The Whirlwind of Arrival

Well, here is where I’ll call home for the next four months! I live in a room on the top floor with three other girls (Alana, Annabelle, and Sarah). I’m living in the Green LLC, which focuses on sustainability and is a five minute walk from my classes. I’ll post pictures of the actual room once it’s a little more organized.

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Store Kannikestraede

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Street view of the Green LLC

IMG_0677Courtyard behind the Green LLC

Over the course of Saturday and Sunday, I realized that airplanes are terrifying, magical things. You’re literally in a metal tube thousands of feet above the surface of the earth. It’s crazy. I somehow managed to maneuver through the airports and not get lost in the insanity of it all. I arrived in Copenhagen in the early afternoon on Sunday, which was just a different kind of whirlwind. We waited at a nearby Hilton for buses to shuttle us to our new homes. I met all the people in my LLC at dinner, then I unpacked and went to the grocery store (where literally everything is in Danish so I just bought pasta and apples because I knew what they were). I managed to stay up until 10:00 pm by some miracle.

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Descending into Copenhagen

Yesterday we had an opening ceremony at the Cirkusbygningen where we were introduced to the program. After that I visited the Studenterhuset (local student union) with a group of other students who live in the Green LLC. It is a very cool place and right around the corner from where I live. I expect to frequent there for cheap coffee and a place to study.


FullSizeRender-1Opening ceremony at the Cirkusbygningen

Today was chock full of things to do. We went out in groups to explore the city and visit historical sites. My group visited the Palace of Christian IV, the Royal Palace, the Danish Parliament, and Greyfriars’ Square, which were all fairly close to where I live. We went out into the snowy/rainy day and learned about the sites from mini-lectures given by professors and other DIS staff. Then I had my academic orientation where I learned more about my core course (Glaciers and Human Impact). After that, it was another sad attempt at grocery shopping.

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The Palace of Christian IV

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Outside of the Royal Palace

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View of the canal

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View from the top of the Danish Parliament building

FullSizeRenderMe being a tourist at the top of the Danish Parliament building

Some things I’ve noticed that are different:
1. To take a shower, you have to hit a button outside of it to get the hot water to turn on.
2. There are a million street cleaners. Literally the cleanest streets I have every seen.
3. For it to be a major city, there are very few cars and not much noise in the streets.
4. Everything is in Danish, and “d”s make “thl” sounds after vowels (or something like that).
5. Everything closes fairly early. I don’t blame them; it gets dark by 4:00pm.

It has been an exhausting few days filled with jet lag, new people, dollar to kroner conversions, and surprises around every corner.

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