Discovering Copenhagen

Here I am, again, in the fine city of Copenhagen in Denmark. It’s a lot warmer here than last time I was here, in January, but I’m here for a short meeting at the Discovery Center which we be held on the premises of the Niels Bohr Institute over the next few days.

It looks like being a funny little meeting, because  nobody is allowed to talk about any Planck results yet so most speakers are talking about extraneous matters, almost like they’ll be talking about their hobbies. Should be fun. I haven’t decided what I’ll talk about yet, but my talk isn’t until tomorrow…

I travelled yesterday from Heathrow Airport with Leonid Grishchuk who I met in the airport. It turns out he had checked in extra-specially early for the the short flight to Copenhagen. The result of this enthusiasm was that his bags didn’t arrive with the plane. After filing a lost luggage report the usually avuncular Leonid turned into grumpy Grishchuk for the short Metro journey downtown. I saw him at breakfast just now and he told me his bag had actually been delivered to the hotel late last night. All’s well that ends well. It sounds like it must have come on the later flight, which probably means it never left Heathrow.

I was worried for a while I was going to miss the flight because my train from Cardiff was late as a result of being stuck in the Swansea area behind a broken-down train. Despite the delay and the fact that only one automatic check-in machine was working at the airport, I still had plenty of time to make the flight. My bag was one of the first out of the carousel.

Our meeting doesn’t start until lunchtime, so I’m going to take a walk around and do a little sightseeing beforehand. I know the city fairly well, but it will be nice to see how things have changed over the years. If memory serves, I think the first time I came here was in 1988. Quite a few of the places I went during that time have now closed but then I’m too old now to go them anyway!

10 Responses to “Discovering Copenhagen”

  1. Rhodri Evans Says:

    I’ve only been to Copenhagen once, in August 2007. I found it to be a lovely city with wonderful palaces and parks. It was at the end of a lovely week in Denmark spent mainly in northern Jutland in a small seaside town where a friend had rented a house and had invited us (Maggie and me) to stay. I’d love to go back.

  2. Anton Garrett Says:

    Yes Rhodri, but the price of a beer there…

    I’m glad that this meeting is not volcanically challenged.


  3. Beer might be expensive, but trains are cheap (compared to the UK).

  4. telescoper Says:

    I took a walk this morning in the lovely sunshine to see the Little Mermaid. Unfortunately, it’s not there. It’s apparently been taken to China and there’s a video screen in Copenhagen harbour showing a live view of the real thing in Shanghai. What a strange world we live in.

  5. Anton Garrett Says:

    She’s on holiday Peter! I’m sure she’ll be back home soon.

  6. Rhodri Evans Says:

    Anton – thankfully I don’t drink beer. I do like wine, but can take it or leave it, so whilst in Denmark is left it 🙂

  7. Alan Heavens Says:

    Andrei Doroshkevich once invited me to Copenhagen, and described it thus: ‘Copenhagen is capital city. But is capital city of VERY SMALL COUNTRY’. Sums up its charms, I think.

  8. telescoper Says:

    It was lovely last night walking around in the evening sunshine, everyone out and about enjoying themselves. Beer and wine are quite expensive here – you won’t get a bottle of plonk in a restaurant for less than 20 quid – but the cost of living doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s a very nice city. It’s so easy to get around by public transport, has many picturesque gardens, and has loads of other interesting things to see.

  9. Alan Heavens Says:

    Yes, it has a nice feel. Small can be good.

  10. The best bit of Copenhagen is the swastika elephants!

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