This was a blog about my adventures with Joe. Then, along came Nia. Four years later, along came Stage 3 breast cancer. Fast forward two years, and I'm now caring for my dad while he fights his own cancer battle.
My bag is still missing. American Airlines doesn't know where it is. The last they saw it, it was headed to San Francisco. On Saturday. Now, they just don't know. And I'm supposed to just wait. I'm pissed.
Funny how you don't really value your things till they are gone... I keep thinking about all that was in that bag (it was a large bag, too!). Like, all my clothes. 3 pairs of shoes & some slippers. A jacket. A swimsuit. A new SF Giants sweatshirt (that I'd thought about buying for years and finally just bought, like, a month ago). Pants, tops, dresses, underwear, a few of Joe's dress shirts... And then there is the stuff that I really care about: Journal of the trip, travel books, maps of where we went... Not to mention the novel I was in the middle of, The Brothers K -- a really, really good book that I'd really love to find out what happens in!
Still no luggage delivery... According to American Airlines (dot com) our luggage has been located and will be delivered to SFO today. The only thing is, that was the same story we were told Thursday (that it had been located and would be delivered to SFO on Friday). ...
Something "funny" ~ On Thursday, our flight from JFK to SFO was delayed almost 3 hours. It was the kind of situation where it was supposed to leave at 9a, but around 8:30 they put on the board that it was delayed to 10a, then around 10a they announced it was delayed till 11a, and so on. Well, finally around 11:30 they told us the reason for the delay: Two seats in first-class were being repaired so they could recline properly. Great...
Anyway. Luggage or no luggage I'm off to the Farmer's Market! (One thing I really missed in Copenhagen.)
We arrived back in Santa Cruz last night after some 16 or so hours of flying and a dozen or so more hours of running through airports/waiting for delayed flights/sitting through lightening storms on the tarmac, etc. We left our apartment around noon on Wednesday and finally touched down at SFO around 3p on Thursday. (One of the first things we did on US soil? Lunch/dinner of long-craved Mexican food in Los Gatos with George who picked us up in SF.)
We are, of course, without our luggage on this return trip (if you recall, our luggage arrived after us on the way out, too). As Joe would say, "F-ing Heathrow!" It is 5p now and no sign of our bags yet. We aren't worried though, yet. :)
It is wonderful to be back in Santa Cruz with our over-joyed kitty (seriously, she won't let us out of her sight! It's pretty mutual, though! :) ). Last night we walked out to the cliff to watch the sunset, the full moon and the last of the fishing boats in the water --- gorgeous! And this morning I rode my cruiser along West Cliff before going to New Leaf to stock up on groceries. This truly is an amazing place and we are so lucky to call it "home." We'll miss Copenhagen, but it is good to be back.
Looking forward to catching up with all of you soon (hopefully in person!). I will upload the last of our pictures soon, too.
One of the things about Copenhagen we've really fallen in love with is the abundance of wonderful parks & gardens, and all the water in this city -- harbor, canals, lakes, old moats, etc. This city is really green!
One park in particular that we adore is in the King's Garden, Kongens Have (established in 1606). There is this one section that is all flowers and benches. Because it is so lovely we use this path way to get to many other places in the city, and have sat and read our books here.
My hope is that our friend and landscape designer extraordinare, Julie Orr, can help us recreate something like this in our new front yard on Harbor (albeit much smaller)! I just love all the colors and textures... The big "clumps" of plants -- it almost seems wild. And the small amount of lawn framing it... *sigh* I just love it. :)
I apologize for the lack of photos & stories lately. We are still here, still having a ball. :) Some shots to bring you up to date:
We went to the National Gallery one night and saw lots and lots of Danish art, plus some paintings and sculptures by other Europeans. One doesn't really take photos in a gallary, but I took a few just for the blog...
Another night we kind of stumbled across the library by way of this great pathway through two arches...
The library (actually called the Royal Library) is a fantastic 19th century building -- with a very modern addition linked to this old portion by a glass passage way. The new portion is called the Black Diamond (because of the way the water and sun reflect off the black glass). We are going there on Tuesday to visit the National Museum of Photography so I'll get some shots of the new section then.
The old part of the library is part of Christianborg Slot (Christianborg Palace), built in 1928. It is much younger than many of the other sections of Copenhagen because the original palace burnt down twice.
Some shots from the palace area:
Another night we explored Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen's amusement park dating from 1843. Built on the site of former fortifications, Tivoli is right in the middle of Copenhagen. Joe wasn't too into going, but we went and walked around a bit, ate some ice cream and saw "Europe's longest salt water aquarium" which turned out to be a bit of a rip off, but only cost us about $4 each.
The one ride I wanted to go on -- these giants swings that go up really high and the circle around -- was, alas, closed the night we went. I think Joe was relieved. :)
On Monday we decided to take our first trip outside of Copenhagen. We took the train approx. 30 kilometers to the town of Roskilde, once the capital of Denmark
Roskilde was founded in the 10th century by the Vikings. We went to Roskilde to visit the Vikingeskibsmuseet (Viking Ship Museum).
About 1,000 years ago 5 Viking ships were filled with stones and sunk in the fjord Roskilde rests on. They did this to block the passage of enemy ships -- they felt an attack from Norway was imminent (though the fjord looks wide, there are only a couple channels deep enough for boats to pass). In 1962 the ships were recovered. It was pretty neat to see them, as well as the replicas they've built using Viking methods and tools.
On our way back to Copenhagen, we somehow managed to get on the slowest train ever. It creaked along at walking-pace, occasionally stopping. It took a full-hour to travel 30 km! So we got off the train on the other side of town, near Tivoli Gardens, and walked back to Nyhavn. On the way, we past "probably" the best beer in Copenhagen (I guess they aren't sure), and the changing of the guard near the palace.