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Jun 06 2008

To be or not to be, in Denmark

So as we boarded the ferry in Helsingborg yesterday, my step-mother-in-law suddenly remembered that

Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark

Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, Denmark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

June 5th was a national holiday in Denmark and most businesses would be closed … including liquor stores. ACK! Calm was restored following an emergency booze purchase on the boat’s duty-free shop.

Once in Denmark my father-in-law was eager to demonstrate the GPS system we’d gotten him for his birthday, but he had trouble getting the geo-positioning settings switched over from Sweden, and it didn’t help that he was trying to do it while driving. Fortunately Dr. Darling stepped in before he steered us into the sea and got the Danish maps loaded.

Of course Ola wanted to demonstrate all of his new toy’s features, so the audible driving directions were activated. I soon learned that the only thing more annoying than listening to an automated GPS voice when you’re not driving is listening to one that speaks Swedish better than you do.

Our ‘holiday house’ at Lalandia is actually very nice, but the water park … which is supposedly the area’s main attraction … was nothing special and even prompted the Swede to ask, ‘Is this it?’ 

I then reminded the Swede of the recent survey that showed Danes to be the happiest population in the world, due in large part to them having very low expectations. And suddenly the hype surrounding Lalandia made perfect sense.

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