Riding Danish trains is also thought-provoking. Wandering into a nearly empty, sleek train car, I noticed that each seat was marked Kan reserveres. I figured that meant “not reserved,” and sat down. Then I was bumped by a friendly Dane with a reservation. He said, “The sign means the seat ‘could be' reserved...we don't promise too much.” Noticing several young men with shaved heads and the finest headphones listening to iPods making clockwork connections on their quick and comfortable train commute to work, I thought that Denmark seemed so minimalistic and efficient...and so well-ordered.
On another train ride, I was filming a segment for a new public television show. I'd look into the camera and say, “A fun part of exploring Denmark is enjoying the efficiency of the great train system.” As usual, I needed about six or eight “takes” to get it right. My Danish friend was laughing the whole time. He finally explained that our train was running eight minutes late, and each time I said my line, all the Danes on the train around me would mutter, “No, no, no.” Clearly, it's all relative. While only two trains a day serve my town back home, these trains go six times an hour. And while many Danes go through life without ever getting around to buying a car, they still grouse about things like public transit. My friend said, “We Danes are spoiled. We love to complain.”
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You are reading "Legoland and iPod Commuters", an entry posted on 16 November 2009 by Rick Steves.