Locked out

I got home today and was confronted with this:

Missing lock
Missing lock.

If you can’t see the lock on the photo, that’s because it was missing! On top of that, I found that one of the decorative handles on the gates was also missing. Hmm… suspicious! Naturally I thought someone had tried to break in. But speculations aside, I was still locked outside with no way in.

So I tried the intercom and tried pretty much every apartment in the building… with no luck. This made me consider that if it was a burglary, then they might have messed around with the intercom system as well. At this point, I was considering crashing at some friends’ place, but then decided to try ringing the apartments again, just in case.

This time, someone actually answered! At that time, I didn’t even remember which apartment I pushed. After I explained the problem, she came down and we then discussed how to proceed. Neither of us really knew who to call in this situation. But we did realise that everyone would have the same problem coming into the building and contemplated what we should do. I also contemplated working from home tomorrow and help open the gates for other people.

Shortly afterwards, another lady came in. She suggested we go to someone in another building in the complex (who seemed to be the caretaker, but I’m not sure). They talked in Danish (which I start to understand, but I became lost when they used words I hadn’t heard before) and apparently a repairman did come and take the lock away around to be repaired. (So, no burglary then.) The gates were left open when they did that, but someone had apparently closed the gates not knowing that the lock was missing.

So, the caretaker-that-may-not-be-the-caretaker said he will call the repairman and pressure them to fix the lock quickly. I am still considering working from home tomorrow. But I guess since everyone is in the same boat, something will probably happen. The building owner probably won’t want a building full of angry residents!

“Christmas in Danish”

Two weeks ago I attended University of Copenhagen International Staff Mobility‘s (ISM’s) “Christmas in Danish” event. It was a fun initiative of the ISM to help the international staff experience how Christmas is celebrated in Denmark. Naturally, we had to make traditional Danish Christmas decorations and have traditional Danish Christmas meal.

The first thing we had to do was to make julestjerne (Froebel star) and julehjerte (pleated Christmas hearts) while having pebernødder (literally means pepper nuts, but it contains neither pepper nor nuts). I was actually not at the event yet when this was happening, as I was at my Danish class.

By the time I get to the event, the main meal was just about to start. The traditional Danish Christmas meal consists of roast duck, caramelised potatoes, rødkål (pickled red cabbage), and risalamande (rice pudding). I don’t remember if æbleskiver (round pancakes served with jam) was served as well at the event. If it was, then I must have missed it.

Risalamande is an interesting dish. Nowadays it is cooked in a large batch with one (or a few) almonds hidden inside it. Whoever finds the almond wins a present. I really don’t like it, though. I guess it’s because I am used to having rice as a main dish, that having it served as dessert just doesn’t sit well with me.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable occasion. A good meal with good company. The only thing I didn’t like was the guest speaker. We had a French-Danish comedian, Thierry Geoffroy, whose humour I simply do not get. Everyone else seemed to enjoy his humour, but I simply cringed. Oh well, can’t have everything perfect, I guess.

My first Lego

I was deprived of Lego as a child. I grew up with cheap Chinese imitation which either fits too tight, too loose, or not at all. So, yesterday I bought myself the Back to the Future Lego set. After all, Denmark is the home of Lego. It took me ~2 hours to complete, but by golly, I legede godt.

Lego Back to the Future
Lego Back to the Future
Completed project
Completed project