One Week Down…

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).

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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!

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The fattest pigeon I have ever seen! The sad thing is all the pigeons in Denmark look like this!

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My room!!

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Samson!!

And the first souvenir that I have been bought while in Denmark…

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A Post is a Comin’

HELLO Everyone!!! just got back from my trip to Vienna, Venice, Verona, Florence and Rome! Unfortunately all of my teachers have decided to give me actual work to do so a larger post with photos will be coming shortly! I leave for Budapest on Friday so the next week is going to be busy!!  Be sure to check back to see and hear all about my travels! I promise there are some funny anecdotes!!

Well Hello Again….

I know that it has been a long time since I last posted… My brother will not let me forget it actually, but things have been really busy here in Copenhagen.

My core class had our core course week and went on our short study tour. Core course week basically meant that instead of having our regular schedule I met with my European Memory and Identity class for an entire week. We had to sit through some boring lectures, went to Lund, Sweden for a day and capped the week off with a 3 day trip to Hamburg, Lubeck and Flensburg in Germany and Sonderborg in Denmark. I have to say that Hamburg was my favorite city by far. I wished we could have spent more time there. I loved the combination of the new and old architecture and the overall vibe of the city. We went to a really cool photography exhibit where we saw works done by young Germans and this famous photographer whose name I can’t remember but who has shot so many celebrities!! (I wish I was him) In Hamburg we also went to a potato restaurant where we had some great gratins and some of my friends got potato vodka. My favorite thing we did during the trip though had to be our visit to a Danish high school in Flensburg, Germany in Schleswig Holstein. For those non-history buffs out there this would seem rather boring, but it was so cool to finally step foot in a part of Germany that played an essential role in Bismarck’s achieving of a unified Germany that would become a major player in world history. A region that I have read about countless times and finally got to visit. The school was especially interesting because it looked at the Danish German minority who continue to teach their kids Danish and who consider themselves Danish-Germans. (Schleswig-Holstein used to be apart of Denmark until they lost in the late 19th Century to Germany) It was so interesting hearing these high school students talk about their complex identities that are so rooted in history.

We then went to Sonderborg which was the hometown of one of my teachers. There we went to a beer tasting/dinner at a brewery and then to a bar. It was so weird going out with my teachers who drank along with us and danced with us at the bar. Not something we do at the 5Cs or in America for that matter… Overall though the trip was really fun and it was amazing getting to get out of the classroom and take part in what makes DIS so unique.

After the trip has a kind of been a whirlwind. I had to move out of my original host family and deal with the process of finding another one. Thankfully there are some truly amazing people in Denmark who really helped me out in a very stressful time. Now things are going well and I was able to find another host family.

Other than that I have been planning travel trips and having to deal with annoying credit card companies. (I’m such an adult… I was on hold for an hour!) But I have managed to pretty much figure out my travel plan for the rest of the semester. Shockingly I leave for Vienna, Venice, Florence, and Rome on Friday, then I will be going on a weekend trip to Budapest, and after that is my long study tour to Berlin. (March is going to be a crazy month!)

April is a little more relaxed. I will be going on my third study tour which I am so happy to say will be to Lisbon, Barcelona and a DIS trip to Nice. For those of you who know about my obsession with FC Barcelona this trip is a dream come true!! Camp Nou here I come! I am totally going on their tour even if my friends don’t join me! If I see Iniesta I will freak out! But honestly I am little concerned about going to their store there… I might buy all the FC Barcelona apparel I can find! I finish April with a trip to London with one of my DIS classes. I’m excited for this trip because according to the teacher we travel in style. No hostels for us and we get to eat at either Jamie Oliver’s or Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants!

I will be sure to be more prompt in updating my blog but don’t expect a post until at least 2 weeks from now! Then there will be plenty of posts about my travel adventures!

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Lubeck, Germany! And yes it should look like it is compressing upon itself! The two tours are to heavy for the center to support… genius medieval architecture.

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Battlefield! One of the best views I have had since being in Denmark!

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knights at the sonderborg castle!

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this really cool art exhibit by Tara Donovan. This picture doesn’t do justice to how massive this thing was! It is entirely made out of electrical tape!

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my camera was doing some weird things but a photo of our night on the town in Sonderborg

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cool church in hamburg!

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Friends cafe in Flensburg! (reminded me of you alex!)

 

 

When I Finally Decided to Update My Blog

So I know its been awhile but there was just so much stuff to do besides writing my blog! The last 2 weeks have been pretty busy. I have been settling into my routine and unfortunately going to classes. I like most of them but absolutely can’t stand one! It is probably the worst class I have taken in college and for those of you who know me you know that I have taken some pretty awful classes in my time at Scripps (Jonah Hill… haha). Next week is my core course week where we’re going to Lund, Sweden, Hamburg and Lubec in Germany. I’m really excited especially since I really like both my teachers.

