As of today, I have been in Copenhagen for four weeks. Time flies when you’re having fun, they say. It’s hard to believe that one month has passed since started my journey abroad, but in just a few weeks, it will already be time to leave Denmark for a short trip when I meet a PC friend of mine at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany (more on that in a future post). For now, here is a brief recap of my fourth week with DIS.
Last Sunday, my SRA took a group of students from his two kollegiums on a canal tour. These are one of the most touristy (and expensive) things you can do in Copenhagen, but thankfully DIS picked up the tab so I didn’t mind going for free. Every tour guide presents the landmarks in three different languages: Danish, English, and German. As a language major, I can really admire the training it must take to switch between three languages all day.
We saw many of the most famous sites in Copenhagen, and a few are below. Despite the cost, I definitely recommend a canal tour, especially if you are a student considering DIS (i.e., it might even be free). It was also a good opportunity to hang out with people in my kollegium for an afternoon. Afterward, I met up with 5 of the 7 other PC students studying at DIS for our first “reunion” since arriving in the city. We grabbed some ice cream at a famous shop in Nyhavn (whose name escapes me) that literally makes the cones and waffles in front of you as you order. This was yet another overpriced item worth the money (picture also below…one of my posts would not be complete without food pictures).
This past Tuesday, I had another great evening with my Visiting Family. My visiting dad, Flemming, made the traditional Danish meal of frikadeller (Danish meatballs). I’ve had these before at my favorite sandwich shop near DIS, but this was the first time I had them homemade. They’re basically really dense meatballs made with pork, veal, and a lot of onion. Naturally, there is another picture of the food below. Sanne, my visiting mom, told me that they can also be made with fish.
After dinner, Sanne took me and my visiting sister Nina for a ride in the family car to show me the best spot to watch the airplanes take off from Kastrup Aiport (as in, right under the planes). She has worked in the aircraft industry for years and could tell what kind of plane was coming or going from miles away——pretty impressive. After that, we went back to the house for some coffee and dessert. Sanne told me about her English class and how they were learning about the education in the USA last week. She asked if I would like to come in one week to talk about my experience in American education, and I jumped on the opportunity. So, on Sept. 30th, I’ll be giving a brief talk to an evening English class for Danes about the US education system. In addition, Sanne invited me to the joint birthday party of Flemming and Nina next Sunday. I’ll get to meet their extended family and partake in a massive Danish feast that, according to the family, only happens around the holidays. More pictures of food to follow.
The rest of the week was pretty slow, and this weekend I’ve been plowing through my first intense round of assignments (2 papers and 5 textbook chapters of reading), but there is light at the end of the tunnel when DIS pauses for Travel Break #1 on Sept. 28th. This blog is a convenient tool for procrastination, so I should probably get back to work. Thanks for reading!