My Student Lifestyle

Trip Start Aug 29, 2007
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Trip End Feb 02, 2008


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Good evening fans. In this particular travel blog I will be discussing life as a student in Copenhagen plus my interesting canal tour and of course my eastern romp to a grand old castle.

For those of you who have travelled abroad with the intention of making casual acquaintances, and if you're an especially needy person maybe even 'friends', you will know that the process of socialising is, well, exhausting.
You see, meeting so many people in a strange and foreign land is quite taxing on one's mental and physical stamina even someone so physically unrivalled and mentally exemplary as my fine self. On this note you may have heard a number of relatives, local and major celebrities and some international news reports describe me as the "intellectual, quintessential demi-god". In any case, in order to combat my fatigue I've created a Spanish, flamenco dancing alter-ego who, when Dan is left feeling prostrate because of all his hob-nobbing, assumes "schmoozing duty". That's right, so as Balls Vasquez I am able to maintain that certain level of social decorum expected of a young studly studmuffin. With regards to my international fraternising I am having quite a good time. I've met a number of folk from the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, Russia and Australia. Though I'm keen to meet some more Europeans and less native English speaking denizens I'm quite enjoying the company of this group. I say group becasue most of these people have actually been here for three weeks and have become good friends in that time. It is customary for this group to gather at Aboulevard 23 just around the corner from me. The notoriety of this address stems from the fact that it is student apartment inhabited by some Australian, English and Kiwi lasses who frequently call pre-party drinks at their residence.

Also on the topic of being a student here; did anyone know that it is legal to drink on the street here? Needless to say I have spent a considerable amount of time on the street since this revelation. Quite seriously though it seems that at clubs, and at the Student House in particular, people spend more time outside than in. Oh yes the Student House, near the historical Round Tower (which was an observatory built in the 1700s I think) is just like the uni bar and is frequented by international students. You can buy a bottle of Carlsberg here for about $3.50 Australian. Also you're not allowed to drink beer outside if you bought it from a bar, only if it's from a bottleshop etc. However, I do what I want with MY beer and no one would dare challenge an Australian on that.

On Wednesday the 5th I went on a canal tour along with hundreds of other students. A fairly touristy thing there's not much to tell you but I have included some cool pictures. Oh yes and when designing and subsequently building the Little Mermaid staute (which I did spy on the canal tour) the Danes obviously interpreted the "little" very literally. Had I not the visual acuity of a magic-eye solving diamond authenticator I very well could have missed it. Nevertheless I've included a photo for the curious. It was on this tour that I befriended a young Russian lass named Euvie who was raised in the Moscow district and further solidified my friendship with Danny, whom I'd met just that afternoon, a young buck from Exeter, UK.

I'll briefly mention what classes are like here for all you prospective exchangers (my cool slang for exchange students). Essentially you have one class per unit you take. This class consists of two 45 minute sessions with a 15 minute break in the middle (though one of my classes has three 45 minute sessions). These classes are called Lectures but are more like Australian tutorials, only longer and with short periods where only the "lecturer" speaks. The craziest thing about uni here is that there are NO: tests, essays, asssignments, or any sort of assessable work during the semester. The only thing you are assessed on comes at the end of the semester and is either 1) a 20 minute oral presentation including five minutes where the examiner fires random questions at you OR 2) one 15 page essay (max 2400 characters per page). For both of these exams (which contribute to 100% of your grade no matter which one you choose) you have to submit a petitum beforehand which has to list various academic readings totalling 1200 (800 for sociology) pages that you are expected to cover in your exam.

Rosenborg Slot (which means Castle in some language, Danish probably) is a cool locale I stumbled across whilst wandering in the Eastern parts of the city. I took some external shots of the building as it cost money to enter and I am cheap (as in chips). However, it was free to enter, and I think also use, the facilties so I snapped a couple of urinal shots for you. Now I know the question is on your minds even if you're too embarrassed to admit it. And the answer is yes, urinals do smell the same in Denmark. Now if the question you had in mind was how have I advanced this far in life without anybody noticing my desperate need for psychiatric intervention? Then you are very perceptive. During my time east I also visited the State Art Museum which, to my suprise, had a huge park out the back, Ostre Anlaeg, that you cannot see from the street. In this park I found a secluded garden area that was incredibly cool and relaxing. It was cut off from sight because of dense foliage and you had to walk down a narrow path to find it. It reminded me of The Secret Garden. As I did not have time I didn't go inside the Museum but I am planning to mosey on over tomorrow. Thankyou for your time.
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