Bikes and birthday fun

Ok, this week was again quite busy. So, I’ll just divide these stories up by day.

Monday

Monday’s lecture was cancelled, so I instead went to study in the main campus library. In the evening ESN DTU & ESN CPH held an event at ILLUM Rooftop, at a restaurant called Rossopomodoro. It was an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet, with a drink included, and oh man the pizza… it was so good!

Tuesday

I bought a bike! It’s a simple black bike with nothing extra attached. I was considering getting a basket for it, but maybe I can add that later if not having it becomes a problem. As people who know me well know, I have a habit of giving names to my transportation vehicles (the car is VauvaC3 = BabyC3 ((it’s a Citroën C3)), my bike at home is VauvaNopsa etc.). I think I’ll have to name this one also, but I don’t think it will be a Baby. Doesn’t feel like a baby. 😀

My first bike ride was from the shop in central Copenhagen to home at Lyngby, and it took me around 1 hour. Google Maps said 51 minutes, but I made some wrong turns, and didn’t feel confident enough to bike through the busier part of Lyngby. Other than that it went really well! Nobody got annoyed at me (except maybe for going too slow in front of them, but I tried my best to stay out of everyone’s way…) and my legs didn’t fall off on the way. After coming home they felt a bit wobbly though. But I have a bike! This Copenhagen goal = achieved.

Wednesday

My little baby dog Ronja turned 13 on Wednesday! I can’t deal with this. I think that this is the first of her birthdays that I’ve missed. 🙁 But luckily dad has been sending me daily pictures of her!

<3

On Wednesday I also biked to school for the first time. Some notes:

  1. Drinking my morning coffee while biking is not as easy as drinking coffee while driving. I should probably buy a thermos mug to carry in my backpack.
  2. I should have worn my gloves.
  3. Even though Google said that the travel time is 7 minutes, leaving at 7:55 isn’t a good idea.

Thursday

My lecture on Thursday was cancelled, and so I spent most of the day just chilling. After a slow morning I went for my First Danish Run (it was a jog. It took me 40min to run 5km) around the area – AND HOLY CRAP it’s beautiful around here!! I kept stopping to take pictures and just to look around. I ran along the local train track for a while, and then crossed it to continue to a park I had seen on Google Maps. The park turned out to actually be a park built around Sorgenfri Palace, which I didn’t realise before running past the gate:

I ran around the park, which is perfect for that by the way, and then picked a road that would take me back towards the house. AND LOOK AT THAT ROAD:

How is everything so grand and beautiful here? Those trees must be so old. Behind the trees I could catch glimpses of an Open air museum, which I really want to go and check out at some point. Then, when I was about 500m from home at the other side of the tracks of the local train station (that I’ve now been travelling with 2 times), I found this view:

The whole situation felt surreal. The buildings were white and kind of old (at home I found out that they belong to ANOTHER museum) – I would maybe compare the feel of the place to the old town in Porvoo. And it’s only 500m from the house! Finally, as I was running towards home from that idyllic scene, I found this. Maybe 300m from the house. A freaking castle tower thing…

What is this place, seriously. I love it. 😀

In the evening we had a dinner near Østerbro, with our norwegian-finnish friend group. 😀 We made chicken tortillas and drank red wine. It was perfect.

The weekend

My friends from Finland came to stay for the weekend! The weather was definitely kind to them as it was sunny both on Saturday and Sunday, and so all the tourist pictures we took look much better than the ones I took on my first weekend here. 😀

Team Finland arrived late in Friday evening, and after dropping our things off at their Airbnb we headed to central Copenhagen to grab something to eat. Of course this was easier said than done – we struggled to find a sit down restaurant that still served food at 22:00.

We finally found food at Hungry Dane. Iida was happy about it.

After eating we found a nice restaurant, Flottenheimer, where we decided to sit and have a few drinks. It was a place I totally want to visit again, maybe on time to eat there as well.

At this point I should probably mention that for me, things like birthdays and Christmas are quite important. Not for any particular reason, I just get excited. And because of this I can go maybe a bit overboard with the celebrations. Like wear-a-crown-in-school-cafeteria-because-it’s-my-birthday kind of overboard. I totally didn’t do that last year… Wait, yes I did. BUT what is the point of life if you can’t sometimes go a little crazy with excitement? (I totally turned 25 and not 8 I swear)

But yes, back to Friday. We had some nice drinks in good company, and when it came to midnight the lovely people sang me a Happy Birthday song. <3

On Saturday IT WAS MY BIRTHDAYY and we had a birthday celebration/tourist day. We started by having brunch in Ravnsborg, which was a totally random find that turned out to be pretty much the perfect place. They had acoustic music playing that could have been picked straight from one of my playlists on Spotify, and the brunch plate was just the right combination of deliciousness.

