Greece/Denmark: Day Nine — Exploring Copenhagen 1

Lego, "Yellow" by Nathan Sawaya.  (PRNewsFoto/Discovery Times Square)We spent most of the day today with Tim, a high school friend of Steve’s, originally from the UK, who spent a couple weeks living with Steve’s family back in the 1970’s as part of an international exchange program. They had not seen each other for 36 years (1977). Tim met his wife, now deceased, who was from Denmark, while vacationing in the US. They were married, and he has lived in Denmark ever since, for about 25-30 years.

Steve and Tim enjoyed catching up, and I enjoyed meeting him. Interestingly, his son is the lead guitarist in a rather popular thrash metal band in Europe, Impalers (not to be confused with The Impalers).

Impalers: Power Behind the Throne
Impalers: Power Behind the Throne

We spent the day walking all over Copenhagen. I learned several things I didn’t know: Legos and Bluetooth technology come from Denmark! Additionally, the Mærsk container transport company is a Danish company. I see their containers come into the San Francisco Bay Area all of the time.

I learned my first Danish work: tak (thank you). It sounds like tock but is spoken with a bit of a short, percussive accent very fast.