At one point in time, I have the ambition the write the ultimate “Umeň vs. Odense” post but I want to get Odense a bit more under the skin before I say anything definitive. Still, at double the size, Odense has much more of an urban feel to it compared to Umeň-the-oversized-suburb.
But in some aspects Umeň beats Odense hands down. Or rather Umeň University beats the Odense campus of the University of Southern Denmark.
First, SDU is placed on a field in the middle of nowhere. Our nearest neighbours are Bilka followed by Rosengňrdcentret. Throw in Jysk and IKEA and you get the picture.
Second, the University library in Umeň was open all days, often with long evening hours. SDU’s library … not so.
Third, UmU had cafÚs and restaurants all over the place so you could get a meal or a sandwich, in case you had forgotten to bring your own food. SDU … well, today I realised that I had forgot to buy rye bread, so I hoped for the best.
Come by the restaurant at 2:30 and … nope. Not a chance. Not a sandwich in sight. Which meant that I had to head for the nearest megamarket to get a hot-dog. But at least Bilka is open until 9 pm. on week-days. And I have a grand selection of restaurants and cafÚs just across the street from my apartment.