Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Books and stuff

This is a picture of the school from inside. Most of my classes will be in this building - Copenhagen Business School has about five or six buildings. I have one class way over on the other side of campus, but other than that - I'll be in this fancy building. Next week they have a career fair here, I hope to attend and make some networking connections. Did you know the unemployment rate in Denmark is 0%, according to the international office director, Denmark has 60,000 jobs that go unfilled. Yet they wouldn't give me a work permit (even for ten hours, like they do in the UK!).

Had my first class - similar to America, which I was glad off, there is just a lot of reading involved here. I think I'm going to do what I did in the States, not read every word but get the gist of the context, otherwise I'll never leave my room.

In the bent of books - Super J, my lovely friend, tagged me for a book memo, so here it is!
Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
My sister can attest to this - Lord of the Rings.

If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), whso would they be and what would the event be? oh this is a tough one, but I think I would love to have a day out with Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley and Elizabeth Bennett.

(Borrowing shamelessly from the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde): you are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
A boring book...if it wasn't a school textbook I'd have to say The Great Gatsby, God if I have to read that again, I'll kill!

Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
Generally people think I've read more about religious texts than I truly have, sadly.

You’re interviewing for the post of Official Book Adviser to some VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (If you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead and personalize the VIP).
Actually a book that I found really riveting is "Beating the House" about these kids from MIT who beat the big Vegas casinos (by this intricate way of counting cards) - it was a best seller though I can't remember the name of the author, really interesting. I've heard of people who are generally non-readers loving this book.

A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with? Urdu

A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick? This one's easy: James and the Giant Peach, by Ronald Dahl

So far away I can't tag anyone, feel free to play along on your blog or leave me a comment!


Blogger mommanator said...

The place looks so austere & clean! But what else should a school be!
Hope the cold is better!
I won't even touch that meme, I dont read very much, I always seem to have more important things to do, always too busy. Maybe one day when I am old! LOL

10:23 AM  
Anonymous JoeInVegas said...

Urdu? How many books are writtne in Urdu? Why not Latin or Greek or even English?

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ub! Hello! Did you hear about Edwards? Wish I could talk with you. Busy here, back to the grind, good news is spring semester always goes by so quickly! Good luck with all your reading, trust me, it's no fun from this persective either. :-)

7:47 PM  
Blogger Pax Romano said...


Geez, I'm out of circulation and you go and move to Denmark.

OK, well, things have been pretty rough on my end lately, and I need a break. Hopefully you have a fold out sofa at your flat for your Blog Father?

I am very happy for you, enjoy enjoy enjoy!

9:09 AM  
Blogger citizen of the world said...

James and the Giant Peach - good choice. I love the parent's advice to try looking at things another way.

I've moved to my new blog home.

10:03 PM  
Anonymous jellykean said...

OH MY GOSH! I was so excited to see my charity badge on your blog! Thank you so much. I've been trying to attach it to my blog directly and Facebook, but wordpress doesn't do Flash. And I guess I'm just a moron cause Facebook didn't work! You ROCK. I'm so proud of you, your school looks awesome.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Mommnator - yes it is very Scandinavian in its look (smile). You don't mean that reading is unimportant do you? You just mean that something is always coming up that demands more immediate attention right? Because I can't imagine that you think that reading is not important : )

Joe - (shaking head) Joe, Joe, Joe, there is more to the world than Western Civilization - actually India and the Urdu language is fairly old and there are many beautiful texts and poems written in Urdu that have no direct translation in English. Also there are many historical texts from the Persian past, which is where the Urdu language has its history, so for me saying Greek would be very myopic, I've had my share of Western culture, it would be nice to broaden my horizons, no?

H - so happy to see you at my blog - welcome! Your suggestion of Scarlett Letter as boring, spot on, that was a killer of a read, and so boring!!

Pax - I'm so sorry to hear about everything, yes there is definitely a coach, come and bring Mama Romano for a vacation - rest and relaxation is what is needed after all the therapy stuff.

Citizen of the World - love the new blog home and thank you James and the Giant Peach is my FAVORITE book of all time!

Jelly Kean - you rock I'm honored to put up your badge. I'm so proud of what you are doing!!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Darla D said...

Hey, I loved reading your meme answers - lots of fun! I'm glad you are having fun in Denmark - I love checking in on you and your adventures!

7:41 PM  

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