We got up early on Wednesday morning and left Hotel Alexandra right on time. Off we went to the central train station in downtown Copenhagen. I was standing in line at the information booth when a young woman asked if she could get ahead of me -- the man in the booth was her colleague and she needed to ask him for a key. Of course I let her in, and while we stood there, she was kind enough to explain how to find our train. Without her help, we wouldn't have managed to get to the train on time. And after the Kalundborg incident, we were a wee bit anxious that everything go smoothly this timie.
Our track was #26 and the secret was to go down the steps for tracks #5 and 6, walk to the very end of the platform (seeing signs that said "Track 26 -- 10 minute walk") and take an elevator up one level, walk about six steps, take a second elevator down one level, and there was Track 26! It was almost like trying to find Platform 9-3/4!
The train ride was comfortable, and the train was nearly full. As we crossed the border into Sweden, once again Joe said, "Welcome home."
(You can see Himself with his backpack and carry-on. Yes, we did three weeks away with those two pieces of luggage each.)
Not being refugees, we went to Scandic Gamla Stan, where we'd stayed before. My replacement credit card was waiting for me at Reception!
Nobel Museum where we spent about an hour and a half. It is a wonderful museum and we not only learned a lot, but emerged hopeful and optimistic about the future of humanity! I learned about the nomination-selection-announcement process, and was intrigued that nominees who are finalists and who are not selected to receive the prize remain secret for fifty years.
This year's announcements are just a couple of weeks away, so excitement is building. We learned about the announcement process, which happens on the second floor of the Museum.
There were photos of all of the winners, explaining why they were chosen. There was a section of artifacts -- the microscope used when a particular discovery was made, the original draft of a manuscript, the hat one was wearing when he learned he had won the prize. On our previous trip we had visited the section on the life of Alfred Nobel, so we didn't return this time, but we did very much like seeing his Will, where the terms of the prize were set out.
Dinner was at Traditions, a chic restaurant with a traditional Swedish menu. Meatballs in brown gravy with lingonberries were my choice, while Joe tried the potato dumplings. Dessert was a chocolate mousse sort of creation settling in cloudberry sauce. Heavenly! We got to talking with the couple at the next table; turned out to be a Belgian woman on holiday, traveling with her university-age son. They were so pleasant. I told her that we'd not been to Belgium (yet) but we were filled with admiration for Dirk Brosse, and she said that he was beloved in his home country.