Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Wow, today was a long day. I'm going to go to bed after posting this. Here is what happened:
I had to go to the city today in order to pick up a textbook that could not be delivered. I took the bus from campus to the train station, where I got off. When I got on the bus at campus, I clipped my ticket for 5 Zones--perfect. The way the tickets work here is difficult to explain, but, from DTU to where I was going was 5 Zones, regardless of bus or train. When I got to the train station, I wasn't thinking and threw away my ticket because it was used up now. I got on the train and was riding when I realized what I had done. I threw away my proof that I had paid for the train ride. Now I was riding illegally and I had heard stories of people getting fined hundreds of dollars for this.
Luckily, the police didn't come through the train, but, I was sweating for the next three stops. (As it turns out, they came through the train on my way home, but, I had gotten another ticket, so I was okay).
I found my way to the package pickup office and it was closed!!! Even though, the day before I called to make sure it would be open. The man there was nice, but, he said there was nothing he could do. The office hrs are 1:30-8 (weird hrs for denmark). I would have just stayed in the city and walked around (and skipped my 1pm class) becuase it was 11am at this point, but, the day before I had made plans. I told a German girl that I would get lunch with her becuase she wants to live in NYC this summer to dance and she had some questions for me. So, I had to come back to go see her.
So, I made it back to the bus station and instead of taking a bus back to campus, I went to the Danish version of the DMV. I applied for a number that represents me as a temporary citizen called the CPR number and all my friends had already received theirs in the mail and I hadn't. So, I walked the 5 minutes to this place and got that number.
After getting that number, I figured I should continue walking in the direction of campus, instead of back tracking for the bus station. I thought I would find a bus stop "up the road." As it turns out, there was no bus stop for campus.
I was grudgingly walking up the road thinking about my poor luck when I saw a pretty nice bike on the side of the road with a sign "garbage" on it. I decided to take it. Even though it had a flat front tire, I still made it back to campus rather quickly. Now, I plan on fixing it up and selling it. So, that is one thing that went right today.
After I got back to my room, I had just enough time for an early lunch before meeting this girl to talk about her travel plans. After meeting with her, I went to my class begining at one. The professor lectured till 4:30. Shoot me.
Then, after dinner, I decided to fix that bike tire. I borrowed some tools, took the tire off and ran the tire tube under water to try and find the leak. No leak. That is great, except, I just wasted all this time taking the tire off for no reason. Now I have to put it back on and that is a hassel. After I get it back on, I borrow a pump and try to inflate it, but, the nipple for the tire doesn't fit anyone's pumps. I have to go to a bike store in Lyngby for that.
Damn. I'm going to bed.