Blogtober – Day 18: Appointments and Break Downs
Blogtober 2021

Once again, I’m committing to Blogtober, but whether I’ll make it happen or not is another thing. One day I’ll manage all the days without having to catch up at weekends or something like that. For now, Happy Blogtober.

Today we were on a mission. Jaxon needed to go to an appointment to get some official paperwork taken care of so we had to be on time and we had to make sure we had all the right information with us. The appointment was at a government office about 6.5km across the city from where we live. Cycling there was fairly straightforward once we were on the main road outside our apartment.

We left the apartment at 9 am. Google said that it should only take 20 minutes but I think that’s worked out on your keeping a constant speed and not stopping for traffic lights etc. so I’ve decided going forward I’m always to going to add at least 10 minutes on any time Google tells me lol. Also, I wanted to make sure we were early – I’d rather be early and be waiting on them than us be late and miss our appointment.

We headed through the city and all was going well. Jaxon and Rex were both in the cargo bike. When we were here in the Summer, Rex was smaller and a little less stable so needed help sitting up in the seat of the bike. So Jaxon had been putting his arm around Rex to comfort and protect him. This was only the first or second time they’d been in the cargo bike since we’ve been back in Copenhagen so when Jaxon did it without me even asking I was so proud that he was looking after Rex for me.

We were at the last set of traffic lights before the government building and the chain came off the back wheel of the bike (NO!). I pulled over and set about getting it sorted – it was relatively easy but such a messy job. I scrubbed my hands with baby wipes to get rid of the worst of the oil but my hands were so dirty still. I got back on the bike and we got to the building. You’re not allowed to park bikes right outside the building so I followed the sign around into the car park and found somewhere to park. As it happened there is an apartment building right next door and they had a little park and a bike rack right outside so I parked up. While I was getting the bike locked up and sorting out Rex, Jaxon had a few minutes to play – which was less stressful for me.

We got into the building, and we were actually about 15 minutes before our appointment time, so that gave us a few minutes to take a breathe and make sure we were ready. When you arrive, you have to type your reference number into a check-in screen then they assign you a counter to visit. I found a seat for Jaxon to sit on while I tried to figure out what was going on. At first, I wasn’t sure what was happening as some of the instructions weren’t so clear but then a number got called before us and it made sense that the numbers on the screen didn’t necessarily start the same and ours would just appear in the list. Chris texted and asked how it was going so he got this picture back. I was kind of soggy but also very warm!!

Having prepared that we might have to wait especially as we were early, we were called really quick. The lady who dealt with us was lovely and we got through it all quickly. I was asked some questions as well as showing Jaxon’s passport. Then Jaxon had his photo taken and some other bits. Rex was in the carrier on my back and I think was enjoying being able to take a look around the whole room. We were so organised that we were back out again at 10:03 – our appointment was 10:05! We headed back to the bike and got sorted to head home again. As we got ready to leave Jaxon told me he needed the loo so we had to rush home (We could have gone back into the building but I’d already got Rex all strapped in and the bike unlocked). As it was raining, I gave my phone to Jaxon and asked him to shout out the directions – or hold it in place so that I could see the map through the cargo bike window. At one point we had a bit of a miscommunication and I ended up taking the wrong exit at a junction – on top of which at that exact point the chain came off the bike! Great!  

I pulled over the bike and got the chain back on again. As we carried on, the bike didn’t seem to be pedalling right but I couldn’t figure out the issue as when I looked quickly it looked like everything was back correctly. I figured it was just that the battery was running low and once I had the battery back fully charged it would be fine.

We made it home and Jaxon dashed inside while I got the bike locked up and things like that. Once Rex and I were inside we all got out of wet clothes and I sorted out getting Rex down for a nap – it was going to be later today than normal but we’d all cope that bit better if he did have a nap lol. The rest of our day was pretty lazy hanging around the apartment, I’m sure we could have gone out but the weather was cold and wet. We watched lots of Bluey as usual as well as watching some of Jaxon’s marble run videos. I also worked on the Shawlography MKAL from WestKnits.

You can read all of my Blogtober posts from this year here. I’ve also attempted to take part in previous years and they are here. You can also read about our previous trips to Copenhagen here, here and here.