At first, I was quite optimistic about missing out on football season this year, thinking, “Hey they have their own football in Europe, I’ll just get into that.” Plus, I thought, “Hey, without football and PS3, I’ll get into other stuff, like painting art, and sh*t.”
It was tough!!! I missed all of the NFL preseason, as well as the first week of the NCAA season before I started noticing a little bit of the "i-shoulda-thought-this-through"feelings. It was a little compounded, cause living abroad sometimes makes me even more proud of my background. This sign goes up every Saturday:
Wednesday is our official fish day! It’s the day that the grocery store across the street gets a visit from our local fishmonger. Now we go every week in order to buy fishies to eat. The fish are from all over, as well as the surrounding areas. Some are familiar and some not as much. They even have clams!
The fun never ends in the land of Lego. We finally got our act together about the growing recycling pile under our kitchen sink. Although there is glass, battery, and paper recycling just across the street from our place here, we heard there was an alternative! Back in Austin, we would drive recycling to Ecology Action on 8th Street each week (about 20 minutes by car, but on the way to my office) because our neighborhood didn’t have recycling. Once there, we’d separate everything into different types of paper, plastic, metal, and glass. They even took plastic bags as well as food wrappers and such. From what we heard, Aarhus used to recycle like they do in Germany (meticulously separating everything, and taking plastics, too) but the public found out a few years back that they were just taking everything and burning it anyway! So there’s no more of that, no siree. =(
But on the bright side, I have found a new job here in Denmark!!!
Lighting seems to be a really big deal in DK. All the cool cats install their own pendant lighting, and when renting unfurnished, it seems you don’t get lights unless they’re actually built into the ceiling or in the fridge.
Did you know that it’s bad luck to kill spiders? I confess: I knew it, but I did it anyway. =’(
I vacuumed up a few when moving out of Austin, and then I vacuumed up lots more after moving in to our current place. I’m not very superstitious, but I do see some patterns forming.
(pssst) Check this out: since moving in here, I’ve had some reeeally strange food disasters. I think…they’re related! This past week alone, I’ve somehow eaten a bite or two of spoiled milk, Pasta with fly’s eggs, sour cream yogurt (i think) with cereal, funky pork steak at a local restaurant, a really bad-tasting bottle of Côtes du Rhône that I dropped the cork in (first time!), and the latest: strange plum pickled herring that s. bought. Okay, so two of those things (the herring and the cream) that can happen to anyone.
The milk and cream selection here is out of this world! =) We still haven’t figured it out yet. Our guess is the A38 and any numbers on food is more of a branding decision, like alphanumeric car names. They sound cooler. Wouldn’t you rather say, “Honey, could you pick up some 1.5 A38?” Sure you would!
Spiders, you are free to go wherever you please. =) We love you spider.
We met up with our new friends (that s. had met at the airport in Billund, where they flew in together from Frankfurt last week) for a Chinese dinner yesterday evening. s. and I had been anticipating this for quite some time. They had been to Århus several times before, and should know where all the good Asian eats are at!
So here we are. 5pm sharp on saturday (and by sharp, I mean sharp!) Those are our friends there, in front of the main station. After chatting about some other people that we would meet later, we started off on our walk to the special restaurant. What would it be? Buffet? Hot Pot? BBQ? Home Cookin'? What? What??
s. is back in Denmark, and will be posting more often.. but I may write in Japanese from time to time (so that my mom can read)- hope y'all won't mind!
I am loving our new house that p. was cleaning all week while I was gone. I was in Mannheim for a conference, and then spent a few days in Frankfurt, visiting my sister and her husband. The photo on this page was taken at a Spanish restaurant they took me before the game on Saturday. The food was delicious, and the game was much fun!
Our house is still extremely empty, so tomorrow we'll make an IKEA trip to get some furniture
Took the bus for the first time (the day before yesterday) to go to Ikea =)
Not the first Ikea I've been to, in fact, it felt a lot like Round Rock, except I had to decipher Danish and the kroner =) They even put it way out in the boonies. I suppose that's how they make money for their deliveries.
After the hike outside and inside the store, I also went to the shop next door to pick up a shower head. In the end, it was all just a small shopping trip with a hog dog, as well as a cat.
Since the machine on the bus to buy a ticket was broken on the way there, I wanted to be sure to buy a ticket on the way back. I found out that I bought a kids ticket when I looked it up later. =( But that's not the strangest part: even stranger were the three people that got on the bus, and then got off at the next stop. We started hearing a meowing sound, and at first I thought it was someone's cell phone, but sadly, the three people abandoned a poor white cat there for someone else to take care of. I was SO, SO close to taking it in, but who knows what that would have done to our renting agreements! Some friends of ours thought perhaps it was because of the summer holidays and people going on vacation, but next time we'll go ahead and take in the cat!
After a day housework, decided I needed to get out, and what better reason than to catch Uruguay v Netherlands? It's taken some time to get photos up to flickr, but luckily things are looking bright in Denmark.
Just wanted to share another bizarre photo of the night sky. This was on my late walk home from the pub, around 12:30am. ♪me babe...steppin' ou-ut ♫
Since it's that time of year, and since the beach is only a 5 minute walk from where we are staying, we decided to take a 8pm stroll to the beach.
When we got there, we started hearing languages other than Danish. In fact, I heard Vietnamese right away: "Oh watch out or it will burn!" Sure enough, a Vietnamese family was having a bbq. All around, people from all different cultures sitting about an enjoying the sun and sand.
The water had to be at least 60˚F. Bloody cold, but you wouldn't think that at all by how many people were in it. =)
s. is heading out now for a conference in Germany. Time to see her off!
Be prepared to get lots of help from wonderful strangers if you are lost in Århus. On our way to the bank, a lady stopped to help us sort things out. After we got home for lunch, we left again to see the city, take a look at the university, and some potential apartments.
Upon our arrival, the airport and the groups of people outside enjoying the slightly chilly weather gave us our first impressions of Aarhus/Århus. Happy and easygoing =)
Rolling hills and farms scattered the country side on our bus ride from the airport. A little grey at first, but as soon as we got to the city, the sky opened up and it's been sunny ever since. This is the view from our friends' guest room at around 5 in the afternoon, where we're staying at the moment.
On our way to Århus, we had a near 7 hour layover in Copenhagen, and after we decided that we'd rather see the city when we've got more energy, we wandered around the airport for a cozy place to sleep.
Here's a picture of me at the København Lufthavn as we're walking to our terminal to catch our flight.
Flight to Denmark came to mind today. Expensive $7 beer at the airport made it feel like an expensive lounge for jet setters (perfect for jazz) but really, it was a cafeteria full of drinkers at 10am. So far, so good!
Since it took forever for us to get with the program, we used the quickest and cheapest way to get our 'web presence' established. For the most part, we'd like to use this space to document our day-to-day interactions, meet and speak with others, and share some of our interests and experiences. Originally, we were going to have music references in all of our posts, but then we found out about the whole Amazon thing, and so we'll just shamelessly link to stuff if we feel like it. eh. why not?
well...we promise to only link to the good stuff =)
We hope you'll enjoy the blog, and ignore the links if it doesn't matter! (Or doesn't matter two)