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the number eleven bus.

the number eleven bus (from: maryvrobinson.blogspot)

So I was just discussing with Mum the potential options that I have in regards to my travel once I finish classes and exams at KU… whenever that is going to be…

Once she pointed out the seeming impossibility (lack of $$) and practical-ness (time, places that I want to go/don’t want to go to vs places the tour goes), we discussed the possibility of going by train/flying to the places that I want to go to and just leaving it at that.

Then she said something really funny:

Don’t forget, there’s always the number eleven bus!

I looked at her strangely, and received a “What?! You’ve never heard of that before?” in return.
Uh… no?

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THIS BEFORE?! It’s not just me, right?

Other updates…

  • Scholarship
    Say hello to (less than?) half of my funding to Russia. :)
  • Study tour to Russia
    I think I have kind of decided that, yes, I do want to go, and yes, I will probably have no money after that…
  • Accommodation
    I’ve been looking at the places available to stay for the first night that I get there… and it’s looking like I’ll be staying at one of the youth hostels there. So I think I’ll end up getting the YHA/ISIC card, not that I know what discounts I get on ISIC yet, because the site is ridiculous to navigate. T_T
  • Aforementioned travel
    Yeaaaah, I’m just going to think about this more once I finish exams… But I think I’ll just go to London, then train to Paris, then on to visit Beck in Lyon, with a side trip to Barcelona hopefully, depending on schedules and timing and Beck’s parents being there and… what not… Then I’ll head back to London…? Hopefully do Munich and Berlin before I start classes, and then at some point venture into Netherlands, Sweden and maybe even Norway…?! And I think that will be about it for my travel. I’ve decided that I won’t be going to Italy…
  • Pre-sem class
    I got the ‘official’ acceptance for this the other day…
  • Danish?!
    Yeah, lol, this is not going so well. I did borrow all the stuff, but one is veeeery difficult to learn on your own, because it goes in terms of grammar lessons, which I guess is good if you want to actually LEARN learn the language, but I kind of just want to have a basic understanding, so it’s kind of confusing me so far. Needless to say, this has kind of been shoved to the side while I cram for exams…

I think that’s about it actually…

misselty.

P.S. If you, like me, think my mum is weird, and you’ve never heard of the number eleven bus before, and you don’t get it from the picture, it just means walking…

P.P.S A Google search of “number eleven bus” informed me that the Number 11 bus is actually a good bus to catch in London to see some of the more famous sites. Fancy that.
(Note to self: this could prove to be useful in future. :) Although upon examination, Number 11 doesn’t seem to cover that much…?)

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just shout whenever, and i’ll be there.

Frederiksborg Slot (from: photofication)

It has been a while since I last updated. What’s happened since then hmm…?

Housing

So I accepted my housing offer at Signalhuset (see previous post), despite another offer that was made to me. However, a few days ago, I got an email saying that the rent had gone up… But still sent through acceptance anyway. I’ve got to make payment on that soon…

Visa

I went two Thursdays ago to the Consulate General, and it was pretty snazzy in there. No problems and then got them to send it to my house. And it came the following Tuesday, so it was awesome and really quickly! Turns out I didn’t need to freak out about that 2-3 months thing. So yay, I have a visa! And it’s pretty and shiny. =)

Flight booking (& preliminary travel plans!)

I’ve booked, I’ve booked! This is the most exciting news eeeeever!

I ended up booking two one-way tickets, and I’m going by SIA. YAY! =D Cheaper that way.

So when am I leaving? 21st July. Stopover in Singapore for a few hours, before heading off to Kastrup. I’ll arrive there on a Thursday, which means I’ll have to find accommodation for that first night, before I can pick up the keys and stuff at Signalhuset on the Friday.

Then, I have to do a bit of registration stuff I believe, with CPR and all that, and then the plan is to fly down to Munich and visit Aunty Judy, a family friend who has been asking us to come and visit her for ages! So I’ll probably spend a week there, and then it’ll be start of pre-sem course on 9th August.

In terms of coming back… so the visa only lets me stay until the 14th February, so by then, I’ll run away to UK, visit Mel and Clayton in London (yay for a place to stay!), before leaving on the 19th February for Singapore, where I’ll stay a couple of days, before arriving back home 26th February… Just in time for uni to start on the 28th. Lol.

I’m really glad just to get those flights locked in, although there still is the chance of changing them and what not.

Hopefully I pass equity and trusts… I’ll know the day of my flight! EEEP!!!

