Sunday, October 23, 2005

Hospitality in Copenhagen

Today I had the grand tour of Copenhagen by two locals, Jan and Kirstine:
As luck would have it, Jan actually worked as a tour guide for a bit, and is a history buff as is Kirstine – so I not only got to see the city, but hear about it as well. We just walked all over looking at stuff, taking photos and eating some excellent Danish food for lunch. Good thing we walked, given the amount we ate. I enjoy eating what is considered the local food wherever I go – it is a change from what I normally get day to day. Marinated herring, red cabbage, plaice (another type of fish, sort of like a flounder), baked fat (tasty), pork – it was all good (and the beer isn’t bad either).

It is really nice to have someone to take you around and show you the city rather than try to figure it out for yourself. I really appreciate Kirstine and Jan taking time out from their lives to take me around. Hopefully some of these people will come to the US some day and I’ll have the chance to return the favor.

Last night was dinner with Mogens:
He is not nearly as mean as he looks in that picture (really, he’s a nice guy). We hit a couple of his favorite places before dinner (he really wanted me to have a margarita) and ended up finishing dinner around midnight (6pm as far as I was concerned).

Now after two days of being a tourist, I have a week of seminar to deliver. Looking forward to next weekend already in Stockholm. With that in mind – if you had a single day (a Saturday) in Stockholm and wanted to make the most of it by yourself – what would do (yes, looking for suggestions).

Just closing up with a thanks to Mogens, Kirstine and Jan for making the weekend go by really fast – the hospitality they showed me was awesome. To say I appreciate it is understating it.


Blogger Robert said....

heheh, Mogen out on the town with you in that Oracle shirt...just thought that was funny.
Were you wearing Oracle too ;)

Sun Oct 23, 12:34:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Were you wearing Oracle too ;)

Almost always -- check out my jacket. I got this in 1998 and have used it every year since. My favorite coat (it is good for weather from just above freezing on up - it is usually what I use all winter long..)

Sun Oct 23, 12:39:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous paul said....

... so where can the rest of us get a jacket like that?

Sun Oct 23, 02:47:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

so where can the rest of us get a jacket like that?

You would need a time machine :) It was a "Ray Lane" pick back in 1998. There are 1,000 of them that I know of...

Made by "Gear"...

Sun Oct 23, 02:53:00 PM EDT  

Blogger scubajim said....

To get the jacket you might need a time machine and a really good resume.

Sun Oct 23, 10:56:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Robert said....

you can get this one for $9.99

Mon Oct 24, 12:13:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Mr. Ed said....

Mogens looks like thesmokinggun material in that photo.

Stockholm attractions close much earlier (or completely) this time of year, unfortunately.

Check out the Ice Bar (reservation only, or get in line at 9 P.M. on Saturday night):

A description of the Ice Bar

Ice Bar @ Nordic Sea Hotel

The Nordic Sea Hotel is right at the train station.

I thought The Vasa was cool, and a walk through Gamla Stan (Old Town) was nice.

Mon Oct 24, 12:28:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Freek said....

The vasa museum is indeed very impressive. They have there an almost complete viking ship.
The skansen open air museum is also very nice.

Mon Oct 24, 02:26:00 AM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

As the others say, don't miss Vasa Skipet.

You could (still can?) take a round-trip of the harbour area which allows you to get off and on at will. You can take in Skansen, Vasa, the Art Museum (look out for Carl Larsson) on the way.

If you're intersted in theatre, on your next visit you should go to Drottningholm (by boat of course) the theatre is from the 18th century.

Mon Oct 24, 03:43:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous sokrates said....

so you haven't yet visited Christiania

It's an absolut MUST when you're in
Copenhagen !

Mon Oct 24, 04:00:00 AM EDT  

Blogger DaPi said....

If that wasn't clear - the round trip is/was by boat.

Mon Oct 24, 04:09:00 AM EDT  

Blogger kristian myllymäki said....

As a stockholm inhabitant, I could also recommend the vasa museum. A good starting place for attractions is And if you haven't seen any movies shot in IMAX Dome, a trip to cosmonova could be nice.

Too bad I'm not attending your seminar this year (did it last year). But I'm flying to Birmingham on sunday, so perhaps I'll see you at the UKOUG. :)

Mon Oct 24, 04:16:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Enayet said....

Since you are travelling a lot, perhaps you should think about writing a book one day - Expert 1-on-1 : How to travel free around the Globe. You seems to be lucky (kidding):)

Curious, don't you do shopping (collecting memorabilia, souvenir and/or buying toys for your kids?

Anyway, besides talking and blogging, enjoy your trip :))

Mon Oct 24, 12:48:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Niall said....

I am glad to see that Mogens is finally seeing the light and embracing the beard.

Mon Oct 24, 03:50:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Joel Garry said....

Funny how people always ask me if I work at in-n-out burger when I wear those t-shirts. But no one ever asks if I work at any of the geeky places when I'm wearing those garments. But I've gotten some weird reactions from this, not to mention this.

Word verification: dpiow

Mon Oct 24, 05:53:00 PM EDT  

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Tue Oct 25, 02:26:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

what to do:
1.Gamla stan-Attractions
3.Vasamuseet-Local History
4.Historical Museum-Local History
5.Sophie's-Contemporary Art
6.Medeltidsmuseet-General History
7.Galleri Bergman-Contemporary Art
8.Hotellcentralen-Tourist Info
9.Johannes kyrka-Attractions
10.Gustav Vasa kyrka-Religious

where to eat:
2.Wedholms fisk-Fish
5.Cafe Piastowska-Central European
7.Creperie Fyra Knop-French
8.Pontus in the Green House
10.Fredsgatan 12

Tue Oct 25, 04:30:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Tim Brown said....

Tom, I just spent time in Sweden for the first time, including a few days in Stockholm. There is one museum I think is a "must", Vasamuseet. It houses a 17th century warship, the Vasa, which sank on its maiden voyage. It was salvaged and has been restored over a 30 year period. It is very impressive. Here's the website
A trip around the harbor is worth the effort as well - look out for the old sailing vessel which is now part of a local youth hostel!
Oh, and Swedish beer is pretty good too....have fun!

Tue Oct 25, 07:00:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Vasa in Stockholm:
To see this old galleon close up almost in its entirety as it was made hundreds of years ago is incredible. It is like stepping back in time. This is a superb museum and a credit to Stockholm. Go see it - you won't be disappointed. This is a great place, everyone that comes to Stockholm should visit this museum because it´s very special and beautiful and one can learn a great deal about sweden and swedes when he sees it...interesting look at swedish history--hard to get good photos

Wed Oct 26, 11:38:00 AM EDT  


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