Thursday, March 25, 2010

Motorcycle Mayhem

I'm not sure if I previously mentioned the major differences between Danish and American dining experiences... Back home the waiter/ress seats you, gets your drink order, comes back for your food order, fills up your water quicker than you can drink it, and is back with the bill before you're done eating. In Denmark, you can walk into a restaurant and no one shows you to your seat you can usually just pick one. If you want food it's not uncommon to go up to the bar to order it or flag down a waitress. You better make sure you tell them everything you want because they won't often come back on their own. Getting the bill takes forever! A little cultural tidbit I learned to speed up the process is to lay the knife and fork together at the 4-5 o'clock angle. This signals the wait staff to clean your plate. Otherwise it is considered rude for a waiter to touch your plate if your knife and fork are not aligned properly. Good to know.

Today was the first day of the season at the oldest amusement park in the world, Bakken (opened in 1583). The park is a little north of Copenhagen and is in the middle of the woods. You don't have to pay to get in you just walk right in. You do have to pay for the rides though. We didn't go on any. But we did get to see this great motorcycle procession that drives up from downtown and comes streaming into the park on the opening and closing days of the season. Something like 5-10,000 motorcycles participate. It lasted for a solid 45 minutes.


Bevin said...

we have a strip mall called Bakken Park here in Rapid City....we have a lot of Norse folk...I'm sure the real Bakken Park is much more exciting

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