Thank you all for reading this blog. I’ve finished my final week and have now gotten to the 11th week’s end. I realize that I could probably present a better ending and strive to give a highlight reel. However, I am needing to get back to business in the States. And while I’m done posting words online, I’m still working through photos and creating a printed copy of my blog for future reference. I have a picture journal to compose over the next few months or so. Again, thank you all for reading this and I will bid you all a final ado.
Today was a really good, relaxing, shopping-with-dad day. We went to several shops so that Dad could buy to his heart’s content Danish gifts and souvenirs. It’s been good, but depressing as I start to say goodbye to many of the things and places I’ve been.
Now, onto what I really just want to say. I need to be back home, like now. My roommate has been getting terrible service with trying to set things up and paper work is just disappearing, causing havoc for her on top of working and unpacking. I’d like to get things cleared away with the mess that is that apartment, and I can only do that once I have my phone back up and working again. If I could help her out at all right now, I would.
Super frustrating for me, but mentally debilitating for her. I want to help with the apartment now. Ugh. Feel so bad about all the stuff she’s been going through alone.
Anyway, now that I’m going back tomorrow, I’ll just share some of the highlights of my trip during my next few posts ending this blog. I will be blogging tomorrow and have a bit more time to share highlights that are more specific then this.
Made new friend(s): Sarah from first session, Mette my lovely SRA, and a couple of girls from my Kollegium.
Seen sites: Been to Roskilde, Møns Klint, Kronborg, and many more castles.
Been to Churches, museums, parks, and places of relaxation.
Countries: Been in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and Iceland. Adding on from Britain, Spain, and France from last summer.
Learned a lot: talked about architecture, art, vikings, history, urban planning, world views, and much more.
I’ve learned more about myself: growing from classmates, professors, sticky situations, perverts on trains, having fun while drinking, getting lost in a city, taking in beautiful scenery.
What will I do with what I have done here? Will I be able to go back to USA with something? What kind of life will I get to experience? Will I help those that I come in contact with? What am I doing with my photos? How am I going to feel once I’m back?
I went back to Hamlet’s castle with my dad this time in tow. I was very happy to have gone back because the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare was finally in full swing, thus I got to see so much of the performance being played out inside the Castle’s many halls.
I spent an amazing time with my family as a last hurrah before going home. I leave on Saturday to go home and I’m sad to almost be out of Denmark. I’ve had such a great time… Okay, not done yet, so. My Dad was rather pleased to have been able to meet with part of our family. Cannot help but be grateful for the opportunity given.
On a random note – one that I forgot to mention yesterday – I have eaten Kangaroo. It was delicious. Also, the smell of leather and animal furs is very homey and comforting.
That is all.
Today from 6-12 pm I spent my evening with family in Tivoli. Dad got to meet part of his family and I got to meet my cousin’s girlfriend. We had a blast going around the amusement park (we being Wictor, Yuno, and I) while the parents went and spoke. We have a meet up tomorrow where dad gets to see a Danish home and spend a little more time with the family.
Dad and I spent today going to Rosenborg castle. On the way there, we stopped by pizza time (one of my regular food stops for lunch) to grab a piece of mushroom and ham. I have, also, gotten my dad hooked on Bubble tea. I did not know he would be a fan of it. I feel bad (not really) that I got my dad addicted like me.
In Rosenborg, we saw the crown jewels which were okay, but not the prettiest I’ve seen. I did like some of the rather ornate necklaces and dangling earrings. The glass was much more interesting to look at though. Once we got out of the basement we headed to the upstairs where it seemed that every room was wood and nothing else. We got to see some cool desks that had unusual bends and some embedded amber within the mix. My favorite part of the entire thing was looking at the hidden doors and wondering what it would have been like to go through the hidden passageways.
After that, Dad got into contact with a friend he hadn’t seen in 25 years. It was crazy to see all the booze that came out in the 8 hours we were all hanging out in. I’m glad dad had fun, but boy was it so strange to take him home afterwards. Midnight train rides are rather busy apparently.
Dad decided to go to church today. It was so early in the morning (not really, but compared to other days it was) and I did not want to wake up. Of course, when he left, I actually didn’t fall back asleep, I just read until 11 and the next thing I knew, Dad was sitting in the room waking me up at 12.
We got out and about, walking forever, seeing the canal again so I could show dad where H.C. Andersen worked from on the water side. We also went by the Lion of Rosenborg Castle, aka, the lion with the moving tongue. King Christian IV was a well known for his terrible ability to wage war and his amazing ability to drink like he won every war. Story goes that when he’d be so piss poor drunk, stumbling back, he never had to worry about loosing the key to get into the castle’s gate. It would be there, underneath the movable tongue of the lion guarding the entry on the right.
We grabbed lunch at a bakery (which are a big thing in Denmark? I don’t really know too much about them other than one of my cousins is annoyed that he hasn’t come to learn baking here yet. He was going to be the first one in Denmark… sorry, Cos). We had walked so much that we were going to go straight back. However, we spotted the Round Tower doors were open to visitors today, so we instead walked in there.
It’s gorgeous and fun, but you can easily tell that the king was such a lazy bum. The tower was built specifically so the king could ride in a horse drawn carriage to the top without him ever having to walk a centimeter up. Who even does that?? Anyway, at the top of the tower there resides the oldest observatory in Europe. It was really small, but cool, and we may or may not have gotten pictures even though it was restricted access…
Another cool tidbit is that there is a hollowed center in the middle of the tower. It reminded me of a laundry shoot, but twice as large and more impending doom if you were in a position of likely falling down into it (imagine that last bit is all hyphened together like You-know-who). In an adjacent room from the tower to the top of the church its a part of, there was a glass wall that let you see into the bell loft. The picture I have featured is from this room. So stunning to me.
After that, we went to the final side room which had an exhibition on missionary work from Denmark to around the world in the early 1900s. It was hard to read the captions or just see the pictures and not be emotionally effected by them. It was a well curated exhibition.
Dad and I finished the self guided tour and grabbed a “traditional” danish hotdog from a hotdog stand. I like Danish sausages much more than what Americans of the US accept as hotdogs.
We finished early today, but with the amount of walking we did, it was greatly appreciated by us both to get back and put our feet up.
Thanks for reading!
Just because my study abroad is done, doesn’t mean I’m done with this blog. It’s called 10/11 because I have ten weeks of classes, but an added week abroad. Guess what? This is that extra week. I’m still blogging until I get home next weekend!
What does that mean for today? Did I do anything? What am I going to be talking about later then? Well, for starters, of course I’m still doing things. The biggest difference is that I have no classes or school work to worry about. I get to spend a week with my dad and having him around to do the touristy things with. You all get to hear now about tourist attractions, lucky you.
We have already done quite a bit, even though we didn’t start our day until 11:45 am. It was great! We ate sushi, then relaxed for a moment before splitting. I still had to grab my bike from my old (how odd to think this!) Kollegium so that I could return it to the rental shop on Monday. My metro pass expires after today, thus I figured grabbing my bike and going would be in my best interest. It was, it’s just that it rained off and on my entire bike ride back. Stopping every ten minutes or so to let the rain pass by without getting soaked through.
Then, at six, dad and I walked all of the pedestrian walkway in central Copenhagen. I showed him the famous canal, the streets where my classes were, several churches in the area, and even Copenhagen University’s main building. We eventually ate dinner.
Fun fact: Dad officially realized that Denmark is an expensive place to stay via eating. 80$ lunch. 100$ dinner. how crazy. Here I was, trying to make sure I wasn’t spending more than 200$ a week, and we blow the weekly budget in a day. Yikes.