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Sexta-feira, 14 de Março de 2003
KLM Boeing 737 to Copenhagen, Denmark

Flight Details:

KL1700
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Date: 14 March 2003
Dep: Madrid Barajas (MAD)
Gate: C31
Boarding Time: 0950
Dep Time: 1015
Load: 100%
Seat: 8A
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

KL1131
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Date: 14 March 2003
Dep: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Gate: C04
Boarding Time: 1335
Dep Time: 1410
Load: 100%
Seat: 15A
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Copenhagen Kastrup (CPH)
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KL1126
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Date: 17 March 2003

Dep: Copenhagen Kastrup (CPH)
Gate: Not indicated
Boarding Time: 0920
Dep Time: 1000
Load: 100%
Seat: 18A
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

Dep: Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)
Gate: 081
Boarding Time: 1840
Dep Time: 1920
Load: 100%
Seat: 114D
Class: Economy
Aircraft: Boeing 737
Arr: Madrid Barajas (MAD)


*Copenhagen-Malmo-Lund-Malmo-Copenhagen: Swedish/Danish Railways


I've always wanted to go to Denmark so when our professor informed us about some 5-day holiday, I checked my savings and thought I could manage to have some escapade in Scandinavia so I went to buy my ticket from the travel agency near the university. I chose to fly KLM to be able to visit the Netherlands too when I get back from Denmark. I requested the travel agent not to follow the flight itinerary that the reservation system would suggest because I needed some time to walk around for a while in Amsterdam. He agreed. It was also my first to fly KLM so I was kinda excited too. I have been attracted by its colour scheme and I have always wanted to know how's it to fly with the Dutch airline.

I went to the internet cafe to do some quick research about Copenhagen because I still had to go to the immigration office to renew my permit to return to Spain. As for lodging, I knew it's an expensive city so as usual I chose to stay in a youth hostel as I still had my hostelling international card valid. I emailed the hostel to confirm the days of stay and type of room I wanted (sure it was the dormitory type where 8 people stay in one room.........the cheapest!)

Anyway, it was a lovely flight and it was a sunny but chilly day in Madrid though gloomy in Amsterdam when we got there. Some of my fellow passengers from Madrid also flew with me on to Copenhagen. When we arrived at the airport, I bought a train ticket to the city centre which is only some kilometres away from the airport. I was on the line when a lady tried to go to the counter first though she knew I was already standing there waiting for some minutes before she came. The gentleman at the ticket counter told her to wait because I came first so I should be attended first. Hummm, what a nice first impression of the Danes!

I took the train and several minutes after, I began to wonder why I haven't seen a sign that the place was indeed the city centre. I asked the ticket inspector what's going on and he informed me I was going the wrong way. I took the wrong train so he told me to go back to th airport train station and go to the other side of the platform, lol. Anyway, it's cool I was able to see the some of the countryside though. Spring was about to come but still the Danish countryside was still in its winter look. I was told that come spring or autumn, the Danish countryside is the place to see. That's why I love to travel during these seasons. Snow is good but not everyday.

When I arrived at the central train station, I checked out the youth hostel's address and tried to memorise it. I got a free map from one of the desks there. Affffff, it turned out that the hostel was located in Amager, an island off the coast of Copenhagen. I did not check the location back when I was still preparing for my trip because I simply had no time to do it. I took the phone number and email and got the confirmation from the hotel and that's it. That pretty much summed up my travel planning skills during that time, hehehehehe.

So when I arrived at the city centre, I called up the hostel to ask how to get there. Nobody was answering the phone.

Right there on the sidewalk, I "examined" the map again and tried to solve my "dilemma". No, I couldn't. Well, that's it. I thought I had to do again what I usually do when I get to a new place: ask the locals! Actually no, I did not have to ask. A lady came up to me and asked: "Can I help you?" I said sure and before I knew a bunch of people came to my rescue, lol. They explained to me that the hostel was far from city centre and that I needed to take the subway train to get there. And later on after I got the bus, I asked again and the person I was asking was not familiar with the place so a lady when she saw us suddenly said: "Can I help?" She even went to her house and gave me a map of Copenhagen, lol. So, there. Another good impression I had of the Danes.

