The police had found a suitcase by the city court at Nytorv. Nothing indicates that it is a bomb, but they have blocked off Nytorv, a part of Strøget, and Rådhuspladsen. It is recommended that you avoid the city centre this evening.
Snow in Copenhagen!
Personally, I have never experienced snow before March. It started snowing in Copenhagen on December 1st! When it began snow storming on Sunday, we all agreed that a mandatory study break was necessary. We had a classic snow ball fight, created Fred the snowman, and watched pigeons on one of Strøget’s fountains. Irreplaceable hygge time with my Green House family!
I wrote this for the Green House tumblr!
On December 1st I traveled with DIS to the Lübeck Christmas Market in Lübeck, Germany. It was all sorts of Christmas magical :D
Sunday: Endless amounts of hyggeligt time with my MPP doctor-professor and my visiting family at both of their homes; along with the first snow. I am going to miss all this hyggeligt time in Copenhagen!
Today: Gitte is a schoolteacher for 1st and 7th graders outside of Copenhagen, in the middle of a forest. It was beautiful with all of the snow! I attempted Simon says with the 1st graders, and grammar with the 7th graders. I more stumbled over a few sentences; not used to being in a teaching position. The only way I could communicate with the first graders was to repeat “Rødgrød med fløde,” a danish red berry pudding. It was impossible for me to properly pronounce it: “roorhl-grurrhhl med floorhl.” I tired so hard!
Sagnlandet Lejre: Land der Legenden
Viking Village, Land of Legends in Lejre, Denmark
The Green House took a little vacation out to a village modeled after the viking age in Denmark. Most of the houses are replicas built on the remains of the old village. We made sheep friends, beeswax candles, and a woolen doll/elf/witch trinket. The landscape reminded me so much of Arkansas; it was gorgeous.
After spending the week in London, Anna and Stephanie invited me to Amsterdam the following weekend. It was hella expensive to fly, and the overnight train was an option, but it would be 16 hours each way. So I booked the train and met up with my sisters in Amsterdam! Impulsive, yes. More expensive/ uncomfortable than it should have been, yes. More fun/ spontaneous excitement than I have ever had, yes!
The train was extremely uncomfortable, since I refused to splurge for a bed. I spent both Thursday and Saturday evenings riding in a 6-person car, and having incredibly awkward conversations with people seated next to me. HOWEVER, it was oh so worth it when I arrived in Amsterdam and got to see Anna and Stephanie again! The hostel we were staying in was more like a hotel, and we had our own room to the four of us!
Friday was spent ambling around Amsterdam, watching a giant chess game, playing on the “I amsterdam” sign, touring the Heineken factory, eating chocolate covered waffles and visiting the Red Light District (which was actually pretty classy).
We went to the Anne Frank house on Saturday, and that night was my train back to Copenhagen. I wish I had splurged on the plane ticket so I could have had an extra night in Amsterdam with my girls!! It was a magical weekend that will go down in my traveling history.
Thanksgiving at the Green House! We made a “sustainable” thanksgiving meal for everyone on 1. sal, and a few guests, on November 22nd. Each of us made a dish that our family eats at Thanksgiving. I made cranberry-apple-walnut-celery-jello salad! It was my first time making it on my own (mom does it every year)! We also had stuffing, turkey, macaroni and cheese, tofurkey, scalloped potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Pretty fascinating that a group of 20-something year olds made such a feast!
Even though I could not be with my family, I was extremely thankful to be with all of my friends in Copenhagen for Thanksgiving. Our dinner was the epitome of “hyygely.”
Flashback time! It seems so long ago that I was exploring the magnificent cities of Dublin, Ireland and London, England. To be fair, it has been an entire month since! In my DIS program, we have four weeks off for travel. Two of those weeks consist of traveling with our core course program and two weeks are independent travel. With all of the traveling, it’s hard to remember that I am still a student, with homework and classes. However, I would not trade it for the world! I am so so thankful that DIS allows us time off to explore Europe on our own.
The first week we had off was my short study tour to Jutland (mainland Denmark), to visit Aarhus and Vejle. The second week, October 1st -7th, was independent travel. The third week (JUST HAPPENED!), October 21st-27th, was my long study tour to Berlin and Poznan. And the fourth week has yet to come, November 10th-17th.
