Emergency vacation

Hurricane Isabel made a mess of my weekend travel plans, so I decided, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." My outbound flight was cancelled, and even with the best possible substitution - a flight out the very next day - losing a day on a weekend trip pretty much kills it. So I extended it to a weeklong vacation. Consequently, don't expect to see many updates from me for the next week or so. I've been led to understand that some parts of Europe have Internet access (amazing!), so maybe I can sneak something in, but don't count on it.

My "unplanned emergency vacation" will take me to Copenhagen, Uppsala, Munich, and Berlin. We'll see how long before I collapse of exhaustion. (I'm looking forward to Berlin, though. Last time I was there, there was this big concrete wall.)

Comments (10)
  1. Kelli Zielinski says:

    Whoo! Still sounds fun. Hope you have a great time! Don’t enjoy yourself too much while we all slave away at various projects… <grin> Okay, okay, have some extra fun for me or something. ;) And just think of all the knitting you can get done on the flight!

  2. Damit says:

    Have a great trip! =)

  3. Now that’s an unplanned vacation I could cope with. Enjoy!

  4. Andreas Häber says:

    Have a good trip! Guess you won’t recognise Berlin then, since there’s been a lot of changes there :-)
    Last time I was in Berlin (a few years ago) there was building activity all over the place…

    Also, you’ve choosen a great time to visit München, since the October-festival (www.octoberfest.de) is starting next week, which I’ve heard is a lot of fun :)

  5. Marc LaFleur says:

    II highly recommend Oktoberfest. I think it was fun… pretty sure… it is kind of a blur really….

  6. rogelio says:

    Happy trip to Uppsala, try to visit Stockholm too.

  7. Nick says:

    So you’ll miss Bubba Ho-tep?!? :(

    Sounds like a fun trip though. Have fun!

  8. Peter Lund says:

    If you go to Copenhagen, don’t bother with the statue of the little mermaid.
    It was vandalized recently (blown off her stone with explosives) so there isn’t really anything to look at. And besides, it wan’t so great in the first place.

    My suggestion would be to walk around the old borders of Copenhagen from Tivoli to Rådhuspladsen, Jarmers Tårn, Ørstedsparken, Botanisk Have, Østre Anlæg, and all the way up to Kastellet. All right, go visit Langelinie and the Little Mermaid after Kastellet if you really must, you are right in the neighbourhood anyway. Parts of the old moat were turned into lakes in Tivoli and the three parks.

    Perhaps take a look at Frihedsstøtten, too, on Vesterbrogade outside the central train station… it was erected shortly after the centennial for the abolishment of "stavnsbåndet" (1788) that required the peasants to stay in the area they were born unless they got special permission by the local feudal lord.

    Or perhaps take a stroll on Assistens Kirkegård, a cemetery that was originally placed far outside of Copenhagen because the existing cemeteries (inside the city walls) were almost filled. The special thing about it is that it doesn’t feel at all like a cemetery but rather like a park. A very nice one, at that. ("please bear in mind that nude sunbathing is not allowed in the middle area of the grounds, which is still used as a cemetery." – from one of the links below)

    This is your one chance to go take a look at Hans Christian Andersen’s, Søren Kirkegaard’s, H.C. Ørsted’s, Rasmus Rask’s, or Niels Bohr’s graves!

    And then there is Rundetårn, the old observatory/church tower right across Regensen, the university dorms from 1623 (still used). It has a spiral inside instead of stairs.

    Links in English:

  9. Raymond Chen says:

    Thanks for the Copenhagen tips, although we didn’t have time to execute on them. Due to major schedule shuffling, we ended up having only a few hours in Copenhagen, so we visited the central city and looked at the shops, then drove by the canals on the way to the airport. Sorry to give your city so little attention – I’ll try to do a better job next time.

  10. Faking your way through a German transaction.

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