Preparing the traditional Danish lunch

August 16th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

During the whole week we worked on a project – prepare a traditional Danish lunch. At first, we had to find out, what it even is, what and when should we serve etc.

We were divided into two main groups:

  1. Food group – That was the group I belonged to. We were supposed to interview (or interrogate) people in the city about typical food served for the traditional lunch. Another task was to find all recipes on the internet (Danish) and translate them to English.
  2. Music group – They had to find out what kind of music Danes listen to, prepare a hit list a play some samples of Danish music during the lunch.

Meat balls and red sausages

After first day of work, we finally had our „menu“:

  • Hering
  • Home made French bread and rye bread, vegetable pie
  • Meat balls (several kinds) and falafel
  • Shripms, tuna and varios types of salads
  • Sausages, cheese, pancakes

On Friday it was quite a job to prepare everything for approximately 55 people, but we managed to do it. In the end we all had a very delicious lunch.


Film: Riget

August 16th, 2008 by UFO in Culture, Denmark, EILC

In this week we saw Danish series The Kingdom (Riget) from a famous director Lars von Trier. Main storyline is about the Kingdom – most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark. After some mysterious events, such as ghost ambulance arriving to hospital every night or strange voices in elevator shaft, the medical personnel begins to realize that not everything can be comprehended purely by science.

We only saw first two episodes (out of eight), but it was enough for me to know that it is one of the best series I have ever seen.


Viking ship has returned to Roskilde

August 12th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

On Saturday we went to Roskilde harbour to see an old viking ship that had finished a journey from Ireland to Denmark. As you can see from the gallery, lot of people attended the welcoming ceremony. Since the entrance fee was 95 kr., we stood only outside, but some people from our course managed to crawl under the fence and get inside.


Per Fly’s trilogy

August 8th, 2008 by UFO in Culture, Denmark, EILC

Throughout the week we had a chance to watch three films from a famous Danish director Per Fly:

I liked these films very much. All of them are dramas pointing out problems in Danish society, often in a raw and naturalistic way. Since they are very depressing, it is generally not a good idea to watch them one after another (as we did). But still, I can't do anything else than to recommend them.

Rejse til København

August 8th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

Today we traveled to Copenhagen, capital city of Denmark. After a pleasant ride by train we arrived to Copenhagen Central. The weather wasn't so good, it was raining a little, so we decided to wait a while. After 10–15 minutes the sky was clear and we could head for a canal trip, as planned.

The canal trip lead as throughout the entire city centre, it was very beautiful. Just before the ending it began to rain very heavily, so the planned shopping simply wasn't an option. After a while we continued towards the National Art Museum. Gallery contained very beautiful pieces of art, but the tour lasted for very long time.

I could not focus at all, because I was starving, all I saw in front of my eyes was McDonald's or some similar place. After I finally got out of the museum and could eat some unhealty hamburgers, I felt satisfied :-). The weather was very good at that time, you could even see the sun. So we bought some nice useless stuff in the shops and headed back home.


Jeg har en cykel

August 8th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

I finally have got a bike! Yesterday, with a great help of my friend Kuba, we managed to assemble a rideable bike from a pile of scrap. It does not look so good, but still, it is enough for the next two weeks.

That's my bike!

Culture in Roskilde

August 6th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

Yesterday we attended a culture trip around roskilde. At first we saw the Roskilde Cathedral, a remarkable building in the centre of the city, where all of the danish kings were buried. In 45 minutes long tour we learned the basic facts about history, kings and religion in Denmark.

Viking Ship Museum

Afterwards we continued to the Viking Ship Museum, which is situated in the Roskilde harbour. It was very interesting to learn about vikings' lives, travels, achievements and their ships. When we got back to the campus, we had to do our homework for the next day. The work was not so hard, because we cooperated very intensively. If I had to do it alone, it would be much much harder.

The homework


Our first day in school

August 4th, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

Today we went to school for the first time. Nobody knew what to expect, but after three hours of trying to speak Danish, I can say that I have never seen a language that has got such a difference between oral and written forms. It seems that Danish people like to eat letters, almost every word contains something that is not pronounced.

Jeg hedder Martin, jeg er tre og tyve år gammel og kommer fra Tjekkiet.

My name is Martin, I am 23 years old and come from the Czech Republic.

The pronounciation is very difficult, because there are some strange „sounds“ that I have heard for the first time in my life. I hope our skills will improve rapidly with another lessons.

The First Party

August 3rd, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

Yesterday we had a little party in the dormitory kitchen. It was a nice way to meet many of the people attending the language course. We talked and drank Slivovice, some Danish beer and German wine. Now I see that the combination of all three is a great recipe for a headache. The party was finishing just after 1 o'clock in the morning, although me and about four another survivors lasted till half past two. It was a very pleasant evening and I hope it is just the beginning…


Průzkum Roskilde

August 2nd, 2008 by UFO in Denmark, EILC

Včera a dnes jsme byli na průzkum do města. Univerzita je trochu mimo, asi 4,5 km daleko. Vzhledem k tomu, že vlaky jsou neskutečně drahé (20 kr. za 5 minut cesty je fakt dost), a ještě jsme nesehnali kola, chodíme pěšky. Za necelou hodinku se dá v pohodě dostat do centra.

Při prohlídce města jsme zvládli nakoupit všechny důležité věci (jako třeba jídlo). Centrum není velké a většina obchodů se nachází v jedné velké pěší zóně.

Hlavní nádraží v Roskilde