Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Burger King Copenhagen København Denmark Facebook Group

This is the Original Burger King Copenhagen Group set up in August 2007.

For more information and to find old Burger King friends click here


Working abroad was often the only option for a lot of Irish / English people back in the 80's and early 90's. If you had money you headed off on your holidays to canary islands but as a student sometimes the only way to make some dosh during the summer holidays was to head abroad and work so as to have money to pay for books (ok beer) in the coming semester. It was first time away from home for many of us and we tended to run riot with the new found freedom away from the shackles of 80's conservative Ireland. Copenhagen was a popular destination for many and we ended up working in cleaning companies, paper rounds and restaurants or basically the shi_te early hour work the Danes didn't want to do.

One such place was Burger King. I worked in the BK on Vesterbrogade for a summer in '87 and another stint in '88. It seemed like home away from home as besides the Danes that worked there most people were Irish and the majority from Malahide including the management.

The work was mind numbingly boring but we made our own 'craic'. You'd start out bottom rung of the ladder, cleaning the restaurant and work your way up to the broiler, fry station, whopper table, sandwich table and maybe even as a cashier if you could memorise 'dobel whopper med ost'.

It was shift work and many of us did 5pm-3am which involved dismantling all the kitchen stuff for a thorough cleaning. I can still smell the grease tray from the broiler - yeuch! Afterwards it was party time with a trip down to Rio Bravo pub (game of Mia) which was open until 5am and then on to the English Pub or some place where we usually ended up dancing on the tables at 8am.

We often ended up in Christiana for a side 'trip' at 10am and before you knew it you were back in work after only a couple of hours sleep - oh to be able to hack the pace again! - anyway if you were there around then or have any experiences to share - post a note or upload a photo to the Facebook group here why don't you?

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Thursday, 26 July 2007

The Arrival - Week 1

Finally cleared up and out from London on July 19th 2007. Hopefully the series of events before I arrived weren´t an omen of things to come! Took a TAM flight from Heathrow to Buenos aires via San Paolo (which had been the scene of a disastrous crash the day before). Arrived to a surprisingly cold Buenos Aires which had been hit with snow the previous week for the first time in 90 years. I was just waiting for the plague of locusts to confirm 'the end o' the world was nigh!'

So what the hell am I doing here ya might ask? Sweet feck all actually - just felt like some time out and the time seemed right so me and the missus upped and packed and here we are.
Spent the first week here getting organised with an apartment, medical insurance, and meeting up with people. We are hopefully signing a contract for an apartment tomorrow and need to furnish the place over the weekend. Although I´ve been here many times I still can´t get over how reasonable the cost of living is and how cheap it is for eating out and the quality of the food is far better than than many capital cities in Europe . e.g.

1 dozen pastries in a bakery costs 6 pesos = $2 = £1
1 litre beer in the supermarket costs 2.5 pesos = $0.80 = £0.40
1 huge steak and fries in a good restaurant costs 25 pesos = $6 = £3
add a decent bottle of wine for 20 pesos = $7 = £3.70

All this talk of food has me peckish so must go for some comida ' Hasta luego!

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