Copenhagen, Exchange

Final days in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is really such a wonderful place, I am wont to leave. But at least I feel that every single day I spend here has been fulfilling and meaningful, spending it exploring this beautiful city and hanging out with friends. When you ask someone on exchange what their biggest regret is, it is probably not spending enough time in their home city, or travelling too fast, too much at a fast pace.

I have probably explored more of Copenhagen this past few days, than I have been in the past few months – and I am not proud to admit that at all. I feel like Copenhagen is a city that you can’t just be a tourist in, you have to live in it, and live through it to really feel the city.

Finally managed to try out Grød (apparently, the most popular breakfast place in Copenhagen, but I didn’t really like it because I don’t fancy oats), ate at the Saturday food market at Kødbyen, checked out the Black Diamond, visited the Botanical Gardens, climbed up the Church of our Saviour Mary, explored Jægersbrogade (a hipster neighbourhood), paid the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek a visit and had many potluck dinners. I know I’m so going to miss this place when I leave 😦 #ineverwannaleave

Thankful that Yuxian came to visit, if not I might be too lazy to even head out and explore that much of Copenhagen!

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On my Copenhagen To-Do list remains the Tivoli Gardens, the Design Museum, Rosenburg Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, modern architecture around Copenhagen, Louisiana Museum, the Royal Danish Opera House, the harbour boat as well as the Harbour baths! Omg so many things to see, and so little time! 😦

And Distortion tomorrow!! Insanely excited 😉

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Copenhagen, Exchange

Like a true Dane

Felt like a true blue dane today because after all this time of being in the city, I finally cycled from Nørrebro to Amager Strandpark Beach! #achievementunlocked It was my first time cycling about 10km, and I think I did pretty good for my first try 🙂

I think exploring the city by bike is one of the best ways to see the city, especially when the Sun was out, the weather was just way too beautiful and you could feel that everyone was in a joyous mood just soaking in the sun. I really enjoyed sightseeing, passing by the canals and parks and just admiring Copenhagen.

I also picnicked at Kongens Have (Rosenburg’s Castle Garden) so I feel like I accomplished many of what I set out to do in Copenhagen. Cycle around the city, have a picnic at King’s Park, visit the beach, see Kastrup Søbad, soak in the Sun. And head out at night to party yay! Today was such a fruitful and fulfilling day. I really loooove Copenhagen so so much ❤

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How-to: Lebara SIM cards

My SIM card woes continue to beget me. Yesterday, I ran out of data even though I supposedly bought 2gb worth of data, and topped up 200 kr worth of credit, which supposedly can get me 4gb as it renews the package twice. However, what happened was that there was some error in the data activation plan, so even though I SMS-ed the number for the topup, it didn’t get through and I was being charged 0.99 kr/MB so that’s how my data ran out so fast! It was especially worrying because, can you imagine navigating a foreign city without GPS?! You can see below for how my credits ran out so fast:

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Students are given the Lebara SIM card, which uses Telanor DK as the telco. To prevent people from ever suffering a heart attack like how I potentially did, here’s the English brochure (because I think most of the brochures found in the convenience stores are in Danish, which can result in miscommunications 😦 )

So after a day without Internet, I finally got a refund from Lebara after a call and an email, where I had to screenshot the evidence of me trying to buy the data package but receiving no activation message. So just for your reference, here’s the message you’re supposed to get, make sure you get this, if not you’re in for a nasty scare a few days later!

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In essence, here’s what you need to do for a Lebara SIM card:

1. To set instructions in English

Call 50101234, press 3 then press 2

2. To top up

Get a scratch card from any convenience store or top up online! all 50101234 and key in the 2 codes found on the scratch card (one 8-digit code, and one 6-digit code)

3. To choose a package

You can choose from various packages, I would prefer the purely data version, which is 49 kr. SMS 2gb to 5010. Otherwise, if you find talk time important, SMS 10plus2 to 5010.

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4. How to stop auto-renewal 

If you, stupidly like me, got the 10 hours 2gb data plan with no use for it, you gotta SMS 10plus2*stop to 5010. This will only be put in place at the end of the month when you have finished your current plan, only then will you be able to switch to another plan. It is super important to do this because if not, they will just automatically renew your current plan and then you’ll have to continue paying 99 kr!!

5. To check your balance

To see how much data/talktime you are left with, simply SMS balance to 5010!

*As mentioned in my earlier post, you don’t have to buy a SIM card. You can get it for free from CBS or if you’re not a student, you could just order a free SIM card online from the Lebara website (Now i feel really stupid ugh)

 

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Celebrating Chinese New Year Home away from Home

I’m not one to usually get homesick but being overseas during chinese new year means no reunion dinners, no dressing up, no eating of new year goodies. It’s not so bad till you see your newsfeed being flooded with new year pictures and family photos everyywhere and you’re just like naw shucks, i’m missing out on all the fun! Chinese New Year has never looked that enjoyable.

But we make the best of what we have and I met up with the Singaporeans yesterday for a mini reunion dinner in Copenhagen! And i’m having another round of Asian potluck again today yay!

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