Intersecting Minds: Education, Business and Technology at the North Carolina State Jenkins Graduate School of Management

Christiansha’vn and The International Buffet | August 20, 2009

On Tuesday afternoon we went on a tour of the international free zone, Christiania. What a place. Christiania is located on an old WWII base near the heart of Denmark. It’s huge, at least 75-100 acres, and the grounds are beautiful.

Last night, the school hosted an international buffet where the exchange students made food from their home countries, and a winner was announced at the end of the event. Unfortunately, we didn’t have an oven for baking and lacking such a crucial element hurt our chances for a prize. Our fare? Pancakes, Doritos, a bottle of coke, fried sausage and hashbrowns. Pretty weak.

Meanwhile, the Danish, French, German, Dutch, English, Singaporean, and Korean groups brought their A game. There were delcious crepes, sausages, bangors and mash, spicy curries, and even a seafood pancake. But the winning prize went to the lone representative of Mexico. He made enchiladas and brought one of the finest bottles of tequila Mexico has to offer.

Yesterday was also an important milestone because I was able to pick up a used bicycle for very cheap, 150 KR (or about $30). The bicycle culture is huge here, and the city planners have incentivized their use by creating huge bike lanes for riders. Since Copenhagen is so flat and relatively small (~ 25 square miles), it’s very convenient to just hop on the bike and ride to wherever you’re going.



  1. Yep. It’s a totally different bike culture. I like how they have lots of bikes available for people to use and leave at various drop off points, too.

    Comment by Jen Arthur — August 20, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

  2. sounds like you cooked some good stuff…at least you didn’t take a 12 pack of miller lite 🙂

    Comment by Scott — August 20, 2009 @ 3:31 pm

  3. Wooo the Mexicans!!! Of course they don’t disappoint. But terrible terrible effort by the Americans!! 🙂

    Comment by Betty — August 20, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

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