This week was decidedly Danish. I’m starting to feel a little more of a “local” as I settle in to my routine, familiarize myself with the twisting streets of Aalborg and find my favorite corners of the city to observe life from. I spent a couple hygge evenings with friends, over Carlsberg beers and pancakes, and more than a few hours in tucked-away cafes, reading or pondering how different my life has become in a very short amount of time.
One item of interest: I finally got myself a bike! I’ve been wanting one more since the weather has been decent and I saw one on an online forum where people post things for sale. Usually there are some pretty good deals and when I saw “red woman’s road bike, good condition, 400kr” I went for it. It was very spur of the moment, but bikes sell so quickly here.
The bike is a bit scratched up and makes some rattle-y old bike noises, but it is good enough for the time I will be here. What used to be a 30 minute walk is 10 minutes. I’ve really come to love zooming down the streets (it’s quite fast). I hope to find a basket for grocery store runs.
Other than that, it has been a very quiet week. Most everyone I know has come down with the flu this week and seemingly all around the same time. Most were in bed for 4 – 6 days. At a school the size of Aalborg University, it’s hard not to catch what nasty bug is going around because you’ll mostly likely encounter more than one sick person. I’ve been doing my best to avoid getting sick (i.e. constantly washing my hands, eating copious amounts of garlic and lemons) and I haven’t had any symptoms yet, thank goodness.
One last thing. I never think that I will enjoy a crime TV show, until I watch one. I just finished the Danish television series The Bridge and I couldn’t be sadder. Is there anyone out there who shares my love for Saga Noren? I wont give anything away but if you come across this gem, give it a chance! You wont be disappointed.