My trip here on Norwegian Air was fine! Terrible airline food, but such great legroom and comfort on the flight that I was able to get a full night’s sleep and arrived here in Kbh fully rested. My friends and hosts here, Carsten Appel and Kæld Bjørn, made me a nice welcome dinner last night and then Kæld and I hit the town till about 3. Never Mind Cafe, where I watched the Eurovision finals last year, was packed and fun–the DJ played Eurovision hits and Danish and Swedish schlager all night.
The high point of the night was getting to do one of the things I had planned since I first found out about it a month ago. Dance pop vocalist and finalist in this year’s Dansk Melodi Grand Prix Nadia Malm did a fantastic free show at G*A*Y Copenhagen.
Nadia did all her hits, from her self-penned Eurovision tryout “Before You Forget Me” to her Svenstrup and Vendelboe charttoppers “Glemme Meg Aldrig” and “Dybt Vand”. After the show I had to say hi and tell her that coming here from LA, one of the things I had looked forward to most was hearing her perform. She said, “Aww, thank you, come here and give me a hug!” and when I told her I was looking forward to hearing a lot more from her in the future, she assured me that she hoped I would, as well.
Now it’s a sunshiny morning here on the København waterfront, and after breakfast I need to stop by and see Roy van der Merwe from my OGAE chapter to get my Fan Club Cafe pass and all my Eurovision event tickets.