Getting there is half the fun?
Just after 2:00 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 we took an Uber to Dulles Airport.
A friend had given me a trial membership in CLEAR (CLEAR uses your eyes and fingerprints to confirm your identity – helping you breeze through airports, stadiums and more.) I had registered online and all I had to do was have them scan our eyes and take fingerprints.
Since this was a new thing, at least at Dulles Airport, there were many people in line for the initial scanning. One party was taken somewhere else during this process.
We got ours done and we were good to “breeze through the airport”.
Um, no. the scanner didn’t recognize any of my scans, although they tried several times. We were moved to yet a different line.
All that took longer getting to TSA than if we had not tried the CLEAR. I’m not sure if we’ll keep this after the trial period or not. Great idea, needs some work.
I had bought yet another container to help transport my Omnitrope.
I ordered a new travel container for my growth hormone. The last “system” was kind of clunky. It worked fine but required too many components. This one looks like it will fit in the water bottle compartment of my backpack. I definitely don’t want another failure.
I’ll be posting a review of the Dison Care Insulin Cooler Travel Case Medication Cooling Bag when we get back I find it amazing that I ordered the black for $59.00 with a 10% coupon. The same thing in white is $65.00 with no coupon.
This “bottle” fit perfectly in the water bottle compartment of my backpack.
Going through TSA, I told the woman outside the scanner that I was carrying this and had paperwork. She handed me the paperwork back and put the Dison in a separate container to scan.
I went through and a TSA agent told me very rudely that I should know that I wasn’t supposed to carry liquids. I explained again that it was refrigerated, prescription medicine and I had paperwork. He had me get over to the side while he called in another agent and they started inspecting everything. The new agent said that they had never seen anything like this. There was a little thermometer on a longish strand (I wasn’t using it) but apparently, it looked like a way to detonate the whole case. After a lot of swabbing, discussion and annoyance on my part I was allowed to leave.
I decided that I will never fly with growth hormone again. It is not worth the time and hassle to me.
This case will be fantastic for train/car/walking/anything but flying.
I had previously found a smallish sharps disposal container, although this was still kind of big for my needs, it was better than taking the whole huge one that’s in my bathroom.
As it turned out, I only needed it in the ho(s)tel in Copenhagen. The cruise had a sharps container in the bathroom. I had noticed that on a previous cruise and was so glad to see that they are providing this service.
I carried the actual sharps separately in my checked baggage.
After 12 hours at 8:15am Copenhagen time (2:15 pm at home) I finally removed the growth hormone from the bottle. The ice pack was still pretty hard and the GH was still cool. Next time, I’ll try the little thermometer thing (I need to charge the batteries first) and see how accurate that is.
A good solution except for airport issues. Did I mention that I will never fly with GH again?
The plane left 2 hours late, which is never fun. Despite being 2 hours late departing, the flight itself was pretty good. The seats were 6 across and Tom and I had the 2 by the window on the left side.
They served a nice dinner and breakfast before we landed. They had bottles of earphones, water, blankets and pillows at every seat when we boarded, which was a nice touch. I got to see two movies (I didn’t like their headsets, though. They kept falling out of my ears. Next time I’ll buy some cheap wired earphones for something like this.)
I saw the new live-action Aladdin.
And the new Dumbo.
I watched this because I’m a huge Tim Burton fan. I’m also a huge Michael Keaton fan, ever since Beetlejuice and I didn’t recognize him in this film I knew he looked familiar but not until the final credits did I know.
Views from our window:
We’ll see this wind farm again.
Our cruise ship?
According to the onboard map, this was Poland. Tom wasn’t sure about that.
Friday, September 13, we arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark. Getting our bags and clearing customs was incredibly easy and we were on our way.
I pulled up my Uber app and they first said that there was no service in our location. We walked a little and the app said that they would find a meeting point. Then back to no service so we got a taxi. The driver said that there was no Uber or Lyft in Copenhagen.
I had looked this up before we left and the Uber website says that there IS service. Hmmmm.
We got to the Hotel Copenhagen and checked in. We chose this hotel due to a kurfuffle with Marriott. I had booked a room in the Copenhagen Marriot for just Friday night, then realized that we probably needed Thursday so we could rest up when we arrived early Friday morning as check-in would have been at 3:00pm Friday afternoon. I left a note to that effect on the booking page and Tom called a couple weeks before we left just so they would know what we were trying to do. The “customer service” person was really rude and told us that we might lose the room because we didn’t check in by some cutoff time on Thursday night – while we were in the air – in some different timezone. So I canceled that and got the Hotel Copenhagen instead.
I was moving really fast doing that (and I was teaching a piano lesson at the same time. OOPS!) and didn’t notice that the reviews mentioned that this was a former hostel. The fact that only some of the rooms have private bathrooms should have been a clue!
After checking in, we had to find our apartment.
We went out the front door of the hotel, turned left past the bakery, left again at the Italian restaurant.
Next, find and open the outside door of #32 with one key. (They left this out of directions: Climb 8 stairs to landing hauling all luggage) get into a small elevator, take it up to the first floor. Get out, open glass doors, walk across the balcony to #13, and use another key to get in.
We triumphed though!
