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They know every corner of Solbjerg Plads

Carolina Goral and Agata Durkin make sure you don’t find yourself in the nightmarish situation of running out of toilet paper; they throw away the last remains of a good night out; and are – if they say so themselves - ‘the best team’.

Portrait |   16. May 2017

Anne M. Lykkegaard

Journalist

If your day-to-day routines revolve around Solbjerg Plads, you will have seen them. Two women. One of them always wear colorful sneakers; and the other can make any girl envious when it comes to makeup skills.

You won’t always see them together though. Typically, you’ll come across one of them somewhere in the building pushing a cart stuffed with an arsenal of cleaning utensils.

Carolina Goral and Agata Durkin are in charge of making CBS facilities at Solbjerg Plads shine. And they are, according to Carolina Goral ,‘the best team’ for the task.

“If I need help with a clogged toilet, I can call Agata, and she’ll be there within minutes. We are really good at helping each other, even though we have different tasks,” says Carolina and sends Agata a warm smile.

Apart from knowing exactly where the dust hides, Agata Durkin and Carolina Goral have experienced a lot of fun things on their routine inspections of the building.

Cleaning obsession

Carolina Goral and Agata Durkin are both from Poland and have lived and worked in Denmark for almost six years.

Carolina Goral has been employed at CBS for five years and Agata Durkin has been here for a little more than a year, which automatically makes Carolina the boss.

“I know my way around. In fact, I know every nook and cranny here,” says Carolina Goral and looks at Agata Durkin, who says she mainly cleans the cantine, and the ground and first floors.

When asked if they also keep their homes really tidy, they burst out laughing and start speaking to each other in Polish.

“My husband says I need to relax when I come home. But I cannot relax, if things are lying around and the kitchen table is messy. I might have a cleaning obsession,” Agata Durkin reflects and adds:

“I usually say I have four kids at home – my two children, the dog and my husband. And that means a lot of cleaning,” she says and laughs.

“Do you have the same problem, Carolina?”

“Hahaha. No. When I get home, I relax. You need to do the same, Agata,” Carolina Goral says and gives her colleague a kind nudge.

Trilingual

Carolina Goral and Agata Durkin go to language school together to learn and improve their Danish. Danish is a tough language to learn, and they agree they need more Danish friends so they can practice.

The conversation with CBS WIRE goes on in a random mix of Polish, Danish and English. Carolina Goral understands some Danish, but replies in English; Agata Durkin doesn’t understand English as well as Carolina Goral.

“It’s really nice to have each other to talk to. And to help out with the language. Like now,” Carolina Goral says and laughs.

Condoms and pregnancy tests

During Carolina Goral’s five years at Solbjerg Plads, she’s experienced a thing or two.

“On one night shift, I was cleaning the toilets on the first floor, when I suddenly heard a strange sound coming from the toilet. I then discovered that someone was having sex in there! That’s happened a few times, I can tell you,” she says and smiles.

When asked if they’ve found some strange things lying around, they both smile.

“Well, I’ve found numerous condoms, some pregnancy tests, laptops, phones, jackets in the toilets – you name it. It’s amazing what people can forget. And also what they try to flush down the toilet,” says Carolina Goral.

When asked whether the number of left condoms and pregnancy tests usually increase after the Thursday bar in Nexus, Carolina Goral and Agata Durkin just laugh.

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