Legoland

4 06 2007

On May 27th, I went to Legoland! A life-long dream, realized – and a fine dream it was. I set out from my campsite in Esbjerg mid-morning on May 26th, enjoying a fine (though windy) day of riding to the NE, fueled by half a pack of chocolate-chip cookies, a litre of chocolate milk, and 1.5 litres of apple juice (!). Yes, I drank it all before riding – which proved to be a mistake – but I couldn’t manage carrying half-empty cartons of beverages, or justify throwing them away. Thankfully there are plenty of trees between Esbjerg and Billund.
I didn’t quite make it to Billund before dark – pulled into my new campsite in Grindsted at about 9:30pm (late as always) and was granted a site next to the amenities block, where I quickly pitched tent and headed for the shower. Not the most satisfying shower, however – extremely cramped and coin operated, and after inserting my 5-Eurocent coin, I discovered that the lights were not part of the coin-operated deal as I’d thought – they were broken. I also discovered that I had exactly 3:47 remaining to get my clothes off and under the water, in a pitch-black broom cupboard, and get clean. I’m not known for my speedy strip-shows (yet), but I made it, and I even found the soap.
The next day I was up early and on the bike to Billund (about 20km). I arrived at the park under a blustery grey sky, and promptly celebrated by eating a block of marzipan (my second-favorite fuel, next to ice-cream). Locked the bike, bought my ticket, and I was in LEGOLAND!

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As a child and young teen, I was the world’s #1 fan of Lego, and I still believe it is the most excellent toy known to man. There may be a few too many ‘special parts’ these days (such as entire jumbo-jet wings as a single piece) but I love the stuff absolutely, and I can’t really express how happy I was to be there. I didn’t *quite* wet myself with excitement, but I may have squealed and giggled a bit…
I headed straight for the buffet lunch restaurant and ate myself silly again, and then it was down to business:

Copenhagen:

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‘Typical Japanese scene’:

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Kinkakuji!

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Lots of cyclists in Legoland:

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Some less skilled than others, apparently. Very disturbing.

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Lots of amazing creations:

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And if your cat ever swallows a critical piece, this is the place to go:

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Yes – parts in bulk! In non-standard colors, even!

Despite the pitiful weather, I absolutely loved every minute of it, and I can only hope to return some day. Billund actually has an airport, so you can fly directly there, I believe. Do it!

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3 responses

4 06 2007
Kebber

You’re a nutter, but you amuse me. Ride forth.

4 06 2007
Amy

Nigel! I’m so glad the dream has become reality! but Kirkie is right – you are a nutter. I will read your blog avidly to see how long it takes you to lose your new phone!!
Be careful!
Love
Amy

7 06 2007
Gree

I can’t believe you left your bike tied to a pole in front of the place.
Oh and I find your comments about the shower amusing given that 6 months from now after many hole-in-the-ground bathrooms without logger paper you will probably look back on it as a paradise among showers. Keep it up and remember Vaseline is your friend. Treat it with respect.

Go Boy

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