Sonntag, 9. September 2007

Legoland we’re coming!

Since 6 months in Denmark as a Design student and I haven’t seen the most famous Design from Denmark yet – ok I saw it quite often, but not on a grand scale! So the last weekend of my favorite Polish, I went with Krysia to Horsens. We were really happy to see also Zui, Alessandro and Gianvito in Horsens. We had a truthful nice evening together with Italian food. Unfortunately Zui and Alessandro had to leave the next morning. But I was really happy to see them again. But it was about time to get to Billund to see Legoland – By train and bus we finally arrived there and we were happy like little kids! All these buildings- build with Lego bricks. We saw Nyhavn in Copenhagen, and the German castle Neuschwanstein, Amsterdam, Bergen, the Walk of Fame, and ... It was just amazing! It was raining, but be around with Kryisa, and the Polish.. It couldn’t have been better! It was just such an amazing day! I’ll never forget it!
The bad thing about this weekend.. It was as mentioned the last weekend of Maciek and Marcin. I’ll never forget you too – and soon I come and visit you in Wrocław!

Good-bye my friends..

After all the exchange semesters finished it was time to say good bye to a lot of people, which got good friends during this wonderful Erasmus time in Denmark. A lot of good-bye parties, a lot of last happy moments in Denmark with those people a lot of sad faces. Due the fact that my internship had started already, I wasn’t able to stay to the end of all these parties. Going back to Lyngby and be at work in Amager (opposite side of Copenhagen) took a lot of time. I’m very happy that I met all these wonderful people from everywhere! I miss all these wonderful Italian evenings with the chef called Vincenzo; All these happy moments! I want to thank all of you for this wonderful time!

Visit from John and a Green Balloon

After coming back from the Sweden/Norway-trip, two days later I had my semester exam in school. After I had 4 days off, before my internship started..
Since John was the first of the Erasmus students who left, he had to do his bit to come and visit us. It was a pity that he came that weekend when Krysia had to go back to France to see her brother before he left to move to far, far away (no – this time far far away is not Lyngby but Dubai!)

Very happy seeing John again we walked around the whole town, of course didn’t miss the best place in CPH: the good old RobertsCoffee.! Enjoying a decent Coffee with a friend at such a nice place – just wonderful! It was a quite cold weekend, but we decided to continue our walk and met Ben, the Scotsman, who was just working in a little Kiosk at Rådhuspladsen. John got kicked out immediately =) We got a green and an orange balloon. But John lost the orange one as soon as he got it.. :-/ After some more coffees at Bens Kiosk we decided that it’s much too cold outside, and went back to Roberts!
Playing with the balloon, and having too many cups of coffee I tried to hit John with the green balloon, but I failed.. I hit accidentally a guy sitting on the other end of the couch. I didn’t know that I was that uncoordinated! The poor balloon victim, Josh, (yeah exactly! That’s also the name of my computer!), looked quite surprised to get hit by a balloon.. We started talking and had a good time. Unfortunately we ignored the people we came with next to us for a while, because we just enjoyed ourselves.. A wonderful way to meet somebody! After this refreshing intermezzo John and me where invited to join the starting of a three day’s birthday event of Becky, a friend of John. The green balloon became a present to Becky and we went to the karaoke bar called Sam’s Bar. I expected a better song collection but none the less it’s once in a while amusing to see drunken people singing.. =)

Samstag, 11. August 2007

Trip to Scandinavia - Final Part

To get an better idea about how Norway looks like we decided to go for one day to another place: Fredrikstad! It’s a small but lovely town a bit south of Oslo. Fredrikstad has an old and a new part in its town. By ferry we came to the old part of the town. It’s really small but charming. We walked around, and had an coffee at a lovely place called “Mormors” (grandma) – we sat in the backyard of this café and you immediately felt like home. We went to another little island and enjoyed the sun for a while..
It was time to go back to Oslo – unfortunately the train didn’t work and we had a warm 2hours long bus ride back to the town. Our plane back to Copenhagen is early in the morning next day, so we decided to stay over night at the airport. It turned out that the stone floor is more comfortable than the sleeping seats – guarding the luggage we didn’t sleep very much, but it didn’t really matter after exhausted of all the walking we did the last days.. it was just nice to lay down and close the eyes for a while!

Thank you for this wonderful trip Geraldine and Maciek!

Trip to Scandinavia - Part4 - Oslo

Our bus trip to started Oslo. Olso is a crazy and young town. It seem to be build in the 60s, and the time never changed..
Nice boards on the houses and you think you are actually in another century.. ;)
Oslo had some real nice things.. first off all and really surprising: They had an amazing photo exhibition of Steven Bloom at the harbor! We had such a nice weather in Olso so that it was hard to believe that we were that far north – felt more like somewhere more south. The fact that the sun didn’t really disappear was really nice.. ok.. The sun set, but it seemed that the sun just waited behind the hill to rise again, so it was always really bright..