*Since I began to write this post, the fourth travel week has come and gone. Blogging is more time consuming than I thought ;)
Let’s talk about the week I spent in Dublin and London :D
Arrival in Dublin! Sun and I happened to be on same plane as two of our other friends, Sameera and Jessica. The four of us spent the rest of the day in Dublin walking around, touring the Dublin castle, spending way too much time in a novelty shop, buying tickets for a play, and ended up at an Irish pub in the Temple Bar area. We went to a couple pubs to drink Guinness and strawberry beer! At the first pub, an American student studying in Denmark told me that I looked authentically Irish. SCORE!
Sun and I decided that we wanted to experience the Irish countryside while we were in Ireland. We took a train 30 minutes outside of Dublin, and spend Tuesday morning on an island named Howth. BREATHTAKING! Literally. The creators of the word “breathtaking” must have visited Howth. We took an hour hike on top of the cliff, winding right along the edge. Sun is afraid of heights, so she was a little traumatized. But we went slow and took in the gorgeous views. One of my fondest memories in Ireland.
We ate fish and chips in Howth on the pier (fun fact: fish and chips was invented in Dublin!). It was probably a bad idea to eat food, fish-smelling food at that, in the middle of the boat dock, because we were constantly surrounded by seagulls. Very large seagulls. They never got too aggressive, but it still wasn’t a pleasant lunch haha.
Tuesday afternoon we toured the Guinness factory. It was here that I developed a love for stout beer. The museum itself is palatial. The beer itself is delicious. I can’t tell if I appreciate it more now because I know how it is made, or because it is simply really really good. Probably a little bit of both. Tuesday night, we turned in early. I had to get up at 3am for my flight. The only time I ever felt unsafe in Dublin, was at 4 in the morning on O’Donnell street. There was a cab driver that obviously saw me and my bag, and wanted me to pay him for a lift to the airport. He yelled at me and when I didn’t turn my head to respond, proceeded to follow me up the road to my bus stop. Silly creepy people.
Funny story: I fudged up military time when I was booking my plane tickets, and managed to book a flight that left Dublin at 6am instead of 6pm. Thus, I landed in London around 8am, and Sun was stuck in Dublin until 8pm.
Oh well, just means that I got 12 more hours with Anna and Stephanie! I thoroughly enjoyed the heck out of London. I loved the city, and I loved that my Zeta sisters were in that city! It felt so nice to be with my friends from home, since I am the only one from Drury in Copenhagen.
Anna & Stephanie could not meet for lunch until after one of their classes, so I spent my first few hours in London at Regent’s Park. One of the most magical places on Earth. I can’t explain the serenity I experienced… well, as much as I could rolling my 2-ton suitcase around. Anna, Stephanie and I ate fish and chips for lunch, and I filled my shopping void at Primark while they were in their next class. I had the chance to visit with my O-baby Ashley, Dustin and Liz while I was there! It was so so grand to have time with my Drury people. I was so incredibly happy and comfortable the entire week.
I don’t know why only Sun is in the picture on the right! If it wasn’t obvious, I am experimenting with collages.
Major sight-seeing day! Frances and Grace were in London too, so we met up with them for a day full of Londonesque sights. We went to Chinatown with Frances, Grace, and Sun to have an authentic dim sum experience! Such delicious Chinese food. Thursday night we went to a bar called O’Neill’s! It is a giant, sports-bar designed, student bar in the middle of Chinatown. Danced the night away with the best of friends :)
Spent a relaxing day at Regent’s College with Anna! Stephanie and Liz left for Ireland on Thursday, so the rest of the weekend was just Anna, Sun and I. Friday night was bowling night! It was also the night I met Tom, a gorgeous French man on the tube. I was feeling really outgoing, and mustered up the courage to ask him for a picture. VICTORY! Later on, Anna and I stayed up until 4am London time to watch BMOC! Not only were all of the performances hilarious, but it was a real treat to see all of our sisters. It was like we were really there! To see Elle’s butterchurn and everything ;)
Photos from bowling:
This is Tom :)
Ahhh, our last day in London; bittersweet. A lot of unforgettable memories were made this day. In the morning, Sun, Grace, Jake, Dustin, and I went to the famous Portobello Market. Michelle Blam, my friend from 2nd grade, is studying in London this semester. We arranged to meet up at Portobello, and it was FANTASTIC! We have literally not seen each other in a decade. Our visit was so spectacular that she is coming to Copenhagen in November! (UPDATE: Michelle was here this past weekend!!)
Saturday night, Dustin took Anna and I to the most famous gay bar in London, Heaven. Anna and I had a little trouble getting in, but we finally made it! I cannot begin to count the hours we spent dancing that night. Mika even performed! We met some really great people, and I danced with countless new friends. We left around 3am, because I had to catch Sun and I’s bus to the airport at 4am. I slept the entire day on Sunday, haha.