‘Celebrating’ J-dag in Copenhagen.

I was finally able to move into my new apartment (though not yet into my room) so I wanted to usefully spend my time, namely at Ikea. As Carina has also just moved into her new flat we both took one day off studying and went to IKEA and got a few things. Most of the things I got were of decorative purpose – lots of candles, candle holders and cacti. Probably most importantly we also got ourselves some cake and Köttbullar/Grøntsagsboller (veggie version of them). Cheap and yummy :)

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You can’t go to IKEA and not eat at the restaurant.

Besides getting stuff for my new flat I also had to prepare for my next assignment which starts on 9th November. This time I only have 72 hours to write a 10-page-paper. Therefore, I had to do all the reading beforehand as I usually don’t keep up with the readings during the semester. I just don’t see why I should do that – most of the time the professor just repeats the stuff from the book and the articles during the lecture, so if I read everything beforehand, the lecture would be extremely boring sometimes. From time to time they get boring anyway, so… whatever :D All in all I spent quite a lot of time in the library again, yay!

Friday was another ‘special’ day in Denmark – J-dag. J-dag is the day on which the arrival of the Christmas brew of Tuborg is celebrated in various bars. The Danish brewery Tuborg (member of the Carlsberg group) has been brewing a special beer for Christmas for quite some time and the beer is available only for a few weeks. The company started with this tradition in 1990 and the event turned out to be quite a success. Another special thing about this event is that the beer is only available to the public after 20.59 on that day. So you can already see the Julebryg in stores all over town but you won’t be able to buy it :D The Julebryg (Jul = Christmas –> Christmas brew) has a slightly higher alcohol concentration, is malty and apparently tastes like liquorice. Since 2010, J-dag is celebrated on the first Friday of November.

So on Friday, Carina, Sarah and I wanted to bring a bit of a change into our study sessions and went to the university café/bar, where there was an event for J-dag. The whole bar was decorated accordingly (all in blue and ready for Christmas) and Christmas music (at times other music like Michael Jackson as well) was blasting out of the boxes.

We even got a bagel for free and it was sooooo delicious! On the facebook eventpage it only said ‘snacks’ were included so we were expecting nothing like that and were quite suprised :D They even had a veggie bagel and it was so delicious!

The beer was better than expected, but I would never buy it in a bar as it was just too malty for me. At least I think this was the reason why I did not like it :D And it did not taste like liquorice at all.Though, not many people were there – lucky us. We were not in the mood for a night-out and just wanted to taste the beer and have a good conversation. we had a lot of fun and they were already playing Christmas music. So I am already in a very Christmassy mood and am looking forward to going to the first Christmas markets of the season. Stay tuned, I will definitely report on them ;)

Another week about cars. | Exam time.

This entry will be a very short one as I do not want to bore you with library and exam stuff. I could tell you a lot about Tesla Motors and various perspectives of consumer behaviour but I’d rather not. If you are interested in reading stuff about Tesla Motors and their e-cars, you can have a look at this article… Arnold Schwarzenegger is mentioned there. Haha.


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So again – lots of time spent in the library.

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The most interesting day of my week was probably Tuesday. Carina and I got up very early in the morning so we could enjoy a free breakfast at H&M! We also got a discount of 20% on everything. Yay :)

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so much food!

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YUM!

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I promise I will be able to write a bit more next week as the exam will finally be over, Halloween is coming up, my boyfriend is in town again and I will be moving into a new flat. Stay tuned ;)

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Spending time in the library. | Exam time

This week I haven’t had any classes due to Efterårsferie – the autumn holidays in Denmark. Nonetheless, my first “exam” of one of my courses started. It is a take home assignment, where I have two weeks to write a paper of around 15 pages on the different perspectives of consumer behaviour. The case is about Tesla Motors. Yay. Cars. Funnily enough, my sister told me two days before the hand out of the assignment that she and her fiancé have just booked a Tesla car as their car for their wedding next June. At least I have a little insight in a potential consumer of one of these cars.

In the past few days l have been spending a lot of time reading the course literature in order to apply it in the assignment. So my week was relatively boring, nothing extraordinary happened.

