I’ve been way too busy with life to do much in the way of updating my blog. I’m sure that those who read my blog for the science content have long since abandoned reading what I have to say. On the other hand, the Danish saga continues, for anyone who is interested in my insights into the Danish experience. For those people, I’ll continue updating the blog as I have time.
So, things that might be interesting…
One of the more random has been the Danish Radio Police. In fact, they’re not police, but they are intensely aggressive. We were visited by a very large man who, somehow, got into our complex and banged on my apartment door to ask if we own computers or tvs – and explained that it’s absolutely important that I get a licence. After all, even he pays, so therefore I should too. Thanks Denmark. By the way, it’s about $300 for a half year. I have yet to receive the promised bill in the mail, but I’m sure it’s coming.
Another has been the weather. It’s now close to the end of June – and the best I can say for the weather is that it reminds me of April in Vancouver: Mostly cold and rainy with the occasional nice day where the sun is warm – if the winds stop blowing, which they do every few days for a little while.
Last night also provided me with a bit of entertainment, when I stepped out of the house to a familiar smell: camp fires. It turns out that Danes build giant bonfires on the shortest night of the year and use that as an opportunity to burn things. I heard a couple of fireworks, but generally, just watched the cloud of smoke drift by. Yes, there was a bonfire about a block and a half from my house in a small field.
Other adventures included the 3 day concert that happened further along the canal, maybe a 15 minute walk from my apartment. It cumulated in a fantastic performance by Snow Patrol, which was pretty decent, if you consider that we could hear it pretty clearly in our bedroom: one of the few times the prevailing winds worked in our favour.
On the less exciting side, we (including the baby, of course) managed to do brunch yesterday, downtown, along the canal. There is a restaurant (Cross Cafe, I think) that does a reasonable breakfast/lunch buffet, with some pretty awesome bagels and smoked salmon. I have to admit, I went Canadian and made myself a smoked salmon bagel sandwich with eggs and bacon. It was delicious – and the people at the next table saw me eating it in the canadian style (ie, without knife and fork) and, rather than the usual Danish disdain for anything sans-cutlery, ended up copying me by making their own bagel sandwiches. I’ve been wondering if they were tourists ever since.
And, just to round out the stories with another pleasant experience, we went for a walk in the local cemetery the other day – an unusual walk, but surprisingly pleasant. Unlike most cemeteries I’ve visited, this one has a lot of open park spaces, without any graves. It’s also better tended than most of the green spaces I’ve seen in the city so far – meaning I’ll probably go back for more walks on sunny days. Perhaps not a surprise, though – most green spaces I’ve visited have been poorly tended, which I understand is the result of budget cuts passed about a year ago, and in typical Danish style, full of cigarette butts. I guess the Danes don’t spend much time smoking in cemeteries. (-;
And now, I’m going to wander off to play with my daughter some more… she’s learning how to smile today, and it makes up for the sustained rainfall we’re getting this afternoon!