Walking down the cobble streets of København, the other day, I heard a bell ringing and saw a group of little children going for their walk. I felt like I was back on the Bowdoin Quad happening upon the children center toddlers on their walk with chapel bells ringing in the background. It was a sweet moment.
There have been many of those... Every time the accordion player is playing I feel like I'm in a European film full of saturated light, romantic music, and beautiful people. It's fun.
Walking or biking to the train station, taking the B or E train, and then walking or biking to school has become second nature. There are still a lot of new, exciting things to experience and learn about each day but being in some sort of routine feels really nice.
|The bike my host dad fixed up for me!|
Public transportation in Copenhagen has been pretty easy to figure out. My school provides me with a transport pass for all the zones I need to from my house to school. It's still really expensive for locals from what I hear - hence all the biking. My host family has a car and there was one morning that Morten drove me to the city. I realized how few routes I've walked, biked, and/or taken public transport more than driven in my life.
|An attempt to capture the cool view|
in the metro (different from the train)
I've definitely done some quality exploring around the city. Although, I look forward to doing more when people come visit!
|Playground behind the church! There|
are a lot of sweet playgrounds here!
My host parents are both teachers. The schooling system is different here but in U.S. terms my host mom works with middle schoolers and my host dad works with high schoolers. The equivalent to high school (for lack of a better term) is gymnasium. My friend Erin and I were able to go and visit my host dad's gymnasium on the night of their open house for prospective students. It's a the most recently built gymnasium in greater København and the most sought after. It was really beautiful! We took pictures!
|We walked out the door and they had|
their video projected on the building
across the street. How cool?!
When I was really little one of my favorite parts of going to the movies was choosing what treats I wanted and filling my little bag with candy from the rows of plastic boxes. I think it was Clarks Pond in South Portland that had it and I'm not sure when they got rid of those boxes but I remember being young and sad. So when I walked up the stairs after paying the astronomically expensive movie ticket fee (a little less than $17) I was thrilled to discover that this cinema still had the rows of self serve candy boxes. The only problem was that a good two thirds of the candy was licorice. Danes loooove their licorice! Thankfully, I was with my host sister and her roommate who were able to warn me if something contained licorice. They also convinced me to try one type of licorice candy and it wasn't too bad!
In the land of dairy, my dad (who hates dairy products) may fear that "Something's rotten in the state of Denmark" but all that matters to me in regards to that statement is that it means Hamlet's castle is right near by!
|This is their pretty sign!|
My Positive Psychology class went on a Short Study Tour to Jutland [u-lan] last weekend. It was a lot of fun to see the more rural part of Denmark in the west and get to know my class a little better!
A painting I really loved in the
Ribe Art Museum
|Lobster! In the Viking Museum!|
|Kids section of the Ribe Viking Museum!|
My friend Erin and I went to a Citizen Cope Concert in Copenhagen! It was a lot of fun!
|They have handball courts in the|
middle of the city rather than bball
courts. Handball is like soccer just
with hands. It's a BIG deal here!
|My host sister brought me to a Wellness|
Fair in the city! It was right down my
alley... This poster was on the stairwell.
This coming weekend I'm off to Dublin for my birthday! More to come soon!