Winter Wonderland


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November 28th 2010
Published: November 28th 2010EDIT THIS ENTRY

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 tomorrow.

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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28th November 2010

Love the Coat
The Coat looks great - a darker version of Little Red Riding Hood. The Tivoli Gardens look interesting. Where are the Gardens? Flowers need one leaf off - the one that has been half eaten by something, otherwise they look beautiful. Have a good trip to Dublin and UK. Love Mum
28th November 2010

Vidunderlig
Isn't Tivoli just gorgeous? So glad you had a good week :) Enjoy Kongebakken, what I call Danish for Woop-Woop coz thats where it is lol. Are you looking forward to riding in the snow? You'll have to add one of those very funky gumboots to your wardrobe that they have over there!
11th December 2010

Vidunderlig
Hi Rowena. Yes, Tivoli is lovely! I hope to see it in the summertime as well. Riding in the snow is not so easy actually, so a downer when it comes to cycling. Gumboots, or something similar are on the list of things to buy!
11th December 2010

Love the Coat
Mum, Tivoli Gardens are in Copenhagen!

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