Scenic Rail Journey to Denmark
03.01.2016 - 03.01.2016 -5 °C
Up early this morning as we are catching the train to Copenhagen at 10.21 am.
We were the first into breakfast at 7.30 am and what a difference that makes. Not the hustle and bustle of yesterday. Just us and the Mums and Dads with little kids. We made a couple of ham rolls for our lunch on the train and also took some cheese and bickies to have with our bottle of red. Just as well we have some food, because they just made an announcement that the bistro on the train is only accepting cash, and not credit cards, and we don't have any Swedish currency. We have coped very well with just a credit card. Saves mucking around getting local currency and then changing it back.
Because yesterday we found the shortcut to the station, it was a quick, easy walk there this morning. We sat on the platform for about an hour waiting for the train. It was freezing, minus 5, but we had our thermals and Antarctic coats on, so we were okay. It will be minus 4 when we arrive in Copenhagen, and dark, at 3.35 pm. At the railway station, they kept making announcements in Swedish, not followed up by English, so we have no idea what they were saying. But we do know we are on the train to Copenhagen.
The train is almost full, and once again we find ourselves not facing the way we are going. Bad for motion sickness princess -ME! We asked the conductor were there any spare seats facing the right way and he said we could move to two until the 12.15 pm stop, when some people will get on and we'll have to move back to our original seats. Thankful for small mercies!
Our wonderful winter wonderland holiday is almost coming to an end as we are now back tracking on the homeward leg. It has been fabulous to see how the other half live. So dark and cold. It certainly takes a certain type of person to live in these conditions and we know that's not us,
It's now 11am and the sun is sort of shining (very faintly) and we are whizzing through a snowy landscape on the train from Stockholm to Copenhagen.
It's snowing ever so lightly.
This is one of the best photos I have taken this trip and from a moving train!
About half way through the trip, the train came to a halt and sat there for about 50 minutes. An announcement was made that there was something wrong with the points up ahead but they were working on them and they should be fixed soon. They were and we continued on but didn't make up any time and we arrived in Copenhagen at 4.30 pm - an hour late.
Had a little snooze after lunch and when I woke up the countryside had changed to this. No more winter wonderland.
This is the town of Lund.
We had to walk a couple of blocks to our hotel which normally would be okay, however this evening there is an icy wind blowing and it is just cruel. My face was aching by the time we got to the hotel. Phil didn't have any gloves on and he thinks he has frost bite!!! Give me a break! At least there is no ice on the ground for him to slip over in!!
Anyway, we have a lovely room on the first floor at the front of the hotel, with our very own balcony overlooking the square, a huge bathroom with a bath and a dressing room.
We braved the winds from Siberia and went down the street for some dinner. We ended up at an Irish Pub called Streeters and I had soup and Phil had a Danish speciality which consisted of chopped up potatoes and meat and a fried egg. It was very tasty; a bit like Australian bubble and squeak. At the end of our meal, he was carrying our beer glasses back to the bar, missed the two steps, and went rolling on the floor, for the third time this trip. Does he have a death wish, or what? He doesn't seem to have hurt himself, but I guess time will tell!