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the twentieth of november two thousand and ten.

ørestad, mid-december.

It has been four months since I left the shores of my beloved Copenhagen.

While I posted about my leaving, I did not post about the day that I thought was going to be my last day. The day that I spent running around like crazy, trying to capture as much as I could. Trying to bring every single part of København away with me…

It all started with the snow, knowing that it might just be the last time, for a while, that I experienced snow like that.

waiting for the metro.

Walking through familiar streets, streets that I had walked down countless of times over the months, to uni, to eat, to meet, to wander, to get lost… But I feel like I know these streets like the back of my hand now…

fiolstræde, nørregade, sankt peders stræde- some of my most frequented streets.

Bikes, bikes everywhere. Even though I did not ever ride, I will miss the seeming effortlessness of all the cyclists, cruising along, threatening to knock me over… But what would Copenhagen be without them?

københavn har mange cyckler.

I had meant to visit Konditori La Glace the entire time that I was in Copenhagen, but had never found the time to do so. So I rushed there on my last day, and ordered a slice of Efterårskage (or Autumn Cake), together with two serves of hot chocolate.

la glace, og min efterårskage.

The cake was fabulously rich in chocolate, as you can probably tell from the picture, but it was so lovely, just to sit there, inside away from the cold, and contemplating my last day…

And of course, once I was done, the chilly blue skies decided to come out to play, and even that low winter’s sun.


It’s blue skies and sun like that, that made me love winters in Copenhagen. Winter days like this were few, but still, definitely worth the wait.

'med lov skal man land bygge' (with law shall country be built)

The City Court of Copenhagen, situated along Nytorv, bears the above inscription, which is from the Preamble of The Law of Jutland, which actually means something to me, since I took Introduction to Danish Law!

More pandering along, and then it was time to start heading home, pack the last few things (not knowing yet that my flight was to be cancelled…!)

københavn hovedbanegård.

On the train, homeward bound.

like so many journeys home.

kalveboderne, going from sjælland to amager.

And then arriving at Ørestad to find this…

no trains again. dsb sucks.

Oh, the joys of trains, plus snow.

My final trek through Fields, to visit my one and only…

bilka onestop, onelove.

And a final goodbye to the actual place that I called home for five months.

mit hjem, signalhuset.

It was terribly sad to say goodbye, and even going through, reliving my last day in Copenhagen has made me a little teary. I still miss it, four months on. It’s a hard place to shake, but I don’t think that you could ever really understand that unless you have been there, lived there, and then had to leave.

A part of me will always call Copenhagen home, and I know that I will be back there one day.

København, jeg savner dig.



it’s been one week since you looked at me.

So I have been in Copenhagen for almost a week, and I haven’t really written much.

I’ll recap what I’ve done so far, but first, let me introduce you to my room:

There’s also a bit of a balcony thing out that door. The annoying thing is that the sun comes through in the mornings through that bit of window that doesn’t have a curtain, waking me up at ridiculous AM in the morning. But it’s kind of good in a way, because then I actually do wake up. :)

So I’ve done a few things in the past week. Let’s recap…

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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…?


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…


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…


So there’s an update for you!




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.

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!



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!!


chinese new year.

I recently subscribed to a couple of blogs. Of note: Classic Copenhagen and Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
The first posts snapshots of places around Copenhagen, getting me really excited, while CCC just makes me sad that I don’t know how to ride a bike (…yet?), as well as wonder why people are not ridiculously cold the way that they dress!

Anyway, the point of this anecdote is to say that, since preparation posts are not very exciting by way of pictures, this is how I shall pretty up my posts a little, by posting a pic or two from those websites, and others from around the place.

Here’s the first one:

from: Classic Copenhagen

So preparation… I think I’m going to try making these posts weekly or something, since it will mostly end up being a lot of repetition of things to do, or things coming up.

  1. I’ve submitted my acceptance form, so that’s all done and done. No dramas in terms of the email, although Mum did go and drop of the actual copy on Monday.
  2. The post-acceptance meeting is on Thursday. I’m sure I will have more to say about that after Thursday. I know that we get to start filling in our actual application to UoC though…
  3. Subject searching is going pretty well. I’ve got a few that I’m pretty interested in doing. Might do a separate post on that later. Maybe a poll!
  4. The housing situation looks like it could be pretty interesting. So I’ve got either a choice between private housing with a landlord/lady, share apartment (?) or kollegium (dorm). I just checked the housing site again, and info is down, since they’re revamping their housing allocation process, but I think it will still be similar. Allocation through UoC will be the first two, but if I want to stay at the kollegium, I’d have to apply on my own… We’ll see I guess, as we get closer. I think I could also apply to both and then see what I get in the end…?

I’m also going to do up a long-term to do list, so I don’t have to keep writing things up in here, and repeat repeat repeat because I never get things done.

Anyway, that’s all for now.

And last but not least, GONG XI FA CAI! XIN NIAN KUAI LE!


a little update.

UTS:International hit us up with another email yesterday. So just to keep a record for myself and also to fill you in on what’s going on…

  1. Acceptance form
    I tried sending this to one email address, but it got sent back, so I tried another. Hopefully that works out ok. I’d hate for things to go wrong just because the form wouldn’t send through… Maybe I should just fax it just in case…
  2. Re-nomination
    I was thinking about this last night, since there is still one more Law placing at Aarhus, originally my first choice, but after some restrictions and then not (long story), I didn’t end up putting it down. However, if I do attempt re-nomination, it would mean that I would have to forego my position at UoC already, and I don’t think I’m quite prepared to do that. I mean, the whole point really is just to go! And so I’m going to do that. And I couldn’t be more excited!
  3. Post-acceptance session
    This is going to be kind of like an information session, but it’s broken down specifically by destination, so hopefully this gives me a greater insight into what it’s really going to be like!
  4. Scholarship
    I’m still waiting to see whether I can apply for this, seeing as I’m only going to be doing 18 credit points, and the requirements say that 24 are necessary…

To do:

Things are moving ahead! And there is so much to do!

(I also need to figure out how I want to tag these posts, because I seem to be generating a tag for every single little thing…)