Was an early start today bound for Copenhagen. Nice things about Berlin, the S-Bahn runs 24 hours a day over the weekend, so even though we were catching a train at 6am on a Sunday, we only had to wait a couple of minutes.
We had to catch a DB Bahn ICE train, the German Bullet Train, from Berlin to Hamburg, which was fast and uneventful. We then caught a slower ICE train bound for Copenhagen. This train was only four carriages long, since it had to be carried on a ferry! There’s a 45 minute ferry ride between Germany and Denmark, and the whole boat appeared to be doing duty free shopping. This is because of the high costs of things like alcohol in Denmark, which means buying your beers for half price on board the boat makes a lot of sense. Kathryn doesn’t enjoy the motion of the ocean, but didn’t have enough time to take her seasickness pills, so we hung outside on the deck for a while. So when the weather’s only zero degrees, turns out it’s even colder with the wind blowing on your face.
Then we were in Denmark! There was no customs inspections, which I guess means you could buy like 10 bottles of Absolut Vodka and no one would be bothered. After what appeared to be ages, we finally pulled into Copenhagen station.
The last time i travelled around Japan I didn’t have the Internet, and it was a painful experience. This time I did have the Internet, and everything was a lot more awesome. For me this means having the Internet in a country is nearly a necessity. I had purchased a German sim card, and thankfully, could purchase 50MB of data to use in 24 hours in Denmark for 3 euro. Kathryn’s 2 Degrees sim card charges $10 a MB, or $500 for 50MB. I don’t really understand how they can charge that much, that’s literally silly.
Turns out we arrived on the day the Christmas tree was being lit up by Julemanden, or Santa. Julemanden, sounds a lot like “You-the-man”, which was weird to hear the crowd chant.
People always talk about how expensive Scandinavia is. That may be true if you’re from Thailand, but compared to New Zealand prices, it’s about 10% more expensive. Certainly within the same ball park. No where near as cheap as Germany, which seems weird, since it’s right across the border, but nothing too extreme. Think $7.50 for a McMuffin combo, which is probably the same in New Zealand.
To round out the night, we headed to Tivoli Gardens, which is the Rainbow’s End of Copenhagen. It was $20 to enter, and that doesn’t include any rides. Though to be honest, it was really nice, well lit up, a really clean and imaginative experience. It first opened in 1843, which is probably older than New Zealand, and is the second oldest amusement park in the world.