After brunch we walked around doing touristy things, and when it got too cold we decided to stop in Nyhavn for a nice Irish Coffee break.

After that we headed to see the Little Mermaid and the Kastellet. I was excited, as I hadn’t had a change to go there yet. Aaand of course my phone ran out of battery when we got there, so this is the only picture that I took:

 

We had our dinner at a place called Cantina, and then went back to the Airbnb to rest before heading out again. The choice for my birthday party ended up being SKAAL, a really nice bar that served all different kinds of beer, and most importantly, Gin & Tonic.

On Sunday we continued our tourist life, and headed first to Christiania, and then to Amager Strand. The strand really impressed me, and I can imagine it being very nice when it gets warmer. Now it was a little bit too cold, especially for Iida who had maybe a bit of a hangover brain in the morning when picking her outfit for the cold Copenhagen weather… 😀

 

Now my visitors have left and the lack of sleep is really starting to hit. Other than that I’m feeling happy and at least so far 25 doesn’t look too bad. 🙂

Have a nice week!

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I moved!

Well, this week was eventful.

Monday was a normal school day. I think I just went to the lecture, then came home to do some programming, and then watched a movie (Love, Rosie – IT WAS SO GOOD! The main characters, Rosie and Alex, are two childhood best friends who love each other but have some communication issues… WATCH IT! The best romantic comedy I’ve seen this year.).

Monday evening programming setup

On Tuesday evening I went to an ice skating event in Frederiksbergorganised by ESN. It was fun, even though really we just skated in a circle for an hour, because the skating ring was really small. 😀 After that we went to Tequila Bar, where they apparently have an hour of free beer (!!) every Tuesday at 21-22. It was quite funny to witness, as someone who doesn’t drink beer. 😀

The ice skating ring.
Lightshow near Christiansborg.

Wednesday was Valentine’s day. FUN FACT for anyone non-Finnish who might be reading this: In Finland the 14th of February is not actually “Valentine’s day”, but Ystävänpäivä, which translates roughly to “friendship day”. 😀 In that spirit I had a sushi date with my awesome cousin Anna, who lives & works in Copenhagen. We went to a sushi place in Torvehallerne called Sushi Loversand ate A LOT. 😀 After the sushi bliss Anna invited me for a glass of wine with her friends to a place called Lo-Jo’s Social. Her friends were the best people, and somehow I ended up getting home at 3am. 😀

Valentine’s mirror selfie… #sorrynotsorry

And now, finally, the topic of the week – I moved! My room in Albertslund was nice, but the kollegium (Denmarks Internationale Kollegium) had some serious security issues with unauthorised outsiders entering the homes, smoking in the common areas, thrashing stuff and threatening people. On the first week I met a guy who had only spent a night at DIK, before going to the accommodation office with a video of the intruders, asking for somewhere else to live. I was fine with the situation at first (partly due to my cold), thinking that if I avoided the common areas I would be fine. Then, last week, I woke up at 3am to people screaming outside my window, which gave me quite a scare. That’s when I decided to write to the accommodation office and ask if I could also move away from there.

At first they said that there were no rooms available anywhere, but then on this week’s Wednesday I messaged them again (slightly prompted by a lovely Valentine’s morning surprise when I saw a cockroach on my desk…) about a room that I knew was empty in another accommodation, and got an offer! The room was not the one I asked about, but one in Lyngby, in a student house shared with 8 other people. At first I was skeptical, because moving would mean that, a) I would have to give up my private bathroom and start sharing with others, and b) my new room would be less than half the size of my old one. On Thursday I came to see the place with Minna, and she convinced me that moving was a good idea.

And now I live here! And I’m glad that I do – the night before I moved out someone was entering the rooms at DIK with a key, closing the door if they found that the room wasn’t empty. So, on the off chance that someone finds this blog when they are looking for accommodation with DTU, maybe reconsider if you get an offer from DIK…

The area around my new place, Lundtofte, is so nice! It’s much more home-ish than Albertslund was. There’s even a Finlandsvej near here. 😀 The only thing about living here is that I really need to get a bike now. According to Google, I can get to DTU in 10 minutes by bike, but it will take 30 minutes to walk there. Also, the connection to central Copenhagen is maybe a bit tricky – I have to first take a local train (which are basically buses that go on rails), and then change to a S-tog. And I’m not sure how late the local trains run? Maybe with a bike I could first go to Lyngby St. and then take the B-train from there?

