Denmark, a new leaf

Denmark has started growing on me a bit.

First, I got my magic CPR number this weekend – Yes, Denmark has post on Saturdays!  Having this number now means that I can begin life in this country: cell phones, bank accounts, health care, even Danish language lessons are now available!

Second, as of today, I now have an internet connection at home, so I can return to blogging, surfing the web, using google translate and emailing.  Even skype.  (Yes, I now have a business skype account. If you’d like to skype with me, let me know.  I certainly don’t know anyone in Denmark (out side of work, of course) to skype with, yet…)

Also, I found out about the Danish system that allows companies to buy phones/computers for their employees using before tax deductions…  it’s somewhat more complex than that, but it works well.  Of course, it means that the phone is a valid work phone, but that’s ok. I don’t think I’ll be on call anytime soon.

The wind this week finally died down a bit, and we’ve had a few sunny days.  Sunny winter days are something that brings back childhood memories, so that’s been a nice change.  Most amazingly, the clear days have also brought clear evenings – and the lack of serious light pollution in Aarhus means that you can see the stars… and there are so many more here than there were in Vancouver!  Walking with the dog in the evening has turned into a bit of a star gazing walk instead. (The dog doesn’t seem to mind, really… especially now that we’ve managed to find some dog food for her, imported from Canada, as it happens.)

Finally, we’ve also discovered a few grocery stores that we like, with Lidl being our favorite.  While Denmark doesn’t have anywhere near the variety of fruits and veggies, or even seasonings that we’re used to, we’ve found enough ingredients to start making things we like.  We even made a pretty successful pizza from scratch this evening, and it wasn’t too bad.  (Hint: there are two Chinese grocery stores downtown by the train station that have some of the ingredients for making Asian food, and lidl has a fair number of raw ingredients that are decent.)

Between our new ikea wardrobe, and the nearly installed washing machine, things have started looking up.  It’s only 6-7 more weeks till our furniture arrives.

I don’t think we were really prepared for the first two weeks, with all the challenges of moving somewhere new, but  we’re finally starting to find a routine again.  Of course, it’s just in time for the disruption of spending xmas in a new country.  Go figure. (-:


2 thoughts on “Denmark, a new leaf

  1. Oh Anthony, these posts remind me so much of our experience moving to the UK and my experience in Japan. My timeline of moving to a new country. Year 1 – trying valiantly to learn language/navigate shopping/meet the locals but against all better intentions spend most of the time complaining non-stop about new country. Year 2 – give up trying to make friend with the locals but develop a close network of ex-pats all equally befuddled and wake up one day realizing that you actually have a social scene. Year 3 – find yourself sort of attached to the place so, time to leave and start all over again.

    • Hi Dawn – it’s good to hear from you!

      I can’t help but to agree – it’s pretty hard not to spend your time comparing where you are to where you’ve just left. I don’t mean to complain constantly, but it’s really hard not to sound disappointed when things don’t live up to your expectations – which they frequently won’t. Going from Vancouver to a city of 200,000 people is going to be a shock, regardless of where it is, and the language barriers just aren’t that easy to overcome (albeit, Danish is MUCH easier than Japanese!)

      I’m looking forward to the part where I realize I have a social scene… that feels a long way off, after this Christmas.

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