10/12/12 - 10/15/12 50 °F
Lots happening! We finished off a relaxing week in Rotterdam on Saturday, headed to Amsterdam for one last serving of fries and caught an overnight train to Copenhagen, where we finally met up with Don.
Rotterdam was great and I'll miss Barbara and her endless hospitality as we move on with our trip. On Friday night we had a pizza par and my kids finally went to sleep without incident, letting Barbara, Mark and me stay up and chat. A rainy send off at the Rotterdam train station left Coco, Henry and I with a long day of travel in front of us. When we got to Amsterdam, the rain had subsided enough for us to ant to walk a few blocks with our suitcases and backpacks for some fries. Just as we were finishing up, the rain came back full force. We returned to the station, wet. I eventually figured out that our family Eurail pass gives us access to the first class lounge, where we took warm refuge until our 7pm train.
We were on the 7pm Borealis, from Amsterdam to Copenhagen, for a whopping 15 hours, including a one hour delay. We had a sleeper, a little cabin with three bunks, a sliver of a wash basin and not real space for what had become our huge suitcases. Henry took the top bunk, Coco the middle and I had the lowest bunk. Only Henry could sit up straight in his bunk. The kids watched a movie (Mirror, Mirror) from the top bunk while I stretched out below. I could lie on my bed and press my palms on both side walls of our cabin at the same time. A tight fit for sure but the ladder giving access to the upper bunks provided plenty of unsafe entertainment.
I was tired both the movie was still going and I let us all stay up late. I had seen a photo of a cathedral you can see as the train approaches the Cologne, Germany station. As luck would have it, the large window in the corridor faced the right direction and we saw it. It looked like a building you make in the beach by dripping wet sand on top of wet, dripped sand. Beautiful. We slept all night, soundly and snug. We woke up about 7:30, much later than I thought we'd sleep. Around 8:30 the attendant for our car came around and flipped our two lowest beds up and,poof, gave us three seats, muffins and ... coffee! Between then and noon I had a few more cups of coffee.... We walked the cars a bit, biding time. Organized luggage and backpacks and talked about finally seeing Don!
We managed to figure out how to take a local train to the airport from the downtown train station. Then, we waited but not for long.our pre-arranged meeting spot actually worked and, poof! We were together! So wonderful to see him. Yes, I cried a few happy tears. Yes I did. The kids jumped all over him. Yippee!
We boarded a 20 minute bus tour little Danish home, in a town called Dragor on the Baltic Sea. The house is as picturesque as it could be, with a partly thatched roof, in a pedestrian only historic area of cobblestone pathways just more than a block from the harbor and all of its fishing boats and pretty boats. When we got of the bus with our myriad suitcase and backpacks and four scruffy people who hadn't really cleaned up in 36 hours, we were left at a seemingly deserted corner. A stranger passed and she used her phone to direct us to our destination, just a few clocks away. So glad we had her help!
Don is dealing with some jet lag but he's always quick to fall asleep when he stops running around.so, hard to tell if it's jet lag or just a little vacation napping. We'll enjoy this week together, knowing he'll return in a few weeks.
It rained all morning today. We had school today and went for three walks, one of them long enough for us to see how pretty this little town really is. To the grocery store. Tomorrow, into Copenhagen for a day of exploring.
Most people speak English, which is awesome since my Danish consists of being able to say hello and thank you. But, the signs are all in Danish so you really have to be determined to figure out what the heck is going on! The grocery store is quite the adventure! And, the Danes don't use Eros so the pricing system is totally whacked. Should I pay 60 Danish krone for olive oil?? PG Poolios would be happy as there is an astounding assortment of canned beer here.
Our little house here has a courtyard and plenty of room for us to spread out. It's chilly, maybe in the high 40s / low 50s during the day. We have heated floors, giving nice even warmth. And, we have all four of us together: ultimate warmth