København Boathouse, Tivoli, and Reunions

15 – 18 November 2013

After Jalen’s visit to Vienna, Lizzie and I felt that we owed him a visit in Copenhagen. Besides, neither one of us had ever been to Denmark, so that was a plus! We chose a weekend that coincided with another guest’s visit, which worked out marvelously as we just went Dutch on the food, room, and board. And the room and board was most spectacular indeed: a real live Copenhagen boat house! (Or is it houseboat?)

On the first break I could foresee from my intense school calendar, Lizzie and I scheduled one of those famous cheap European flights from Vienna to CPH. Within three short weeks we found ourselves in the Københavns Lufthavn.

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Our Jalen dearest’s instructions from Copenhagen airport to the boathouse. œkkøpggå økgåß∂ …

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Into the city on the automatically piloted underground! It was mesmerizing.

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After some terrific conversation and catching up on the latest and greatest, and of course a few drinks, we went home to a boat. It’s a funny concept, if you think about it. We were lulled to sleep like babies by the very occasional but gentle current. In the morning, we arose to this site:

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Jalen worked it all out for us: just beautiful, isn’t it?

The houseboat boathouse! Quite a charmer!

That day, Lizzie and I decided to return to the city’s center so as to get a clearer picture of a very photogenic Copenhagen. We had a delightful time of it, exploring random shops, eating delectable pastries and coffees and hot chocolates. After all, Denmark was practically in winter already!

A really cliche Copenhagen picture, for you

A(nother) really cliche Copenhagen picture, just for you

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Lovers lock up their promises and throw the key into the bridge. It's cute.

Lovers lock up their promises and throw the key into the water. It’s cute.

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It's the longest recorded bench in the world, it seemed

It seemed the longest recorded bench in the world

In the city center! (I think)

Ridiculously fancy cake shop. It had a dress code! Probably

Ridiculously fancy cake shop. It had a dress code! Probably.

On our last day in this grand city, Jalen had pre-arranged for Lizzie and I to attend the world-wide famous Tivoli amusement park. It was a generous gift and a wonderful experience. Being November, Tivoli was already dressed in its Christmas best. Check it!

At Tivoli!

Lizziee at Tivoli!

Cheese

More cheeese

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More sea turtles

Riding a real Galapagos sea turtle

Riding a real Galapagos sea turtle

More sea turtles!

Ohh it was a demon alright. Convinced Lizzie at last to go!

Ohh it was a demon alright. I convinced Lizzie to go at last!

Only with three limbs!

At least 3 agile limbs!

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Just look at all the opportunities for fun! This photo taken, mind you, after some delicious Gluhwein and Scandinavian Glogg.

Tivolian Palace

Tivolian Palace

An opulent entrance

An opulent entrance (and exit)

On our last morning in Copenhagen, Jalen made us THIS breakfast. Thank you, Jalen!

On our last morning in Copenhagen, Jalen made us THIS breakfast. Thank you, Jalen!

We had a delightful time in Denmark. And the memories from this experience will take long to die out. And, of course, getting to see Jalen (and for so cheap) was jolly good. After all, it was cheaper and more exciting to visit in Europe than it is in the U.S.! Of course, we have yet to figure out if visiting Jalen was the icing or the cake itself on such a great trip. Regardless, it was deliciously good fun!

øvøvøvø (Danish hugs and kisses)

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About Jarett Bigej

"It is impossible to eat an ice cream cone in a masculine way."
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