My name is Tze Ching Ooi, and I will be flying to Denmark on June 22nd for a 6-week exchange program this summer! Needless to say, I am thrilled beyond words but anxious at the same time. I am a rising senior majoring in Finance and Economics. I am an international student from Malaysia, but three years in Madison has made this town my second home. This is the first time I am visiting Europe.
I chose to study abroad in a Scandinavian country this summer because I want to experience living in the 'happiest' country in the best season. I want to immerse myself in the Danish "hygge" lifestyle that values simple moments by taking life at a slower pace. Since I enjoy planning, here are some interesting discoveries from my internet prepping search before going abroad.
I'm a big foodie, so I googled what Danish grocery stores have in their aisles. A local favorite that I added to my must-try list is liver paste, made from pork liver and often spread on Danish dark rye bread.
Liver paste on rye bread
I searched for fitness centers around Copenhagen to stay fit while I'm there. I found that more than half of the Copenhageners commute by bike to work or school every day. Danes also like to run, and there are plenty of picturesque parks with running trails around the city. I better bring a pair of running shoes with me!
Bicyclists in Copenhagen
Right now, I'm in Madison taking online classes, working on campus, volunteering and sailing with Hoofers. One more month before I'm off to Denmark! I'm so ready for the adventure.