Water works

Two big things today:

Canal tour which was a great overall of some important copenhagen things.
Little mermaid visit for my sister so I don’t get yelled at by Mama.

Otherwise, too much walking, very tired.

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Week 10 Budget

OMGosh week 10?? Where in the world did my time go?? I’m afraid that this will be my last weekly budget for my trip. I don’t really think combining my dad’s account with my own will really be a budget thing. It’s more like a hey-dad-love-me-and-buy-me-food thing. So last weekly budget, here I go.

Okay, so I spent, like, 500 kr in cash from Monday through Thursday, thus no receipts, so I rounded. Now, when it comes to card, I paid for somethings together with my dad, but I’m going to include those anyway.

So as follows:

Food – 106, 86.9, 41.7, 59.85, 50.9, 78, 55.8 = 479.15
Stuff with dad – 48, 493, 36, 463, 93 = 1133

500 + 1133 + 479.15 = 2112.15

$316.82…

I definitely would have made it if it were not for [fill in the blank, but wink wink, nudge nudge].

(Love you daddio~!)

The Round Tower

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!

Wait!

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.

Final

My study abroad is officially complete. I have finished everything I have needed to finish.

My dad arrived today and so we took everything to the hotel and proceeded to strip my luggage’s wheels and essentially kill it’s easy moving function. When we got in, I figured we’d be okay with the bad luggage for now and deal with it later, so we talked about many other things. Sleep tonight will not come easy.

Oh boy

So it is 2 am and I am almost finished with my 8 page paper. I’m worried that I’ll forget about something in the morning when I get up and try to return all the rented items I purchased throughout the time I have been here. I’m hoping that my paper goes well, even though I know that my top games was definitely not put into it. She said 7-8 pages, 300 words a page, but I have a little less than 7, 6 and a quarter or so, but 2,700 words written. Trying to make that last little stretch and it’s killing me.

Anyway, I’m going to be done with my study abroad tomorrow and then I’m with my father in Denmark for a week. What am I going to be doing? So many tourist attractions to go to and see that I have put off. Seeing sights, agonizing over grades (as I always do after a semester ends), and living the tourist’s dream of constant moving and no sleep. What am I getting myself into?

…I still can’t believe my 10th week is almost over. What in the World? Where has the time gone?