer from Kansas City, Missouri. We would end up becoming good friends. He was out for 4 weeks or so for vacation. We would talk a bunch about relationships.

I went to the Rosenburg Castle. I remember thinking about how small it was.

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The gardens were big though.

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with lots of ridiculous sculptures.

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Some pre-teen girls wanted me to buy some cupcakes for only 1 kroner so I did. Or maybe it was 5? I remember being surprised at how cheap they were. It was for a charity.

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I walked across the whole town of Copenhagen to see the Little Mermaid. I ran into the KSCITY lawyer on the way! It’s quite a small big city. He said there would be an event going on that night that neither of us went to.

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They were selling some expensive street food in that teepee.

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I was very keen on visiting the actual LEGO HQ factory in Denmark but that was too far, so I went to the Copenhagen store.

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I joined two Australian brothers at Tivoli and we went on some rides. One had an interesting complexion. They were from my hostel. I suggested if they come to the USA then they should rent a car.

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There were chickens roaming about the amusement park.

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When I got home one night, I told the lawyer about the girl I was dating at the time. I said she’s older and he said that’s good because women live longer. I told him about all the times she’d “pull my leg”. He said trust issues are a bad sign 🙂

He also told me about a Chinese girl he dated very seriously. She runs a very successful business and is doing her Ph.D. They broke up and she married someone else. But she bought the lawyer’s family ranch and stable back in Kansas, and he still runs it for her. They are great friends. I remember thinking how difficult and remarkable pulling that friendship off might be. The day I left Copenhagen he sent me a picture of him dining with a new lady friend he made. He wasn’t eating canned tuna every day after all.

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On the train to Elsinore, I met a VP of Oracle. He was from Chennai and CMU. We would later meet again at Stanford in a more Silicon-Valley-esque setting. He was with a friend who was also from India and working in SV. His friend was married to a European woman whom I’m still in touch with as well through social media.

Also, that is a fish made of trash.

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It was a pleasure visiting Hamlet’s castle. Reminded me of the Globe and even more so the Oregon Shakespeare festival. Interestingly, there are many parts of the world that celebrate Shakespeare much better than London does. At least they are more defined by Shakespeare than London is.

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What a beautiful site 🙂

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The Silicon Valley trio really liked the coffee in Elsinore. A little elitist and very selective 🙂 I drank hot chocolate and had this almond croissant.

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Before departing, I had some Scandinavian rhubarb juice with a nutty spaghetti pesto, also made in a uniquely Scandinavian fashion.

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Freetown Christiana was Gaanja paradise. Lots of Bob Marley worship there.

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Are they really not part of the EU I thought.

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Lots of weed. Read lots of Wiki articles about it while in it.

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That is me.

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What is that tower? Anyone want to share.

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There was an elephant on that house.

I remember getting lost and confused. Had trouble getting out. Was afraid of missing my train to Oslo.

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