Last Full Day in Scandinavia: Odense to Copenhagen

May 15, 2013 17:40 – 17:40

I’m at the Go Hotel in Tärnby, near the airport. I’d considered staying here for my first night, but didn’t really like the looks of it. Having seen it later on, I decided to give it a try. The room is small, but adequate, and the desk is more than adequate, especially compared with some of the tiny desks I’ve had at the top hotels on this trip. Maybe room size and desk space are inversely correlated with hotel price. In any case, at about $137, this hotel is cheaper than most in the Copenhagen, and I’d stay here again. My only complaint would be that there are too many stairs to negotiate when you have heavy luggage. Once inside, though, there is an elevator.

I started today in Odense. I left the car parked at the hotel (at Kenneth, the owner’s suggestion) while I took a foot tour of some of the major attractions in Odense. While I was walking distance from the zoo, I decided that there’s nothing especially Danish about zoos, and decided to spend my time seeing stuff I couldn’t really see elsewhere.

My first destination was the Odense Cathedral—St. Knud’s. It’s huge and old—about 900 years old, in some form or another. The church’s most-visited section is the crypt where the remains of Canute and his brother Benedict are on display. I passed.

After that, I wanted to find HC Andersen’s house. But, my GPS was giving me conflicting information… I thought. It turned out that his birthplace and his house were in opposite directions from St. Knud’s. I opted for his house. Too bad. I didn’t want a tour. I just wanted to see the bloody thing. But you can’t. They’ve enclosed it into a museum of sorts, so this was about the best I could do.

Along the way, I passed St. Albani Church. It’s only about 200 years old at most, and is the local Catholic church.

On my long meandering trip from Odense to Copenhagen, I stopped at three ordinary grocery stores, looking for ice. Nope. Ultimately, I found ice though—at a Føtex, which appears to be the main hypermarket chain in Denmark.

I also found a lot of countryside that reminded me of England.


Before returning the rental car, I decided to have dinner at a local place known for its fish & chips. Okay… not quite English style, imagine slightly smoked cod that’s been fried in panko batter. Then you have the signature dish of Kodbyens Fiskebar. It was quite good, just not exactly what I had a taste for. While there, I also enjoyed a Carlsberg pilsner, and had a nice chat with a hothouse vegetable breeder from southern Sweden. He’s here on a business trip. He’ll also be in the northeastern U.S. in November, touring hothouses (greenhouses—he called them glass houses… I hope he doesn’t throw stones). If you go to Kodbyens Fiskebar and don’t want to sit at the bar, then make a reservation. I was fine with sitting at the bar, despite the way-too-high chairs.

Tomorrow, I fly home. I decided to return the rental car tonight so I wouldn’t have to deal with so much tomorrow morning. This also gave me a chance to find out exactly where I need to go tomorrow morning. Ah… the serenity of certainty.

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