In a way, it feels like a lifetime since I left home, but it’s only been 19 days. So much has changed in my life in the past 2 and a half weeks. It’s still hard to believe that I’ve moved across to the other side of the world, been in my new job for 2 weeks and have managed to learn somewhat more Danish than when I arrived.
Some wonderful things have happened this week. Firstly, it started to snow! Secondly, I went to Copenhagen. Thirdly, I got some lovely flowers from my boss for moving to Denmark “and staying”, and fourth on the list is that Maria taught me how to count to 100 and tell the time in Danish.
On Friday morning, Assens was properly transformed into a winter wonderland and I don’t think it’s really stopped snowing since. I think the whole country has received this cold front and it’s caused a lot of chaos with the transport system and the roads. I must admit though, the snow really makes things look more beautiful.
Getting to Odense on Friday afternoon was a bit a nightmare due to snow, but I managed to catch my
train to Copenhagen and meet up with Maria at the Central Station. From there we headed to Tivoli Gardens where we wandered in the snow, eating brændt mandler (roasted almonds) and drinking Gløgg (mulled wine). Maria then cooked up a storm at her place and fed me traditional risengrød (rice pudding) ( http://www.dk-kogebogen.dk/opskrift2/visopskrift.php?id=190&Jul&Risengr%C3%B8d )..., some more gløgg (a white wine variety), æbleskiver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86bleskiver) and homemade strawberry jam while watching the movie Ratatouille.
I have to give a huge thanks to Maria, as she was amazing on Saturday, helping me find “Denmark Winter Clothing”. I now have a new waterproof coat (you’ll see it in the photos), gloves, earbags (little things that go over your ears to keep them warm), ski boot socks (which keep your feet really warm in the snow....I tried them out today) and thermal underwear. While we did our shopping and wandering around in the snow, Maria taught me to count in Danish and how to tell the time. People walking past must have thought I was crazy just randomly saying numbers in Danish, but it was certainly a good and fun way to learn.
Still no bicycle, but good news is, it will arrive
This week, I’m off to Manchester on Wednesday, back on Friday. I’m going to get to meet a really well-known audiology researcher in the UK, so I’m really looking forward to that. The following week, I’ve got a couple of days at Kongebakken (what they call the Oticon Head Office) in Copenhagen and then I fly to Dublin to give a presentation about the product I am now on the team for.
Hopefully Daniel will be here not long after the Dublin trip, as the Immigration Department keep telling me that his visa should be processed by 7 December.
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