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Sunny day spent in the library

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In times like these you gotta treat yourself once in a while – cheap chocolate and cheap no-name coke

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Stuff that keeps me alive in the library

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My university building on a rainy Saturday morning

A few words about the university buildings. CBS is not a campus university so there are several buildings across Frederiksberg. The main building (which you can see above) is on Solbjerg Plads (short SP) and this is also where I have spent a lot of time in the library and where the wine tasting took place. The other building that I mostly go to is the graduate house on Nyholms Vej (NV), where I have got all my courses. The Danish classes take place in the (I believe) old building on Dalgas Have. There is another building on Porcelænshaven, but I have no idea what the purpose of this one is as I have only been to it once and haven’t seen much of it.

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Shopping centre right across the CBS

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Entrance hall of the university

I could also try out a few things in the kitchen as I have had so much time on my hands and all my favourite youtubers unfortunately don’t post daily videos and one cannot always watch kittens and puppies.

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Chia pudding with caramelised bananas and blueberries

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Spinach-Feta-Hummus things :D

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Stuff that you find on the streets

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Even on a dull rainy day you can find beautiful spots in the city

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Rainy day spent in the library. yay

Exploring Copenhagen’s cultural side.

Last Sunday Sarah, Carina and I went to a flea market on Islands Brygge on Amager. This quay is so beautiful and apparently one of the most popular areas along the harbourfront in Copenhagen. The architecture there is very extraordinary – a mixture of old buildings and modern architecture, which makes the area even more interesting. It was a very typical flea market with a huge variety of offerings for young and old. We didn’t pay close attention to them because it was way more interesting how people were behaving and in what things they were interested in, so we only got coffee, wandered around and talked a lot.

The market was also very close to a very special bridge – the so-called “Circlebroen” (The Circle Bridge), which only opened in August 2015 and connects Christiansbro and Appelbys Plads. The bridge consists of five different sized circular platforms and is a pedestrian bridge. According to the internet, the bridge should represent a ship by the quay as a reference to the shipping history of Copenhagen :D

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Cirkelbroen

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On the Circklebroen

Enjoying the view

As I have mentioned in a previous blog post, CBS has various societies, including CBS Wine. This society holds several events a year where they try to teach you some important things about wine. Carina and I gave it a go and went to one of their events: Wine Tasting 101. IMG_2531

There was even an Austrian wine connoisseur at the event and his name was Rudi (couldn’t be any more stereotypical, could it?!). We could try one sparkling, three white and five red wines from France, Italy, Germany and Australia. Some of them were really good! The event was very well organised, we even had spit buckets on the table (in case you didn’t like the wine or didn’t want to drink it all so you could pour it in the spit bucket). The connoisseurs gave us an overview of how the different types are made, what impact the glass shape has on the taste and other interesting things.

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Probably the most interesting part of the week was Friday night. It was Kulturnatten. This is a bit like “Lange Nacht der Museen” in Austria, which means many museums are open to the public for free. However, in Copenhagen you have to get a ticket for only 90 Kroner and there are many special events on Kulturnatten, such as light installations and dance performances.

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Ticket for Kulturnatten

Sarah, Carina and I only had a rough plan what we wanted to do and see, so we stumbled upon a few interesting things on the way. One of it was a beer tasting in a church. Sarah still had to get her ticket and most of the 7-elevens didn’t have tickets any more so we had to go to a church in the centre where they still had some left. Funnily enough, a beer tasting also happened to be at the same place, so why not go and try one?!

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The beer (dark and light) was really delicious and I don’t know why but I didn’t even look at the brand so I have no idea what the beer was. Definitely not Carlsberg or Tuborg though.

We then walked around in the city so we could have a look at a few installations so we also came across a light installation (or light show?!) of “Tolkien’s Universe” at the Royal Danish Arsenal Museum. In the inner yard was this huge light installation where you could see Hobbiton of Lord of the Rings. This wasn’t just a picture, it was kind of a video, as after some time, Gandalf came with his horse carriage and shot some fireworks and so on. It was so beautifully made!

