Catching up: June Edition.

June was a month full of university related stuff due to final hand-ins and oral exams. It was also the month of my sister’s wedding and a week without proper Internet.

June in terms of: Travelling.

In my last blogpost I already wrote about that I had to take one final trip up north to Copenhagen due to my final exams. I couldn’t take a direct flight from Vienna so I had to travel to Munich via car-train-bus and then take a plane to CPH. So exhausting! Unfortunately, I had to do the same when travelling back – but this time instead of driving to my parent’s home I stayed on the train even longer to go to Vienna and visit my bf & friends. 14+ hours travelling was so exhausting… But at least I got to enjoy breakfast with Carina at Munich airport and we drove past Chiemsee in Germany.

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June in terms of: University.

Right at the beginning of the month my group members and I had to finish our last written paper (about Lego and Airbnb, in case you are wondering). Also, we had to prepare ourselves for the oral exams that were based on our written projects. Unfortunately, there was so much confusion until the very end regarding what would be asked and what not. However, both exams turned out to be okay-ish, the examiners were not too bad and we got good pieces of advice for our master thesis. A good end of the semester/year.

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June in terms of: Food.

At the beginning of June I attended a food festival in Vienna. The location was beautiful as it was in the courtyard the town hall of Vienna. I tried a burger from Die Burgermacher, a Burrito from Wrapstars and a famous portuguese Pastel de Nata from Nata Lisboa.

Another food highlight of June was that one time that I cooked vegan for half of my family. They got to enjoy a cucumber-apple soup and a burrito bowl, and they liked it (:

June was also the month where I got to try my own home-grown cress for the first time. I haven’t had cress in years and we kids used to eat it quite a lot when we were younger. So it was a little throwback to my childhood :D

My love for Pizza is not unknown, and due to all the free time on my hands I decided to make some from scratch myself (together with my bf). Delicious, of course ;)

Last but not least, I also need to mention the delicious Pad Thai that I had at Wagamama and the strawberry muffins at Shaneel’s, if you remember my last post.

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June in terms of: Life.

Definitely the most memorable life event of June was my Sister’s Wedding. After 10 years of dating and 1 year of being engaged, she got married to (I suppose :P) love of her life. I wish them all the best (:

This June was the first time ever that I swam in the Danube. Crazy, even though that I grew up so close by it, and it is pretty common in Vienna to take a refreshing swim in the river on a hot summer day. I just never got around to it and I have to admit that I’d rather stay inside in a cool house than broil in the hot sun. But taking a refreshing swim isn’t too bad, I have to admit… :D

At the end of June there’s always a (music) festival in Vienna that millions of people have been enjoying for quite some time now. As it’s at the end of June I have only been there once (or twice?) before as it was usually the week right before finals at uni. No time for fun, eh?! As my exams were over mid-June, I finally got to enjoy the Donauinselfest guilt-free, yay. Gudrun von Laxenburg was definitely my favourite act, Samy Deluxe and Frittenbude were pretty cool too. Also, I got to watch and more or less hear (terrible sound engineering) a few songs of Sean Paul. AND EVERYTHING FREE OF CHARGE.

June 2016 is also more or less equivalent to Euro2016. I am not a huge soccer fan but I like watching the ‘bigger’ games, especially with other people around. Naturally, I had to watch at least one game with the Austrian national team in a public viewing place. Sadly, ‘we’ lost and this was the end for our team for Euro2016. But I never expected them to be any good, so I am ‘officially’ rooting for Iceland and France now. Go either one of them!

The end of June did not mean well with me as everywhere I travelled to in Austria there was a problem with the wifi connection. What was there to do with all my free time when everybody around me in Vienna was studying and it was just too hot outside? And at home – when I needed the internet for scholarship/uni stuff and my blog? Stupid UPC and stupid thunderstorms that damage modems -.- Thankfully, this torment is over now and I am back online. :D

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June in terms of: Home.

After months of studying, travelling and more or less living in two countries (at least for the past two months), I finally (more or less) settled in Austria again (at least until the end of August). However, I’ve already made future travel plans, and big things are planned for the time after August, so there’s a lot going on at the moment. Still, it is good to recharge batteries at home. Enjoy the nature, enjoy the pets, enjoy the family. All the things that I never/hardly ever have in my beloved cities.

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This happens when you try to take a selfie with your dog…

Last time in Copenhagen for this year.

I took one last trip up north to Copenhagen. The last one for this year. I’ve got other big plans coming up which I haven’t told you about, so stay tuned ;) But here’s my last blogpost about the final week of my summer semester.

