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Trip Report Trip Report Part 3 - CPH, Bergen, Ice Hotel

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We headed back to Copenhagen the next day. We met a friend of our daughter’s for dinner. We ate at Riz Raz which has been recommended here. I thought it was ok. It was cheaper than a lot of places. The best part was seeing the streets now alive with people. We had first arrived in Copenhagen on Holy Thursday and left on Easter. So many things were closed.

Our last day in Denmark was actually spent mostly in Sweden. We rented a car and met up with a very distant relative in Sweden. My great grandmother was born in Sweden and I found someone with a connection to her. His great, great, great grandfather is my great, great, great, great grandfather! Confused yet? This experience was surreal. We met him and some of his family at a small train station and followed them to a very old church where many of the baptisms and marriages took place. We then followed him to the town were my great grandmother was born. This was very special for me. I saw the stone that stands as a memorial to the old church that stood there which is where my great grandmother was born. We toured the Hoganas town museum which was full of coal mining history. My great grandmother’s father was a coal miner and did die young as a result. She came to the USA when she was 7.

The irony of this day was amazing. Before my daughter left to study abroad in Copenhagen, I did not find this relative. I did know that she would be living only 45 minutes away from the town where my great grandmother was born and thought it would be fun to find it! Finding my relative was icing on the cake! After our visit, we made our way on the ferry to Helsingor to see where my daughter lives. It was fun having dinner where she lives and meeting her new lifelong friends. We left her there since it made no sense taking her back with us to Copenhagen before our flight the next morning.

What a very nice vacation! So, I overplanned as usual. I researched restaurants which were mostly closed when I was there but I felt better having an idea of what I wanted to do! The food is very, very expensive. I am glad that I brought lots of snacks for the little one!

We got home last Sunday and I don’t think I felt “normal” until Wednesday. My little one got up at 3am for the first couple of days which was funny since she did have school and went!

This is very detailed! I wrote it almost as a journal to myself and thought I should share it with people who helped with my planning and with some of the decisions that I made. Thanks everyone! I agonized over some of the details, but everything just worked out!

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