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Hobbiton

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Hobbiton

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Gandalf’s firework

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Burning front

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Tolkien’s Universe

We also wanted to go to the House of Horrors, but the lady at the entrance told us that “this is only for kids” and we should go away. Ts. We then had a peak at the Glyptotek (no bags allowed inside, so we walked out again) and waited for a bus in the freezing cold for 20 minutes so we could look at babies in jars. The official name was “Museum Saxtorphianum” and it was an exhibition at the Medical Museum of the University of Copenhagen. It is the Saxtorph collection which started in the late 1700s and consists of bones, fetuses, instruments and so on. It was very interesting to look at, but very creepy and disturbing on the other hand. I did not take pictures of any fetus or bone but there were a few other parts of the exhibition that didn’t consist of a thing in a jar.

The last station of our tour was the SMK – State Museum of Copenhagen. We only looked at the International and Danish art of the last 100 years as this part was the most interesting one to us. However, we also came across a few strange pieces.

Carina and I also wanted to go to the Botanical Garden, which was right around the corner of SMK, but it was already 11:45 and everything closed at 12 so we could only have a peak inside the Garden and we went home afterwards.

All in all, we had a lot of fun, although it was a very cold night and we had to either walk long distances, wait in lines or wait for the bus for 20 minutes… :D

Baking traditional Austrian food.

Every study programme at CBS has its own Social Committee which is in charge of organising a few get-togethers during the semester. The first event that our committee planned was an international dinner which took place last Thursday. Everyone was encouraged to prepare a traditional dish from his or her home country. Naturally, Carina and I decided to bring Apple Strudel. First, it is very easy to make and second, meat for Schnitzel would be just too expensive. Besides, as a Vegetarian I am always eager to bring non-meat food, especially if it’s a sweet dish :)

It was not hard to get flaky pastry and the rest of the ingredients in a normal supermarket, so we didn’t even have to go to a special supermarket. I don’t want to brag, but the strudel turned out to be so delicious! And we were even able to restrain ourselves from eating a lot at home before the dinner had actually started.

The event took place in one of the social rooms in a Copenhagen student dorms – in Tietgenkollegiet. If you google “student dorm copenhagen”, this is the first that pops up on the image search as it is very famous and V E R Y beautiful. Sarah – a girl from my programme – is currently living there and she showed us her “small” room – around 28 squaremetres, with a huge balcony and a big bathroom just for herself. And you should have seen the kitchen – it is so amazing and a dream for every student.

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But back to the food, which is of course more important! So many people brought meatballs or potatoes, but I guess that’s just typical for a lot of the countries in Europe. There were also a lot of desserts but I’m gonna let the pictures speak for themselves.

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Pasta salad, sausages, potato salad and salmon rolls

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Polish meatballs

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German Schnitzels

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Danish meatballs

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A cake from Denmark (at least I think so)

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Ciocolattini from Italy

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Peanut butter cookies from the USA (made by Sarah)

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Norwegian waffles with jam and brown cheese

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And of course – APPLE STRUDEL from Austria

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In the right corner on the picture to the left you can see the brown cheese on the waffles, which was definitely the most interesting and also most delicious food of the whole evening! It is a very sweet goat cheese and it is so creamy and tasty and I want to have more of it!! I’ve already got my private source who is going to get me some before Christmas.

Due to the fact that almost every traditional dish in every country has meat in it, there was only potato salad, potatoes and cream potatoes (or something like this) as a main dish for me. However, there were so many sweet dishes there that I was so full afterwards and I couldn’t have been happier.


I also bought a bike a few weeks ago and had to have it repaired already – I had a flat tire because of a big hole in it…

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One day I even came across this muesli from Austria. It made my day! Unfortunately, way too expensive :D I bet it would be affordable at home.

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Starting life in a new (expensive) city.

The first two weeks in Copenhagen are over. I took part in the official Intro week of the programme, two of my courses have already started and yes, I’ve already had my first group assignment. But one at a time!

