It’s been a full week since I’ve moved to Copenhagen and WOW what an amazing city. This whole week has been a whirlwind. Here’s the breakdown:
Day 1: Arrival Day (Saturday)
I have never taken that long of a flight before, the total travel time ended up being 17 hours :(, but I honestly didn’t think it was that bad. What made it better was that my host family, who I had been messaging earlier in the week, was waiting for me at the airport to pick me up. My host dad told me he had made me a surprise for when we got home and it was buns! I forgot to take photos of them but they were so cute and delicious. They had placed little flags of Denmark in them and my host mom explained that they use the flag for celebrations.
Their house was also so beautiful, the Scandinavian design is definitely something I appreciate. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to leave!!
I was super exhausted after traveling for so long that I went to bed immediately after we had watched a movie…
Day 2: Sunday
Today was really exciting, it was really starting to sink in that I was going to be living in Denmark for the next four months and it made me feel so amazing that my host family welcomed me in immediately. My host mom even used to work at a beauty salon, so she did E-J (my host sister) and I’s nails! We also went to visit my host mom’s parents and we had some indian food for lunch, they promised that next time it would be traditional Danish food, so I am extremely excited for this!
I also got my phone plan working, which DIS has an amazing deal for their students, and I was finally able to contact my mom back home! I bet she was pretty happy about that.
Days 3-5: DIS Orientation
These days were the ones where I figured out how to use the transportation system for my hour long commute (yes, that long)! We only had about one meeting a day, so these days were really filled with exploring the city of Copenhagen. We’ve been having the yummiest of breakfasts every morning, we’ve been using the toasted buns my host dad made with some really yummy thin chocolate, I don’t know why we don’t have this in the US because this tastes so so amazing
After my housing meeting on Tuesday, a friend from back at Bowdoin and I explored the city. Then I returned home to go on a bike ride with my host dad where we saw the beautiful castle in my hometown of Hillerød
Days 6-7: First Day of classes
All of my classes are already really interesting. My core course Human Health and Disease was so cool. We traveled to one of the local hospitals, my section went to the Rigshospitalet, and I was so surprised at how modern and beautiful it was. The hospital I worked at this summer was bland and boring, while this one had a courtyard and tasteful furniture–my host family later told me they thought this one was the ugliest, so I can’t wait to visit the rest. I loved how once we got to the classroom we dove into medical cases just to give us a little idea of what the class will look like–I know this is going to be one of my favorites!
Another really cool first class was Photojournalism. In the first 30 minutes, we went outside with another person from class with the goal to take 25 pictures of one another as differently as possible–I’ve never had such an active first class! For my other classes you’ll just have to wait and see when I post next 😉 I’m going on a field study this Wednesday in my Danish class, which I know will be very exciting.
The saddest part about the past two days is I have gotten a little sick. One of my homestay neighbors is a doctor and she came by to say I have strep throat 😦 So this is why my post is coming so late in the week–hopefully, I will get better soon.
In the meantime, Netflix and bed will be my best friend…
Until next time!