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Exploration Copenhagen, Part 1

26 Aug

I am disappointed that every morning on the train rides are not the same as Monday morning.. We were not greeted with a box of Cheerios at the station by a Cheerios promotion lady again ūüė¶

I will always say yes to free food in Copenhagen!

On Tuesday, as a part of orientation, we had to do an urban exploration of the city.  It was somewhat of a scavenger hunt where we had to find certain landmarks.  It was a whole lot of walking (about 4 hours), but I had a great time.  I also met Kali who goes to the University of Denver and had class with Aaron and knew him!  It was a welcomed connection and she is pretty awesome to explore with.  We are doing a visit to Esrum Abbey on Sunday along with Avery, a girl who lives in Trekoner kollegium down the street with me.  So that should be an interesting blog post with lots of fun photos.

Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Folketing (Danish Parliament)

Vor Frelsers Kirke

The ceiling in Vor Frelsers Kirke

B√łrsen, The Old Stock Exchange

Beautiful ships

Amalienborg, the winter home of the Danish royal family

Changing of the guards at Amalienborg

I only got to see a sliver of Copenhagen and it took over 4 hours! ¬†This wonderful city has so much more that I cannot wait to see…I do not know how I will fit it in between classes, field studies, homework, and study tours!


First Impressions

25 Aug

I arrived in Copenhagen Sunday morning after flying through Oslo.  The day was gorgeous out- about 65 degrees and sunny! I wish it would stay this way the whole time I am here.. Anyhow, we took about an hour bus from the airport to my new home РKorallen Kollegium.  I met some pretty awesome people on the ride over and am finding that it is like freshman year all over again with so many new names to remember.  Once I arrived at my kollegium (pronounced something to the effect of ko-lee-kee-um), we headed over to get bikes for the semester.  I have not ridden a bike in quite some time, so it will definitely take some getting used to.  I have no idea how Danes ride all year round, rain, shine, heat, or cold.

Korallen Kollegium

Unpacking was an oddly comforting experience, settling in to my new home.  I had a few issue with my door that opens to the courtyard and a couple of bees that I had to kill, but all in all, living here is not all that bad.  When one showers, however, water gets ALL over the bathroom, even with a shower curtain.  Conveniently, we have been provided with a squiggie to mitigate the problem.

My room (my new Sony panorama camera makes it look a lot bigger than it is, but I am not complaining because I have a single to myself and it is about as big as my double room in Gray was the past year)

My bathroom

I don’t think I brought enough shoes

My kitchenette

My bed with the abstract and strange bedding they gave me

Later in the evening, I had my second meal in Denmark with our SRAs and others living in kollegiums in Roskilde (equivalent of an RA at home) (Burger King at the Copenhagen airport was my first. ¬†No judging, it was the cheapest option for me (6 bucks for a kids meal).) ¬†It consisted of pizza, french fries, and salad sans dressing. ¬†So essentially, I ate a plate of fries and plain salad due to my allergy to tomatoes. ¬†And you would think that we would be welcomed to Denmark with a traditional Danish meal…

The jetlag really had me off, so I went to bed pretty late and got only 3 hours of sleep before having to wake up to catch the train in the morning to Copenhagen for the DIS opening ceremony at the Danish Royal Academy of Music.  The presenters at the ceremony were absolutely hilarious.  The Danes seem to have this sarcastic humor, but not the dry sorts like I am used to at home.  They also had adorably corny analogies to get us excited for our experience abroad.

The Danish Royal Academy of Music

This is the theme song for Tivoli in Copenhagen.  It was written for one of its anniversaries.  The strings performances at the opening ceremony was lovely.

The rest of my day was spent in DIS info sessions and I applied for my Danish residence permit.  I found that at 7-11, you can get amazing croissants (very buttery, but soo good) two for 10 kr (about $5).  You cannot find a good croissant anywhere for $2.50 in the States.  I also got an amazingly tasty chicken kebab for 17 kr.  Who knew 7-11 was so good somewhere in the world?

On the way home to Roskilde, Spencer and I were trying to find the station at N√łrreporte. ¬†He asked me if the street we were on was the right street and a Danish woman walking by stopped and screamed at us- “THIS IS DENMARK! WE SPEAK DANISH HERE!” Not exactly what I was expecting from a Danish person…but I will not let that cloud over my view of the Danes. ¬†The rest have been pretty darn friendly and helpful. ¬†Also, another interesting site- on our way down to the trains, there was a man peeing in a trash can connected to the wall. ¬†A little disturbing.

I have a bunch more to share about Tuesday and today, but I need to try to get on some type of a normal schedule.  It is 2AM here and I am still up, writing this.  I have my first classes tomorrow, and I cannot wait!


14 Aug

I have taken a few last-minute things off my checklist, giving myself less of an excuse to procrastinate with packing. ¬†Today I bought my Ring Dance dress. ¬†I was completely surprised that the first one I tried out was the one I chose! I couldn’t be happier with my choice.

They finally had a pair of dark grey Minnetonka moccasins in my size (5 in Minnetonka’s) at Nordstrom, so I snagged those. ¬†They will be super comfortable for trekking around Copenhagen. ¬†In addition, I stopped at CVS and got my photos taken that I will need for my Danish resident permit and my Danish health care card.

Also, another highlight of my day was hearing from my visiting family! They live about 15 minutes outside of Copenhagen.  They have 4 kids.  One is my age, but is studying abroad in Brazil.  They also have a doggy! Her name is Mollie and she is a black labrador mix.  I am so excited because I will miss my puppy so much.

Lulle and Linda, my Danish parents

My Danish doggy, Mollie


11 Aug

I finally caved and purchased a superdrive for my MacBook Air and an Ethernet adapter, which I find is going to be necessary in my housing for me to get internet. ¬†Speaking of, I got my housing assignment today. ¬†I will be living in a kollegium called Korallen in Roskilde, a 30 minute trip outside of Copenhagen. ¬†I guess it could be worse. ¬†However, when I googled Korallen, a little comment came up saying that students who end up here say “Korallen, not by choice” due to its lack of clean kitchens and crappy furniture. ¬†That was 50 months ago. ¬†Hopefully, I pray, that this is not the case anymore!

I wish I was closer to the city with less of a commute, but I will use that time to read for classes or even nap. ¬†Also, it will be nice to explore Roskilde, which is apparently the first city on the island and was once the capital. ¬†There is a viking ship museum to check out, too. ¬†Just a little disappointed that Roskilde Festival already happened for the year…would have loved to have seen M.I.A., Lykke Li, TVoTR, Tame Impala, and Yelle.