Other random things

I’ve just been thinking about all the things that I’ll need to bring there, and how I’m going to get everything there… In terms of clothes and things, but also things you kind of take for granted at home… like appliances? And also blankets! I have to bring my own blankets! Although I think I’ll probably just buy them there… but what am I going to do with it when I leave?! Herm…

I need to start making a list of all the things that I need, and need to figure out. Like bank things, and phone…

BUT IT’S ALL GETTING SO EXCITING!!! =)

So there’s an update for you!

misselty.

signalhuset

from: ArchDaily.com

Dear Lindy Ling-Li Tan,

We are happy to send you a housing offer. Please read the attached Word document which is your contract. If you are unable to open the document, please contact the International Office immediately.

Sincerely,
The Housing Co-ordinators
University of Copenhagen, University Education Services
Guidance & Admissions, The International Office

I got sent an email a week ago or so that told me that my proposed rental amount was not enough to get me my own bathroom. As an only child, this troubled me some, and my worst fears have come to fruition! OH NOES!

So this place, it’s an apartment for four people, with a shared living and kitching area. It’s really close to the Metro and train station, so that’s good and convenient (considering my lack of bicycle-ness!!). It’s also pretty near to the airport (I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing!) It’s in the Ørestad district, which is apparently quite new and being developed (but also means construction). All in all, I guess it sounds ok?

Maybe I should be a little less pretentious and learn to share. But for now, I am in a dilemma as to what to do. I’m supposed to advise the International Office about whether I choose to accept or not by 1st May. However, there is the (though pretty slight) chance that I’ll be offered a place through this other housing website thing that I’ve been looking at… I think the main thing is, I don’t want to be left with nothing.

My gut instinct is telling me to just accept, because it’s better than living nowhere. And the pictures look pretty enough! Besides, it’s all about embracing new experiences right? And I’ve got to learn to share at some point right?

Note to Beck:

The room is a strictly personal offer for you. You may not have others move in with you. Breach of this is subject to one warning after which the student can be evicted if he/she continues to break this rule.

So if you come… =(

Acceptance package and Visa problems

Anyway, on to another thing. I picked up the acceptance pack that was sent to UTS from UoC on Monday, with a bunch of brochures and things, as well as my Visa application. But lo and behold! They didn’t stamp/sign it, and it appears that the Danish Consulate will not accept that. So it’s another waiting game. I’ve sent them an email, and so has Steven, but I haven’t heard anything back yet… So I guess we’ll see how it goes… Fingers crossed!

Another thing that I need to do is send off the form for my ID card. I have to go and search for those passport photos that I took at the Travel Expo…

Global exchange fair at UTS

Global Exchange Fair is tomorrow! I’m probably going to go to the UoC talk and just see how that goes, and hopefully get to talk to a bunch of the UoC people and see what it’s like and stuff.

Anyway, it’s late (I do NOT know how it got to 2.30!!) and I should be getting to sleep so I can wake up in time tomorrow!

I was thinking the other day, and it’s only 3 months or so til I should leave! I REALLY NEED TO GET ON TO BOOKING MY FLIIIIGHT!

misselty.

a-doublec-o-doublem-odation.

Kollegiet Sofiegården

How lovely does it look? It’s a bit of a dream place to want to stay though!

Just to jot down a couple of things (as always!).

  1. OS-Help
    It pretty much works like HECS does, and now that there is no loan fee or anything, I might as well. It will let me go that little bit further with travel and stuff.
  2. Housing
    I’ve been looking up housing, as suggested by the UoC website. I’ve been on the Kollegiernes Kontor site, which is one of the accommodation offices in Copenhagen, and applications for a lot of the kollegiums (like dorms) are done through there. You’re not really bound by anything, so I’m just looking at distances from UoC and price and such. It’s pretty fun. There’s another similar site that I’ll get to looking at.
  3. Travel
    I did a dream list of all the places that I want to go. I think I need to settle down and do a little bit more reading up on places. BUT I did find this 24 day Contiki tour that pretty much covered all the places that I wanted to go to! But I’m just not sure how feasible that’s going to be if you do it on your own…?? Hopefully meeting up with B to head to Barcelona, and talking tonight with R about her coming over… HOW AWESOME WOULD THAT BE?! I am also up for other visitors if you like!
  4. Beyond UTS
    I was looking around the Beyond UTS site online, and apparently there are grants for participants of the program for doing activities overseas! So I shall definitely have a look at that. (Double checked just then, and the form isn’t up yet!)
  5. UoC application
    I finally got the confirmation of receipt from them, but my status still says that I didn’t apply for a mentor when I did… Now it’s just the big. long. wait.
  6. Unbound Party on Tuesday
    I was supposed to RSVP by Friday, but I didn’t. All these things are taking so much out of me, that I figured, my going wouldn’t really be all that fun anyway. I guess I still have to get out of that sometime antisocialness of mine… I also have work Tuesday, so I’ll probably be pretty dead by the end of the day anyway. There will be plenty of other opportunities anyway, so it’s ok.

