Ryanair are actually quite good

Ryanair is everyone’s most hated budget airline. Bad stories about Ryanair are an easy way to get angry. The Times lists 20 reasons not to fly Ryanair. I had a chance to form my own opinion during my weekend trip to Denmark.


Check in was smooth; Both flights arrived on time; The cabin was clean; I had decent enough legroom; And the plane didn’t suffer any loss of structural components. Rumours about a £1 charge to use the toilet were not true. Although there are plans to have passengers bring their own jet fuel.

Punctuality makes for good holidays but boring blog posts. Publishing bad news is preferable to good. But is it not better to celebrate the good rather than pull things down?

Complaints about Denmark

Amusingly, the Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen had been moved to Shanghai for the World Exhibition. However, I was convinced to go against the propaganda that it was worth seeing. I did not miss it.

In the end, the biggest disappointment was the terrible exchange rate, enough to turn Wagamamas from a cheap meal to a premium experience. Yes, I did travel hundreds of miles to a foreign culture to eat the same food. At least I refrained from my default choice of Chicken Katsu Curry. However, every other aspect was the same: the wooden benches, the menu, the chopsticks. The head waitress even sounded British. I might as well have been in London, except I was surrounded by a few Danes rather than hundreds of Canary Wharf yuppies. 

Ryanair, and Wagamamas, are actually quite good.

Danish Days

I’m riding the train on the way home to Britain after a 4-day holiday in Denmark. I stayed with Anne and Mads, my recently married friends. I enjoyed Anne’s well cooked breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

I got to experience normal Danish life rather than the superficial tourist pleasures. I concluded that British and Danish culture are very similar, except for a few nuances:

  1. Toilet paper is hung the other way round.
  2. There are wind turbines everywhere.

The whole country is in a euphoric mood after the men won the European Handball Championships. The handball team had an audience with the crown prince and the buses have Danish flags hanging off them.

Victorious Danish Handball Team

I was invited to give a short 45-minute presentation with Anne about Chinese culture in her 9th grade class. A few students were interested in my moans about the queues in China. But I wonder if I place too much emphasis on cultural differences at the expense of finding out the common ground?

The next blog post will be about the cultural differences between Britons with light hair and Chinese with dark hair.