June 11, 2012 and July 9, 2012 (via Ryndam)
12 noon at Central Station is the place and time for the meeting of my cousin Oliver. Growing up together leaves me a lot of adventurous memories with him- from playing table tennis, fishing up to introducing me his buddy Emperador.. hehehe.. so as soon as the ship docks at 10am, we were the first few people in the gangway, ready to get-off. Passenger first but I only have 8 hrs to catch up with him so no time to waste since it is also my first time here in Copenhagen.
We were at Langelinie pier that time and 2 hours before the meeting time is good enough to take a walking tour on our own. First priority is the famous, magical and iconic Hans Christian Andersen "The Little Mermaid". It's summer at this time and tourist are just everywhere! as we walk, I never wonder why they chose Copenhagen- such a sophisticated city! Next stop is the Gefion Fountain.. then to the Amalie Haven and Amalienborg Palace. It takes a lot of researching and asking questions to decide where we would like to go but it is also funny how all this beautiful places just lead us to their way naturally.. Long way to get to the central station but my eyes are too busy looking at their so many bicycles, gorgeous people and nice buildings that I forgot to care about my legs. We took the Sroget street to take a glimpse at their shopping center, although I didn't plan to buy anything in this country (it's expensive) but a magnet for collection wouldn't harm my pocket. It's almost noon and it's time to rush..
WiFi inside the station helps me check any messages from 'ver and they're on their way.. I'm excited!
Few more minutes and there you go, walking close to us is my good friend/cousin Oliver. I was so happy so see him and 'Len! They just came from work so lunch was shared at Mcdonalds.. a lot of stories already and thank you for my hard rock cafe shirt that you got for me! We didn't waste a second so we started to walk again to visit more landmarks before we get to the ship. Abercrombie shop was memorable too because I got a picture next to their model. Then we head up to the Rosenborg Slot (slot means castle) and more walking all the way to Ryndam where I invited them to be my guest. My pleasure.. I toured them around the ship and it's a bad combination but 'ver had an ice cream and a dutch beer. I hope his tummy was fine after that.. :-) Dinner at Lido and can't help it but play table tennis like we used to do. It was a great day!!
7pm came and it's time to say goodbye.. I have to work in 1 hour.
Thank you 'Ver and Len for taking time in meeting up with me. I really enjoyed the time and I'm so happy to see you again insan..
Language- Danish but everybody speaks English
Currency- Dani8sh Krone but souvenir shop takes Euro
as of June 2012 (1 EUR = 7.4277 DKK)
Hop-on hop-off bus- free for crew members but not all operators
Bus #26 takes you to the center for DKK 24
wifi- restaurants and cafe close to the port
Crew service center- none