Hello friends and family! I am so excited to update you all on my trip to Copenhagen! For those who don’t know, I am studying abroad for the semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is near Sweden and Germany. I have been here for 2 weeks, although I just started classes last Thursday.
I live in an apartment with all DIS students (people in the same program as me) and my roommates are pretty awesome! We have been exploring the city together and eating all the food we can find, although we are still on the hunt for a good delivery pizza place. I am extremely lucky that there is a gym right across the street to do our volleyball workouts. One of my roommates also plays soccer, so it has been awesome to have a workout friend!
Everyone in Copenhagen speaks Danish (and fluent English) and all the signs and products are in Danish, so grocery stores and gym were a problem at the beginning. My friends and I wanted to buy soda and ended up accidentally getting some juice concentrate instead. Needless to say, it tasted disgusting. The gym locker rooms are also in Danish, so trying to figure one where I should change was also a bit of a challenge.
Here are some touristy pictures I’ve taken!
This is Nyhavn aka the colorful houses of Copenhagen. It is a very pretty view and a huge tourist attraction, so obviously I had to visit during my first week there.
This is called Rosenborg Castle. It is a beautiful landmark in the center of Copenhagen. The gardens are often filled with people in the warmer months. We stopped by here on a scavenger hunt that our program set up for us. I believe that day was the coldest I have ever been. Even the Danes said they considered it to be cold.
I have a visiting host family that I meet up with once a month to hang out and get to know more about Danish culture. They have a younger son and daughter and a dog. They made me a strawberry crumble cake, then we went on a walk to explore the area. This is the beach right behind their house. Afterwards they made me a lovely traditional Danish meal.
This is the glass market, which is a beautiful building that has vendors selling local goods, from meats and cheeses to wines and oils. They also have vendors that sell food for lunch. That is where I got my smorrebrod.
These are smorrebrod, which are open faced sandwiches. They are very popular in Denmark. I forgot to take a picture of the one I bought – I was too hungry.
On Wednesday my art class went on a field trip to the botanical gardens. It was gorgeous and I was happy to see some greenery after mostly grey clouds and snow.
This is a classic Danish hotdog. It has ketchup, mustard, a danish sauce, pickles, fried onions, and obviously sausage. It has been by far my favorite thing! I’ve already had two in the last week.
I miss all of you and hope you guys are having an amazing semester!