Week two of my Nordic trip

These two weeks has raised a few questions for me, the main question is that how do the sales persons do it? I have come to realize that the hotel life is quite boring. It may sound very exiting and all, but the truth is that it becomes boring after a while. I have completed two weeks in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was two very busy weeks. But, unfortunately I came down with a bad cold/flu on Saturday a week ago and the cold was niggling all week, I don’t know when I felt this exhausted last. My other colleague fell really ill so she had to go back to Ireland, and there I was on my own having to complete the work we were suppose to do while in Denmark.

And when Friday came it was time for me to pack all my luggage and haul myself to the  train station at the airport in Copenhagen, it was Friday evening and knowing you had some four hours train journey in front of you, anyway I made it on the train. The trip between Copenhagen and Malmö in Sweden is very short, and we had a stop on the Swedish side to go through the passport check by the Swedish Police. Then finally we were on our way. Being out on this journey makes me longing for my own bed at home more and more, but only two more weeks to go now.

I arrived in Gothenburg late Friday evening, my hotel was located basically in conjunction with the train station which was nice, it was a nice hotel. But, it was quite busy since this was in the middle of where everything happens, and lots of people were staying there. On Saturday I met with my daughter, at last. Yep, she has purple hair now [quite funny though] but she’s always a lot of fun that girl.

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We were having a good time, walking around in the city.

These are my fav spots in Gothenburg, and I just couldn’t leave without taking a few new snaps, the statue here is something I haven’t photographed before. This man was called Evert Taube, he was a very well known person in this area, he was what we called a trubadur, he has written and sung a lot of songs. Here is one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qANEjnOu8Y and this brings back memories of my dad, he was often singing this particular one. And here is another version where his son Sven-Bertil Taube sings the same song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbmcS6KuJ3g So you see this spot is a bit special to me, even though it also has some painful memories, but that’s for another day.

I have now arrived in my third destination of my trip, Stockholm – what a beautiful city.

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And arriving to my room seeing this, made me immediately feeling comfortable. This hotel room is more personal and it really has a nice character. And what the coming week will bring I am not exactly sure, but I might just stick around to see what happens. Being out travelling like this really makes you appreciate what you have at home.

I’ll be back next week with more updates, I’ll be writing from Oslo then, which is my last destination of this trip before I finally head back to the Green Island of home.

Have a good week!

The Swede in Denmark

During the past week I have been in Copenhagen, Denmark, on a business/work trip, and I really like Copenhagen. The people are so laid back and plain nice, I am not at all saying this because I am Scandinavian my self, there are variances between the Scandinavian people, as there are in other parts of the World. Copenhagen is the first stop of my four week travel. And I think this is a good place to start, first of all, from living in Ireland for nearly ten years getting use to much milder weather, and then coming to Denmark where it is not as cold as in the other Scandinavian countries. Well it is cold of course, but comparing to Sweden and Norway which will be my next destinations, the temperatures is a bit lower.

The food is very good and I love the breads and cheeses in all types of variances.

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I have already experienced snow during my stay, even though it only lasted for a couple of hours before it sort of melted again, but here and there you can still see some patches of it.

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I walked by this store the other evening while walking along Strøget, which is a long street with shops and restaurants, and no cars. I really enjoy walking there, because here and there they have larger open places, and in those places there can either be a big statue in the middle or even a fountain, and it has cobble stones. And after a busy day in the office, getting down here is a little treat. Even though it gets dark quick, you still get to enjoy the city life and some shops are still open.

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This is the parliament building and in front there is this huge open space and in the middle of it there is a stand where you can buy danish pølser (hot dog) and this is something I really have to try. It is really nice to stop having one of those when you are out walking, to get something warm to eat. They have those stands here and there in the city.

Today it will be a walk down towards Nyhavn with my husband that arrived yesterday to spend the weekend. I haven’t been in Nyhavn in many years now and I always love walking down there, so we shall see.  What I wanted to say is that I always love coming back to Scandinavia, and in this trip I’ll have the opportunity to visit three of them.

I’ll have one more week here in Denmark before I travel to my next destination, Sweden (Gothenburg and Stockholm) and more updates will follow as I travel along. As I mentioned it’s a work trip but trying to make the most of it.