We did a nice boat trip trough the fjord and saw all the islands and lighthouses (they look like little chapels!) After all the time walking around it was nice to sit in a boat for two hours and just enjoying the view =) That day was a regatta in this fjord so, we saw all the time a lot of sailing boats - it was hardly no wind that day, so they moved really slow..

Olso is a dream for every design/art-interested person. I spent an whole day going from one design museum to the other.. Here is one nice thing I found in a museum: it’s not just a walking stick.. it’ soo much more – check out the homepage to find out how mighty this stick is!

Olso hasn’t just design museums – we did a lot of cultural stuff there – open-air museums with old Nordic houses, Viking museums, Kontiki museum.. And of course the Vigeland sculpture park in Oslo.

To get a good view we were also at Holmenkollen at the ski-jump – up there we also met the real Nordic people – they look a bit like a biiiig dwarf ;)
thing I really Oneloved about Oslo: we were at the right weekend there: it was food festival: loads of food for free – and soooooo goood =) happy nath!

Trip to Scandinavia - Part3 - Göteborg

Arriving in Göteborg and I immediately fall in love with this town, it’s such a charming town in a fjord.. it has some hills, a lot of parks and thousands of lovely places! It was just too bad that we had just 1 ½ days to enjoy this place.
There is a lovely old town, with tiny charming shops, there is the harbor with industry in all it’s beauty. Some hills with an amazing view and nice places to barbeque.. Göteborg has also the only design museum in whole Sweden, and it’s a real nice one!
Everything just charming.. in combination with two friends – just perfect! We just had two days there, and one of the days was Swedish national day. People were drunk the whole day, some parades, and free entrance in the amusement park. There I was kind of surprised in which dimensions people eat chips and chocolate… but different country, different habits ;)
I think one of the main attractions for Maciek was the Maritime museum. Some boats were floating in the harbor, and turned into a museum. Some warships, a submarine.. and you could just walk around. I’ve never seen stuff like this – well ok I come from Austria and access to the sea in Austria... but I really enjoyed it! Guided by Maciek who knew everything about all these boats was it a great pleasure to see it. But damn – submarines are kind of uncomfortable! I like land =)
We had some amazing moments on the hills of Göteborg. Drinking soft drinks and eating chocolate chip cookies – and enjoying the almost never ending sunset..

Before we left this amazing place we went by boat to a forth just half an hour outside of Göteborg in the fjord. A nice place to spend some hours.. if there wouldn’t be nasty seagulls who attack me! But that’s another story..

Freitag, 6. Juli 2007

Trip to Scandinavia - Part2

On the 2nd of June was a big football match: Sweden vs. Denmark, so we hadn’t found any bed downtown, and had therefore a lovely hotel outside of the town. We used the first night to explore a bit the town, but we had to go back to Bromma. First it seemed quite bad to be that far outside, but it turned out that we never had an that good breakfast again.. We ate there for about 2 hours from the breakfast buffet – until we had to finish packing to check out and go to our hostel in the town.
There was a lot to do. 3 days in Stockholm, and thousands of plans.
The first day we had a lot to do – after checkout in Bromma and checking in downtown we decided to do a little boat trip and see this town full of water from the boat. Was really nice – a tour in every language was offered! The next step was going to the Vasa Musem. Maciek is really fond of boats – so it was definitely a must to go there. It’s a museum with a huge old ship in it. Those days it was build to scare the enemies, but already at the first tour the ship sand in the harbour. In the 70s the ship found on the ground and after a while they build the museum around it.
That day we had the chance to get a tour with a Swede: Tobias was just around and showed us the town. We were really lucky, because that weekend was a food festival in the town. Every restaurant had a little stand and offered there food for little money… paradise..! Soo good stuff! Didn’t want to leave, but I had to. After a good bye cocktail the day was already over and our new 12-bed room in our hostel waited for us.
Next day we met a friend of Geraldine, and we explored even more..
We went to Skansen. It’s in the middle of Stockholm: an open air museum with old houses of different parts and centuries of Sweden additionally we also saw some brown bears and typical swedish horses. =) At one part they had also bakeries, shops, etc, where you could actually buy all the stuff, people wearing costumes.. Just falling into another century.. =)
The sun seemed like little child who didn’t want to go to bed… nonetheless time to go to bed and the next day it was time to leave..

Back to the airport, and on the next flight to Göteborg.