Copenhagen Blog: Transport Rumba

That the Danes are big on health & fitness is truly admirable..That the Danes want YOU to also be big on health and fitness? – meh..maybe not so much.

But that’s how it is at the Copenhagen Eurovision – many will leave here being fitter than when they arrived. Why? Because there is no escaping the transport rumba..

Since arriving last week the official #JoinUs map recommends the Eurovision harbour bus from Nyhavn to Eurovision Island..this is quite good, except when there is no harbour bus running at all..

So then you rush to catch the metro from Kongens Nytorv sttaion to Christianshavn station and change to bus 9A, which then drops you off at one end of Eurovision Island and you must afterwards walk more than 1km in the cold winds (and sometimes rain) to B&W Hallerne (the Eurovision Venue).

Or if you have fan accreditation you can try to catch the official shuttle buses from designated hotels in Copenhagen centre, but with the narrow roads to Eurovision Island the journey can take around 1 hour during peak periods.

So then there is the rental bicycle..except that during the dress rehearsals and actual live shows the security and police make you leave your bike at the same place where bus 9A stops..and you must afterwards walk more than 1km in the cold winds (and sometimes rain) to B&W Hallerne (the Eurovision Venue).

But let’s look on the bright side of things:

– the Danish local volunteers, security and police may not always know the answers (such as ”why is the harbour bus not running”..) but they do so smilingly and helpfully..

– it’s not always cold, windy or rainy – there are sunny days too..

– and..let’s not complain because after all it’s EUROVISION 2014: #JoinUs