Russ and me and the rainbow at Gullfoss Falls, Iceland
The opportunity to visit Copenhagen, Denmark
began when a bright, red-headed newly-arrived exchange student from Denmark walked into the Merritt Island High Schoo
l newspaper office and announced in perfect English that she wanted to participate. Little did I know then that my position as Editor and Else
’s as Proof Reader (with her grammatically correct English) would form a bond that has endured more years than I wish to publicize.
It was her Facebook search, many exchanged emails catching up those years, and later a visit by her, her charming husband Erik
, and their group of witty and affable golfing buddies visiting the Orlando, FL
area, that culminated in my husband, Russ
, and I selecting Copenhagen the next year as our next big adventure. Coincidentally, Else and Erik celebrated their wedding anniversary while here and we would be celebrating ours while there.
Once Russ began his meticulous research into Copenhagen and took the advice of our Danish friends to fly Icelandair
, he received a package offer from the airline that was too tantalizing to ignore. If we stayed two nights in Iceland, a necessary layover between Orlando International Airport
and Copenhagen, we would receive a reduced rate for the overall visit.
canal rides at Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark. photo by Karen
Russ reserved rooms in Copenhagen and in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik
and then we told Else we were coming, hoping that for at least one of those days or nights, we’d be able to connect with them and our other new friends. We were overjoyed and overwhelmed by the generous invitations and detailed agenda plans Else sent, indicating that each day she and Erik would guide us through Russ’ assembled list of places to visit. Else included places that are insider’s treasures. She noted places and events for us to visit on our own and Read more