We unpacked a little and I found that the comb that was “always there” wasn’t so Tom went to store across the street for a comb, snacks and fruit.
I took a nap.
After the naps, we went back to the store for batteries. Tom’s electric razor had been on in his suitcase during the flight and died. The elevator in the ho(s)tel had stopped working.
We took a taxi to Tivoli gardens
What a fantastic place that is. We were lucky that we went when we did. They’re currently closed to set up for Halloween. The park opened on August 15, 1843, and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world.
After walking around at Tivoli, we went back to the hotel.
After asking the desk clerk for recommendations, we walked to the Cafe Alma.
These were the best fries I have ever had anywhere. The menu said it came with a salad. It turned out that it was inside the burger!
I also had a drink called Dark and Stormy made with fever-tree ginger beer. I was interested in this because it’s the national drink of Bermuda. We have been there several times but I never tried the Dark and Stormy so this was my big chance. This was the only alcoholic drink I had for the entire trip.
After Cafe Alma, we walked home and I took my GH out of the fridge to warm up a bit.
I fell asleep and woke up a couple hours later. Then, I decided not to take it because I was too tired and fell back asleep.
We walked 2.1 miles which is amazing given the time changes, flights and so on.
This is a real surprise. I had wanted to see Aladdin for some time but they were always sold out when we were in NYC.
Our son got tickets for Aladdin for this weekend, in addition to The 39 Steps! He had sent calendar invitations. My DH had accepted and forgot we were going and I never got my invitation. 🙁
Backing up to Friday. This weekend was supposedly so that my son and I could practice for our next Steinway Hall event. This time, we’re playing the duet Capriol by Peter Warlock.
The day that we do this, we’re also heading out for a cruise to Bermuda. Busy day!
The train ride to NYC was uneventful, if late. We have a timeshare in NYC but it’s always full so we can never go 🙁 We had a favorite alternative that we really liked but they converted into a long-term stay hotel.
So, we went to a new hotel for this weekend. I kept it in the same neighborhood so I’d know my way around a bit and we could eat at our favorite restaurants 🙂
We got to our new place and Michael was waiting for us. Hooray! After checking in, the next order of business was getting something to eat. We decided to Uber over to Union Square to be close to The 39 Steps show at the Union Square Theater.
Lots of places to eat but we decided on getting a snack at the Barnes and Noble and having a real meal later.
The show was wonderful! Very clever with only 4 actors doing all the parts with just a few props.
Different actors but you’ll get the idea:
After the show, we walked around a bit and ended up at Paul & Jimmy’s for dinner. It was a good Italian dinner. We didn’t have a refrigerator at our hotel, so I sent my leftovers home with Michael.
Up early the next morning to go to breakfast at our old favorite – Scotty’s Diner on Lexington.
Michael had been to a place called The Cloisters and thought we might like to go so we Ubered (spell check doesn’t think that’s a word) north of Manhattan up the Henry Hudson Parkway.
The Cloisters museum and gardens is so peaceful and beautiful. You almost feel like you’re back in the middle ages. We had headsets as a guide and they used period music to help get in the mood. The Cloisters is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art which is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe, was assembled from architectural elements, both domestic and religious, that largely date from the twelfth through the fifteenth century.
Tom got a ton of pictures. I just got this one, in the garden:
After the briefest stop at our hotel and a too-short nap, we went to Michael’s to actually practice some. We had a snack at Ramen.co. I had a bento box and the others had burgers. The interesting thing about the burgers was that the bun was made of ramen noodles pressed together.
We then walked up past South Street Seaport, although there was a lot of construction going on so we couldn’t go in. We’d been there before, in January 2010 and took lots of pictures so it was ok that we couldn’t go again. When we were there in 2010 it was way colder and I’d had to buy a new hat and mittens.
After that, we walked along the bike/pedestrian path for quite a ways and it was very nice, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, even though we were walking next to it, and under an overpass! There was one poor guy out in a rubber canoe or kayak having trouble paddling in the current.
Back to the hotel to get ready for Aladdin! That was playing at the New Amsterdam Theater. Both the hotel and theater were on 42nd street so we walked – and made it on time! What a beautiful old theater, built in 1903.
Aladdin was fantastic! What can I say?
After the show, we stopped at Cafe Metro for some take-home food, then we hiked back to our hotel to eat that and for much needed sleep.
We made a change in our traditions and stopped at the Pershing Square Café for breakfast. We’d seen it while we were walking by the night before. Quite $$ for breakfast. Pershing Square is also on 42nd Street, directly across from New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal’s main entrance and underneath the Park Avenue Viaduct.
Our next stop was Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises for a partial sightseeing trip since we were short of time. We were 1 pier over from the one where our cruise ship for June 7, the Norwegian Breakaway, was docked.
The Statue of Liberty:
And, most importantly, Michael’s office next to the Staten Island Ferry
A bit of lunch (we eat a lot!) at Mr. Biggs in Hell’s Kitchen then over to Michael’s for more practice – the reason for this trip.
We took the subway back to Grand Central, then our hotel to pick up our bags. We took a cab back to Penn Station to catch the Acela and head home.
I think that’s it – we did about as much as anyone could do in 48 hours.