If you type www.woco.dk your browser will take you to Visit Copenhagen.com – why? Because WoCo stands for Wonderful Copenhagen and I am going there tonight!
My first trip to Copenhagen was in spring/summer 1976, actually quite late for a Skåne-girl (I was almost one) but considering that I was 15 the first time I visited Stockholm… you might understand that I feel more at home in the Danish capital.
When I travel abroad from Skåne, I always take the plane from Copenhagen airport, Kastrup*, which makes sense as Stockholm airport, Arlanda, is more than 600 km north of Skåne. Actually the first time I travelled from Arlanda was in 1996, I lived in Linköping at the time and it was the closest big airport (which is still more than 200 km from Lkpg).
The Öresundbridge, the bridge that connects Sweden to Denmark and the continent, was inaugurated in 2000 and the bridge itself is 7845 m long but the connection also includes a tunnel part (3510 m) and an artificial island (4055 m). Before 2000 it was quite a project to get across to the airport, taking the ferry from Malmö to Copenhagen, then a bus from the harbour to the airport – and you risked getting stranded in Denmark if you missed the last ferry in the evening, or if it was too windy and the ferries were cancelled. Nowadays I can take a direct train from my hometown of Eslöv to the airport and it only takes an hour.
I am taking the train across the bridge tonight, and instead of continuing to Copenhagen Central station (Hovedbanegården) I will get off at the airport to meet my friend L who is coming from Stockholm for our girls’ weekend in Copenhagen! A few weeks ago the new metro line to the airport was inaugurated and we are trying it out tonight – it is a great improvement to be able to take the metro all the way instead of having to change between train and metro. I think that it is quite rare in Europe to have a metro that covers the main airport – of course the big cities such as Paris, London and Madrid do, but not Stockholm, Brussels or Amsterdam.
Copenhagen airport is my favourite airport to take off from – I’m not so sure about arriving as they were often have problems with the luggage handling and it takes time for it to arrive… However, taking off is usually great, especially if you are NOT flying with SAS! Why? Because the majority of passengers are of course travelling with Scandinavian Airlines which means that the SAS terminal is usually a mess… I have only travelled with SAS twice to Brussels but then I checked in at the self check-in which was very smooth – and contrary to Brussels Airlines’ bagage drop which is NOT a drop but another queue and you still need to show passport, and the boarding pass that you just printed out yourself… the SAS machines print out your luggage stickers and you actually just drop the luggage very quickly to a SAS representative.
If you have time to do some shopping, Copenhagen airport is great! They have all the cool Danish brands – Soaked in Luxury and Vila (clothes), Pilgrim (jewellery) and Illum Bolighus (Scandinavian and Finnish interior design, if you forgot to buy some presents in Sweden)… I also discovered one of the best hamburgers ever at the ordinary airport canteen – it was juicy, great dressing and a Ciabatta-style bread – yummy! And don’t forget the pølse – a traditional Danish red hot dog – my favourite pølseman Steff Houlberg has hot dog stands all over the airport!
So, Å, L and I are meeting up once again for a girls’ weekend in Copehagen, I’m looking forward to meeting Å’s 18-month old son H again (L and I are the non-biological aunts as Å doesn’t have any sisters), visiting the Designer Forum tomorrow and Tivoli on Sunday for a Halloweeen market… I am sure that we will have a great time!
*) apparently only people from Skåne call the airport Kastrup, the Danes just call it lufthavnen (the airport) but there is a logic explanation to it – there is actually an international airport in Skåne as well – Sturup (or Malmö airport as it is also called, 30 km from the city) so we need to distinguish between the two!