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. (-: