Hello from Copenhagen, Denmark where the weather is a balmy 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and where the sun barely shines. Seriously! People talk about the sun coming out like it’s a national holiday.
Nikes post- mountain climb
So far, my trip has been an adventure. Not long after I arrived in the overcast city of Copenhagen and dropped off some luggage, I was back in the air flying to Stockholm, Sweden. Two days later, I met some friends in Bergen, Norway. My blog is supposed to be about my experience in Copenhagen, so I will keep mention of this trip short. The highlights include visiting the Alfred Nobel museum, a place that celebrates the man who created the Nobel prize, and the Vasa Museum, which commemorates a warship that sailed for less than an hour and then sank before leaving the harbor of Stockholm where it lay for the next 333 years. Only in 1967 was it pulled out of the water, refurbished to its former glory and made available for the public to see. I navigated Stockholm’s confusing public transportation system and had Swedish meatballs—comparable to IKEA, but a little more expensive. Bergen had fewer museums to offer, but provided scenic mountain hikes and spectacular fjords. Tip: bring hiking shoes if you are going to climb a mountain; Nikes are not the most ideal footwear. All-in-all, it was fun to have the opportunity to see more of Scandinavia prior to my classes starting.
Swedish Royal Guards marching near Royal Palace
Copenhagen for a week. What a week! The Copenhagen Business School has put on some fantastic events. One evening, I learned to folkdance from a wonderful Danish lady who has been dancing for 25 years. She said she was very impressed with my tempo. Thank you, 7th grade choir. Another evening was spent on a canal tour of the city where we were shown the beautifully designed Royal Danish Opera House and the Amalienborg Palace. CBS gave me a “buddy” who is a current student at the school. His name is Matthias, but his friends call him “Norvy.” Thursday evening was spent having dinner with him and his friends. We had a traditional Danish meal: pork served with potatoes, carrots and other vegetable roots with a side of gravy. As the head of the CBS International Office put it, “The Danes are not healthy eaters. Our diet is made up mostly of meat and beer. We die about three years sooner than other Europeans, but we have more fun living.” The events were well-organized and a great introduction to my new home.
Now a word about the people of Denmark. Some say the Danes mirror their weather: cold and unfriendly. Though I have only been here a week, I can prove that is in most cases false. Yes, the Danes take a bit longer to know. They are not your average American who gives you a loud Hi, how are ya?! The Danes I have met are open, kind and welcoming. They quickly grant you their trust and do not hesitate to have fun.
The first week has gone by quickly and soon I will start to take my classes. In addition to Danish students, I have been many exchange students who come from the UK, the US, Canada, Columbia, Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Norway, Australia, China, etc. Among my goals this semester is to have a truly international experience. I am well on my way.
I look forward to writing again soon! As they say in Denmark, hej hej, which means an informal goodbye.