A few days ago I received letter from the University of Copenhagen asking me to prepare for reading computer science. It's not like I expected anything else, but now it's official. During the summer, I've been to Copenhagen a few times in the belief that it might prepare me somewhat for the city. I don't really think it has, but it shouldn't be too much of a problem, since I've already lived in a much bigger city with a much more radically different population from my home region.
I guess if I compare Copenhagen to Taipei, it's a much more quiet city. You can easily find places with no other people around for a few minutes. In Taipei that's only really possible if you go to someplace where it's not really possible for pedestrians to get to.
Especially at night there's not a whole lot of people to be seen. Compared to Slagelse, a small town of roughly 35 thousand inhabitants, of course the nightly activity in Copenhagen is much more pronounced, but the city lacks the night markets and general lifestyle that keeps people up all night as much as in Taipei. Hopefully the student environment that I am eager to explore will have a few ways to work around this.
Now I have been living for one whole year in this tiny town as I've had to complete Gymnasium (~senior high) so I have no doubt Copenhagen is going to be a great venture. And it does have a lot of the qualities that Taipei has despite being a much less heavily populated metropol. The infrastructure is one of them. Copenhagen might possibly be one of the most non-car person friendly town. It's particularly easy to get around the city by bike.
On of the things I went to see on my recent solo trip to Copenhagen was the elephants put up around the inner city in an art project called Elephant Parade. Not a big attraction. Rather a quirky little extra thing, but they are great in pictures and fun to scout for while moving between locations especially if you're the kind of person that doesn't plan where you're actually going. And they look great in pictures. They are still there. Going to be there until August 25th.
Copenhagen also has a lot of interesting architecture - and more importantly to me - some degree of city expansion. There's also a lot of interesting things going on in the city. Public art projects, music stuff, such things. Some months ago I know there had been a music festival like thing going on called Distortion. A five-day mobile party that most of the people I know in Copenhagen had participated in. (Okay, most of the people I know there so far are probably more colourful than the majority, but still.)
The more I go on at this, the more preconceptual this article is going to be, and the longer it's going to be before I get the whole russ celebration stuff with hats and trucks covered. I should have plenty of time to get to know the city much better and get to give a bit more of a picture of it in the future.