Cottage trip

September 15th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

Erasmus student network organizes several trips for the exchange students during the semester. First of them was the cottage trip.

On Sunday morning we traveled by two buses (approx. 90 people) to the town Dalby situated in the northern part of Fyn. We stayed in the Dalby high school building. After we unpacked our things, there was a competition prepared for us. We had to walk through the 7 km long track and stop on marked checkpoints to do some action. Actions involved:

  • Beer relay: run to the can, run 10 times around the can, drink the can (and earn extra „respect points“ if you drink everything), run back.
  • Playing football almost blindfolded with perfored plastic cups (see photos).
  • Making the longest chain from our clothes. This was pretty tough in temperature below 15 degrees and strong wind. I really felt like an icecube.
  • Jumping through the prepared track with both legs inside a garbage bag.
  • And some other…

Example of Danish nature

When we finished the competition, we were really frozen and exhausted. Fortunately the dinner was ready for us very soon. After the dinner we had a party „till you drop“ with cheap beer and drinks.

The trip was well organized, I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next one. Now I need to catch up my lack of sleep…

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The day in Roskilde

September 12th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

Yesteday I went to Roskilde to visit my friends and to take a bike I had left there. I had some minor problems with the travelling. When I changed the train at Roskilde station, they cancelled its next two stops (yes, they did). I just saw the university passing by. When I finally arrived to Høje Taastrup, I went to the ticket office and talked to the guy there. He wrote some magic Danish words on my ticket and I could go back to the right station without buying another ticket.

My journey was about one hour longer, but I came at the right time, there was some kind of party in the RUC campus, so I immediately took part of it.

My precious piece of scrap metal

On the next day I hardly got up and rode my bike to Roskilde, where I took the train back to Odense. I liked that trip and I think I will probably go there again some day.


Facing the Danish institutions

September 10th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

When you will face the danish institutions, you have to be well prepared for that. It is very easy to snap, lose your sanity and become institutionalized :-).

Yesterday:

  1. Odense Kommune – I arrived there just before the opening hours (10.00). I was very lucky, because I was among the first people that got served. So in approximately twenty minutes, after I filled in some forms, I got my CPR number.
  2. Police station – I tried to report a stolen bike, but in Denmark, if you don't have some bike registration number, you can't even write a police report.
  3. Jobcenter Odense – This is the place I was supposed to registred for the Danish language school. Opening hours of the office are very unfriendly: Tuesday 10–12 and Thursday 15–17. Fortunately I was quick enough to fit into this small time frame. I signed some paper and received a payslip for 500 kr.
  4. Post office – No problem there, just 15 kr. fee for sending the money seems too much for me.
  5. Danske Bank – The bank is usually open from 10.00 to 16.00. I arrived there at 12.40. After I waited a while in a queue, I told the woman at the desk that I would like to open a new bank account. She replied that it was too late to do all the paperwork (WTF? #1) on that day and I should come on the next day to sign the papers. When I asked about the account for the young people from 18 to 27 years, she didn't even know that they provide such service (WTF? #2). I was tired and didn't want to argue about it, so I went home.

Today:

Danske Bank (second try) – Today in the bank there was no queue. I asked, whether the papers was ready. The woman at the desk was very confused and seached almost the entire office for them. After a while she said „one moment“ and disappeared for almost ten minutes. When she came back, she said to me that they had sent the papers to me by mail (WTF?! #3).

Now I am seriously considering to tear the papers (as soon as they arrive) to pieces and go try my luck to another bank.


I got my residence permit

September 8th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

Finally, my residence permit has arrived. Tomorrow I will face the Danish bureaucracy in order to get my CPR number. Then I will go to the police station to report my stolen bike, so tomorrow is going to be very busy day for me. Wish me luck…


Photos from Odense centre

September 7th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

Yesterday afternoon we went for a little stroll to the centre of Odense. I took many pictures that you can find in the gallery.

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Danskjävlar!!

September 7th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

Today in the night somebody stole my precious bike. So now I don't have any mean of transport except my feet. I really regret the large amount of money I have invested to repair and equip it. Now I have got a headlight, taillight and computer totaly useless. Oh, maybe not so useless, the lights can come really handy for the christmas tree. Tomorrow or on Monday I will go to the police station, even if I know it won't have any effect, but it is at least something I can do.


Zoo

August 31st, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

This weekend I'm just relaxing end enjoying to explore my new neighbourhood. There is the Odense zoo nearby, so I took a bike and rode there.

The zoo looks very natural, there are lot of trees everywhere and very few cages (except for the animals like tigers and such). The things I like the most are:

  • Large aviary with tropical birds and large parrots.
  • West Indian Manatees (or „Sea cows“) – just see the photo gallery and you will know, why they are called like that.
  • The penguins :-).

Penguin fascinated by all the people behind the glass.

The penguins was the best animals for me, they looked really cute. After I came back home I took something to eat and headed to the park, because some Lithuanians had a barbecue there. In fact, sitting in a park and having barbecue on a one-time-use-grill is a typical Danish leisure activity. For me, it was another well-spent afternoon in Denmark.

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Bike trip on Saturday afternoon

August 30th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

This afternoon I got nothing special to do, so I decided to take bike and go explore the Odense fjord. It is not so far from the city, the journey had 22 km in total. I really enjoyed it.

Some of the photos in the gallery are from the morning when I was walking in the city streets searching for Netto :-).

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First days in Odense

August 29th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

I am alive and well in Odense. I live in Teknisk Kollegium (map) near Odense Centre. It is quite beautiful here and you can be in the centre in 5 minutes. Weather has been nice so far, so it was not raining all the time.

Distance to main campus is approx. 5 km, fortunately I have a bike here. We have been there just for the orientation days (introduction + free sandwiches). The lectures will start from Monday. My schedule is not that good, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays i need to be there at 8.15.

Of course we had a party, we started slowly in the kitchen and at eleven o'clock we went to Australian bar. On Thurdays they have a beer for 10 kr., so it definitely is a good place to be :-).

Today I went to pay for the accomodation. I needed to pay the deposit and the rent for the whole August and September. It was 10 975 kr. in total and, of course, I had to pay it in cash, because you can only use Danish credit card at the post office. I am really looking forward to have my CPR number so I can open a Danish bank account.

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Off I go

August 26th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark

I am starting to pack all my things, because in the afternoon I am leaving to Odense. I am traveling by car on route:

Ostrava → Wrocław → Berlin → Hamburg → Flensburg → Odense

Hopefully everything will be all right and I will be in Odense tomorrow in the morning.