Good Last Day

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.

Major items:

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, M√łns 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?

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Orientation – getting to know the area

Edit: I wrote this without stopping so expect spelling mistakes and seemingly random jumps.

Where I am living is absolutely fantastic! I love my little space as it is surprisingly large. In my room there is a kitchenette and my own bathroom. I do not have to share and I am sooo glad as this building is co-ed. The only thing I have to share with other people is the living area, rec room, and the kitchen which is shared between two floors and is very large.

The SRAs are very friendly and nice, one Mette and one Christian. They have helped so much with becoming comfortable with my living area and traveling. The Metro here is really easy because it is quite frankly the straightest thing I have ever been through. There is one turn and that is it. So simple, very fast. I plan on riding and parking my bike in the center of the city and just take the metro to get into the area.

The Danes are a really friendly though introverted people. I cannot describe how at home I feel here. I need to learn how to speak Danish and I am happy to absorb as much as I can from those around me. Even if I get lost though, they can always help me (in English! because they have to learn it. I wish USA required learning to be bilingual) and point me to the right direction.

I have made a tentative friend, Sarah, in my first class – where we spent only a handful of moments talking and the rest visiting Thorvaldsen’s Museum – as we bonded over lighting and spacial design. She is very sweet and I hope we become good friends.

While I love that my study abroad is so helpful, I am happy that they pretty much throw us to the dogs when we got here. I find that I do my best when I am left to my own devices. I have always had an easier time going around in small groups then in large ones so when I could say goodbye to those that like to travel in packs, I got out of there!

I still stayed for the scavenger hunt around the city though. There is so much culture available. A large component I have found that is different from the way I have grown up is the idea of equality of status. Not in the so called “everyone is equal in everything” but in the fact that royals and prime ministers here bike just like the rest of Copenhagen, so you could be riding alongside the crown Prince and it would be completely normal! They are strict here to keep it safe, but you wouldn’t know because mostly everyone follows the rules so they have less to be concerned about. They are very relaxed here but I wouldn’t call them lazy.

I am not sure if any of you have read the satwcomic.com comic, but all I have learned outside my family traditions are from these little short comics. It was very interesting to see a Dane’s opinion on some of these comics as he could tell me how true some of these things were.

I have found several parks in my free time as well. The weather has been absolutely out of the ordinary (so I have heard) here as it has been well into the 20’s the last two days. So warm! I am very pleased to have been blessed with such dazzling conditions. Unfortunately, tomorrow it is supposed to rain! Here comes the raincoat.

There are just a few other things I want to talk about before I head in to bed: Legoland is on my to-do list, but my wallet cries at the sight; I am tired and sore as my back has been holding a full backpack and my feet have been walking since 8:30 and I got back at 18:00; and lastly I started waking up at 6 and I actually ate breakfast and skipped lunch. If you know me, I normally do the complete opposite.

Alright, I’ll post a couple of pictures, then to bed.