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Aarhus Street Food

Aarhus Street Food is a hip and laid-back food market housed in a gritty warehouse of what used to be the town’s bus garage. It is wonderfully smacked right in the middle of the city, a stone’s throw away from Aarhus Central Station. On a typical Friday, the place is brimming with locals, tourists and university students. Weekdays are rather quieter, particularly on this below-freezing Tuesday, something to make a mental note of if crowds and long queues are not your thing. From Nordic to Asian kitchens, desserts to artisanal beers, there is so much variety to choose from for all taste buds. The food are absolutely delicious and reasonably priced too. Anyone visiting Aarhus must come here to graze as soon as you get off that train. The duck fat fries, bahn mi and pita deserve special mention in my books :-)

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Liam

 

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Ah my precious Liam, it’s crazy amazing how big you’ve grown! You were so tiny — I was almost too scared to hold you, but now, oh my, you’ve grown into such a lively, delightful and inquisitive one. It reminds me everyday how time flies too quickly and that it won’t be too long before you start making me run after you. Until then, I’ll cuddle you every chance that I get.

You are a gift and I will strive to be the same to you. I am thankful everyday for the road that led me to you.

The Road Taken

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My Top Website Recommendation for Free Online Courses

Anyone who has ever paid tuition or student loans knows that education is not cheap. In UK turf,annual tuition cost is the highest in Europe, going for as much as £16,000. If you factor in other expenditures such as meals, transport and food, the costs are easily not for the faint-hearted and the faint of wallets.

Fortunately, there are many resources available online where you can take classes for free, starting from introductory lessons to more advanced topics. It could be anything from algebra, photo editing, business management to statistics, computer programming, neuroscience and more. The choices are vast and impressive. I highly recommend these websites to anyone who wants to flex their brain muscles, right from the comfort of your own computer and without spending a single quid! Whether you are just looking into getting refresher courses, maybe updating your skills or getting into more intensive learning programmes, these wonderful resources are definitely worth checking out — all free and yours for the taking.

I recommend these top five free learning resources to top up your knowledge base:

Khan Academy

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Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organisation that operates by the mission of providing free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Since being founded in 2008 by Salman Khan starting from just making videos to help his cousins with their math homeworks, it has since then reached all corners of the world with courses translated to over 35 languages and teaching 27,538,080 learners to date. Khan Academy offers thousands of free educational videos that you can learn on your own pace. It is a good starting point for subjects like math, science, art history, history, economics and computer programming among many others.

 

Coursera

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Coursera is an educational platform that partners with top universities and organisations from around the globe, offering free online courses that are open for anyone to take. Along with the video courses are interactive quizzes, peer graded assessments and the ability to connect with both fellow students and instructors. For most of the courses offered in Coursera, you have the option to acquire certificates as proof for completing the course requirements. Coursera is by far the best resource for high-level academic materials with subjects available in departments like medicine, physics, software engineering, law, music and film. Coursera is also available as an app, perfect for mobile and self-guided study.

 

EdX

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EdX is an open-source online learning platform, an initiative by two of the best universities in the world, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. The platform not only offers online courses from universities, but also from global member partnerships  including NGOs, businesses and foundations. While EdX’s learning modules are free, professional education courses are an exception. Upcoming lectures that might interest you include Introduction to Finance and Accounting, Sharepoint Basics, Spanish Introduction and Molecular Biology.

 

Class Central

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Class Central is an MOOC aggregator platform featuring courses offered by prestigious universities like Harvard University, MIT and Princeton University, as well from other reputable online course providers, both big and small. For those not familiar with MOOC, it stands for massive online open course, a model for learning focused on unlimited participation and open access via online. You’ll never have to miss classes again as Class Central offers newsletter feature that gives you updates and alerts for subjects that you are interested in.

 

Udacity

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Udacity is a digital learning platform specialising in computer science courses. It was founded by Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig, born out of their Stanford University experiment that aims to teach “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence” to anyone, for free. Their courses are built by industry giant themselves, among which Google, Facebook, Twitter, Cloudera and AT&T. If you are keen on learning new tech skills to become a web developer, data analyst, mobile developer or the like, theír resource materials are available for free at your disposal. Among the many interesting courses that you can access are Developing Android Apps, HTML5 Game Development and Data Analysis, just to name a few.

