|Beach and Aarhus skyline|
|Uni building in autumn|
The decision to move was a relatively easy one for multiple reasons (family, education, adventure), but I do miss the Netherlands. It was one of the few places I felt somewhat at home, despite the odd language barrier now and then, and the mad cyclists. Denmark, too, has many cyclists, but they tend to follow the rules and stick very strictly to the numerous bicycle paths. I've ventured out a few times on my Batavus, but my new city of Aarhus happens to be one of the few hilly areas...After the flats of Cambridge and the Netherlands, I was NOT prepared for hills at all. This will be my goal for the coming (hopefully warmer) months.
So, things I like about my new city: it is very close to the sea - though I have lived by the seaside before, such as when I lived in Australia, I have never lived quite so close. The beach is a 6 minute drive away (15 minutes or so on the bike, once I get going with cycling...), and it is clean and beautiful. Another favourite beach to visit is a little further out of the city, but even more beautiful as it is close to the woods and has a view of the city as well as nearby islands; here one can visit Den uendelige bro (the never-ending bridge) and Moesgaard Strand (beach).
|Den uendelige bro|
There are shops everywhere, some open until late, plenty of public transport, libraries like the brand new Dokk 1, music events, and lots of places to eat. Aarhus doesn't have loads of museums, but the ones it does offer are quite spectacular. A favourite that I will be sure to visit again once it is warmer is the living museum, Den Gamle By (The Old Town).
|Den Gamle By|