Visualize the following. You enter an inconspicuous building in the center of a Scandinavian town, and find yourself in a corridor leading to a small courtyard. Go into the first entrance to the right off of the corridor, and into company premises presumably converted from apartments. Descend a spiral wooden staircase into the basement (you might have to ask for directions to the staircase the first few times you do this), and go straight ahead into a meeting area. Hope that there is no meeting going on. Once in, set up your computer and pull over a phone. Then start calling people. Not random people; you'll be provided with information about those you will talk to. Each phone call can last up to a half an hour, but normally a bit less, which is good as you have calls scheduled every half an hour. When you call people, the idea is to get them to talk. About their jobs. About the language they use on the job. Language as in do they use English, not as in do they swear, or say nasty things about colleagues. Ask them to ask you some questions. Ask them to tell you what they do in their free time. Find out how old they are. While you're doing all of this, fill in forms on your computer. Type in lots of notes on the forms, and lots of judgments. How they sound. Are they clear? Are they grammatically correct? Do they have the vocabulary they need to talk about their job? About their hobbies? When the phone call is done, and the forms filled in, repeat the process with the next scheduled call. Three or four phone calls and then you'll probably have a break. Don't worry too much about the break, as you'll be preparing forms for the next interviews. Repeat the process until the working day is done.
Yep, welcome to my working world, at least for the next several weeks. As I might not have as much time as I would like to pay attention to posting, what with the working, the teaching, the being a student, the project, the upcoming Danish exams (yes, I am feeling just a bit over-extended), the sleeping, the eating, the still paying attention to friends, and boyfriend, I would like to show you the view from my basement meeting room. So you know where I am when I'm not on blog. As you can see, there are two windows, one to the left, and one to the right. I have not gotten up from my usual spot to take these shots; they're exactly as I see them when I have a second to look around me.