We drove from Haarlem in the Netherlands through Germany to Copenhagen in Denmark. What's funny, and what I mean by funny, is NOT FUNNY OR FUN IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM, is that within minutes of entering Germany, we saw a permanent sign on the freeway that read: "STAU" which roughly translates to: "Hellpocapalypse Mother of All Traffic Jams." There we idled in our rental car for hours and hours.
The final blow came as we neared the border where we would catch our ferry to Denmark. Slow became stopped, and it was almost as if the spot our car stopped became a community of equally-frustrated travelers.
Seeing a ferry docked there at Puttgarden just made it worse. We could see other people escaping on a ship, but we were stuck on the mainland. Finally providence shined and we were allowed safe passage out of the Fatherland.
As time passed on the ferry, moods improved.
Okay so the funny part was that the minute we exited the ferry on Danish land, we never had another slow-down. Everything was fine. No more traffic. Our GPS told as we set-off us we would arrive in Copenhagen at 4:30 PM. As we pulled into our AirBnB at 10:00 PM, we were grateful to have made it. And we all now have a new common reference point we can talk about when something is taking a long time or seems boring.