Friday, March 16, 2007

Riot police and the American Embassy

Today we started earlier, like at 8:30am. I got 6 hours of sleep and that was fine.

Okay, before I go any further, I just have to say that I'm sitting in the lobby of the Admiral Hotel in Copenhagen, and there's a private party playing right next to me playing 'Play that funky music white boy' and earlier played 'Dani California' by Red Hot Chili Peppers. There's a group of 20 something people in ties and shirtes talking loudly behind me in something other than English. I'm quite tempted to joing the funky white boys.

Anyway. Today we met the minister of culture who read from prepared notes and gave us copies of KulturCanon, which apparently discussed what was core to Danish culture, then went to the Museum of Art and Design. We had some other meetings, but what stood out was the 3hour meeting with the national police of Denmark and the Copenhagen police. We learned about Danish national policing, how they deal with rioters, met a riot policy commander, saw their body armor and armored police vehicle.'

I interrupt this post to say that the party just finished 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves and is now playing 'Love in an Elevator' by Aerosmith.

Okay, after the riot police, we went to the home of the deputy US ambassador. Nice, but very much party line. Then dinner and drinks at the bar, and now bed.

1 comment:

Stacey said...

I hope that is the closest you ever get to riot police. I can't help but mistrust them, anywhere in the world. Did you feel that way?