To say today was an exciting day is an extreme understatement. I'm sitting here at the Radisson Blu in Copenhagen reflecting on the adventures, so I hope I don't miss anything. It was definitely a brilliant blue kind of day.
I can definitely count the days I put on a pedestal like this. There was the day I got married. Back in 2014 there was the day I met Kylie Minogue and gave her a hug and got our photo taken together. Today I took delivery of a car.
I woke up this morning at the Steigenberger Hotel in Bremen and had breakfast. Nothing special and who knows how dinner would have been last night as I never knew that Mercedes was paying for it. After breakfast we checked out and took a 20 min cab drive to the Mercedes-Benz Kundencenter in Bremen. They took my invoice and passport. Karen went over paperwork like the German title, bill of sale, and international registration. She also had a gift, Mercedes-Benz USA wanted to make sure I got a bottle of champagne.
There was also a plan, apparently a whole's day worth. Surprise as I had planned just to pick up the car and drive onwards to Copenhagen. So I would not being doing the factory tour. Did I wanna do The Rock at 14:00? What is The Rock? Well they squeezed me in earlier and it was so much fun. You take a GLC off-roading and end up doing about a 70 degree incline both up and down a hill dubbed The Rock. It is impressive how well the GLC handled all the tasks. Of course the DSR (Downhill Speed Regulation) helped a terrified me drive down the hill.
We waited with a bunch of German customers waiting for their cars as well while we had free drinks and sandwiches. After what seemed like an eternity a smile broke thru on my face as a brilliant blue car pulled up. Even the delivery guy was excited as most other cars had been black or a shade of silver. After a quick photo shoot, we were off on the German Autobahn in my Bremen Blå as I'll call my SLC 300.
I will say i'm extremely impressed with both the Autobahn and the average German driver. In the US I consider myself among the faster drivers. On the Autobhan, if your discount the large trucks, I was among the slower drivers today. I did hit 90 MPH briefly but my average speed of 80 MPH was too slow, especially on sections without a speed limit.
I also heavily relied on Apple Maps thru CarPlay. I was offered a standalone GPS unit as the built in unit only had US Maps but I'm glad I rejected the eyesore because Apple Maps was amazing. Extremely impressed as it even expertly routed me around a traffic jam thru a quaint German village. Of course this also exemplified how alert you must be on the Autobahn.
We took a ferry to Denmark to reduce driving time. Upon arrival there was a makeshift internal border control, as Europe continues to grapple with terrorism. Most cars were waived thru but my temporary tourist plates did make me get pulled over. It was a quick conversation, especially when the officer realized I was Norwegian.
I arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark and got chance to make a tour of the gorgeous city before sunset. Tomorrow I'll travel even more north with a finial destination of Oslo, Norway. Stay tuned.