Sunday, September 27, 2009

Finishing Up

I still have four days here in Denmark, and another day and a half of traveling, but I've been emotionally done for some time. Still, I've been entertaining myself. I've just about finished my Quantum Mechanics paper (left to do: put together the bibliography, fix a factor of two, perhaps change all the signs?, and do a final read-over). I've explored the campus park, as well as some of the forested areas north and south of the city. I know my way downtown.

And I've gone to just about every museum in Aarhus: ARoS (pretty neato Modern Art museum, although the basement and roof-top exhibits were closed when I went); Moesgaard Museum (very cool Paleoanthropology and Archeology museum, including a beautifully-preserved bog man); Den Gamle By (quite entertaining open-air museum chronicling the history of Danish city life from roughly the 16th through 19th centuries, including wonderfully-preserved old houses that have been moved there — the food is expensive, though); and two on-campus museums, Steno (okay history of science and medicine, and it would have been free if I had said I was in Physics rather than Math) and the Naturhistorisk Museum (not worth it). Rather than post pictures here, I've put together an album of about 150 photos from the trip here (update: Moesgaard Museum pictures now posted).

Meals since I last wrote:
  • Leftovers.
  • Steamed mussels, with a sauce of cream, wine, garlic, and white pepper; baguette; small salad with lemon and olive oil. The bread was from the supermarket, and very good and fresh (I'm impressed); I went through the whole loaf sopping up all the extra sauce I had. The white pepper was OK — I wanted whole brown mustard seed — but gave the sauce a bit of an "alfredo" smell. The sauce did not have enough salt.
  • Farfale with feta, garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil. An old standby: my mom first came up with it while we were camping on the Banks Peninsula on the New Zealand South Island, and it has been a family favorite since.
  • (tonight) Enchiladas with black-eyed peas, avocado, and cheddar cheese. You make do with what you have.
  • (tomorrow) Stir-fry with mushrooms, baby corn, snap peas, green onions, and whatever other veggies I thought to grab; rice. Not particularly seasonal, but it's what's at the supermarket.
  • (the day after) Pasta, canned herring, and probably other stuff.

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