Incident – 3: Nørreport Station
Yes, Nørreport Station yet again.
This time I wanted to visit the iconic Nyhavn and a spot to view the Øresund bridge (didn’t visit the latter that day as I crossed the Øresund strait later on train, en-route to Sweden)
The Nørreport Station is a multi-modal transport hub for Copenhagen Metro, S-Trains and Intercity Trains.
Upon reaching the station, I began examining my maps and marking the stations to go to when I was approached again by a kind and friendly person.
Stranger: Good evening friend. You seem to be lost. How can I help you?
Me: [Why are the local people so nice in Copenhagen?] Good evening, friend. I wanted to go to Nyhavn and find a spot to see the Øresund Bridge.
Stranger: That’s easy. Go to the Metro Platform [pointing his finger] and take the metro to Lufthavn (Airport). Disembark at Kongens Nytorv for Nyhavn and Øresund Station for the Bridge view alongwith a few beaches, if you want to visit them.
Me: That’s very kind of you….
Stranger: But, DO NOT board the train to Vestamaa.
Me: [Perplexed] Wait, what? Vestamaa?
Stranger: Yes, Vestamaa. The trains to Lufthavn and Vestamaa arrive at the same platform, so it’s prone to confusion. Board the one going to Lufthavn.
Me: [Pulling out my map and checking, as I was pretty sure at that point of time] Sir, there is no station called Vestamaa.
Stranger: There has to be. Look for Metro Line M2 going from Vanløse to Vestamaa.
Me: [Confused, is this another instance of lack of pronunciation knowledge on my part?] I see. You mean Vestamager Station?
Stranger: Vestamaa. I know it’s confusing. It’s written as Vestamager, but pronounced as Vestamaa.
Me: [Mentally lecturing myself to learn proper pronunciation henceforth] I understand Sir. I will take the Metro to Lufthavn. Thank you for explaining. Have a great day..!!
Stranger: You are welcome. Enjoy your stay in Copenhagen..!!
[Went to Kongens Nytorv and subsequently to the iconic colourful facade by the Canal from where Copenhagen derives it’s famous postcard images – The famous Nyhavn]
(Closing remarks in Page 5 – Perhaps this is the most important of them all)