This is a post about portable document…

…format. Otherwise we would be considering printouts. Which is not the case. As mentioned I store my notes in a non-accessible manner. This means I rarely (if ever) reread them. In the summer of 2011 I scanned all the notes I had taken during my first year and sorted them into files on my computer. The following summer I did not do this, due to not having looked at those notes or scans since the previous scanning session, which took a couple of days.

Emilie told me that her sister (not Marie, another one) had spent a lot of time and money searching for the best note taking/PDF reading app currently on the market. Apparently it is Notability. Another honourable mention for Malene, as she managed to find an app which can open word documents, Goodnotes.

I shall be trying these out over the summer to see whether or not I think they are worth using when the next academic year rolls around (which is always sooner rather than later).


So far I have tried Notability and I really like it. One thing worth mentioning is that the app will not be fully satisfying unless you have a stylus! Two rather clever functions that I am enjoying at the moment are

  1. Ability to merge several PDFs into one (this is useful when downloading books via the university library as they are only available as individual chapters)
  2. Ability to export PDF with scribbles on it

Stationery solutions: the Malene

I have seen many a post out there in the Blogosphere concerning cute notebooks/pads and where to purchase them. Fine and dandy as that is, I would like to gather the combined writing wisdom of my fellow students, with attributions in the form of names.

I have yet to mention pencils. Personally, I use them for calculations. Nothing else! I tried writing notes in pencil during my first year of university – as a result these notes are barely readable. They reside in the back of a cupboard all smudgy and grey. Which is useless both in terms of reachability and readability.

Now, upon calculating chances are you will make a mistake. This is where the rubber enters the blogpost:

This rubber is by Staedtler. Malene informed us of its existence. She refers to it as ‘the little green rubber which is PVC free’. She herself has one and swears by it, which has led to a lot of us purchasing one.

It seems to be doing quite a good job (and the campus book shop sells it for hardly any money)!

Indexing your brain for a closed book exam

If you are unlucky like me and are faced with closed book exams, try this:

  • Buy some index cards (preferably as environmentally friendly as possible, hence the swan on the packets).
  • Write the terms you need to know the front of the card.
  • …and the meaning on the back.
  • Turn it into a memory game, see how many you know without having to turn the cards.
  • Play the game. A lot.

Post exam munchies

After an exam which ended at lunch time I happened to be in the Frederiksberg area of Copenhagen and found a healthy lunch! The portion might seem large (6 or 7 different things plus houmous) but I tend to not have an appetite prior to sitting exams; nerves make me feel queasy.

It tasted (and probably was) much better than the junk I tend to fuel myself with during extreme periods of study (exam periods).

Bagels and salads
Falkoner Allé 73a, 2000 Frederiksberg

Stationery solutions: the Marie

I have seen many a post out there in the Blogosphere concerning cute notebooks/pads and where to purchase them. Fine and dandy as that is, I would like to gather the combined writing wisdom of my fellow students, with attributions in the form of names.

Marie writes in her books. My grandfather taught me that this was a sin and I do not indulge in this behaviour, but it is her book and she paid for it, so who am I to judge? She uses the standard student method of highlighting in the books which is not really that interesting (but it is a means of colour coding, which I will mention later). On top of, or rather beside, the notes and the highlight she will add tiny red question marks by parts of the text she does not understand. She then enquires about the subject the question mark points to. When she feels she has understood it she erases the mark by friction!

If that is not cool, I do not know what is… I feel I should mention that Marie uses a Muji pen (costs a bit more but looks much nicer in my opinion):


For those of you with a propensity for burning your notes, here is a video from the Magic Squares, which could (provided you write on a similar material to playing cards) mean you save money on paper:

What I wore for ‘galla’

Where ‘galla’ is how Danes refer to a ball, in this case my department’s university ball.

Dress: Boohoo (Natasha Sleeveless Organza Netted Dress, £30 – bought on sale for £15)
Bag: H&M Divided (DKK 129)
Shoes: H&M Divided (DKK 99)
White top*: H&M Divided (DKK 49,95)
Not pictured: my nails, which were painted with Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Papaya (£3.99).

I am not a very prom-esque person which is why I do not break the bank for the occasion: I figure I can use the satchel for other outfits, as I have a weakness for satchel bags; the dress will come in handy should I get invited to any summer weddings but can also be used for everyday; the shoes are very comfy so wearing them again will not be a problem.

*upon which bags and shoes were resting in pictures. Its purpose is to go under the dress as the top is a tad see-through.

Make up storage

I understand the appeal of the acrylic make up cases, I really do; my mother has one in her bathroom. I get how it can inspire you to use other products than ‘the usuals’ since you can see everything the case contains. Thing is, I am not that keen on acrylic. I have decided to try out glass jars instead.

Given the right backdrop I think these could end up looking quite lovely.

Everybody wants to sit in the shark cave

I stumbled upon this place after giving blood. I felt slightly woozy so I figured  a cuppa would help! I try to avoid coffee shop chains as they look the same wherever you go. I found the following:

I want to write something about the shark cave followed by an exclamation mark but as the title for this post includes the words ‘shark cave’, I leave you with the following:

It even has a banker’s lamp! If I had not fallen in love with the place already that would have stolen my heart. A few chapters into my book, I had finished my tea and a small boy poked his head in the cave indicating that my turn was over.

21 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh.