Scandinavian Adventure

Since Jenny’s job finished last week, we decided to go to a nearby country we’d missed so far: Denmark.  We’d been within five miles of Denmark a couple times (in Flensberg and Sylt), but we hadn’t quite made it.  With a little extra time, we made a run for a couple nights in Copenhagen, and threw in a night in Sweden just for fun.

The biggest impression of Scandinavia is that it is expensive.  Copenhagen has to be 40-60% more expensive than Germany on average.  A mediocre Indian buffet for two with a bottle of bad wine was $50.  A Big Mac meal was $7.  A cheap hotel room was $100/night.  We’d like to go back to see more of both Denmark and Sweden (we didn’t stray far from Copenhagen on either side of the border), but it’s so expensive that we probably won’t return for a long trip.

That’s not to say that we lived or ate poorly.  We had wonderful herring, seafood pasta salads, wine, and passable Mexican (much better than we’ve had in Germany).  We saw beautiful castles left over from the days that the Danish kings were absolute monarchs, rode free bicycles through the streets of Copenhagen, and enjoyed the views from ferries that travel frequently between castle-crowned cities.

It was a short, fun, and expensive trip.

Jenny at the Little Mermaid Statue

Jenny at the Little Mermaid Statue

The University Library

The University Library

Changing of the Guards at the Amalienborg Palace

Changing of the Guards at the Amalienborg Palace

Kronborg Castle in Helsingor, setting of Hamlet

Kronborg Castle in Helsingor, setting of Hamlet

Frederiksborg Slot Palace in Hillerod

Frederiksborg Slot Palace in Hillerod

The Great Hall of the Frederiksborg Slot Palace in Hillerod

The Great Hall of the Frederiksborg Slot Palace in Hillerod

Hundreds of Bicycles in Malmo, a common sight in Europe

Hundreds of Bicycles in Malmo, a common sight in Europe

The new "Turning Torso" skyscraper in Malmo

The new "Turning Torso" skyscraper in Malmo

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About Lance Finney

Father of two boys, Java developer, Ethical Humanist, and world traveler (when I can sneak it in). Contributor to Grounded Parents.
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