Darling you got to let me know, should I stay or should I go? :-)
11.24.2012 - 11.27.2012 7 °C
Really enjoyed Odense - small city with a very cool vibe about it that I liked right away. I was able to meet up with a woman my folks met back in Edmonton last summer who has been able to offer some perspective and advice on things - was great to finally meet her in person after all the emails back and forth. She was able to show me a cool local pub that had an awesome selection of dark, local beers and then I got a bit of a local's tour from her and her boyfriend on the way back to my hostel.
Back down in Copenhagen now and I've decided to be a proper 'tourist' for a few days. Went to Christiansborg Palace and checked out the ruins underneath the castle (some from 1167) this afternoon, and then over to Tivoli Gardens this evening. Christiansborg Palace (it's the third one as the previous two burnt down) is where the Danish Parliament and supreme court sit, so it is very much an active building.
Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park pretty much in the middle of Copenhagen - it was built in 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world. They have one of the oldest wooden roller coasters left that is still controlled by a manual 'brake-man' that rides along.
Check out my photos for some more pictures of both - glad I saw them for sure. Turns out a bunch of the museums in town are free on Wednesday, so I've got about four of them that I'm going to try and cram in tomorrow. I think it will be a long day!
This has helped take my mind off the job situation, which isn't great to be honest. I've spent a couple of days trying to get a sense of what the work potential is, and after talking to people in pretty much every outdoor or computer shop I've been able to find (both pre-scouted and spontaneously discovered), it really seems like no-one is planning on doing any hiring anytime soon. There is still the issue of needing to find a flat to live in and pay for three months rent before I can even get my CPR number that will allow me to accept a job. The sense I've been getting is that even if places were hiring, not speaking Danish is definitely a point against me. Note to self - just because English may be spoken by almost everyone in a different country, it certainly doesn't mean you can find work without speaking the local language! :-)
I'm by no means ready to throw the towel in yet, and will definitely keep trying. Having said that, I've discovered that I can get a train ticket from Copenhagen to Stockholm for about $60 CDN, and the same again for Stockholm to Oslo. Hmmm, what to do?