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Game night in Aarhus, creativity meeting and guide at Aarhus institute

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Tal R

In my struggles with Danish language recently I didn‘t write any posts, but today is the day! I really missed writing for my blog.

Yesterday I had great and interesting day in Aarhus and I am looking forward to share the story with you, my dear readers.

My day started at Hasle culture house. In the area there live a lot of pensioners and people with small incomes, so at library they opened culture house. They have different initiatives, like creative shop, where one can bring their hand – made and sell it (there are pieces from Somalia, Romania, most are from Denmark). Since I like hand made, visiting this shop gives me inspiration (one woman does painting on stones, another makes braceletes from tooth brushes). Also at the culture house they have lessons for pregnant women, glass making, bord tennis and cafe with lunches and cakes (run by volunteers, so the prices are very small).

The event I attended was creative meetings, mostly pensioners come there, so for me it was great opportunity to practise my Danish. I really like pensioners here in Denmark, they have very social life and lots of hobbies. One can argue that they have good pensions so they can afford it. Well, it can be true, but also I think it is in the culture. People here do a lot of volunteer works, and no matter how ill they can be in an old age, they go to different social events.

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August and September events in Aarhus

528668564_640This month was extremely busy for me.

Not only because of Danish lessons I am taking for the moment, but mostly because of so many interesting things were happening in Aarhus and around.

Firstly, I attended Middle Age festival in Horsens (50 km from Aarhus). It is biggest in Scandinavia, with middle age folk music, costumes, food etc.

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Aupair stories

sm_iStock_000016296271Small[1]I’ve met a lot of girls, who were working as au pair in different countries. The main goal for girls is to travel and to learn language!
I made little research and I want to share with you different stories and opinion of the girls about this program. The document is in Russian, but if there will be some demand for the story, I will make English translations. 🙂
Have a nice day!


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Meeting with a Dutch journalist

inger2After meeting with Inger Stokkink at different International community events I finally asked her for interview. Inger has so many stories to tell that it was just a matter of time when we will meet for an interview.

The very first time I heard about Inger was from International community journal “Expat Partners: Our stories”, where she was telling about her life in Denmark. After this I met with her at a business seminar, and finally after meeting her at Danish Christmas decorations workshop I asked her to meet me for an interview.

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Meeting with Løve’s Vin – og Bog café – owner

309354_656_700_0_0_0_0One of my last interviews I did this year was with Kenny Jess Brand. He is an owner of “Løve’s Vin – og Bog café”, where I often go to meet with friends and for Y poetry evenings. I never thought of taking interview from the owner of this café, until one day by accident I met Kenny on the book market. He was reading a book, totally alone, and for me it was the perfect chance to ask for a meeting.

Kenny is 33 years old, and he doesn’t look like serious businessman at all in his casual everyday clothes. We agreed to meet at his book shop, where he told me how he started his business.

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Small talk about TV- serials

Jakob-I-NielsenThanks to Folkeuniversitetet English lectures I had a chance to attend an interesting class with the topic “A golden age of Danish cinema?”. Afterwards I asked the lecturer if it would be possible to meet with him for an interview. He kindly agreed and today I have the pleasure of introducing you an associate professor of Aarhus University, Jakob Isak Nielsen.

We met at his office and the first thing I noticed was infinite account of DVDs and even videotapes. Also on the walls were posters from Aarhus film clubs.

Jakob is a person who’s passion is cinema and about his passion he can talk for hours. Unfortunately, we didn’t have so much time, but even in half an hour I discovered a lot about Jakob’s work.

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Meeting with film production assistant

1b53b98I think most of you went to some language classes. While my living in Denmark I decided to attend language school. My group is a very nice, but we have evening classes and all of the students have jobs, so we don’t have enough time to socialise and get each other better. About my classmates I know some basic information where they work, names, countries they came from. But we communicate on the breaks or while doing some language exercices, but anyway is not enough to really get know a person.

During one of such exercises I was sitting near one girl, who wanted to change groups to study Danish a bit faster. We talk a bit, and then she told me she got an internship in a film company.

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Meeting with poet from Lithuania

17004646_l_90331aeeb9d948df00d5c90c6f39ba8cMy friend Dominik advised me to meet his good friend Agnius for an interview. Recently Agnius participated in Women’s Museum (Kvindemuseet) temporary exhibition. It took part in August – October and the topic was “A world of stories”. Young people from different countries, currently living in Aarhus, presented their life stories in pictures, films and objects.

Agnius is 23 years old, he came from Lithuania. I met him last year on couchsurfing meeting, and I have to say he is not a person whom you like from the first sight.  Agnius is a real artist, he lives in his own world, full of images and inspiration. He likes to meet new people and helps them by hosting via couchsurfing.

And he is a talented person. First he told me about his exhibition. It took several weeks to prepare it, every young person had to organize his own place, and Agnius enjoyed this process. It was totally new experience.

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Inspiration seminar about Entrepreneurship by Aarhus International Community

Last week I was lucky to attend one event organized by International community in Aarhus. International community allows to attend a lot of interesting places in the city, that usually I would not be able to see. Thanks to this organization I have been at the City Archive, at “Århus Stiftstidende” newspaper office, at Aarhus Cathedral and met a lot of nice people from different countries.

This time I decided to go to some seminar, it called “You can do it! – Inspiration seminar about Entrepreneurship”, I didn’t understand what it will be about exactly, but it took part at Aros museum, so I wanted just to go and to see.

Seminar was just amazing, it took almost 4 hours, and I got so much new information.

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