the work is very intense; after days of vacuuming and washing the floor of our cave, antonella & i spent today washing & ironing curtains. i also learned some danish: vi ses (ka kite / vidimo se) and tjenestepige (cleaner / kucna pomocnica). at least the rain has stopped.
visiting supermarkets in foreign countries is always an exciting cultural experience. danish supermarkets have a funky trolley-basket option (pictured at left) which we should definitely take on in aotearoa - especially at pak'n'save where the trolleys are enormous & there are no baskets - these danish ones are deep baskets with little wheels & a handy handle, so they can be either carried or pulled. highly functional & oh so stylish! which is very important when stepping out at the supermarket.
but the big excitement of today's supermarket excursion was the discovery of the greenest cheese i've ever met; & i don't just mean slightly green, like the sage cheese we found the other day which was mottled cheese-colour & light green; this is a truly gorgeous green, a pesto gouda, wonderful to behold & very palatable on a slice of dark rye bread. actually the soft blue we got last week is more satisfying with regard to flavour & melt-in-the-mouth consistency, but the green gouda has to be the best looking cheese around.
we also had a particularly fine white cheese at lunch today - not sure what it was, but something very flavorsome. & yesterday there were some nice crunchy snacks which tipe told me was "mice"; after some discussion i realised she was saying "maize". we are having a lot of laughs over my impossible-to-understand accent, & i laugh alone about everyone else's english ; )
& of course the work continues; i wasted a few hours this morning trying to understand how to import high definition digital video to antonella's computer, trying to read the instruction manual which came in danish, swedish, norsk, finnish, polish & serbian but not english ... then trying to understand the .tod file format & reading endless forum posts about problems with it, & answers saying things like "it's easy - you just need to download & install this converter, & that codec, & run it through a decompression process (which will render it no longer high definition so there is no point in having an hd camera in the first place) then import it into this other app you need to download, export it out as a .avi, blah blah blah & 3 months later you have something useable ... " anyway we took the camera back to the shop & got a simpler one that we can plug & play : )
this morning we took a trailer-load of building rubbish from antonella's house to the tip (she has turned the upstairs of her house into a big light studio). the ringkobing tip is very clean & orderly, with recycling for absolutely everything. large containers are labled with the specific material that goes in there, such as gips (gib board), wood without nails (for burning to make power for the city), concrete, etc. the paper & cardboard containers have machinery inside them to compress it all, & there is one container with things for sale. this container pictured is for porcelain & ceramics - everything from toilets to perfectly good crockery was in it. it was quite a different scene from the wellington landfill, where you back up to a giant concrete ditch & tip everything in together & a bulldozer shoves it off into a big hole in the ground. there's no curbside recycling here, as we have at home; it seems that everyone makes the effort to take it all to the tip, but it also seems that they throw away a lot of perfectly good things, if the porcelain container is anything to go by.