There’s no longer any point in looking for Reptilicus since I’m not in Copenhagen, but if I were, I would definitely want to investigate this guy more thoroughly.
- Most children under the age of 7 or 8 seem to wear snow suits. There’s no hint of snow, but snow suits are popular anyway. I mean, I saw very few of them not wearing snow suits.
- English is even more prevalent than I expected. It’s woven into everything.
- I’m staying near the “red-light district,” so I went to check it out. It turned out to be a few fairly discreet strip clubs over about three blocks. Amsterdam this is not.
- Bicycles everywhere.
- I missed Rosenborg Castle and the Roskilde Cathedral, and of course Christiana, but I think I did pretty well for three days.
- But where is Reptilicus?
Based on the musical interlude from Reptilicus, I was expecting something a whole lot cheesier, but Tivoli Gardens is really nice. It’s the world’s original theme park, built in 1843, and in various ways resembles Disneyland, the old Knott’s Berry Farm, the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Santa’s Village*, and Solvang.
There are restaurants and food kiosks of all types, amusement park rides, midway games, shops, bars, and shows. It somehow manages to appeal to all ages, and even to goofball foreigners wandering around by themselves. I would definitely go again. Several thumbs up.
* The one that used to exist in Skyforest, California, not the real one.
This morning I went to Sweden. Malmö is only a half hour away by train. The Wikipedia page makes it sound pretty grim, but what I saw was very nice. I walked from the train station to Malmöhus Castle, via a pedestrian shopping street that was in the opposite direction, because Google Maps can’t seem to figure out which direction I’m facing from moment to moment. Eventually I gave up on Google Maps and figured it out the old-fashioned way: by guessing.
There are museums at Malmöhus Castle, but they’re just general museums. They have nothing to do with the castle itself.
After I left the castle, I stopped for lunch at Surf Shack. Pretty decent burgers.
In a nearby restaurant window I saw this. It’s not Reptilicus, because what would Reptilicus be doing in Sweden?
I took the Rick Steves walking tour, approximately. I saw a palace and the ruins below it, drank some gløgg, wandered through pedestrian shopping streets and Christmas markets, drank some more gløgg, saw the Little Mermaid, got lost in the meatpacking district, and now I’m having brisket and pilsner at the Warpigs brewpub. I haven’t found Reptilicus yet, but I saw a gorilla playing an accordion. I gave him ten kroner.
It’s December, so it’s the logical time to go to Copenhagen, because…um…well, I don’t know. But anyway I’m here, staying at an Airbnb in the center of town.
The flight was straightforward enough: Seatac to Heathrow to Copenhagen, then a train to the central station (they all go to the central station), then a short walk to the apartment. Sarah, the owner, wasn’t going to be there, but her friend Shami was going to meet me at the gate and let me in. She gave me his number and I sent him a text when I was on the train.
But he never got the text. Google Maps sent on a bizarre (but undoubtedly efficient) path through the back alleys of downtown Copenhagen and got me to the apartment building, at which point the battery died. I remembered Sarah’s name, but not Shami’s, and I couldn’t see his phone number, let alone call him. And he wasn’t at the gate.
Someone was just coming out of the gate and she helped me track down which apartment it was, but with no one there that didn’t get me very far. So I walked back to the train station and charged the phone in a Starbucks, then walked back to the apartment and called Shami. I had assumed that he lived there, but he lives about 15 minutes away, so I waited in the courtyard until he arrived.
The walk was easier the second time. All I really needed to do was walk straight down from the train station and turn left at the cow. You’d think Google Maps would know that.
The apartment looks like an American apartment from the 1940s. It’s charming and has everything I need, but it’s small and the walls are thin. The neighbors were having a party when I arrived, and it sounded like it was in the kitchen. It almost was, because there’s a (blocked-off) door to their apartment in the kitchen.
But it didn’t matter, because I hadn’t had anything to eat all day except for an orange and two crackers, so I went out wandering through central Copenhagen without any sort of plan except to eat something.
I mostly just wandered around lost, but I found a small Christmas market and had some currywurst and gløgg. Gløgg is spiced wine, and they added some rum to it, so I’m going to say that’s why it took me so long to find my way back to the apartment.
In 1962, Copenhagen was nearly destroyed by the monster Reptilicus. That’s a true historical fact that’s documented in the movie Reptilicus. Anyway, at the end of the movie, a piece of Reptilicus’s tail was all set to regenerate into a new Reptilicus, and that was years ago, so there must be another Reptilicus around somewhere. My quest is to find him. I will begin my search today on the walking tour from the Rick Steves guidebook.