More Danish Adventures…

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!



5 thoughts on “More Danish Adventures…

  1. Any idea of what you get for the $300 per 1/2 year? My USA-centric viewpoint only peripherally knows what other countries do since we do not have direct fees. I believe that in the UK there is a fee that funds the BBC thus people can get ad-free programming. In Canada there is a fee on recording media that allows, in theory, people to record whatever they want. How about Denmark?

  2. Ah, finally found it via Wikipedia. Just had to use the correct search terms.

    “The licence fee in Denmark is 2,260 kr (€303.35) in media licence fee (which applies to all TVs, computers with Internet access above 256 kbit/s or with TV tuners or other devices that can receive broadcast TV: which actually means that you have to pay the TV licence if you have a relatively new mobile phone[14]). …. The majority of the licence fee is used to fund the national radio and TV broadcaster DR. However, a proportion is used to fund TV 2’s regional services.

    • Yep – you beat me to it. Unfortunately, it’s a block of about 6 channels that I don’t understand whatsoever. I’d be thrilled not to get them, and wouldn’t object to having them go un-funded… but that’s apparently not an option. :/

      • As I know, a lot of Danes don’t pay that and simply saying I don’t have a TV or internet. Since it not something in the law and not a real police banging on your door, I don’t see a point paying it.

        • I don’t see the point either, but when the guy shows up, and he can see my computer through the door, and hear the TV, it’s a bit harder to say “no, i don’t have cable or internet…”

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