The Host Family. This is one of those things that could make or break my experience here in Denmark. After meeting Lauren’s host family when we arrived early I was a little worried. Her family seemed so awesome. She had the older brothers I wanted. Her parents were very nice and seemed very relaxed. She lived close to the city. Everything seemed perfect. How could my family compare? I was definitely not feeling quite as good about it after meeting them, but luckily my feelings were unfounded. Continue reading
So it’s Tuesday night and I have spent over a week in Denmark since my second arrival on Sunday the 21st. I have had all my classes twice, met many DIS students, explored central Copenhagen, met a few Danes and internationals, traveled outside the city, and done a number of other interesting things. Life in Denmark is different from the States, but not necessarily in the ways you might think. Everyday life is not all that different from what you might expect commuting into an American city (albeit much better public transit). So, since I am here to study, let’s talk about DIS and classes… Continue reading
Copenhagen, the City of Bikes. It really is…I am blown away by the sheer number of riders I see as I step out of Kongens Nytorv Metro Station on my first day in Copenhagen. Full-blown road cyclists in full uniform, suited men with briefcases, youngsters on BMX bikes, and even women in heels and skirts cruise by me as a take in my surroundings. There is no stereotypical biker here, that is immediately obvious. All these cyclists stir my many memories of biking as a kid, and I immediately want to join! Continue reading
We only stayed in Copenhagen for two nights on our initial visit, but we took some time to walk around the city and take in some of its style. Since we lacked any formal agenda at this point we mostly just walked around. Here are some of my initial impressions:
- It’s small. Not like NYC, Philly, etc. The highest building is maybe 15-20 stories at most?
- It’s not crowded. There are not nearly as many people as I expected.
- Car traffic is limited, and most streets are one way (big avenues are not)
- Bikers are everywhere! I AM IN LOVE.
- People are very friendly. On the way to the hostel no less than three people helped us and one even pulled one of Lauren’s bags for her. There is also an awesome waitress at Cafe Bellagio on Gothersgade.
We met Lauren’s host family on Tuesday night. The father, Ole, actually called and offered to pick her luggage up at the hostel! What a nice guy. Turns out they invited us back to their house as well, so we met the whole crew. At first we were concerned the brothers might not like that their parents were hosting a student, but we soon found that they were all, as Lauren says, “lovely” people. I expect she will be very happy there. I hope I my host family is just as fantastic!
Hello all my faithful followers! Okay, well I only have one legit follower and a couple of creepers, but let’s just pretend 😉 In case you didn’t know, I am studying abroad this semester in Copenhagen, Denmark. I already left but right now I’m actually in London. You see, Lauren and I left about a week early to take some time and explore Europe a little bit before orientation and classes begin. We spent the first two nights in Denmark, relaxing and getting a feel for the city. It’s very different from the States or even Spain, and despite Copenhagen being the capital city it is not nearly as big or busy as I had expected. It’s nice 🙂 There are also a TON of bikers. LOVE IT! I CAN’T WAIT TO RENT MY BIKE!!! I rode a City Bike the one morning…it is a free bike system all over the city :)))) True Love.
London is like NYC but shorter and with a lot more history. Piccadilly Square is basically a wimpy Times Square. It’s not my favorite city by far, but I am glad to have come. After all, there is SO much history here. Okay, I just wanted t check in quick. Look for more on London once I am back and settled in Copenhagen.