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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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