Its good to be posting again!…No post yesterday because…

There are many colorful buildings in Copenhagen. 

Yesterday, we were disappointed we were unable to post. It wasn’t that we didn’t try. In the morning at the pier, we took the Copenhagen, Denmark “Hop-On, Hop-Off bus thinking this would allow me to decide if I could walk and if not, we’d stay on the bus and yet see the highlights of the city of Copenhagen.

Many large buildings such as this are converted former estates.

Our expectations were high. We climbed the precarious steps to the second level for better views, only to be unable to see anything due to the pouring rain that continued for the over four-hour tour on three different routes.

There weren’t as many cars as one might expect.  Copenhagen is energy conscientious, and many of its people ride bikes.

We’d never utilized a “Hop-On, Hop-Off” bus in any country, preferring to take a taxi to be able to get out and take photos at our leisure. The heavy rain, the dirty windows on the bus, and the inability to open a window made photo-taking a near impossibility. I doubt we’ll ever make this choice in the future.

A street scene from the bus.

The only good part? I could sit when walking is still a struggle (but improving daily) as I wean myself off of this last awful drug, Bisoprolol. I’ve only reduced the dose by 50% thus far. 

No longer than the first bus took off, it began raining.  Taking photos was tough, especially when the windows didn’t open.

It may take a month or more to wean off of it entirely with the dangerous effects during the weaning process such as high and irregular blood pressure, afib (irregular pulse), and dangerously high pulse. I’ve had a few instances of these, but they resolved quickly, with everything returning to normal.

‘Historic building.

Of course, whatever I do and wherever we go, I am aware that these symptoms can occur, but I try not to think about it, only exacerbating the situation. As each day passes, I can walk a little better, leaving us both hopeful.

Residents bundled up in raingear, continuing to get around on bikes.

In any case, the only time we had to get off the bus was to change buses to travel another route. There were three routes in total. Fortunately, the bus company had a staff member at each transfer point, making the process relatively easy except for standing in the pouring rain while waiting to board the next bus.

The architecture throughout the city was less ornate than in many cities we’ve visited in the past.

When we couldn’t see out the foggy windows and past the rain, I dozed from time to time, tired from not getting enough sleep due to late nights of having fun. And fun, it is!  

We were surprised to see so few cars on the roads. There was traffic in certain areas but much than one would expect: “As of July 2018, the city has a population of 777,218 (616,098 in Copenhagen Municipality, 103,914 in Frederiksberg Municipality, 43,005 in Tårnby Municipality, and 14,201 in Dragør Municipality).”

We continue to meet more and more fabulous people at every turn. Thus, when we returned from the pointless bus tour, after returning to the ship and parking ourselves near an electric outlet in the Park Cafe, we met a couple from Australia, Vicki and John. We had such a good time. I couldn’t break away to do the post.

Beer is trendy in Copenhagen, and there are many bars and pubs.

The time passed quickly, and before we knew it, it was time to freshen up for the evening and head to the Diamond Club to meet up with new friends JoAnn and Fran, with whom we’ve been enjoying happy hour in the Diamond Lounge each evening before heading to dinner.

The four of us joined a table for ten and had a pleasant dinner, minus a few glitches regarding my food. I won’t get into that. It happens all the time. Lack of communication among the kitchen staff is ultimately responsible for the errors. 

We were intrigued by the large cement balls bordering this government building.

They have my detailed food list, and all they have to do is follow it. Hopefully, this will be resolved after last night. After all, my diet is pretty easy; a piece of grilled fish or seafood, steamed vegetables (no carrots, no starchy veggies), and a side salad (no croutons). It can’t be that complicated.

There are numerous war hero statues located throughout the city.

With a one-hour time change, we didn’t get to sleep until 12:30 or 1:00 am, awakening at 6:00 am, not quite enough sleep, but we can always take a 20-minute nap later in the day.

The VOOM wireless provides a poor signal at most times. Yesterday, when I attempted to notice that there would not be a post, it took an hour to get online for the short blurb. The previous day, we couldn’t upload photos.  

“The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid becoming human. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is 1.25 meters tall and weighs 175 kilograms.” Tom exited the bus to take a photo when it stopped for photos.

If you don’t see a post over the next nine days, please check back later in the day or the following day.  Combined with the fact that we have many ports of call to visit, the poor WiFi signal, and many social interactions, we could easily miss another day while on the cruise. From there, we’ll be in England, and all should be fine with included WiFi at each of the four properties.

“The Maritime Monument, located at Langelinie, close to Langelinie Marina, is a maritime memorial in Copenhagen, Denmark, commemorating civilian Danish sailors who lost their lives during the First World War.”

Should we miss an opportunity to post photos of the various countries, we can always include them once we’re in the UK. We’ll be touring Tallinn, Estonia, by taxi, hoping for clear skies and many photo ops tomorrow.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Be well. Be happy.
Photo from one year ago today, August 14, 2018:
Mom and baby love in Marloth Park. For more, please click here.

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