Oh yeah, I'm also now in Sweden
12.04.2012 - 12.04.2012 0 °C
Duct tape, gaffer tape, canvas tape. Whatever you prefer it's an invaluable travel/camping/repair item. And it took me three weeks to find some! I've had a couple minor jacket and pack repairs I needed to do and I knew what I wanted, but couldn't find it anywhere. Went to a bunch of hardware and craft stores in a couple of cities and most folks had no idea what I was talking about. Once or twice I had some recognition (usually calling it gaffer tape), but no suggestions on where to get it. So on the suggestion of someone at the hostel I wandered over to a big Fotex store in Copenhagen - turns out it was only a few blocks from where I was initially staying. Fotex is a big department store and like Wal-Mart, London Drugs, etc, they carry a little bit of everything. Clothing, groceries, cameras, computers, candles, and - duct tape! So yes, my jacket pocket and pack are very happy now, all in a nice shade of grey. (insert requisite '50 Shades of Grey' joke here)
So as per my previous post I've been debating the merits of spending about $3000 CDN of my savings on an apartment/deposit to be able to register for my government ID number to be able to work. Then I would have to find a job, and over the last couple of weeks putting a decent bit of effort into both I have discovered that Copenhagen is very tough on both fronts. I will freely admit that I took the advice from a few of you (thanks Fab, Mike, and Carmelle) and also enjoyed my time with beer (oh God, so much beer), massive nightclubs on boats, sightseeing, castle ruins, etc so I probably could have done more. The honest truth is that I'm not that fussed about it really.
All my initial research was correct in that Denmark has a very good economy considering what is going on in Europe - and because of that there are tens of thousands of young people from Spain, Portugal, and Greece (all EU citizens so they don't have the same '3 month residency' requirements I do) who have been coming here for a while now looking for work. This is all good and as I've been realizing that I just needed to get away from Edmonton for a while, and I've also realized that I'd rather just use my time and money (even if they are both going to be less now) and enjoy myself. So on that note, time to update the map!
I'm now in Malmo, Sweden - just across the straight from Copenhagen (gotta love a $16 ticket and a 20 minute train ride!). Came over the Øresund Bridge which was pretty cool. Bridge info I've got a couple of days here and after wandering around this evening it seems like a pretty cool place. Going to try and check out a Malmo Redhawks hockey game tomorrow, and then have a train ticket booked up to Stockholm on Thursday.
Does that mean I'm not going to 'finalize' the working holiday visa for Denmark? Probably - it honestly just isn't worth it for me to spend so much money to get the registration number just for the potential to work.
So yeah, now to figure out where to be for Christmas, New Years, and the end of the world. Plus, Canada's world junior team plays a couple of exhibition games in Helsinki before heading over to Russia for the tournament - hmmm.