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

Friday, February 25, 2011

Friday Thoughts from a Burger King at Abu Dhabi Airport

Airports and planes sometimes seem to be like a second world, appart from the "normal" world, where time and space don't matter. Flight attendents are always in a bright, shiny and chatty mood, no matter if it's 4 in the morning or 4 in the afternoon. They seem to be resistent against the dry air in planes, time change or sleep issues. Sometimes they scare me.

It's the second time I am sitting in a burger king today. About 10 hours ago I had a coke at the burger king in copenhagen airport, now I had a cappuccino in Abu Dhabi airport. Not only the burger king, also the duty free shops, basically everything looks the same - copenhagen/manchester/abu dhabi. Danish Krones, Pound, DHS (emirate - money?) - it doesn't matter, I can just pay with my VISA credit card.

The only thing which makes Abu Dhabi different is that people are wearing headscarves, traditional clothing and that it's WARM! Oh, and the snicker bars they sell have a funny arabic writing on it. I think I will go now and check out the shops. Surprisingly they aren't many, but I am sure I will find something :)

xoxo from Abu Dhabi,
Respaced Girl

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Respaced Girl’s Rebellion (or: Skip that Prejudice Part III)

The intention to post about stuff I love about Denmark has to be postponed. Some things which happened to me in the last few days led to some bad, bad feelings about Denmark.

Cool people who are friends with me on facebook may have read that I spent about 10 hours with cleaning my apartment last week. Before moving out I had got a checklist from the student dorm. I had not only to clean my room, but the whole 60m² -2-bed- apartment (kitchen and bathrooms, floor,…). It said for example:
Bathroom: Cleaning of the ventilation (most disgusting thing I’ve ever done!)[…]
Kitchen: Cleaning of the fridge (don’t forget to clean behind the fridge!) – nope, didn’t do that. Fridge was too heavy to move it!
My gentle roommate did not offer her help, I had only one day available for doing it (study, study, study), so I did everything I could (CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!)

Tuesday morning I met the janitor who told me I had to pay 2000DKK (€270/ $343) for a professional cleaning of the limb scale in the bathroom and the kitchen sink. In addition to that I had forgotten to clean the oven. And I hadn’t cleaned the top of the kitchen shelves (oups). I am only 1,63m tall, come on!

I got a bit emotional…poor janitor said he was very, very sorry, but these were the rules and he couldn’t do anything about it. I said that the room hadn’t been clean at all when we moved in, that I didn’t know how to clean limb scale and that this wasn’t fair. He said I should have looked up online “how to clean limb scale” and that I should go to the international student office, because they might have sublet my room in between me and my former tenant. So maybe they could pay for the cleaning.

I talked to my student advisor and she told me to ask the janitor if I could reenter the room to clean the limb scale myself. The janitor said “I am really, really sorry, but I can’t let you in. These are the rules. I am sorry. “

The guy at the international office said “You should have told us that your room was dirty when you moved in”. You can find all the information about “how to clean the apartment” under this LINK. I hadn’t remembered the LINK and had used the apparently wrong checklist I got from the student dorm housing (which didn’t include aspects like “cleaning of the oven”)…. Anyway, after a 35 minute-discussion with me, he PROMISED me that I would not have to pay the expensive cleaning of the bathroom and that he would try to reduce the other costs (limbescale in the kitchen sink) as well.

1 hour later I got an email:

Hi Franziska,

I am really sorry, but we can´t do anything regarding the costs. I know I promised you to do everything I could, but the International Centre aren´t responsible for these costs.[...] there haven’t been anybody living in the apartment from June to September. The apartment should have been clean when you moved in, and therefore the International Centre can´t accept responsibility for these costs.

If you disagree with the costs or the procedures for moving out, you need to go and talk with the janitor at Skejbyparken. They are the ones responsible for the inspection, and therefore also the costs in connection with moving out.

I am disappointed. In the US I took thousands of pictures of my place when I moved in. I didn’t have any trouble, I got my deposit back. When I moved to Denmark, I thought “This is a superfair country, this is university housing, nothing bad can happen to me here.” I didn’t take pictures. Result: I got robbed. Denmark = a place where everything is fair? SKIP THAT PREJUDICE!

What’s your opinion? Have you had similar experiences?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Some Thoughts about Denmark

I woke up this morning. In another bed than mine.

Silence. No birds singing. Birds. This is Denmark. It's February - why should there be birds singing? - In 6 days I may hear them. I am leaving for Sydney in approximately four days, but untill I arive there it's gonna be the 26th of february.

ok, this is scary. I just looked outside of "my" huge window (the window is almost as whide as the room is) and suddenly two gulls were flying by. ha. Denmark, you are funny.

Denmark surprises me a lot. (remember my Skip that Prejudice Posting?). Denmark is a great country with very good people. After I got the letter from the housing office which informed me that in Denmark it's usual practice that you leave your apartment one week before the end of your lease I was practically declared "homeless" for the last week of my stay here. 20 minutes later I wasn't homeless anymore. I am spending the weekend at my neighbours apartment who's on a vacation, and for the rest of the week I'm staying with Derv. And actually I'm enjoying this week pretty much! Plenty of cool people here, seriously.

However, I couldn't make it to fall in love with Denmark. Aarhus is not my place. It is weird because usually I fall in love with places pretty easily. I think. I mean, I loved Tübingen, NEW YORK, Philly was ok, too. Why not love denmark?

I can't tell. This is why I wanna show you some things I really like about this country:

I) Great bands

ok, now you must think that denmark was a really depressing country. But hey- here's another Danish band which you might have heard of (e.g. they made the "fascination" song from the coke tv advertisement)

haha this video is so crappy-funny!

well.that's only music. there's much more. coming up next: make a guess...

Respaced Girl is packing: A photo story

 Life of a respaced girl can be hard...

Let's have a break first. I need some inspiration.

.... you don't wanna know more.... this was only a tiny little piece of the iceberg. But now it's OVER. I finished packing. at least for now.

4 days to go. Sydney!
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