Monday, August 25, 2008

Hanging with the Locals (Part 2) and Meet "Trixie"

Steen and Linda took us to a gorgeous marina in Vedbaek, Denmark where we had an incredible lunch! Vedbaek is a wealthy suburb of Copenhagen, which is probably best known for this being where the Danish football team gathers when they are preparing for a match. The harbour is packed with probably the biggest display of luxury motor boats and sail boats in Denmark. After lunch we headed over Oresund Bridge into Sweden. It is a 5-mile bridge, 2.5 mile tunnel, and a man-made island. The bridge-tunnel is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe and connects the two metropolitan areas of the Oresund Region: the Danish capital of Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö. When you look across at the bridge it looks like it just ends in the water...but really, you go down into a tunnel. The Oresund Bridge was selected as one of the seven wonders of Sweden in a 2007 Swedish newspaper poll.

This picture is not very good, but you can see in the distance how it looks like the bridge just stops in the middle of the sea! Steen and Linda live in a beautiful farm house in Ostra Vemmenhog, Sweden! I think the house was built in the 1800's (I cannot remember the exact date), but it was really nice and renovated! Except the ceilings were REALLY short....poor Dan had to watch his head everywhere he walked! They have 2 beautiful horses!
The sky was gorgeous!
Saturday night the fun began! Steen and Linda made an incredible dinner for us! The first course was a beef tenderloin which was fantastic...then came the pork roast (I told you the Danish love their pork!!)! Steen just got a new grill and he was so excited to show off his new toy! Dan and Pam enjoying the night!
Linda whipping up dessert! Steen and Dan are really big into wine! The girls, well, we just like to drink we did, and a lot of it!!!!!!! They would not stop pouring it down us! What was that all about??!!
This is Emma (the dog) and what used to be a glass of wine!So as the night progressed and more bottles of wine were emptied by the visitors and hosts, all bets were off when the Nintendo Wii came out!!! I am a light weight when it comes to alcohol since I do not drink that much! So, it did not take much to get me giggling! That was when my drunken alter-ego "Trixie" made her appearance! She was created by Pam who somehow decided to tell everyone, in a very convincing way, that I was a bowling champion back in my college days, who won medals than Michael Phelps! Everyone believed was hysterical (you just had to be there to understand how funny this really was!)! I was laughing too hard to try to deny it! Then karaoke got started...and it was downhill after that! And yes, Trixie was the karaoke champion back in her college day too!
My drunken alter-ego was given a last name on Sunday when we started playing the Tiger Woods golf game on the Wii. I was actually good...hence the name, "Trixie Woods"!After playing the Wii, we got to visit the beach close to Steen and Linda's home. The Baltic Sea is about half a mile from their farm! Nice, uh!! The day we visited there was a lot of seaweed, but it was still a lovely beach nonetheless!

Steen, Linda, Pam, and Dan!
We also visited the Swedish fishing towns, Abbekås and Ystad. It was a Sunday morning when we were there, so many of the shops were closed, but it was a nice time walking around!
After a fantastic lunch (yes, cooked by Steen again!), they brought us back to Copenhagen so we could catch our very early flight back to Brussels on Monday morning!

I loved getting the opportunity to see some of Denmark and Sweden through the eyes of locals!

Thank you, Linda and Steen, for your warm hospitality!!! We had such a great time!

1 comment:

  1. But of course you are Trixie Woods. I remember reading about you in the paper for many years. They had no idea what they were dealing with when you got control of the Wii remote! Isn't that such a fun electronic device? It is the first time I've played Nintendo since the first ever Nintendo and I just love it! It is more fun for adults I think!

    That bridge/tunnel is incredible. never seen anything like it. i'm pretty sure i would have been freaking!

    Looks and sounds like yall had a great time! It's times like that that make living away from home totally worth it, huh?! Living and enjoying the moment!