Not exaggerating at all – that’s how long it feels like I’ve been here! Time flies when you’re having fun/running around the city of Copenhagen at warp speed.
Sorry for not updating sooner and for not posting photos yet, but it’s been a crazy first week.
Sunday I got here and met everyone from my housing. As I explained in an earlier post, I live with 22 other DIS students in an apartment building (imagine living in the Real World or Big Brother house), but I live in an apartment with four Danish guys.
Our SRAs took us to Netto, which is a popular, fairly cheap grocery store chain in Copenhagen. All the labels and foods and everything were in Danish so it was madly confusing at first. Also the Danish currency is called krone, and there are approximately 5 kroner to 1 USD which makes everything look like it’s a million times more expensive than it actually is (don’t get me wrong though, everything is still pretty expensive here). I managed to buy milk, eggs, salami, and Honey Nut Cheerios – the four basic food groups.
Monday – Wednesday, looking back, are kind of a blur now. I went to lotsss of orientation events and informational sessions. The most memorable part of orientation was running around the city during something DIS calls The Amazing Race on Wednesday. I got into a group with 5 other girls and we were given a map and a list of five stops to hit up around København (the correct, Danish way to spell Copenhagen). It was crazy exhausting but we saw some cool traditional, touristy sites and learned a lot of information about the history of Copenhagen at each stop.
Monday night I hung out with Drake and Emily (the loves of my life/closest friends here who are from IU too) and one of my Danish roommates Adam. We went and spent time with three of his Danish friends and one of his Dutch friends. It was a very chill night and we ended up sitting around and talking and laughing for over 4 hours. It was good times.
I feel like I’m doing a terrible job of summarizing my week so I’m just going to make a long story short and say that it’s been literally a phenomenal first few days and I’ve already made like 50 Danish friends (not really, more like 6) and I’ve spent time wandering around the city getting lost with Drake and Emily and eating Danish food and chilling with my housemates and not really sleeping much at all. And it’s been great.
Plus last night Emily and I went with Drake to his apartment because his two Danish roommates (who are quite possibly the nicest, sweetest, most amazing people I’ve ever met) cooked us dinner (which was quite possibly the best food I’ve ever had in my whole 19 years of living) and we all hung out and talked and laughed and there were candles lit and we sat on their balcony and looked out over Copenhagen and there was so much hygge going on and we ended the night with going to a cool dance club. Lots of fun. (More to come later on hygge. But Google it if you don’t know what it is and you’re super curious right now).
Sooo in the next posts I’ll talk about my classes (which started yesterday) and my thoughts on the city and my first experience riding a bike to class today (if you don’t know, Copenhagen is the biking capital of the world. Everyone bikes EVERYWHERE. Something like 500,000 people in the city commute to work/school/wherever it is that Danes go on bike everyday. If you’ve never seen an attractive Danish man in a full, fitted suit and tie biking through the streets of Copenhagen with the wind gently breezing through his newly trimmed hair, then I fear you live a very sad, empty, and unfulfilled life).
And so also later I’ll blog about the Danes. Right now I’m just going to say that the Danish people are completely the most beautiful group of people I have ever ever ever seen in my whole life. And they all have so much style and such good hair and it’s just crazy. But this post is getting really long so I’ll talk all about that later.
Many photos to come,