Vikings

Don’t stop me now

Hello friends!

Due to unfortunate circumstances, this is my first post from my new laptop! IE: I have a lethal combination of clumsiness and bad luck. However this one is much more travel compatible anyways, I am going with it needed to happen. And the Danish keyboard can just be a souvenir of my time here! Haha, worse things have happened. 🙂 Hope you are all well. I have been busy on adventures around the city, checking things off of the list in the Aarhus section of my lonely planet. The waterfront has become one of my favorite places; I have always loved the water. Sea, lake, river, you name it. Kind of has a way of being calm and chaotic. I have been to The Viking Museum (FREE) which was a interesting insight to how these fascinating people have lived long ago. What makes it just the more fascinating is that this museum is constructed on the actual site of an archaeological excavation where the artifacts featured in the museum were found. Also this little store called the decorate shop, I wanted to buy everything! However I escaped with just a few trinkets. I have plans on visiting the two university museums tomorrow, along with possibly a trip to the mall as I have some mail to prepare.Today I went to the small organic health shop to pick up some avocados and did a bit of shopping around in the area today, and made the tragic mistake of wandering in to the Marc Jacobs store downtown. Why would I be so cruel to myself? A fucking tshirt costed about half the price of my brand new touch screen laptop, and a dress costed more. MORE. Bat shit crazy y’all. Admittedly though, there were a lot of gorgeous things. Namely shoes. However, I could use that money to go on about 3 weekend trips around Europe.. So thanks but no thanks Mark Jacobs, I will be moving along now. Speaking of weekend trips; I am off to Italy next weekend! Four days, flying into Milan, then Florence for a night, then Rome for two days, then back to Milan to fly back to Copenhagen to get the train back to Aarhus. More on that trip when the time comes though, just in the process of securing my places to stay and connection trains right now. I also am in the process of planning a trip to Spain/Portugal for my mother and I when she comes to visit on my Easter break. Along with that, looking at a weekend in London, the Netherlands and Germany. Really whatever deals I can come across. The whole process of planning a trip, booking it and low price searching, review checking for hostels and other services, I find it all extremely invigorating and exciting.  Truly enjoyable. I am looking forward to writing about every aspect of my trips and maybe will be able to offer some helpful information for future travelers pursuing the same destinations as I. However if not, I sure enjoy the hell out of at least writing about it for my beloved friends and fam :). So until then, I will be nose deep in travel guides and websites making sure I catch everything- when you only have four days to travel you have to be a bit more vigilant. Anyways I suppose that is all I have to say for today, I am going to be getting to a page on eating vegan in Aarhus here soon. Promise!! I will be around to update you all of adventures here soon, a few sights planned for this weekend.

Lots of Love from Aarhus;

-Amy Tattrie

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Don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone

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Note my blog up on the corner of the computer screen; priorities.

Classic phrase, classic song, and incredibly applicable to many areas in life. However, in the instance, I am referring to my Campus back home in Nova Scotia Canada, Mount Saint Vincent University. Do not get me wrong; I absolutely LOVE Aarhus University; it is extremely beautiful and filled with friendly people and endless opportunities. I am unbelievably thankful for the Mount for giving me the chance to be here, and it is an opportunity I am glad I have taken. I am simply saying that when the Mount brags of small class sizes and a small campus; they are not fucking around. Guys, NEVER complain about the 5 minute walk that it takes to get from any place to any other place on the mount campus, and I will NEVER again complain about the hill. Y’all don’t even know a walk to class. And yes, the Mount hill does have a bit more of an incline than the hill here, BUT it is over in a mere 5 minutes, give or take depending on your speed and the weather. The hill here however, IT.GOES.ON.FOR.EVER. I swear it never ends. Similar to the campus; it is huge guys, seriously. I spent 40 minutes finding my first class yesterday, and maybe 3 minutes max was that being in the wrong building and looking for a room that didn’t exist, the rest was walking. Mostly on the incline mentioned earlier. And this is not circling, or retracing my steps. that is just trying to find the right damned building. AND ALL THE BUILDINGS LOOK THE SAME. I had better luck finding my second class however, only about a 15 minute walk from my first class, and was able to find the auditorium right away. Mind you I am pretty sure that one class had as many students in it and the collective MSVU student population. Oi. The class I have next Monday however, isn’t even on the damned main campus, it is a bit up from me to the left. 3 classes, 3 different buildings at minimum 15 minutes apart. Oh and classes aren’t always in the same place so that is fun too. So the next time you have a class in Seton right after your class in Evaristus thank your stars that you don’t need google maps to find how to get places that are just on your campus. So yesterday I had my first day of classes, which is what is described above. The first was a class on Mythology and Religion in the Viking age, very cool. And then a course on British and Irish history, could maybe get cool. Currently I am just on break in the middle of a two hour version of the one hour history course, which I still don’t fully understand the workings of. Last night there was some international student activities which was cool, had some drinks and danced and met some neat people. They have Jack Daniels here so obviously that was exciting. Then of course I had to polish off the rest of season one Game of Thrones when I got home at 12ish.

THIS JUST IN: FOLKS IT IS SUNNY IN AARHUS. This is the first time I have seen the sun here, I AM SO EXCITED. They have a very dark winter, a little warmer than a Canadian winter but so so dark. I was assured last night that it will get brighter, and apparently the enthusiastic international coordinator was spot on! Great as I am walking to the mall later to get a phone and this’ll make it much more pleasant. Also I really need groceries.. but it is an awful hassle. I am aiming to do that Thursday as I have no class!

Things are looking quite bright here in Denmark,

Love and miss you all back home; and hope all is well wherever/whoever you are!

-xox Amy

PS; all the current talk that is going on about Kings and Lords and control, all of this in accents, is really making me want to dig into season two of Game of Thrones. Should probably get back to class.