Saturday, July 23, 2005
Welcome to Denmark: Closed for July
I know people have to take a vacation, but why does it seem that everyone is doing it NOW? Yesterday Thomas and I decided that we really needed some restaurant quality grub, so we went out into Aarhus to find it. Every restaurant (except for a few pizza joints, so not *every*) was closed for holiday. It was surreal. Friday night, 8pm, and very few souls to be seen on the street. What gives? Where are all the Danes? Turns out that it is a domino effect. As a few places close for holidays, people realize nothing will be open, so they go on holiday. As more and more people go on holiday, shops and restaurants discover that business drops, so it becomes the perfect time to go on holiday. Where do they go? Summer homes (very small homes pressed together in specially zoned areas, most Danes can afford them) for the most part. Or they spend a few weeks around the house, fixing things. Meanwhile, those of us who foolishly decided to stay in Denmark in July are left buying ready-to-eat meals in the supermarket. Sigh. They really ought to put a sign at the boarder, "Welcome to Denmark: closed for July".