Besides school I have been exploring Denmark. I went to go see the Little Mermaid which was a trek and a half. It was incredibly small and underwhelming. I have to say the stuff we saw on the way there was actually more exciting than the sculpture itself. We ran into some really cool sculptures and saw a replica of “David”. I think it was a practice sculpture for the final sculpture because it looked really legit. We also went to the Copenhagen Citadel which was really cool. For a military base it was very homey looking and even had an old windmill on the property. Unlike in America there were running trails for the citizens of Copenhagen to use to walk their dogs and run in the freezing cold. Just another of the many differences between the US and Denmark.

One of my highlights of the week was going on a guided tour of Christiansborg where the Danish Parliament is housed and where the Queen entertains foreign dignitaries. We saw the Royal Church and the marble horse stables. The horses are all white and are only used 6 times a year! We saw the carriage that the Queen uses today and some dating back to the 1700s. I especially enjoyed seeing the Queen’s throne room and some really cool tapestries that were given to the Queen in the late 90s. We had to wear blue booties over our shoes which was very entertaining!

Since being in Denmark I have developed an affinity for certain beers! Primarily those that are not dark! I went to a beer tasting at a small brewery in Copenhagen. When I say small I mean it was literally a room for the beer making tools attached to a restaurant. We tried 4 beers… I liked 2 and couldn’t stand 2 of them. In a shout out to my brother I think he would really enjoy the beer of Copenhagen. Apparently Copenhagen is the largest beer place in Europe… they are obsessed!!

Overall the past 3 weeks have been really great! I have been acclimating to living in a much smaller town than LA with a very efficient public transportation system. I went out last Saturday and it was very stressful having to figure out how the hell I was going to get home. I ended up taking a night bus that runs every 15 min! I like DIS overall but I am starting to get sick of Americans. I love going to places where no American students go and where I can pretend to be a native Dane. I haven’t been asked by a tourist where stuff is yet but I think it will happen before my time here ends! One of the best things about being in Europe is that I get to watch football games that ESPN refuses to show! I know that my dad would have really enjoyed getting to El Clasico live on television!!! Though they tied it was an AMAZING study break!!! I promise to watch enough soccer for the two of us!!

So as to ensure that no members of my family feel left out in a shout out to my sister I am spreading the word of the greatness of FNL and VD all the way out here in Denmark! They have to witness the best that American television has to offer. Funny though they watch Gilmore Girls over here… they are on the 3rd season which I have to say was one of my favorites!!

For my mom the Copenhagen food festival is coming up! I think you would really enjoy it! It means you guys have to come visit to taste the great food that Copenhagen has to offer besides Noma… Also I found out that Stina knows one of the owners!!

Here are some pictures of my last 2 weeks here in Copenhagen…

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The Black Diamond (The Royal Danish Library)

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Blue Booties for the Queen’s Chambers!!

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Anne and I at beer tasting!

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Really cool tapestry given to the queen! It is about the 21st Century!

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Same tapestry! It was beautiful! The artist did a bunch of them covering the history of Denmark! I really wanted to steal it but I don’t think that would have worked out well!

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Me and the Little Mermaid

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Cool sculpture on the way to the Little Mermaid

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Me and one of the Queen’s horses. They all have Spanish names by the way…

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The Danish David

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The Queen’s Carriage

 

 

ARRIVAL!!

I decided to start writing a blog about my 5 month study abroad adventure in Copenhagen. So far I have been horrible remembering that I have a blog. This post will fail to reflect the chaos and anxiety ridden time of getting ready for my abroad trip but I thought it would be better to not write about how much of a nervous wreck I was and stick to the entertaining parts of my trip.

Today I have finally reached Denmark after 18 hours of traveling, $200 spent for an oversized bag, and being yelled at 3 times for my oversized carry on bag that has caused me to loose feeling in my left shoulder! (thanks dad!) Overall the trip wasn’t too bad. I was able to get some sleep and met a lot of cool people on my study abroad program! I have to say that this trip has taught me just how crappy Southwest is in comparison to United and how nice the Oslo airport is!

I am now back at my host families home in Hellerup! The home is beautiful and I love my host family and my new host cat Samson. I am going to go get settled in and try to get rid of this jet lag but I’ll keep you posted on my adventures and I’ll even throw in some pictures and other fancy stuff!!

Talk to you soon!