"If you can't get away with a childs ticket on the metro, it's unlikely you'll be able to get away with a dog one."
|Denmark 1-2 England. Parken Stadium.|
That meant stripping away what some people would consider essentials on a holiday - things such as accommodation, food and to a certain degree beer. The first was achieved through the lucky coincidence that several friends were in Copenhagen at the same time meaning I could spend the first night on their hostel floor and the second night in the airport. The second was achieved by taking the Russian approach and treating vodka as a food source so one large bottle of it would suffice as meals in the main for this two day visit, and said vodka in turn also covered the third money saving point.
|Soldiers parade outside Amalienbrg|
|Could you get away with a dog ticket?!|
|At the Carlsberg Factory|
|Copenhagen's Little Mermaid Statue|
Probably the highlight of all this was the cycling itself. With every single highway having a cycle lane separated from both road and pavement it meant you didn't spend the majority of the time worrying about being killed or mowing down a child and could actually enjoy being on a bike. The hire scheme was also extremely cheap and a perfect way to see the city.
|Knights of the realm|
|Parken Stadium appeared to be far bigger than it's 38,000 capacity|
|Wouldn't want a ticket behind this pole|
|The Parken Stadium roof - just where did it come from and|
how did it work?!
That is the fate that befell me before doing the one thing a man finds hardest to do - admit he has got himself hopelessly lost and ask for help - and jumping on a bus back to the city centre which was in the opposite direction. The travel dramas weren't over after that either as only the kind actions of a train guard who knew I needed to get off at the airport saved me from ending up in Sweden after he woke me up at the suitable stop.
Copenhagen Airport has a lot to answer for in terms of the comfort of it's seats for a much needed good nights sleep yet it was still improvement on the previous evenings hostel floor. But as I dozed off under an escalator, the main aim of the trip had been achieved - it had been cheap. Somewhere in a parallel universe where Supermarket Sweep is played backwards, I'd like to think that bought a smile to Dale Winton's face.
|Talk about being tight - sleeping on a floor |
with just a flag for warmth isn't the most
comfortable way to spend a night
|Danish Carlsberg- far better than the English version|
|England and Denmark enter Parken|
England: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Michael Dawson (Gary Cahill), Ashley Cole (Leighton Baines), Frank Lampard (Scott Parker), Jack Wilshere (Gareth Barry), Theo Walcott (Stewart Downing), Wayne Rooney (Ashley Young 1), James Milner, Darren Bent 1.