Published: September 22nd 2012September 20th 2012
Thursday, 20th September 2012
Today I finally found the time to make a short post on this blog. It has been 28 days since I got here. Words cannot describe how much I have enjoyed my time so far. Here is a short timeline of things that I have done in the past month:
Friday, 24th of August: Arrival by Eurolines bus, four hours delay. I arrived at my new residence in Risskov (a fairly rich neighborhood in Aarhus), where I met some of my roommates. When standing in the garden I could really notice that I am on a different latitude. Later that night I went out to meet some of my fellow exchange students and see the city center by night. Eventually we went to the Student House (of which you will hear more stories) at the general faculty. There I spoke my first Danish with some students who were there. When I came back I stood in the garden for a while to gaze at the stars. You can see many more of them here since they have less light pollution than in the Netherlands.
Monday, 27th of August - Saturday, 1st of September: Introduction week. It was amazing. The first day we had some lectures about Denmark, the word 'Hygge' (Dutch: 'gezellig'), and the university. Every night there was a party somewhere in town. I met hundreds of people, some who knew my name already because I have been posting so much on the Aarhus School of Business (ASB) Exchange facebook group.
31st of August - 9th of September: Aarhus Festuge. This is the big Aarhus festival week, in which a lot of events are organized, from musical and theatrical performances to comedy and the Spanish way of building a human tower. The city was crowded and the atmosphere great. I went to a lot of events, of which the Diane Spencer (comedian) performance and the food festival were the ones that stayed on my mind the longest.
At the same time I had my first week of university. I have the courses Managerial and Cost Accounting, Business Intelligence, Finance I and Storytelling. I had to get used a bit to the way they teach here and how an 8.00, two-hour lecture feels like, but it turns out fine after a couple of weeks.
10th - 16th of September: Second week of university. Still a lot of parties every week. Some more roommates came back. I went to the beach with them a couple of times. The beaches here are beautiful and so far we have been very lucky with the weather. At the beach you can see even more stars - the most I have seen in my adult life.
17th of September - today: I have been planning a lot of trips with exchange students and my roommates. For some of them we already have the tickets (ESN Sea Battle, Legoland trip), some of them are planned and yet to be carried out. One of those trips is a cycling trip to Skagen, the very north of Jutland, sometimes called 'the end of Europe', where the North Sea and the Baltic Sea clash. I am going to cycle there tomorrow - and it is far away. On sunday, when I will hopefully be back, my roommates and I are going to hitchhike to Møllehøj, the biggest 'mountain' in Denmark (175 meters high), near Silkeborg.
That's it for now. I hope to be posting more frequently. If you want to read my column for WilWeg.nl (in Dutch), here is the link: http://www.wilweg.nl/ervaringen/blogs/iris-in-denemarken/why-denmark#.UFmj87IaO2M
Pictures of my experiences and adventures will soon follow.
Kisses from Denmark