Most Productive Mistake So Far award:
Walking into Legoland on Saturday morning, I saw a kiosk advertising tickets for the big rides. Flashing back to my childhood at Elitch Gardens, I thought you'd have to buy separate tickets for the rides (remember, 3 tickets for the tilt-a-whirl, 10 for the roller coaster?). So we bought the thing, I think it was 99 kroner apiece, like twenty bucks. Turns out it was an "express pass". The rides are all included, the express pass lets you skip the line. Can you imagine how satisfying it is to walk up to a ride with a thousand bored people standing in the rope maze, and you just walk right past right up to the starting gate and they let you on? It was like being a movie star. We only saw one other group using them the whole weekend, dunno why. But it let us do all the first-tier rides (save the power-racer roller coaster, which we agreed looked too unpleasant) in the afternoon with no waiting.
The next best strategy is to have a light rain falling on your second day, no lines at all!
Best Recovery From A Mistake award:
The albatross I've inflicted on myself this trip is a giant book, The History Of The World In 100 Objects, I picked up at the British Museum, a giant hardcover. The Danish intercity line left us at Hjørring, from whence we took a local train to Hirtshals to catch the ferry the next morning. The giant hardcover got left at the restroom in Hjørring. Not to be denied the pleasure of carrying it around for the rest of the trip, I left Frank playing PS2 at the motel and took the train back to Hjørring that evening and found it still in the restroom on the soap dispenser where I'd left it. Only a two-hour detour, and actually pleasant and relaxing. Also, score one for the visiting team!!!