That’s about it really… I’ve got to concentrate on passing Equity and Trusts, so that I can actually GO!!

misselty.

slow progress.

from: Classic Copenhagen

Not much has been happening by way of preparations. Uni work has really gotten a handle on me, not to mention work and various other events, like seeing Dear John and going to Taste of Sydney.

So, just a short update:

  1. ESAC: The first event ever on 4th March turned out to be pretty ok, but I haven’t gotten out of the social comfort zone yet… No matter. The only thing, meetings are held on Wednesdays while I have class, and most of the social events seem to be happening on Thursdays, when I’m not at uni…
  2. Travel XPO: Headed to the Travel XPO at Olympic Park last Saturday. It was exciting again, collecting brochures and thinking about all the possible destinations, picking up freebies (!!) and just being able to talk to some people about realistic options while I’m there. Also did some new passport photos, which I’ll need for visa, ID etc etc. They look funny though!
  3. UoC Application: Finally got around to submitting this last Sunday. I keep checking the status though, and it says that it is still yet to be received. I sent the International Office an email, but no response so far…
  4. BUILD program: I got the acceptance email on Thursday! YAY! I guess it doesn’t really have anything to do with Exchange, but exchange has something to do with it, so it’s nice to keep it in here.
  5. Language classes: I think I have decided that I want to do these. The next term starts the week of April 19, so I should keep up to date with that in the coming weeks. *note to self* I should get a Danish widget… Hah!

Other than that, there hasn’t been that much going on. Just getting through uni, and that’s about it… How sad! :(

misselty.

i hear the bells.

photo: by me

I’m not doing so good making this a weekly thing, but not much has happened really…

Scholarship

I have FINALLY finished this. It should not have taken so long, but that’s what happens when you procrastinate. Now, I’ve gotten some awesome references from Georgina and Sabrina and so it’s looking totally awesome! I really dislike writing about myself though… Handing it in tomorrow!

UoC application

Speaking of procrastination, I was neglecting this for a while, seeing as there was some error, but that’s fixed now. Had a scare the other day though, when it told me that the housing window had been closed. It turned out there was just a technical error, so I can breathe again!

Still writing up my (min.) 300 words, which is proving to be interesting. I’m not exactly sure what kind of things we’re supposed to be writing, but I just do what I can.

Also, thanks to Steven, there’s nothing that we have to send off to Kate.

BUILD

Application for this was done and submitted. I actually received an SMS confirming receipt of my application, and that results will be released next week. So, fingers crossed!

Exchange and Study Abroad Club

I joined up with ESAC at O-Day and the first event is on Thursday! Hopefully Steven and I can suss out who else is going to UoC, because it would be good to get to know them before we go.

Travel research

This has been kind of fun, going around to travel agents and stuff and making enquiries about flight quotes and picking up lots of brochures. It’s making me really excited about all the places that I could potentially go to, but I don’t think I’m being so realistic about time and travel and stuff.

All of this venturing into travel agents has made me appreciate the ‘good’ ones. Dad and I went to Escape Travel at Hornsby Westfield, and the people there were really friendly, and genuinely so. It makes you feel so much more comfortable and accepting of what they say. Compared to, say, a particular student-focused travel agent that I went to at Town Hall Square, where it seemed like they were just out to get their extra commissions by recommending their preferred airlines.

But I digress. In terms of flights, there isn’t much difference if I’m determined to travel by SIA, so we’ll see about that…

I really have to draw up a list of the cities that I really want to go to around Europe, and think about how feasible it would be, how much it would cost etc etc. All the bus tours and train tickets seem to cost way too much, and seem to last for more time than I’ll have… Most people have said that cheap flying is probably the best option… Hmmm…

Everything gets more and more exciting every day. =) Except for…

Savings

I keep second guessing everything now when it comes to spending on things. I mean, I should save as much as I can so I can get the best out of my going overseas, and like, actually have a roof over my head and food to eat! It just kind of sucks sometimes, but hopefully SF works out!!

Next post will probably end up being a month later, at the rate I’m going!

misselty.