I am one of the many German students studying abroad. I am one of the people who love travelling. I can't sit still, I always have to do stuff. I am curious, always chasing for stories. Stay here for a while and be part of my respaced world

Saturday, February 5, 2011

A photo love story

It happened at a friday bar...
A friendly Danish man who had just handed in his thesis in computer science and bio informatics (GEEK) joined the group. He tried to impress her by buying drinks.
He tried "Grouppe Sex" and "Global warming" (seen here)

The princess was not impressed. She decided to listen to her heart and to take the risk...
Of course, the princess was loved back, because everyone loved her.

And they lived happily ever after.

Friday, February 4, 2011

not even a week?

My first week in Denmark is not over yet (it's the 6th day after my arrival) and it feels like I've been here for at least a month. Do you know that feeling? So much has happened in these few days, every day was different and packed. It's Friday, the party day for students (at least here in Denmark.) So called "Friday Bars" play an important role in the life of a Danish student. Almost every university department organizes a weekly bar, which opens Friday after class, usually around 3pm. And. yeah. Julie just called. Friday Bar. I gotta go. Coffee!!!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy new year!

Already? YES! Today we celebrate Chinese new year's! 2011 will be the year of the rabbit. Good for me; because I am a rabbit!! People born in the time period 29 January 1987 – 16 February 1988 are rabbits, which I find kinda remarkable. So many people shall fit into one category? Wow. Here's what I found about rabbits:

They have really good communication skills and are best utilized in positions of management. They can make great painters or musicians due to their sense of beauty and their love of creativity. Rabbit people are usually relatively careful when it comes to their finances.  They use much of their money for possessions such as their homes, cars or furniture.  They love hunting for antiques, arts and crafts and will tend to make sound investments in these types of things.

Ok, I can talk and I like shopping. I'm feeling so unique right now! I don't know much about Chinese astrology. But I can tell you that Chinese new year's celebrations are great! Here are some of my pics from the Chinese new year's celebration on the 14th february 2010, NYC:

confetti everywhere

Loud fire crackers :)

There's not a Chinese New Year's parade in Aarhus. Anyway, I could celebrate China in general.
I could celebrate by wearing my clothes made in China, using pencils made in China, sleeping on my matress made in China and I could eat my lunch with chopsticks today. 

However, I won't celebrate China today. China might be on the economic rise, but seeing this video and Chinese blogs a party for CHINA seems to be innapropriate. I should rather say:

Encaged Rabbits might be cute, but they will never be as huge as the big rabbits you see in wild life. Go China, become big! Then we can celebrate all together.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Scandinavia blues. A case study

Living in a Scandinavian country can be pretty tough... I'm in Denmark not even for a week and I'm already starting to feel a bit melancholic. It is grey and rainy and the sun is hardly present during the winter months. The Aarhus weather forecast for tomorrow expects a sunshine duration of 2 hours. On Sunday it's going to be ZERO. In Stuttgart people will enjoy the sun for about 4 hours tomorrow. I don't wanna even think about Sydney *lol* - it's summer there!

It is really interesting to come back and see that other people are struggling with depressions as well. I often thought that I would be a lunatic, but now I can look at the situation from a more neutral position. I'm observing myself and my social environment as if I were conducting a social study with the research hypothesis "The lack of sunlight affects our mood". My variables are x: The lack of sunlight and y: mood, which is determined and expressed by lots of things. Getting bored here? Sorry. It was my first day of class today.

I did something crazy today. I left the house 10 minutes before the "KIOSK" around the corner closed, even though I really didn't feel like leaving the house. A Kiosk is the Danish version of a 7eleven, but not open 24hours. I was craving for sweets so much that I paid 10 DKK for a package of salty sticks. (€1,34/about 2$). I love dipping salty sticks into nutella.... when I returned home I wasn't in the mood for eating them anymore.

Gosh, observing and reflecting about my own behaviour makes me laugh so hard... did I tell that I had got caries while my four months-stay in Denmark? I HAVE NEVER HAD caries in my whole life.

Anyone else missing the sun here? Any ideas which help to brighten up your mood when you feel that the weather is pressing you down, down, down??

Here's my list:
- Sweets. Sweets. Tea
- Running (Force yourself as soon as there is a bit of light outside. Sports will make you feel better. Proven fact!)
- Shopping

Let me hear about your strategies!!! Leave a comment!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Handball in Denmark

Ever heard of handball? Here in Denmark it's a pretty big thing. Handball might have the same importance to Danes as soccer to Germans.

Germany, July 2010, 30°C soccer world cup, England vs Germany
In the past years, Germans have discovered that even when you hardly can see what is going on on the screen, public viewing is more fun than watching the game in your living room. Why? Watching the game in public includes screaming and singing creative choruses such as "Deutschlaaaaand, Deutschlaaaaand" , while watching the game at home could look like this: You sitting on your sofa and hear your neigbour scream "TOOOOOOR" (goooooal!) before you can see the goal happening on your tv screen. mhmm.

Back to Denmark. Today was the final game of the handball world cup. And guess who was playing? DENMARK! Being interested in culture, Respaced Girl didn't wanna miss it and watched it with her friends from Denmark.

It was the best handball game I have ever seen. (ok,.. honestly it was the first I've ever seen). Every minute of it was exciting. You never knew who is going to win - the French and Danish players ran from one side of the field to the other. France/Denmark/France/Denmark. Tire. Overtime. Team Denmark lost.

Both of the girls had played handball for a few years and knew about the rules and the players. "This guy is super untidy and always leaves his hotel rooms in disorder". "This guy is 19 years old!". And also
It was the vikings who invented handball. They used to play handball with the cut off heads of their enemies.
The vikings were the ancestors of the Danish people. I was fascinated. After the game, Respaced Girl, a blogger who aims to be as credible as possible, started to do more research about the history of handball.

Unfortunately I didn't find any information about this online. Most of the ressources I found said that the sports was born on 29th October 1917. In BERLIN.

Not giving up on the Danes I continued my research and found out that in 1898, the Dane Holger Nielsen had already developped an early set of rules for the game. Thanks to Holger Nielsen handball players are not allowed to do more than 3 steps with holding the ball in their hands.

What I learned today...
The story about the vikings playing with the heads of their enemies turned out to be a myth (retold by Anne's handball teacher). Maybe sports is more interesting than I thought..

Did you ever hear a story about how a sports discipline was invented? Share it!
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