The reason why I had to be in CPH for another 6-7 days was that I had my two oral exams scheduled this and last week (Thursday and Monday). So last week, I took a car, a train, a bus and a flight to Copenhagen. It was a very exhausting trip but unfortunately the only cheap option available on such short notice (they handed out the dates for the exams two weeks prior…), where I wouldn’t spend hundreds of euros just on travelling .

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My friend Shaneel and her husband Fahad were so kind and offered to be my and Carina’s host during our stay, so we stayed with them for a few days before staying at an Airbnb for another few days. We had such a lovely time with them, even though we had to prepare ourselves for the exams. Shaneel even baked strawberry muffins (just for us)!!

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something healthy for a change… :D

But studying and eating wasn’t the only thing that we did while staying at their place. To Shaneel’s dismay, we (Carina, Fahad and I) also watched a few games of the European Championship.

But because we did not want to force too much soccer upon Shaneel, one evening we decided to watch a movie instead. It took us forever to choose one: no horror movies for me, no animation for Carina and no sad endings for Shaneel – which meant no Titanic :O :( Fahad was more or less fine with everything. So we went for The Fly. Scie-Fi / Horror / Romance / Thriller from 1986. It was so much fun and even though I never watch horror movies, I really ‘enjoyed’ it. It was so bizarre and fun to watch,  I’d even recommend it (with a winking eye of course).

I also went to Strøget one last time for one last shopping spree. I didn’t buy that much as I only went to a few shops that we don’t have here in Austria. I also bought a few gifts for friends & family.

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After moving into our Airbnb and even though we had a lot of readings on our schedule, Carina and I spent a whole afternoon and evening in front of the TV. The Airbnb had German TV and there was a baking show on, so why not watch baking stuff? Then there was ‘Shopping Queen’, and we couldn’t resist. haha. Afterwards there was the Austrian soccer match, so we couldn’t just turn off the TV and start studying, could we?! Especially when Ronaldo was missing every time and ‘our’ goalie was keeping everything (or just lucky…). Fun to watch indeed!

Sunday was full of reading and preparing, even though after the exam I thought to myself – why did I even care to read the articles that we were supposed to read?! haha :D

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After the exam Carina, Shaneel and I decided to have one final lunch/dinner together –  a post-exam ‘celebration’. We went to Wagamama. I’ve never been there before but I’ve heard so much about it and I’ve wanted to try it for a long time now, but I never got around to it. It’s a restaurant that offers oriental cuisine of noodle and vegetarian dishes. We ordered Gyoza as a ‘starter’ (turned out to be more like a side dish as the main dishes were served immediately after they brought the gyoza). I opted for my favourite thai dish – Pad Thai. It was really good but too much cilantro (I just put most bits to the side though). I also have to admit that I’ve had better gyoza and Pad Thai before, but still very good at Wagamama! One other special thing about this place is that you get FREE GREEN TEA. And not just any green tea, but served in a beautiful mug (which I really wanted to take home with me…) and it was so refreshing and delicious!

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On our final day Carina and I had to get up at around 4.30 and we even had to order a Uber to take us to the metro as there was no bus driving at that time. So, one Uber, one metro, one plane, one bus, one train and one metro later I finally arrived at my bf’s place in Vienna, after being on the road for 14+ hours. So exhausting. :(

All in all the exams went fine, I’m glad that they are over and that I passed all my exams of the year. I can’t believe that my first year of the master is already over. Time flew by so quickly, unbelievable!

Things to do when there’s no wifi.

The week before I finally moved into my apartment (which was also the week my boyfriend came to visit me) I had the ‘pleasure’ of having no wifi at the place where I was staying. There was also the fact that I could not create a hot-spot with my crappy ‘smartphone’ (that has memory space for around five apps, yay!). Admittedly, it was my/our own fault that we did not have wifi as we purely overlooked the fact that the airbnb we had picked did not come with it. haha. It is very annoying as we could even see the router box in a corner but it was just not connected anything and so on.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m definitely not a person who spends ALL of her spare time on the internet. I like spending time offline (eg. reading a book, listening to music, photography and spending time with friends). However, on some days you just want to spend a couple of hours on youtube, Netflix or wikipedia ;)

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At least the place was nicely decorated

So I had to come up with things to do my spare time when I was at home. Luckily, the weather was nice most of the time, so we spent a lot of our time outdoors.

