September 23 to 24, 2015
On September 23, Ilson picked us up shortly after 7 pm to take us to SFO and the long-awaited trip to Northern Europe. He could hardly wait to get underway and to hand us his phone to show us pictures of his new son, Tyler. Ilson and his girlfriend are both Brazilian, so I giggled at the name Tyler, who was going to be 1 month on the 27th. Born 10 days late the baby was nearly 9 pounds (I’m a 9 pound baby) but Ilson is a big guy, so I’m not surprised it was a good size boy. The pregnancy was a surprise, but he is thrilled. Not married yet, he is nearly 40, so his parents are relieved but want them to tie the knot (as, presumably do her parents). It is telling of how many trips Ilson has seen us off on that he includes us in his news–I’ve never talked to him about his personal life before–all of my info comes via my mother, who talks to everyone.
We fly direct to London on Virgin Atlantic, leaving at 9:30 p.m. and arriving on September 24 at about 3 p.m. This is just the first leg of the SFO to CPH journey. On arrival at the gate at Heathrow there is some problem with getting the jetway in position; this will become a theme. At Heathrow we find our bags, get to Terminal 2, check our bags, and wait for our flight to Copenhagen. Mitch buys me breakfast and espresso (he knows it is required) as we have gained eight hours and had a 10 hour flight. We will move ahead an additional hour going to Copenhagen, so we will be nine hours ahead of San Francisco.
We arrive in Copenhagen after 9 p.m., so we get a cab to our hotel as we are pretty worn out. Well situated, our hotel is more than a little dated. They have upgraded us to a suite, but it feels like we are on a boat. We have a light dinner in the bar with a glass of red, then collapse into bed. The bed has individual duvets which I always think is kind of fun. The other hotel we considered, we will discover, is in the midst of the busiest subway construction on the harbor. So dated or not, we are happy with our choice.
Get the JWK Travel Diary Copenhagen to get the whole story!