Velkommen til Århus

25 Sep

As the Danes say, “Hej,” pronounced “Hi,” – easy enough, right?

After a semester of copin’ in Copenhagen, and a summer spent gallivanting around Europe, this blog lay dormant for over two years – until now! Once again, I’m broadcasting from Denmark, but from Århus this time – Copenhagen’s little brother, about 100 miles to the west. As Denmark’s second largest city, Århus (a.k.a. Aarhus, pronounced OAR-hoos) is filled with 300,000 mostly fair-skinned viking descendants, all of whom wear sensible shoes, speak excellent English, and have collectively rated their city an 8.5 out of 10 on the happiness scale – among the highest scores in the world. The city is big enough to have a cosmopolitan museum, entertainment complex, and a regional university; yet small enough that you can easily run into people you know – and it boasts so many foot traffic-only streets that Burlington, Vermont’s Church Street pedestrian walkway looks, well, pedestrian by comparison. No wonder they call Århus “the smiling city.”

I’ll keep this first post short, but what I will do is steer you to this fun interview I did with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) – the organization I studied abroad with in Copenhagen back in spring of 2012. It gives you some background on my experience at DIS and why I’m back in Denmark. There’s plenty more to catch you up on, but until then, enjoy the interview!

*Please note that the views and information presented in this blog are the writer’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Fulbright Program, the Danish-American Fulbright Commission, or the U.S. State Department.

4 Responses to “Velkommen til Århus”

  1. Dr. Tim Horner September 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I spent a few days in Aarhus back in 2010. It was a conference on early Christianity. it turned out to be my last conference until I switched over to Genocide studies. You’re right, it is like a little Utopia. Terrifying…

    Glad to hear you’re back in the land of the Danes.

    Dr. Horner

  2. Jesper September 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    Welcome back Nathan.
    Nice to follow your information filled and often quite entertaining views on Europe, DK, its Citizens and customs. Hope you’ll continue to hold the Århusias in such high regard.
    You know what the Copenhageners say about the Århusians, but don’t believe all you hear. Looking forward to your NeXT entry.
    – Jesper

  3. disstudyabroad September 26, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Hope you are off to a great start, Nathan!!

  4. Denny September 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

    I’m glad to hear you’re still on a great adventure! Have fun!

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