Highlight: The amazing bakery we discovered in in Coppenhagen, called Lagkagehusets. We stumbled upon it and they had the most amazing pastries and deserts.
Lowlight: Snapping on Ben.
Fun Fact: The Oresund Bridge between Coppenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden is actually part bridge and part tunnel. The toll to take a car across is $55, but the the train only costs $13.
Money spent: 128.5 NOK, 215.5 SEK, 266.3 DKK ($143 CAD)
Ben Frustration Index(BFI): 5 – I snapped. Ben’s negativity finally got to me.
Highlight: The ride on the funicular (Fløibanen) to the top of Mt. Fløyen.
Lowlight: Bryggen, the Hanseatic quarter was picturesque, but boring.
Fun Fact: Bergen is nicknamed The City of Rain – it averages 2250 mm of annual precipitation. By comparison Vancouver gets about 1200 mm of annual precipitation.
Money spent: 574 NOK ($115 CAD)
Ben Frustration Index(BFI): 1 – He gets upset when he sees grittier neighbourhoods, as if everything needs to be gentrified.
Highlight: The train ride through the Flam valley was stunning. It was sunny and I really wanted to explore more.
Lowlight: The constrained feel of the Norway in a Nutshell tour. The views were epic, but there wasn’t any time or flexibility to do any exploring on your own.
Fun Fact: The western coast of Norway, with all of its fjords is very similar to the coast of British Columbia. I definitely noticed a visual similarity while we were touring the fjords.
Money spent: 1567.5 NOK ($315 CAD)
Ben Frustration Index(BFI): 0.
Highlight: Frogner Park on a gloriously sunny day, with its amazing statues lead to lots of photo opportunities.
Lowlight: Sticker shock. Norway’s expensive food prices makes it difficult to eat out and enjoy a meal.
Fun Fact: Oslo is now considered the 4th most expensive city in the world, after Moscow, Tokyo, and London.
Money spent: 452.5 NOK ($93 CAD)
Ben Frustration Index(BFI): 4 – Ben’s anti-immigrant rants really got on my nerves. I know he’s not racist, but he seems to think that European countries should endeavour to remain pure and closed to immigrants, which I disagree with.
Lowlight: The traveller’s worst nightmare. Having your camera stolen. The pictures on it can never be replaced.
Highlight: The intense relief when I saw Ben holding my camera. I had given up all hope.
Lowlight #2: The Copenhagen train station has public washrooms, which is a huge luxury in Europe. The urinals are trough-style – which normally doesn’t bother me (Ben has a huge trough phobia). However, I was not impressed when the guy beside me checked me out and winked. Not cool. I got the hell out of there as fast as I could. No hand washing for me.
Fun Fact: Christiania is a self-governing community within Copenhagen. It was founded in the 70’s when a bunch of people squatted an abandoned military base. The current Conservative government is trying to “normalize” the area, but throughout Copenhagen you see t-shirts and stickers supporting a free Christiania.
Money spent: 931.5 DKK ($204 CAD)
Ben Frustration Index(BFI): 0
Highlight: Being chased down the street because we didn’t pay for our meal. That was the first time I’ve ever dined-and-dashed.
Lowlight: Weather. I didn’t mind changing our plans to accommodate the rain, but the city seemed less exciting in the rain. Copenhagen is a lot like Vancouver – the best attractions are outdoors, and the climate is similar, so it rains frequently putting a damper on the whole city. I was really looking forward to seeing hot blondes sunbathing in parks and biking down streets.
Fun Fact: Denmark has an 180% car registration tax. 180%! That means a new $30,000 car would cost an additional $54,00 to register, almost tripling the cost. Even more impressive is the tax has been around since the 1970’s and no government has tried to get rid of it.
Money spent: 475 DKK ($105 CAD)
Ben Frustration Index(BFI): 3 – 1st, he accused me of uncleanliness when I left a kleenex in the toilet instead of flushing it, then he made fun of my belief in the selective flush technique. Lastly, he was unprepared for the rain and whined about it – we’ve been lucky so far with weather, but I think we’ll get lots of rain the future.