My friend from Austria (Carina) and I decided to stay in an airbnb for the first couple of months in order to look for apartments after arriving. So late Sunday afternoon two weeks ago we got the keys for our Airbnb. The apartment is relatively big, it even has its own small garden. However, we have a tiny bathroom, which is Copenhagen-style with the shower head above the toilet. Very interesting. We decided to spend the rest of the day “at home” and only went out for groceries. Yay to open shops on a Sunday!! As we were not familiar at all which shop we should go to, we went to the first available. Everything was super expensive. Many things 5 times more expensive than at home. We’d known beforehand that Denmark (Scandinavia in general) is more expensive than Austria but still… A small snickers bar for 2,60?! A small package of Feta for 4-5 Euros?! Coffee unaffordable?! So we had to abandon our dream of continuing a relatively healthy life in Copenhagen. It turned out that going to the closest supermarket was probably the worst decision possible as we’d picked the most expensive option as we found out the next day. 10 metres to the left would have been one of the cheapest supermarkets of Denmark where prices are acceptable and vegetables are cheap. :D

The first couple of days we tried to do a bit of sightseeing which was also quite hard because it was extremely windy & rainy on and off throughout the day. However, we got to see the (very little) Little Mermaid with many tourists in front of it ;)

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Didn’t want to have the tourists in the picture… :D

Intro Week started on Tuesday and we met around 3/4 of our new classmates. On the first day we went on a boat trip (yay!) but we couldn’t quite enjoy the view as we had to do some kind of “speed-dating”, where we got to know our classmates. Funny at the beginning, a bit annoying at the end as almost all of questions went like this “Where are you from? Why Copenhagen? Have you found an apartment yet?”. Afterwards we went to a bar where you’d never go at 5PM but at least we could talk to a few of our classmates. The next couple of days were full of silly games and the professors introduced the programme itselfs and every course of it. It sounded interesting and I am really looking forward to the courses! The intro week ended with a Make-your-own-burger-buffet (with a shitty Veggie-option) and a night out in a bar/club.

We also got to see the main building of the CBS which is also newly built (at least I assume so) and quite straightforward without any futuristic none-sense like my university at Vienna. However, I won’t be having classes in this building as they just opened a building just for (us) graduates. The new building looks very unspectacular though. :D There was also a separate event for international students which was not really helpful but we got to eat very tasty cake and wraps (with no veggie-option -.-)!

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In my second week in CPH I already had to do a lot of readings and even one small group work (and we did great on it!). As we are 120 people in the programme and we are not split up in smaller classes or anything, we don’t have to attend classes or participate in them, although both of it is of course highly recommended. This was also quite a surprise for me as I somehow assumed that we’d be having smaller classes and would need to participate and have presentations and stuff like that. However, I will also manage to adapt to this type of teaching.

Besides having my first classes, Carina and I also went to famous Christiania on the only really sunny & beautiful day of the week. Afterwards we treated ourselves with some froyo.

The first two weeks in CPH were very interesting, very different to Austria. Public transport is very expensive; however, very reliable. The metro system is not very efficient as it’s not possible to reach many places with it. I guess I am just spoilt from Vienna ;) But other than that, the city seems to function quite well, people are very friendly and helpful. You see so many people riding a bike… So getting a bike is number 2 on my To-do-list! :)

A few words to my classmates: We guessed that BCM2017 (Brands & Communication Management, Graduation 2017) has a 50:50 ratio of Danes:Internationals. Most of the internationals are Norwegians, Germans and Swedish. So many Germans everywhere ;) And the ratio of female:male is around 60:40 which was quite a surprise to me.

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A next step.

Hey everyone.

As some of you already know I have decided to do my masters abroad. I’ve only dreamed of doing such a thing but it never came into my mind that it could become reality. I only applied with a slight hope to get into the programme. Because of my seemingly small chance to get into it, I also applied for a programme at home. Just to be on the safe side. :D But in late June I got my conditional acceptance letter and after taking another exam in Finance (Urgh!) and the IELTS I got fully accepted to the Brand & Communications Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

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Some of you might have seen or read my previous blog rainydaysinengland. As this here in Denmark is a somehow complete different story compared to my exchange in the UK I wanted to have a fresh start. That’s the reason for this blog. I want to share my journey in Denmark with you.

So let the journey begin!