|8000, Aarhus postcode
My exchange city, Aarhus, is the second largest city in Denmark and 3 hours north west of Copenhagen in Jylland (Jutland). With a population of around 300,000 people, it is a big city in Danish standards but small in comparison to Sydney. It has a small town feel and is a student city and it’s the primary reason to why I chose to study and live here!
My dorm (Tandlaegekollegiet) is located right next to Aarhus Business School and is conveniently located – it is about 1km to the city centre and to the main campus of uni.
The stereotype with Danes is that they are very reserved. When I arrived at my dorm on the first day, this stereotype didn’t hold true as the Danes in my kitchen were super friendly and even made the first conversation. That night, we were pre drinking and went down stairs to another kitchen and this stereotype then held true. I came in with some new friends and I said “hello” but no one made the attempt to introduce themselves. I can’t say that this stereotype is true for all Danes as it really depends on the person and it does take a while for the Danes to warm up but I saw two stark contrasts which was interesting. I ended up becoming friends with the guys who weren’t so friendly at the start. That night I went out for the first time in Aarhus and got introduced to Danish liquorice (“lakrids”) liqueur! Some of the guys had free shot vouchers for Meatpackers which we took advantage of and then went to Heidi’s.
Classes start tomorrow – I’m taking Public Relations, Cross Cultural Negotiation and EU in the Global World which should be interesting than my usual business/accounting subjects back home!