DENMARK IS TOO EXPENSIVE.
I had 18000 DKK at the beginning of this month, granted that I hadn't paid my rent and other fixed costs too, but still it was pretty good for being on unemployment insurance.. I even got my mother to transfer the money she intended to spend on presents for me, which isn't included in the 18K.. But all those nice money got eaten up pretty quickly..
After paying the monthly expenses I was down to about 10K for living.. But then the money I transferred to my gf in november still hadn't surfaced in her account.. So I had to buy her flight tickets, while there was still time and also the train tickets for going to to Copenhagen Airport at the 24th of December to pick her up and returning her to the airport in Copenhagen (Kastrup) on the 8th of January and home to myself again. 2x2 + 2x1 tickets = 6 train tickets in all. At least I wont have those expenses in January.. But I was a bit shocked about the cost, even though I managed to get some of the tickets with a special 'Orange' discount. Still Nearly 1500 DKK.. plus 2300 DKK for the flight tickets. Nearly 3800 DKK for the travel expenses.
I also realized that my flat and bedroom wasn't quite suited for her either.. Lacking pillows and double bed sized duvets and sheets.. And maybe the mattress is too hard too.. It actually is too hard for me.. And old nicotine yellow curtains.. So with the added cost of a king size duvet, sheets, pillows, top mattress and curtains.. Another 3000 DKK. Actually I never thought about buying curtains, it was my mothers idea and I was sort of caught by surprise and accidentally bought them..
And then I got an unexpected dental bill, for work not finished yet.. for 2000 DKK. I called them and got it split up in two installments of 1000 each, but still..
And then about two weeks ago my winter shoes finally gave up with the added bonus of a clear line of air intake from the bottom of the sole.. That squishy sound is driving me crazy and this month has really been wet.. already. I got a pair of semi-sandal shoes, with really big air holes on top, which are really bad for walking.. I can feel the swelling of hard sore near-blistering skin on my heels..
So I was sort of waiting for that money transfer to my gf, which never arrived to her, to be returned home to me, but instead of doing that in those two weeks they were supposed to make those kind of arrangements the Ukrainian bank instead decided to make a new service to convert the danish currency to the Ukrainian currency.. Can you believe it, when I made a transfer of 2300 DKK to my gf, my bank actually send 2300 DKK to the Ukrainian bank.. I paid 240 DKK for that service and my bank just pocketed the money without converting the money to Ukrainian currency and the Ukrainian bank was unable to do, because.. well, apparently there isn't much trade between Ukraine and Denmark so the stock of Danish Currency is .. missing.
And then there are presents.. I got my gf a nice golden heart on a gold chain with an inscription and with a room inside for two pictures.. And then last week there also was a show in the local goldsmith shop.. Where I accidentally bought some Kazuri necklaces.. Actually I was in that shop a few days before with my mother and she saw these beautiful stones.. But when I got there, they were missing of course and then I got taken in by something else which I later realized wasn't really suitable for my mother.. so that's another present for my gf...
Today I got the present for my parents done. Quite a stroke of luck. Nice and cheap.
So.. I have about 1000 DKK left for the rest of the month, plus an additional amount of money my gt will be returning to me from that transfer, but I am afraid that she will spend some of it.. It's equal to €300 and she's already taken €100 for the cost of Visa to Denmark. It's okay, but I wasn't counting on that additional cost or the delay of the transfer.. I just hope that I can find a cheap pair of VERY GOOD shoes on discount soon.. There is also going to be some additional cost from food and transport.. I mean I am going to spend 3½ hours on the train alone and then another 3½ hours on the train with my gf home on the 24 of december..
The hardest part about all of this is, that I suck at being reasonable with money. I am a really bad saver and the longer I have to try to do it the worse it gets when I finally fail it. When I go on vacation somewhere I usually leave quite a tip for restaurants and taxis, because I think it's too petty and embarrassing to be concerned and fumbling about with coins and little money.. Denmark is more petty in that way, because they always gives you money back except Taxi drivers who gladly pocket it when I say keep the change. I wasn't born to be poor.. I am not really poor, but it feels really close.
Hm.. it doesn't quite add up.. I should have more money.. Oh right, there was also two suspicious charges on my visa.. For about $60. Seems those 'adult' services that I thought I cancelled last month is still running and Skype ignored my 'disabled' auto-recharge and added credits for another 200 DKK on my Skype-to-Phone, which I stopped using three months ago, because it's too expensive, when I was down to 15 minutes.. Skype has an annoying tendency to run an Auto-Update for the new version every two weeks.. I don't like the new version, because they seriously *i have potty mouth* up the snapshot feature. I really starting to regret giving my credit card information away for any online trade, especially services.
Sometimes it just feels like vultures are waiting for your weakest and most vulnerable moment, before they will strike you with some irreversible silly bill just before.. Hm.. That 'x' like the crosses in eyes in cartoons when people die.. Not x-mas, but R.I.P.-MAS. Hm.. RIP-MAS. Those pesky periods, but it's not really peace. Rest in pieces.
At least I got a hardware upgrade from my previous employer.. Except the DDR3 ram had been replaced by a Pentium E6700 CPU.. Otherwise I would be running a nice Core i7-960 on an ASUS Sabertooth X58 motherboard with 12GB of triple-channel ram.. on my old and venerable Windows XP.. 32bit.. Yep, leaving me with 8GB of unused and inaccessible memory.. I love it. I was goint to get that CPU switched for the RAM today, but today was a really bad day.
That mattress that I am going to use as top mattress for my rock hard bed.. The shop promised me that they would have had it done by Friday, yesterday, but nothing yet. I got up really early today, because I was going to go to Aarhus to pick up the mattress and make a switch of the CPU for the RAM.. In two different parts of town and hopefully within two hours so I would be able to use the same ticket.. Ticket last for 2 hours because I am travelling across seven zones.. Some system.. Anyway.. I must be going senile especially in the morning, because I was dead sure that I put the ticket a certain place in the evening before I went to bed, but in the morning I couldn't find it and missed the first train.. While I was waiting for the next train I called the shop where I was supposed to pick up the mattress.. Turned out that the reason they didn't call me yesterday as agreed is because they haven't made it yet.. It's a mattres of a luxurious kind of soft cold-pressed rubber foam or something like that.. Hm.. I got this one ticket that I am hoping to use for everything.. So.. getting the CPU swithed, collect the mattress, find shoes.. in about 1 hour.. Maybe it's too optimistic.. I decide it is, but it's been so long since I had a new piece of hardware.. So I go, but before I get out I decide to get a cloth bag for the CPU.. It's in the kitchen, but as I go to get it in the kitchen I realize that I also need to go to the toilet.. Quickly done, washing my hands, getting dressed and then out of the door down to the train station, stamping the ticket and then as the train rolls in I suddenly realize I forgot the CPU at home.. AAAARRGH. Only good thing is that the office in the train station is still open.. I explain myself and get a new multi-ticket with one free clip. The clip is saved, but I just spend three hours fooling around for nothing.. in the morning. I could have been asleep.. and rested well.. I had to take a nap at my parents place, when I visited them later in the evening.. Just an hour, but in that hour my mother finished those buns she was making.. and then I didn't even get the buns, when they were still warm. I love fresh and warm homemade buns with cold butter.. Drools.. But of course I missed that too.