Rod McLaughlin


If I keep missing the matches, will England keep winning? (06 jul 18)

Months ago, I booked a ship from Hirtshals to Kristiansand, 17:00 7 July. It now turns out that England's most important football match since 2006, against Sweden, is at 15:00 on that day. I am supposed to be lined up with my bike amidst all the cars to get on the Kristiansand ship at 16:00. It will take about 15 minutes to get from the nearest TV, in the Skaga hotel cafe, to this line. This means I can watch the first half, and spend the next hour in blissful (?) ignorance. I'm not staying at the Skaga. I'm staying at the Skagerrak hotel, in town. Only €53. 

I rushed to Hirtshals, getting here 36 hours early, to see if I could change my ticket from the 7th to the 6th July. I could, but it costs €80. I also had to pay €82 to carry my bike on the ferry in both directions, so I wasn't prepared to pay even more for the ticket change, which costs the ferry company nothing. It's like there's a conspiracy to make you avoid surface transport in favour of flying. Surely it costs many times more to transport someone by plane than by ship or train, yet the price ratio is inverted. 

Hirtshals is not as interesting as Aalborg, but you can walk along the beach and look at ships. Denmark is a nautical nation, if you're into that kind of thing.

By the way, they don't actually use Euros in Denmark. They have their own currency, but no-one outside would know what a Krone is worth, so I put the prices in Euros.



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