The worst 21 days of my life.

In culture on August 22, 2010 at 06:36

My work did sent me to do a project in the lovely town of Vordingborg. Unfortunately my firm has no housing in Vordingborg, but only at the nearest town with the name of Naestved. There is nothing wrong with Naestved, the housing the firm provided or the project in general. My problems were with the transport. The workplace was in the middle of Vordingborg and private parking firms exist in Vordingborg. They are in general run by some eastern Europe mafia if you judge them by their methods used.

I remember a co-worker who lived in Hilleroed at the time. One day he decided to visit a local supermarket. When he entered the parking place the sign read: “Do only park within the marks.” When he returned he saw a worker from the parking firm note his car. His pointed down at the white line and asked if he had parked within the marks. The worker from the parking firm replied that it was not the white lines which did count. It was a little 5×10 cm sign in the same colors as the bricks at the wall in front of the car which told if the specific parking space was for public use or rented out to a firm in the neighborhood. Because getting a fine regardless if it was issued from a private parking firm is a shame for the family, my co-worker did commit suicide and the present policy of the firm is to not enter a private owned parking space at any cost and in general avoid to buy goods at shops which have no free parking. But that is another story.

I had to use public transport. Because I didn’t want to pay for detours with bus or train I had to buy a 30 days card. The rules in Denmark are that you have to pay extra if the train doesn’t work and they insert busses as replacement which have to drive extra zones to make it to the final destination unless you buy a card for a 30 days minimum. They have a lot of trouble with this in Copenhagen because they are replacing the train tracks.

I also had to pay for a ticket from the town of Ringsted, which is located 25 kilometers north of Naestved to Vordingborg. It was cheaper than the ticket from Naestved to Vordingborg. It is something about that the system in Denmark doesn’t like local travelers. Normally local travelers are poor people working low-paid jobs in the larger cities. Long distance travelers are businessmen wearing expensive suits. The system is constructed so they get better prices for reasons unknown.

It was 21 hard days. The train sets we rode in was from the 1950’s. They were noisy and you flew round in the cabins on the bumpy tracks. They did replace them a month later, but my neck still hurts. We were a couple of passengers who yelled at each other so I got their story about how cold the train sets are in the winter and the 1993 summer of illness among the drivers of the trains where you people only made it to work one or two days per week.

I am cured from ever using public transport again. If necessary I will ride my bike the entire 30 kilometers 2 times per day during my entire stay if I ever have to work on the project in Vordingborg again.


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