 

Succeeding in these online courses require copious amount of self-discipline, persistence, hard-work and the intrinsic desire to accomplish the goal. These resources are free to peruse at your own time and at the comfort of your own home. Take advantage of these websites to learn something new, improve your job prospects and better yourself. Remember, knowledge is power!

Happy Learning!

**Originally written and published by Sherylyn Oben, (2015). Money-Saving Hack: The Top 5 Websites for Free Online Courses | SurveyBee.net.

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Pics and Vid: Day Trip at aRos Aarhus Art Museum

Updated: Check out this short video that I made from this museum trip:

 

The Rainbow panorama is a brainchild of Olafur Eliasson

The Rainbow panorama by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The permanent installation sit atop the aRoS Museum of Art in Aarhus Denmark. Here, you can take a panoramic walk and enjoy the stunning view of the city through technicolored glass. The experience is quite special and I would recommend it to anyone visiting the city.

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As seen from outside. The architectural concept of the building is inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy

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Interpreting art is always subjective and very personal. To me, being in the rainbow panorama is the satisfying culmination of the different feelings and sensations experienced through the journey in the museum. Taking in Dante’s literature into account, the rainbow is the symbol of reaching enlightenment and nirvana.

View from the Skylounge

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The mandatory tourist photo op amid all the colors of the spectrum, channeling my inner Rainbow Brite!

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While we came here on a gray day, the view from inside the rainbow is nonetheless pretty. Here’s Lars pausing to take in the view of of the city below.

Walking the rainbow walkway while taking in the beautiful view of the city through rainbow- colored glass.

The building details inspired by Dante's The Divine Comedy with the spiral staircase symbolising the journey from hell, purgatory to heaven.

The building details of the museum  are inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy, the spiral staircase symbolising the journey from hell, purgatory to heaven. The way to heaven/hell, all nine floors of it, could be quite a workout but there’s an expressway by lift .

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The museum is currently showing Monet – Lost in Translation. a collection of artworks by the greatest French impressionists including Monet. Here's one of Monet's iconic paintings of waterlilies

The museum is currently showing Monet – Lost in Translation, an exhibition of  the artworks by the greatest French impressionists including Monet. Of course, an Impressionist gallery wouldn’t be complete without Monet’s iconic paintings of waterlilies. Impressionism is my favorite art movement – rebellious and exceptionally beautiful in an understated manner.

Caught in the Act, an installation showing colorful birds caught in the act of stealing pills, lit up as if by police search light

Caught in the Act, an installation showing colorful birds caught in the act of stealing pills, lit up as if by police search light. Before reading the artists’ intent, I thought it was depicting drugged out people hallucinating the ability to fly.

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Boy by Ron Mueck Mueck, an Aussie was quoted saying that had he known the boy would go to DK, he would have given him a sweater

Boy by Ron Mueck| Mueck was quoted saying that had he known the boy would go to DK, he would have given him warmer clothes. I couldn’t agree more!

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Hyperreal details – wrinkles, folds and hairs. Fascinating!

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The cool window of the museum’s in-house cafe. How would you like some ham to go with your espresso? As the museum could easily take a whole day to explore properly, coffee and cake with a view is a welcome break!

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View of Aarhus from the museum’s sky lounge

If you fancy visiting the aRoS museum and would like to find out more information on ongoing exhibitions, here’s the link to their website. For contemporary art lovers who are visiting Denmark, this is a must-see.

Quick Info: Aros Allé 2, 8000 Aarhus | Adult: 130 kr / Students and under 28: 110 kr / Children under 18: Free | Within 10 minute walking distance from bus and central station | Closed on Mondays | Paid parking near the museum (60 kr for 4 hours) | Open from 9.00 – 17.00, Wed & Thurs until 22.00

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Nørrebro|Happy Place: Wander Aimlessly

These photos were taken while wandering aimlessly and exploring the side streets of Copenhagen by bike. There’s just something very satisfying about getting lost and stumbling on tucked away corners of beauty and colours while finding my way around. It sounds like a paradox but sometimes just wandering and not knowing exactly where you’re going could be the best way to know a new place more intimately. Alone and with a camera in tow, the curious kid in me gets a kick from exploring these backstreets and unlocking hidden gems scattered around the city. These little pockets of discoveries are my little happy places.


