Edit Blog Post
Published: January 2nd 2018
I have to apologise to my public for being a bit sporadic. It has been gruelling over the last couple of weeks, but now I make a sincere promise to update the blog daily.
Today we fly from Casablanca to Copenhagen which is certainly a day of extremes. $10 for a taxi to Casablanca airport, $200 for a taxi to our hotel. $100 for dinner including wine and $2000 for dinner including wine.
The day commences without a hitch. We fly Finnair to Copenhagen without an incident and very little turbulence. We arrive late at our hotel which is on the Nyham canal which is one of the prettiest. They have set up Christmas markets along the canal and I'm not sure if it's for tourists or the locals, as there are plenty of both. Finally it seems that we are close to Christmas as there are decorations and lights up everywhere. In Morocco the only vaguely Christmas decorations were at the Shining hotel. We decide we will have a drink at a bar along the canal before we go to dinner at Amass which is our special dinner for the trip. I'm never really sure what creates good
service, tipping like in the States just seems to mean the waiter keeps asking you if everything is OK ( a bit like saying "don't forget my tip" every 5 minutes), in Morocco the whole thing is basically like a tip where you are never sure exactly how much you should pay or whether you pay (ie do you pay the guy in the street who gives you directions). In Copenhagen I don't think they expect tips. If they do they are going about it the wrong way. We sit at the bar (again do I buy drinks at the bar or wait for table service). After a reasonably long wait under a couple of heaters in -7 degrees a beaming Danish girl comes up to take our order. In Australia if you had to wait ten minutes for a drink we'd probably have a Royal Commission into the bar industry. Given the bill was $60 for 3 drinks I didn't feel the tip was necessary and she didn't seem to be expecting one.
We have dinner at Amass which was spectacular. It's one of those deals where the guy that prepared each course comes out and explains it to you. There was one course where we were all convinced we where eating whale. I was pretty sure that the Danes were still eating whales. Anyway it turned out we just couldn't understand the Scottish chef.
The great thing about Denmark is that they are exceptional at English which is good because I have no ear for languages. Also Copenhagen is a truly spectacular city. It does make you wonder whether paying 65% tax would actually be worth it. It is absolutely spotless, everyone is out drinking and eating (and at $10-20 a beer that's saying something).
It was a great (but expensive) first night in Copenhagen. We have been using an app which gives you itineraries in each city so we will use that tomorrow.
Tot: 3.053s; Tpl: 0.015s; cc: 12; qc: 49; dbt: 0.0297s; 3; m:saturn w:www (220.127.116.11); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb