Mrs. T, Baby T1.0, Baby T2.0 and I spent 1 month in Denmark recently. We arrived in Denmark in mid-December and returned Vancouver in mid-January. Since Mrs. T is from Denmark originally, we have been visiting her side of family and friends in Denmark every year and half. Now we have two little kids, visiting is even more important so the great-grandparents and grandparents can see and play with the little ones.
I am very fortunate to have a job that allows me to work remotely. So instead having to take 1 month off work, I only took 2 weeks off and worked remotely for 2 weeks. We spent a week in Copenhagen then the rest of the time in a tiny town about an hour southwest from Billund. In fact, the town is so small there’s no Google Street View!
All in all, it was great to have some time off and to spend more time with Mrs. T, Baby T1.0 and Baby T2.0.
Highlights of our Denmark Vacation
1. We had A LOT of hygge every day. It was a great way to relax and spend quality time together.
2. Sat in the freezing cold (around -5C?) to enjoy hot chocolate (all you can drink! I had 3!) and delicious cakes from La Glace.
3. I had a lot of pickled herring and liver pâté. I must be Danish in my previous life or something.
4. Visited Tivoli one night to check out all the beautiful Christmas lights. Baby T1.0 also got on a few rides with his grandparents and really enjoyed it.
5. Spent time playing Lego & Duplo with Baby T1.0 and Baby T2.0. It brought back some great childhood memories since I used to play with Lego a lot as a kid.
6. Had a lot of chocolates, Christmas cookies, Danish pastries, and other delicious treats.
7. I must had eaten 6 months worth of cheese during our Denmark vacation. Because we purchased cheese directly from the cheese maker, cheese was cheap. A kilo of cheese was 65 DKK (~$12 CAD). We also had a tour on how the cheeses were made.
8. I didn’t manage to gain any weight! (I was a bit surprised given all the food we ate)
9. One of the sales guys from work found out that I was working remotely in Europe and invited me to visit a customer. I ended up spending 24 hours in Berlin. Back in 2004 I spent a lot of time in Berlin and my short stint this time brought back some good memories.
Lowlights of our Denmark Vacation
Unfortunately there were a few lowlights that we encountered during our one month stay in Denmark. 🙁
1. One of our suitcases was delayed by more than 24 hours when we arrived in Copenhagen. That meant Baby T.10 and Mrs. T had no change of clothes, resulting us needing to get diapers and clothes. Luckily my Capital One Aspire Travel World Elite credit card has luggage delay insurance that we can file a claim.
2. The entire family got sick and threw up around Christmas. I ended up spending the entire day of Dec 26 in bed. Did you ever had to throw up when there was nothing in your stomach? Not fun.
3. On the way back home we were flying from Billund with connections in Frankfurt and Calgary. Our Billund to Frankfurt flight was delayed which meant that we had very little time to catch our connecting flight. We ran like crazy when we arrived in Frankfurt, carrying one kid in our arms each. We made it to the boarding gate and the agents were still helping many passengers to board.
Unfortunately we were denied boarding even though we had valid boarding passes and travel documents (we never found out the reasons). Instead, we were told that we got rerouted to return Vancouver via Beijing. We thought it was a ridiculous idea to fly half way around the world to return home, especially with two little kids. So we ended up staying in Frankfurt one night and took the same Frankfurt-Calgary, Calgary-Vancouver flights home on the next day. We are now filing another insurance claim with Capital One and formal complaint with Lufthansa.