Danish music without limitations

Medina Album Cover

As I thought Danish music had a limited reach, I was surprised this evening. I was attending some evening gathering in what is called the pavilion, a common area for the students to hang out. I got to meet a lot of international students from Germany, France, Norway, America, Australia etc. However I seem to be the only Danish guy so far.

What I noticed during the evening was the selection of music. Mainly mainstream, such as Party Rock, Mr. Saxobeat and so on. However in-between were also played Medina and Rasmus Seebach, which are popular Danish artists performing in Danish. I must say I was surprised to travel 12.000km to hear the same music that is played in Denmark. Apparently my assumption about Danish music being limited to a rather small Danish audience has been wrong. It apparently is also known and played in the wide world and I am wondering what other Danish objects I might stumble upon. Lurpak the Danish Butter brand might be the first, as I managed to buy it in the store today.

Today’s lesson learned. Watch out for your assumptions; if you do not know it. There is a possibility that you might be wrong. Do not let that assumption limit your vision.

Safely Arrived Down Under

Ethiad Airways in Abu Dhabi International

After 32 hours on the go and several delays and a lot of running, I have finally arrived at the Sunshine Coast of Australia. It is a little ironic that the place is called the Sunshine Coast as it is raining pretty extreme in this very moment. However I have been check-in to my apartment where I will spend the next year of my life. I will be attending the University of the Sunshine Coast, where I will be following courses in International Business. I am still fighting the jetlag, but hope to be on Australian time tomorrow morning, where there will be another rainy day waiting.

Being traveling for 32 hours is not really confortable, no matter how great the seat and service is. However I must say that I felt fairly treated flying Etihad operating together with Virgin Australia and nothing was needed on the trip, even though I managed to be late on three out of four flights, which got me in quite a rush in both Frankfurt and Sydney Airport. Only in Abu Dhabi did I have plenty of time, even though I would have wished to be in a rush particular here. The temperature in Abu Dhabi was 42°C. However the terminal was approximately 10-15°C. due to air-conditioning. Not being used to air-conditioning made this a very unpleasant experience.

Rush in Sydney

When I landed in Sydney I was 45 minutes behind schedule and walking through costumes took another hour leaving me with 1 hour for getting from terminal 1 to terminal 2, check-in, walking through security, and boarding my flight. I was told it was impossible in terminal 1, and the first 45 minutes also went with getting to terminal 2, leaving me with 15 minutes to make the flight. I jumped the line in check-in and the nice Lady at the counter re-opened for baggage drop. I jumped the line at security and was pulled aside for an additional drug test, which I passed and then had 2 minutes left to reach the gate. Gladly I made the flight and all I coursed was a 20 minutes delay at the final destination.

I had the most amazing flight up the east coast of Australia with a great view of Sydney, the Goal Coast, Moreton Island, Brisbane, and Mooloolaba beach. The air was extremely clear and I could see all the way to the Mountains in the hinterland. I knew that I had reached paradise and now I look forward to experience it up close.

This is the first blog post in a new series of my experiences in Australia. I do not know yet what it is going to be like, but one thing is clear. I will do my best to document the differences discovered 12000 km away from Denmark.

Time to Thank and say Goodbye

Today was a good day. Yesterday I finished my last exam for the 4th semester at Aarhus University and now I am officially ready for my two semesters abroad, as an exchange student in Queensland, Australia.

Yesterday after I finished my exam I ran in to one of my friends from the University and he shook my hand and told me goodbye. Fist I was a little surprised, but then I realized that the day was the last day for the next year that I was going to see my friends before I run off to Australia. I said a pleasant goodbye and realized that I had so many to say goodbye to or at least “see you” before I left.

Special goodbyes for special persons

Therefor I went to the university today to say goodbye to the people that have been of great help with the Thought Leader Series and school in general. I went to see my mentor for the Thought Leader Series, John Hansen, who has been great at listening and networking with me around the concept and speakers for the Thought Leader Series.

Second I went to see Camilla Rahbek of the Communication department that has been nice at both writing and doing pictures of the Thought Leader Series, and to communicate the event on the official channels of the University.

On my way around I ran in to many of both professors as well as people form the management and I got to say a friendly goodbye and wish them a good summer and a following good year.

A final special person that I own great thanks is my secretary Louise Cleve, who has been absolutely fantastic, helping me out during my time at Aarhus University. It is not last time I’m going to see Louise as I expect her to be writing my diploma when I come home for my graduation in a years’ time.

Now you are wondering why I am doing this?

One thing is that it feels really good to say thanks and see the looks in people’s faces when they get a surprising gift. These people have all been a great help and have spent a lot of their pressures time, on me and my projects. Not saying thanks would be strange.

The second thing is the networking aspect to it. All these people possess great qualities that might be needed in a future project and a little extraordinary thank and a goodbye is my belief; will stand out as a good memory that will be remembered.

The Moral

Don’t be cold and only do things for the networking aspect of it, but appreciate that you have wonderful people around you that care to help and involve themselves in your projects. These are the people you shall collect and respect because those are the persons that become valuable for you on a personal level as well as a professional level.

Thanks to all teachers, staff, mentors, students, management, that has been involved in my two year stay at Aarhus University. I am very thankful and look forward to be seeing you again for the graduation in 2012.