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I am a bad girl, instead of just browsing the Net I have headed to a very unsafe place, called Take2. It is an online store which offers DVDs, music, books, games and electronics and much reduced prices. I mean, I should not look up on my different wishlists after finally getting my Babylon 5 books. Combined with a newsletter from Amazon.com, searching and looking up various bestsellers and cross-referencing them with the south African site to see, if there is a reprint version, that usually sells between R46 and R52 (About 4-5 EUR).

This is how I discovered and his alternate history '1632' series. He takes a small West Virginian town in the 21st century and transports into the late spring of 1632. From there on, Using factual history and a inmaginative take on what would happen if 21st century democracy meets the 17th century.

Sigh, I found a lot of reprints already begging to be freed from the Take2 shopping cart.

I am a bad bad person, *headdesk*
valkyrieza: (doctor picard vulkan salute)
Denmark has a tendency to have wet snow and freezing winds. Having experienced a taste of things to come last week, we have decided to buy jackets for ourselves. One of the ladies from work has graciously volunteered to take us to some factory shops so we could get the jackets cheaper. The main shopping was to be done near the docks, where there is a mini-mall of designer brands factory outlets.

The area is called Østerport, and the shops are right on the docks so I took a few more pictures with my cell (it would have been a bit of a mission to carry a camera bag when one does shopping). The area is beautiful and if I could rent there, I would.

So here some scenery shots.


Along the road, near the shops.



The view across the harbour. The thin dark light on the horizon - that's Sweden. The town closest to Denmark is Malme, about a half-an hour train ride.



Just a nice view of the harbour dock on a clear Saturday morning.



A thousand years ago, or maybe more, mighty Vikings looked ahead for potential bounty on the opposite shore, where those cars now stand.  These days, Malme is a good bargin-hunting place, where all the goods are stuffed into the boot of the cars after shopping sprees. A similar situation in modern times methinks, but I think the Vikings had cooler armour and no number plates. After all, what kind of a Viking name is 'BMW'?  *Grin*


The view is simply spectacular, despite it's being a late autumn.



The street about 50-70m away from the harbour. The buildings are mainly new and very neat. One snag about living there, a 2-3 bedroom apartment can cost about 70 000 DKK a month, that's about R91 000 or  £6500. So unless I marry a Danish millionare, the closest I can come to living there is working at a nearby office block.



A local marina near the shops we were at. I'm sure there are plenty more grander boat and yachts on other marinas, but we were late getting to the Nike factory outlet on the other side of town. So not enough time to explore or shop. Those factory outlets were much cheaper then regular shops despite selling some good well-known brands; but have one tried shopping longer when shoping with 3 males, who already finished their shopping? Well, I'm coming back to this part of town in the fiture, that's for sure. Who knows, maybe I'll meet a Danish millionare (most likely from very very far away).



After much travelling, we finally did get to the Nike factory store and I did manage to buy a jacket. Of course it seems silly, to spend a lot of time just to buy a jacket from a brand name and not something that is much cheaper. This is not the case however, when it is -7 Degrees and a freezing harsh wind is trying to knock you over. A certifiable, waterproof and waterresistant jacket is a heavensend.

P.S. If all goes well at work, I shall be going to the Denmark countryside to a modern arts museum about an hour outside Copenhagen this weekend. More pictures from me then.
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Whew, this week has been crazy. I has a look at several apartments, finally choosing one, got my medical aid sorted and moved hotels. Fortunately, it is the weekend. So what do I do? Do I browse through the capital of International Jazz music during the International film Festival?  Did I absorb the beautiful European city sights or visited the last weekend before the famous amusement park of Tivoli closes for the winter?

I primarily stayed in my hotel room browsing the Internet, reading fanfiction.net (it is scary when an obscure fanfic references another slightly obscure fanfic ,which refernces an obscure point in a TV series and you understand it). I did not even sleep that much, just set on my laptop, listened to music and took a little trip to the city on Saturday. Oh, and discovered Astor Deep Pan Pizzeria.

<insert evil food stuffing practices here>

This pizzeria caters for those who do not feel they need to pay 198 DKK(that's about R250) for a steak dish. They offer deep pan pizza(meaning those delicious thick thick pizza bases) with an incredible amount of toppings on them plus an incredible range of salads. The Danes are big on their salads. Plus it is all an all-you-can-eat buffet. Yey, and the food and salads are very yummy. Good prices too, Copenhagen standards-wise. Did I mention it is an all-you-can-eat buffet?

<end the insert on evil food stuffing practices here>

Have taken a walk hrough the main street of the biggest sopping quarters here, besides an incredibly beautiful amber jewellery shops, I was stunned to discover the amazing differences between fashions in the shops. Yes, i am aware that the seasons difference between SA and a cold European country have something to do with it, still, even the sale clothes, for the past sumer season are very different to what we have here. The clothes are more subdued, even the brighter colours do not stand out, but rather trendily harmonize on the garment, quite unlike the more colourful offerings from our boutique shops. What really impressed me where the shoe boutiques. Now, I am by no means an "Imelda", but I own a fair amount of shoes, yet the shoe boutiques held.......an amzaing pairs and pairs and pairs of boots. Of every design, and suitable colour one can think off.

Sigh, I should really talk about my new apartment that I'll be occupiying soon, but it being my very first place that I will occupy on my lonesome, it will have to be a brand new entry.

P.S. I'm too lazy to even pack my laptop for work tomorrow, sigh.

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