24 August 2009

"slut" means "over" in danish

i am DONE with my summer danish course - and stoked, because not only did i actually end up learning some stuff, but i got a 12 (comparable to an A, the highest grade in the danish system) for the entire course. now i have two weeks to relax before my fall courses start! it's looking like i'll get some summer after all, even if it is belated.

i went to copenhagen's main library today. it's pretty awesome. not only do they have a café (i'm starting to think this is a standard feature in danish libraries - saying that danes love their coffee is not an understatement), but they also have check-in machines. no, seriously - what the hell? i understand self check-out, but these check-in machines - which are where you return your books - are too much. i guess they're cool; they save the librarians a lot of work. they even give you a receipt so you um, i don't know, have evidence that you returned your book. so after spending a good five minutes figuring out how to return the book i had previously borrowed, then scouring the stacks looking for something readable (it turns out that "english" and "american" are different languages here, and i was only looking in the british section at first, wondering why i couldn't find any hemingway or vonnegut), i was worn out by the time i had to figure out how to work these uniquely danish check out machines. see, they don't give you a library card here. instead, you scan your health insurance card. well, whatever. i'm now safely back in my dorm room with hemingway's "the sun also rises" and vonnegut's "timequake", as well as a novel by tama janowitz, whom i've never heard of before.

it pisses me off that in virtually every swedish or danish library i've been to (okay, only three, but still!) you can find tons of nick hornby and marian keyes books, but not dostoyevsky or cormac mccarthy. i guess nick hornby is easier to read than cormac mccarthy... but seriously, who is picking these books, and why don't they balance out the mush with stuff that actually has literary value?

anyway, here's my weekend in pictures.

how we roll - kelsey, dene, and danny in nørrebro

i love the "flea markets" here, even if they're more like neighborhood yard sales. at this one, i got a great vintage dress and a nice pair of flats.

danish design for sure - lots of copper and glass

maybe i don't need to miss santa cruz so much after all...

this, i guess, is an upside-down viking ship!

boats heading for a bridge. by the way, i love the smell of the harbor. ahh.

more of islands brygge/the harbor.

on sunday i went to malmö to see a sonic youth exhibition. it was sick.

cute street art in malmö

and you know you're back in copenhagen by the "bevar christiania" (save christiania) sticker ... and the millions of bikes.

1 comment:

ohnoitsbekah said...

they have those check in/check out machines in san francisco. i think the librarians spend as much time telling people that they return books automatically as they would actually returning the books, though.