 

Nørrebro

If you’re looking for something more colorful, a little more shabby and high up on hipster quotient in Copenhagen, I cannot recommend Nørrebro highly enough. Being the cheapest district in the capital, Nørrebro is the most culturally-diverse area. The burly bearded Dane on his fixie bike, the young abaya-clad Arab women going about their shopping or the group of kids expertly whizzing up and down their skateboards – people watching in this part of the city is a treat. The multicultural vibe of the area is so prominent, you can see and smell it in the wide array of shawarma shops, Asian kiosks, vibrant nightspots, thriving food hubs and hip urban spaces dotted around the district.

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Nørrebro Skatepark | Nørrebroruten, 2200 København N I wasn’t riding the ramps and ledges, I  can barely balance myself on a bike with no hands, let alone attempt to skateboard :) I found this spot while walking around,  taking photos of urban wall murals around the area. Nørrebro has some of the coolest and they got plenty!

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Queen Louise’s Bridge |Dronning Louises Bro, 1371 København The bridge that connects the city to Nørrebro is fun hangout spot especially during the summer months. Sit by the ledge or on the benches surrounding the lake, preferably with friends and a beer in hand, Here you can hang out and enjoy the stunning views of the lake. After dark every night, you can catch the the iconic egg-laying chicken neon ad shine over Peblinge Sø. 

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92 Nørrebrogade, the most iconic graffiti art in the district: One man’s trash, another man’s treasure

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Superkilen, Heimdalsgade Superkilen is a huge urban park that celebrates the diversity of the local district. The idea behind is to create a unifying space across ethnic, language and religious boundaries. If you’re amodern architecture  fan like me, you’ll be pretty pleased to know that Danish starchitect Bjarke Ingels was the genius behind this project.

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Superkilen | Black Market White curving lines on dark asphalt make for such a visually appealing space.

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Superkilen | A part of the Red Square

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Jagtvej 69 | The dove wall mural by Shepard Fairey on the site of Ungdomshuset. Ungdomshuset had served as a site for music and acts, as well as a notorious rendezvous point for left-wing activists. The place was eventually torn down in 2007 leading to aggressive riots in the area.

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A cute balcony

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Woman on Bike Mural on Norrebrogade-Ravnborsggade | This has got to be my most favorite street art in Norrebro as it reflects the strong bicycle culture of the city. 

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Kebabistan | Nørrebrogade 162 Nørrebro is home to the best shawarma shops in the city. A long day of exploring or a booze-infused night-out in town calls for the perfectly slow roasted slab of meat basted on its own fat, stuffed into some pita bread along with chunks of veggies, slathered lovingly with chili. This is good stuff! I recommend lamb dürüm at Kebabistan – best of the lot!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”

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Stella Polaris Festival

Last summer, Fredriksberg Have was filled to the brim with thousands of revellers enjoying the hypnotic tunes and blazing sunshine at Denmark’s biggest annual electronic chill concert, Stella Polaris.  The park transformed to the perfect chill-out area with bean bags, picnic blankets and umbrellas strewn across the lush grass, from which visitors savour the beats and sounds wafting from the several stages in the venue. The lineup includes some of the most exciting international acts in the chill-out genre like Kelela, Jimmy Sommerville, Museum of Love and Lulu Rouge. Since its humble conception in Aarhus in 1997, Stella Polaris has grown to become the one of the biggest and most anticipated summer event, attracting ever-great numbers in the cities of Sønderborg, Kolding and Odense, Aarhus and Copenhagen.

In response to this week’s challenge: Happy place

Why happy? You can’t help but be all smiles in a place like this – there all the joys that to be expected from upbeat music, beautiful nature, good weather and great company! What’s not to be happy about? :)

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