This week I went to an awesome Nordic mini-conference on musculoskeletal disorders. The meeting covered mechanism studies where people measures blood flow and EMG, intervention studies for different ideas on prevention, and rehabilitation studies to help folks that weren’t so lucky. Our Danish hosts were great, and it was great to meet everyone and share some ideas. Odense is on an island called Funan in between the Danish mainland and Zealand, the island that has Copenhagen. You can get there from Copenhagen on a train in about 90min.
The meeting itself was at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense University. The terrain is very flat but with lots of trees, the weather was warm and misty rainy. It reminded me so much of home! To top it off, The University looked pretty much exactly like SFU. I walked through the Kinesiology department, and all the windows opened into little garden courtyards and there was cement everywhere. They call it ‘Danish functionalist architecture‘ and the exposed iron gives it the nickname ‘rust castle’.
One of the most popular and famous things about Odense is that it is the hometown of Hans Christian Anderson. There are a few museums that I didn’t get to visit while they were open, but his childhood home is very popular and apparently a pilgrimage site for fairy-tale buffs.