Working it all out..
Trip Start Feb 18, 2007
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After a full night of sleep our first evening, we were suprised to find that the second night didn't go so well. After we both literally fell over at 6pm, we gave in and hit the bed for an hour. Of course, we were both up bright and early this morning!
Today one of G's coworkers, Troels, our unofficial vestas ambassador, is going to take us to Arhus so that we can register for our residence permits. Once this is done, we go to the Folkes office in Randers (like a municipal office) and get our CPR number. This is for taxes, pay, opening a bank account and health care. It will take one week to get the number and then another 5 days to get the card. Another of Gs coworkers, Warrick from Australia just went through this so he has already figured out the process.
G headed in yesterday to get everything going and really enjoyed meeting his new coworkers. They were very welcoming and introduced him to the amazing $4 lunch buffet that the company serves us. I must get a job there too I think! Once he returned, and I had finished un packing our stuff, we went down to tackle the grocery store.
Yes, people speak english, but for many it is not very confidently or without accent. As a result, we are truly going to learn Danish without being swayed by the fallback of speaking english. All of the signs are also in Danish and we had a great time deciphering some of the more interesting words like "Slutspurt".
We managed to find everything that we were looking for at a comparable cost. Premade food is very expensive but fresh food is very well priced, even in the "expensive" food store. In fact, the veggies are so fresh that they still have dirt on them. The veggies are a normal size, no additives here, and sold by package not weight. This makes it much easier both from a cost and portion perspective. Not to mention that you cannot fit much in the fridge which is very narrow and quite long. So we picked up some lovely, and cheap, pork chops, veggies, fresh bread and wine. Too bad that we were so tired that we didn't cook it ! There is always tonight.
There is a smattering of snow on the ground this morning, a far cry from the numerous feet that was expected. Of course, this may come later today or tomorrow. Temperatures fom -1 to -10. So we haven't left winter yet!
TV watching is an interesting experience with shows in German, Swedish, French and sometimes even Danish. It is all subtitled. We also get the History channel with programming in English. For some reason we can't figure out how to access any other channels so this is pretty much it for our viewing. Thank goodness for our DVD stash and our laptops.
Another daily giggle is getting in and out of our tub. It is a 3/4 tub that comes up to one's waist. With the shower rod at neck height, you must get the leg over and then duck, shuffle over and then sit down. Doing this before coffee is not advisable.
With some guidance from HR at Vestas and G's new coworkers we are going to begin looking for an apartment in the area. The rent is quite good in Randers and it is easy to get to Arhus we are told. So we will do some exploring and check out where the best area to live is. Our leads so far are encouraging!
The air here is amazingly fresh, and although cold, it is very pleasent to walk around the streets and check it all out. We are going to head out, more of Arhus later.