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 :-)
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.
Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now”
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 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 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 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 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 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!
**Originally written and published by Sherylyn Oben, (2015). Money-Saving Hack: The Top 5 Websites for Free Online Courses | SurveyBee.net.
Updated: Check out this short video that I made from this museum trip:
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
Model: Federico | Copenhagen
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “(Extra)ordinary.”
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.
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.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Happy Place.”
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? :)