Brede St.
From inside a local train.

On Saturday I had made plans with Minna to go to a museum, but we had a communication issue (I thought that the museum was in central Copenhagen, when in fact it was 1h away), and instead I spent the day shopping with friends from Norway. 🙂 We met up with Minna and her friend for lunch, and on the evening we all went out together, to a bar called Søhesten. I think there’s some rail work going on with the B train, because as I tried to find a connection that would take me home after we left the bar they were all ridiculously long… Luckily Minna had a spare mattress that I could borrow. Today I didn’t do much, except went to check out a second hand shop called PRAG on my way home from Minna’s. It was maybe a bit pricey for a second hand place, so I didn’t buy anything.

Our lunch place Saturday was a cute place called Cafiola. As the menu says, it was very hygge.

Annd I think that’s all for now.

Have a nice week!

First week of lectures

So, because of my cold last week, this week was the first one where I could actually go to the lectures. The courses that I am taking here are:

  1. Mobile Application Development with Swift (5 credits). This was the course that I was most excited about beforehand, as app development is something I could possibly see myself doing someday. Maybe. This might also be the most demanding one of my courses here, at least based on this week.
  2. Advanced Topics in Software Engineering (5 credits). This I was maybe most worried about beforehand, because it’s the only one of my courses here that’s actually a Masters course. I think. But at least based on this week, I think I’ll be fine.
  3. Agile Object-oriented Software Development (10 credits). I have taken a similar course in Aalto, and the lecturer actually asked me what I was doing in the class when he found out. BUT it was Scala, and this is Java… And the course was in 2014, so I’m looking at this course more as a way to get my programming routine back on track. Or something.
  4. Project Management (5 credits). A bit of a wild card in my course selection, but apparently a lot of exchange students had the same idea as the course is maybe 40% international students.

All in all the selection of courses that I could have taken (and would have been interested in) wasn’t that big, and all these courses seem at least now like they were a good pick. My lectures are divided between the two DTU campuses around Copenhagen, Lyngby and Ballerup, but that’s OK. I have Mondays and Thursdays on Ballerup, and Tuesdays and Wednesdays on Lyngby, which is the main campus where we had our introduction week. On Fridays I have nothing – yay!

Other than school, I didn’t do much during the week. On evenings I mostly continued my relationship with Netflix. I watched 3 movies this week:

  1. Rip Tide, a surfer movie about a girl who wants to escape her life of being a famous supermodel. It was super cheesy and predictable, which to me equals top entertainment for a weekday evening. 😀
  2. Rumor Has It…, a Jennifer Aniston movie. I wasn’t that into it.
  3. Mirror Mirror. A fun retelling of Snow White. Easily the best movie this week. Why isn’t life a fairytale? Just asking…
My breakfast on Friday. I’m trying to find the optimal breakfast that doesn’t require a trip to the kitchen…

On Friday I spent pretty much the whole day writing a song. I’m kind of afraid to know how much of my daily ukulele & singing sessions can be heard through the walls… I do hear almost everything that happens in the hallway, and from time to time I hear one of my neighbours singing in the shower. So I guess they can also hear me. But maybe they will come and complain if they get annoyed? Although I hope they don’t. I have been quiet after 22:00, which is the building rule.

On Friday evening I travelled to Nørrebro, and we had a wine+sushibowl girls night with Minna.

On Saturday we met up with the buddy group, and went to see the Tivoli amusement park. As a former Linnanmäki employee it was somewhat interesting to see their winter theme. The only downside was that Tivoli had an entrance fee (100 DKK) that we had to pay, even though we didn’t go to any of the rides. But I would say that the experience was worth it. 🙂 The park was decorated with fake snow and fairy lights, and there was a possibility to go ice skating (we didn’t, but maybe I’ll go another time?). The aesthetic was exactly the kind of fairy tale land I was looking for after watching Mirror Mirror. 😀

On Saturday evening there was a welcome party hosted by ESN that I went to. The bar where it was held, Aloha Beach Bar, was a bit small for the crowd, but the party was great otherwise. 🙂

And that’s all this week! Today I think I’ll just stay at home with my (thankfully very mild) hangover, and maybe watch a (yet another) Netflix movie. There was a new one released this week, When We First Met, that looks promising.

Have a nice week! 🙂