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Candle light made the place more romantic

So here is my suggestion list that one can do when there’s no wifi:

  • Spend a lot of your time at the library. Especially during exam time (very annoying). You are forced to spend a lot of time at the library because a) you need the internet for your research and b) you need the internet to look at cute cats and puppies so your mood lightens up because you’ve spent too much time thinking about cars (exam).
  • Get creative when it comes to food. As you have a lot of time on your hands you also have a lot of time to cook. Therefore, you have time for a nice candlelight dinner (especially when your significant other is in town).
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Bruschetta-attempt that turned into something else :)

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Candle light dinner

  • Binge-watch a TV show. You can start watching tv shows that you have on your laptop. For example ‘The Nanny’ or ‘Lost’. Yes, we watched a whole season of Lost (26?! episodes) within just a few days.
  • Creative hairstyles. Though it would be so much faster you let your significant other braid your hair because you’ve got time and you are bored.
  • Play Pokémon. It is so much fun to rejoice at games that you used to play when you were a little kid. It even makes more fun when you can play it ‘together’ (by turns) and work on the best way to beat a Gym Leader or decide on which funny attack your favourite Pokémon should learn by giving him a TM or VM.
  • Play Card Games.
  • Sleep a lot. You get a lot of sleeping done because there’s nothing much to do when the weather is not the best and you are not up to leaving the house and you don’t have anything else to do.
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The place was full of candles

A very interesting experience that I made. I was able to really enjoy the time with my boyfriend as we both did not have the possibility to lose ourselves in the depths of the world wide web. On the other hand, on some days when you are just not in the mood for exploring the city and leaving the house and would only like to stay at home and watch some Netflix, you can’t do it. Moreover, if you’ve got an exam to write, finish and hand-in online, you N E E D the internet. Yeah, the university is not far away and everything, but having the need to drive to the uni (or to a place where they have free wifi) just for handing in an exam – annoying.

‘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 ;)

Enjoying the last week of October.

The past week was very relaxed. My boyfriend was visiting me and as I still had to finish my exam on Tesla Motors (yay) we did nothing much exciting during the first couple of days. After handing in my assignment and due to the fact that I only had two classes during the week we had a lot of free time.

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First, we went to Christiansborg Slot as I haven’t been there yet. Christiansborg Slot is a palace on the small island Slotsholmen in the centre of Copenhagen. It is the seat of the Danish parliament and also used by the Danish monarch. It was a very beautiful day, the sun was out and it was not cold at all.

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Guy with an owl.

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Christiansborg Slot

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Selfie in front of the castle

Then we went to an exhibition about Tolkien (mentioned here in a previous blogpost). As we were headed to the Royal Arsenal Museum, which is also on Slotsholmen, we also came across a small beautiful garden.

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A pond in the garden

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Shameless selfie again.


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The Tolkien’s Universe exhibition was about Tolkien and more or less based on the movies Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. However, it was not as exciting as we’d imagined, but we had fun nevertheless and it was free admission, so yeah. And it took us a long time to figure out where the exhibition was located. :D

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After the museum we went to a tower where we’d have a beautiful view over Copenhagen. The tower was also located on Slotsholmen and the entrance was free. Funnily enough, we had to go through a security check just like on an airport in order to go up to the platform. The four or five people working there seemed very happy that someone showed up as there were not many people around to go up the tower.

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After spending a couple of hours on Slotsholmen, we had dinner at a Burger place near Kongens Nytorv – Cocks & Cows, which was recommended to us by a friend of mine (thanks again, Linda (: ) and which was packed the last time my boyfriend was here. The place is really nice, though a bit expensive. However, it was probably the best vegetarian burger that I have ever had!

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A beautiful day in CPH

As I was about to move places, my bike had to be moved as well. We took the chance and explored my new neighbourhood and found a few nice spots. One of it was the Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Waves), a promenade that was opened in 2013 and its purpose is to reconnect the city with the water. It’s worth a visit!

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Beautiful to walk on

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playground?!

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Nice spot

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booh.

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My new neighbourhood, very posh ;)

Later on, as we were already in Christianshavn, we decided to go to the Street Food Market on Papirøen and enjoy Colombian/Thai Food and cakes.

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Very cute boat

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Halloween spirit everywhere

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Bull’s head

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Enjoying cakes

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Underneath a bird.

We also spent quite some time in a Lego store…

On Saturday (the last day that my boyfriend was in town) we had lunch at the Street Food market again – there’s just too much delicious food there! Besides, it was the very first time that I tried a Korean dish and of course I’ve already forgotten the name of it. haha. We also treated ourselves to some delicious Apple Crumble Pancakes. YUM!

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Street food market

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Pancakes!!

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Bird!

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And birds again!

We had a lovely week together that included a lot of food :)

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Last selfie of the post.

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

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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