I walked and walked and walked (the good thing about these situations is that I do get to explore the city without really trying to). But then it was dark and I was still trying to figure out where I would stay. I thought of sleeping at the city centre for that night and go to the hostel the following night. I knew it was expensive but I tried anyways. I asked the locals on the streets what was the cheapest option for me to spend the night in the city centre. Two ladies suggested I'd try Cab Inn. So I went. I asked about the price per night. They told me 80 euros (in Danish Kroner I can't remember). Well, it's a nice hotel and not bad for some independent well off travellers with some extra money to spare. But for me, no. I had no choice but leave the place as fast as I could. That was the the first time it happened to me and I was a bit embarrassed. But hell, nobody cared actually. It's normal. And it was the best thing for me to do since I only had 150 euros to spend for that 4-day stay in Copenhagen.

So I continued my "adventure" and got back to the train station where I already planned to sleep. But anyway, I asked again and a lady helped me out: from buying the correct ticket to choosing the correct platform, lol. At 12 midnight, I arrived at the hostel. The receptionist was cool though and he honored my reservation. I liked the hostel and I had some nice room mates.

It was a long day. But I enjoyed my first day in Copenhagen. Lots of sightseeing and walking, hehehhhehe. I discovered later that I did not have to go to the city centre to get to the hostel because it was only a few Metro stations away from the airport (on the other direction). Afffffff! Anyway, somehow I like it this way since I do get to see more of the city (although a tiring one to do it, lol) and get some sort of interaction with the locals and other travellers too.



The famous symbol of Copenhagen, the Little Mermaid! One of the most photographed statues in the world! (I thought it was bigger though).


Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and also the largest city in all of Scandinavia. It is one of the most livable cities and one of the richest cities in the world. Well, when I was there, I did not feel that because as usual, I prefer to rough it on my travels. I stayed in a youth hostel on the island of Amager on the outskirts of the city and I ate in cheap fast food chains.

Copenhagen is a flat city, and a beautiful one. It is actually one of my favourite cities so far. I went there with only the Little Mermaid statue in mind but the city came as a delightful surprise to me. Although expensive, it's a nice place to live. It is also near the major Scandinavian major cities such as Oslo (Norway); Goteborg and Stockholm (Sweden) and there are direct fights to Reykjavik (Iceland). It is indeed the hub of Scandinavia.

I'd live in Copenhagen if given the chance.





With the Royal Guard. This was taken at the Amalienborg Palace, the official residence of the Danish Royal Family. Unlike the Evzons in Athens, the Danish Royal Guards can move or smile



The DanHostel in Amager Island where I stayed (anonymous photographer)

Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and also the largest city in all of Scandinavia. It is one of the most livable cities and one of the richest cities in the world. Well, when I was there, I did not feel that because as usual, I prefer to rough it on my travels. I stayed in a youth hostel on the island of Amager on the outskirts of the city and I ate in cheap fast food chains.

Copenhagen is a flat city, and a beautiful one. It is actually one of my favourite cities so far. I went there with only the Little Mermaid statue in mind but the city came as a delightful surprise to me. Although expensive, it's a nice place to live. It is also near the major Scandinavian major cities such as Oslo (Norway); Goteborg and Stockholm (Sweden) and there are direct fights to Reykjavik (Iceland). It is indeed the hub of Scandinavia.

I'd live in Copenhagen if given the chance.

 

The Copenhagen Airport CPH

Copenhagen Kastrup International Airport, as my favourite airport, deserves a post only for itself. The airport's location, architecture, and flight connections clearly show that it is the leading airport all over Scandinavia. It has been voted several times as the best airport in the world. And my experience with it proves it right.

You go out of the aircraft and what welcomes you is the Scandinavian art, design, and architecture all showcased in one place in this impressive airport. It is clean and relaxed; qualities that help to give passengers that sense of well-being that makes for an enjoyable start to a journey.

Another thing why I like Copenhagen Airport is that it is close to some major urban areas in Scandinavia. If you want to go to Malmo, which is in Sweden, just follow the road to the Oreson Bridge and you're in Malmo. This is also possible when you take the train and even up to Gothenburg you'll go. And Copenhagen receives flights not only from this part of Europe but also as far as Iceland and Greenland and some parts of Asia which all involve direct flights.

And yeah, Copenhagen Airport is a silent airport. That means no boarding announcements are made. Up to the minute traffic information is displayed on TV monitors and signboards located conveniently throughout the airport. Shhhhh!



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