miercuri, 16 septembrie 2015

Culture shock, school and biiiiiiikes! #nordicadventures

 I decided to wait until after my first project presentation to write this post. So here I am, laying in the bed with my laptop, sick as fuck. Well, not that sick but still sick. The flu got me. So what can a girl do while her boyfriend cooks for her? Write on the blog, obviously haha!

 So, I'm waiting for culture shock to hit me now. A teacher told us at the beginning that for 3 months, you're a tourist here. Then you realize you're not a tourist and culture shock hits you. I usually get this stuff sooner and I've already been here for almost a month. Maybe it skips me. Obviously, there are some differences between Denmark and Romania, differences which I have to get used to. However, I wouldn't name that culture shock because I haven't felt like wanting to go home. Yet.

 I want to talk mainly about school. School is really chill here. I have 1 or 2 classes per day so I usually stay at school from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. It's practically impossible to have classes later than that unless there's a special lecturer coming or there's some event. Even if so, participating is not mandatory so that's amazing because if you get a job, you always know how to schedule it. Now, the first class usually lasts from 8.30 am to 11.45 am and then you have a 30 minutes break and another class from 12.15 pm to 3.30 pm. Every class is divided in two: half of the time, the teacher is, well, teaching. The other half, you get to work on your project. That's another fact actually, you always have a project to work on. Group project. We got our first project on the second day of school. Group projects are something I'm still getting used to. Back home, I didn't get anything like that. On one hand, it was good because if I screwed up I knew whom to blame. In a group project you tend to be like "Ok, it's not my fault that my group is full of idiots". However, I had a good group experience and our project was pretty badass. The teachers' feedback wasn't the most positive one ever but we did well. In fact, we had the examination yesterday and we were assigned to the new groups already. That means that we will start working on the second project tomorrow. This will be more serious than the first one, as the first project was something like an "accomodation project". This time we have to build a website >.<

 One thing I love here is that teachers are very patient. We had Design class and we were working in Photoshop. The teacher literally came to every each particular student who needed help or got lost. Needless to say, we started from scratch. In Romania, most teachers will blame you for not paying attention if you can't follow up with the rest of the class. Here I am comparing again, haha. Everyone is telling me to stop comparing but I can't really help it.

 I'm still amazed of how organized these people are. Everything has its place and don't even get me started on the online platforms. We have a platform for our weekly schedule (a group of volunteers, called "Study Life", just developed a mobile app for that as well which is sooo amazing), another platform for documents containing information about each theme, groups, projects and so on.

 Now, another thing I want to mention is that I got a bike. YEY! It's really exciting, I love cycling. Back home, I used to go cycling with my boyfriend at least 8 km per day, so I'm really excited to go to school by bike. I've been doing it for a week now except today (because I'm sick). However, it's not as easy as back home. This city is practically a hill. You either go up or down. There's nothing in between. BUT, no matter whether you go up or down, the wind is against you!! It is crazy, I swear, it's like wind conspires against you. It's so easy to get anywhere by bike. There are bike lanes everywhere and the drivers are also quite patient, which amazes me. In Romania, God forbid you go downtown by bike.

 We've actually went to explore the surroundings now that we have bikes so we visited the airport (WOAAAA), a viking cemetery, a "herbal garden", a lake and so on. Fun fact about the viking graves: they are pretty much a bunch of stones BUT the stones situated in an oval shape are for women and the triangular ones for men.

 I guess this is it for now. I will attach some highly unprofessional pictures here. My parents are visiting me this weekend and I'm getting my professional camera. Then I can post decent pictures of this beautiful city :)


my bikey :D