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Kissed by the Fishes…in Copenhagen…

I got kissed by a fish, stranded, and lost in Copenhagen. In the end it may not seem as dramatic as it was, but here is my Copenhagen story:

Think about if you were going to have me come to where you live without using a GPS or having a cell phone.  Maybe you’d tell me to drive up the road past the Home Depot and turn left at the 7-11 and so on. If I didn’t speak the language the first thing I would do after getting your directions would be to search for “What is a Home Depot”, and then figure out the best means to get there on foot, by taxi, or bus. Then I’d have to figure out which bus to take or how to communicate to the driver where I needed to go. I’d also have to figure out how much to pay, and oh yeah, they don’t take my currency, so I need to get some local money first, and there’s yet another challenge: everything is in another language.  Many restrooms (toilets, water closets, “WC”s, pissoirs) cost money to enter (about 50 cents) so the need for having local money can sometimes be urgent!  The place where I chose to stay in Copenhagen was with an AirBNB host who simply told me via email to come to “Ingerslevsgade 154, København V., 1705, Denmark”. I asked for directions by email again, and again she replied again with just the address. Great…

I decided to walk to the address (about 1.5 miles) and made it to the massive building. There was no way to get inside and there were about 20 buzzer buttons with names but none with the name of my host. I started to get a bit restive and began punching buttons. A foreign voice answered one of my attempts. I tried to communicate but had no luck, yet surprisingly the buzzer sounded and the door unlocked. One flight up, a man was standing outside his door. We both looked confused and I showed him my directions with the address – he pointed to the apartment just next to his indicating that this was the flat I was looking for, we knocked on the door, but no one was home. I pointed to the phone number, which looked more like a locker combination to me because of how numbers are dialed in Denmark, and he was kind enough to call.  The number looked something like this: 01-233-44-18-532-2. After the Danish country-western sounding ringtone stopped, the call went to voicemail and the man shrugged, indicating he could be of no more assistance to me. I was stuck. I hung out near the front of the building for a while and then began to walk in search of a way to email my host since email was the only way I had to communicate with her.  Either that or I would have to find another place somehow. It was beginning to get dark.

I decided to start walking and eventually I came to a small pub.  I went inside and pleaded to use their wi-fi.  I emailed my host again and began searching for other places where I could possibly stay.  In time, my host emailed back and was most apologetic. I walked back to the apartment and ceded that all was well that had ended well.  The room that I stayed in during my days in Copenhagen was a simple room overlooking a courtyard. In addition to a bed and desk, there was a shower in the room!  I had never seen this before, but later realized it would not be the first time I would stay in a place like this…

My room with a shower in it.

My room with a shower in it.

There are more bikes than people in Copenhagen (about 560,000), and over 50% of citizens commute to work using a bike. So while in Copenhagen, I rented a bike and found it to be the most economical, quickest, healthiest, and fun way to see the charming city. one day while out biking around town, I got stuck in a rain storm. I ducked into the FISH KISS spa and decided to have a foot treatment.  They gave me a locker for my things, and then I sat in a massage chair and placed my feet into a large fish tank full of little fishes.  The small toothless carp removed all the dead skin from my feet.  It felt good, but was pretty gross too!  After the rain storm, I kept riding and ended up getting lost several times during my trek.  Here are some pictures of my views in Copenhagen…


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