Doing stuff alone & a weekend trip to Aarhus!

Hello blog! First, sorry that this post is late! I can’t believe I couldn’t keep to my schedule… But it wasn’t because of me, I had technical difficulties. Anyway, because of the weekend trip, I decided to divide this post into 2 parts. Just note that I wrote about the week on Friday, and about the Aarhus trip on Sunday.

THE WEEK

This is a good depiction of how focused we are with our Advanced Topics in Software Engineering project.

This week had a very strong theme, I think.

First, on Tuesday I went to the movies alone for the first time ever… It was somehow very freeing! I went to see Call Me by Your Name, which was fantastic – easily my favourite new movie that I’ve seen since La La Land. I think that they had a very similar feel, actually, with the way colours were used. And of course with the love story. And with how heavily music was part of the movie.

There was only one issue that I totally failed to realise beforehand… Because the movie is set in Italy, at times the characters spoke Italian (and French). And it was, of course, subtitled in Danish. Which I don’t understand. I did have some idea what they were saying, through my mediocre Swedish skills, but I might have to watch the movie again with English or Finnish subtitles. Luckily I was so impressed with the movie, that I immediately went and bought the book to my Kindle afterwards. So, maybe I can fill the translation gaps with the book.

This is a song from the movie that I’m now listening on repeat:

Listen to it. I’m in love.

Okay, but back to the theme – independence! I’m trying to do more traveling stuff just by myself. I feel like I’ve been here 7 weeks now, and keep waiting for it to become sunny / for friends to be free to do stuff. On Thursday I decided that I will just start exploring, even though the weather was super windy and cloudy.

So, I took my car and straight after the day’s lecture I drove to Charlottenlund, which I picked from the map by chance. It turned out to be a beach park with a nice, mint green pier – definitely worth a bike trip when it gets warmer!

My route.

I drove along the coast, and stopped from time to time to take in the view and snap pictures. It was freezing cold (so cold my phone died – luckily I have a charger in the car), but I really enjoyed my little adventure. My final stop was at Rungsted Harbour, where I ate sushi at Sticks ‘N’ Sushi. ALONE! I think it was my first time eating alone in a restaurant where they serve you to the table. But I survived!

The reason I’m trying to learn to do stuff alone is that I don’t have any friends I’m thinking about maybe doing a solo trip to Germany during the easter break! I messed it up a little bit – by the time I realised that it will actually be a week off from DTU (it’s just a long weekend in Finland), everyone had booked their trips or made plans to go home for the week. And I want to do something too. So why not alone?

THE WEEKEND

On Friday morning I picked up Minna from Herlev Station, and we started our journey towards Aarhus. We had decided to stop in Roskilde on our way, because we thought that it would be a shame not to go and see one of the oldest cities in Denmark. In reality we only saw a little part of it, because we drove straight to the church without really taking in the rest of the city. It was really nice though! (The weather was freezing.) After walking around the church’s surroundings we drove to the harbour to see if we could get a look at the Viking Museum, but there wasn’t much that you could see without paying the ticket.

We really hadn’t done any research when preparing for this trip, and were really, REALLY impressed with the bridge that connects the islands Sjælland and Fyn. It’s even longer than the one between Sweden and Denmark! The weather wasn’t that clear on our way there, and because of that we couldn’t see the other island when driving on the bridge, so it seemed even longer.

In Aarhus we drove straight to our AirBnb (which was actually in Viby). Friday marked the 1 year anniversary of my mom’s death, so after having dinner at a nice place called Cafe Smagløs in the city, we decided to just head back to the AirBnb to watch movies. The two movies we watched were Hannah Montana: The movie (don’t judge us – listen to The Climb and tell me that it isn’t an epic masterpiece… 😀 ) and La La Land (still amazing).

Somewhere during the evening Minna lost her voice, and it never came back during weekend. It was a bit challenging. 😀 But she came up with a solution – she bought a notebook and a pen that she used to write messages with. 😀 It worked!

On Saturday we headed to the city pretty early, and had a nice brunch at a cafe near the railway station.

After that we toured some shops, and then headed into Den Gamle By, an open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark. It was really interesting, but as everything touristy, would probably have been nicer in the summer. We also checked out the botanical gardens. Again – probably really nice in the summer.

For dinner we had pizza in a restaurant called Passione – the food was great, and the staff was so friendly, our waiter even sang to us in Finnish. 😀 After the dinner we randomly decided to go and see a movie, and because I had been hyping up Call Me by Your Name to Minna so much, we went to see that again. I’m, at this point, about halfway through the book, and it really gave a whole layer of understanding to the movie. An not only to the parts that are in Italian. 😀

On Sunday we went to a brunch buffet, walked around a bit more, and then headed to ARoS – an art museum. The museum’s highest floor is a glass rainbow that you can walk around in. Definitely worth seeing if you’re going to Aarhus!

I really fell in love with Aarhus as a city – the river that runs through the city center is so cute, with all the bridges going across it, and Danish architecture just doesn’t cease to amaze me.

On our way back we saw the most beautiful sunset, and somehow timed it perfectly to when we drove across the long bridge back to Sjælland. I would almost call it magic – we were supposed to leave ARoS at around 15:00, but started towards home closer to 16:30. And I’m so about our change of plans – I MEAN LOOK:

Aaand that’s all from this (or now last) week.

Bye!