It is hard to believe that this Sunday marks my first week here in Copenhagen. At the same time it feels that I have been here longer since all the stuff that DIS crams into that first week! I was supposed to have 2 classes today but for some reason the teachers cancelled the first class (I am not complaining.) Today was the first day here that I have really had to myself.
Monday of this week was the usual welcome to DIS and Denmark. I am not going to lie that writing this I am having a hard time remembering what I did exactly on the first day. I do remember that I got my books for my classes here and that I only got 7 books. The least amount of books that I have received since starting college.
Tuesday was the DIS Amazing Race which being an avid fan of the show I had high expectations for. Yeah, there were no challenges at all just boring lectures by DIS faculty had Copenhagen landmarks. One teacher spoke for 25 min… outside in 20 degree weather… I did however become better acquainted with the city which was nice since unlike LA the streets of Copenhagen make no sense. They are neither parallel or perpendicular to one another and streets end or become a different street suddenly! I am really missing the gridlike streets of LA. During the Amazing Race I was able to find my 2 favorite (so far) places in Copenhagen, Greyfriar Square and the Studenterhuset (Student House).
I loved the brightness in Greyfriar Square since I am a big fan of color and with the lack of sunlight in Copenhagen it was really refreshing to encounter something so bright and cheery. There were a lot of cute of cafes that apparently have some student discounts and they are built on the remains of a monastery!
I didn’t actually take any photos of the Studenterhuset but it reminds a lot of the Motley just on a bigger scale… and they serve alcohol. It is the Student Union for the University of Copenhagen and since we are DIS students we get to go there and get discounts. They have concerts and stuff on the weekend and it has an overall cool vibe. I will hopefully be volunteering there this semester and get to help with some of their concerts!
I had my first day of classes yesterday. I had my first class at 8:30… the earliest class I have had since high school. I guess I should have cherished not starting until 1:15 everyday last semester more since DIS classes start pretty early. I had to get up at 7 to catch my bus at 7:30. It was not until today that I was actually home when it was light enough outside to see our neighbor’s house… Makes me miss Socal. My classes seem like they are going to be pretty good. I am really excited to go to Berlin with my Memory and Identity class and especially since both professors lived in Germany for 20 years. I am really nervous for my Danish Language class. The last time I tried to learn a different language was in the 6th grade and I have yet to master it. Danish is completely different than English and actually has 3 extra letters than the English language. I know my host sisters are excited for me to practice Danish with them so hopefully I won’t flunk the class.
Just a general note about some of the differences in Copenhagen as opposed to LA. The public transportation system is amazing! They have buses that pretty much go throughout Copenhagen and the buses are pretty silent. Danes don’t really find the need to talk on public transportation. It has actually been very refreshing and allows me to listen to my ipod without feeling guilty that I might appear antisocial.
It has also been weird having to walk everywhere. I walk from the bus stop to DIS and walk anywhere that I need to go to within the city. I am not really used to walking everywhere and have actually forgotten to change my google map setting to walking and not car (oops!) I have gotten lost 3 times but have found really nice Danes who helped me find my way. Yesterday I got completely lost for an hour but somehow managed to find my way on my own and actually walk past places I recognized. I hope this means that I have begun to get a lay of the land.
This is a pretty long post but I just wanted to cover the highlights of my first week. As promised below are pictures of my room, some Copenhagen sites, and of course Samson the cat!
The fattest pigeon I have ever seen! The sad thing is all the pigeons in Denmark look like this!
And the first souvenir that I have been bought while in Denmark…