5 Things to Do in CPH

There are endless things to do in Copenhagen. During my first month here, I’ve gone on so many adventures! Copenhagen is finally beginning to feel like home. The streets, sounds, and smells are all becoming so familiar to me. So, as a new local, I thought I’d share with you 5 fun things I’ve done in Copenhagen.

1. GoBoats

fullsizeoutput_24c9Since my arrival in Copenhagen, EVERYONE (literally everyone) has reminded me that the weather will get worse. For some odd reason (climate change), Copenhagen is still much warmer than it usually is around this time of year… So, I’ve been rushing to do any and everything that is outdoors and fun in the sun. Luckily, my adventures made me fall in love with the city canals! Now I’m here to tell you to hop in a GoBoat and set sail.

 

Luckily, during my first weekend in Copenhagen, I went on a GoBoat tour with my fellow Public Health LLC residents. I had the chance to be the captain during our ride which was slightly challenging, but also thrilling. This was a lovely way to see more of Copenhagen without exhausting my feet or getting run over by a bicycle. If you get a chance, gather some friends, bring some snacks, and tour the canals on a hot and sunny day. 

2. Tivoli Gardens

TivoliLLCJust so we’re clear, this list is not ranked in any sort of order. I’m making this known because if it were, Tivoli would be number 1! After a few visits, it’s safe to say Tivoli is my favorite place to go in Copenhagen so far. Although I’ve never been to Disney parks, I have to say that Tivoli is better. (fun fact: Walt Disney visited Tivoli for inspiration)

 

I recommend visiting Tivoli Gardens at least once in your life. However, if you’re an amusement park lover (like me!) I’d recommend buying a Tivoli Pass. It will save you tons of money and is worth the investment! With my Tivoli Pass I’ve been to 3 of the summer concerts where Danish artists Christopher and MØ performed.

 

3. Nyhavn & Christiania

fullsizeoutput_2466When you google Copenhagen, I’m sure Nyhavn will be the first image to pop up. It is definitely one of the most picturesque Copenhagen spots! The water and buildings look gorgeous right before sunset. Also, Nyhavn is only a ten-minute walk away from city center and DIS buildings. Spend an evening by the canal and grab dinner or ice cream from Vaffelbageren (the marshmallow cream and jam is amazing!

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Right across the bridge near Nyhavn you’ll find Christiania. Take some time to explore this crazy cool area and visit the ‘Freetown.’ Christiania has lots of beautiful artwork and houses. Also, if you’re an outdoors person, take a walk around the pond and explore the forest!

4. Sankt Peders Bageri

IMG_4229If you happen to be free on a Wednesday morning, stop by Saint Peter’s Bakery and grab an Ondagssnegle (Wednesday Snail). These cinnamon rolls are spectacular and freshly made in the morning! Head over bright and early to grab one for only 20 DKK.

5. Torvehallerne Glass Market

Last but not least, make sure to visit Torvehallerne or the Glass Market. This is a supermarket down the street from Nørreportstation (very close to DIS buildings). In the market you’ll find tons of stands selling fresh fish, meat, cheese, chocolate, spices, fresh juice, and much more. If you’re hungry, there are also lots of food stands for you to grab a bite to eat!

 

The Sounds of Skindergade

Velkommen til København!

… and Skindergade

I’ve been in Copenhagen for almost 9 days now and I already love it! It took a few days but this place is truly growing on me. Initially, I was shocked that I was actually in Copenhagen, Denmark… like WOAH.. who signed me up for this? Oh yeah, I did. The first few days took a bit of adjusting. First of all, you have to get over the jet lag. There were moments in the day where I thought I would never adjust to the time difference. I’d lie WIDE awake in bed at night thinking of home and the fact that I’m so far away. I’d toss and turn, then toss and turn… again… and again… until I finally fell asleep.

But, after a week here I’ve started to enjoy the sound of kids shouting outside my window until the break of dawn. I love the breeze that flows through my bedroom window as I lie in bed. I’m intrigued by the sounds I hear late at night; Boys clapping and singing “chase the vodka, drink the Jäger!” on the benches across the street, the sound of heels clicking on cobblestone, men whistling on their stroll home as the parties wind down and the new morning arrives, the clocks that literally ring every five minutes, and even the extremely loud garbage trucks that are heard for hours in the morning. And I know it sounds like the city is busting, but it’s not. Strangely enough, the streets are quiet. It’s not a loud roar, but it’s quiet enough to hear the drop of a dime late at night. How else would I be able to hear the guy whistling a block over?

Soon enough, I’ll be one of the kids out there on those benches singing, clapping, and dancing at all hours of the night! While being respectful of neighbors, of course… But, these streets are quickly becoming home as I venture out into the city and learn a new way back each day. Cheers to whatever awaits me!

Hej Hej, Amira

(bye-bye, Amira)

What’s in My Bag?

Hello Friends!

My pre-departure anxiety is at its peak. I am anxiously awaiting my departure with a million thoughts racing through my head. Surprisingly they aren’t fears about living abroad. Instead, I’m overthinking my long trip to Denmark and what I’ve packed.

Will 2 hours be enough time to get through TSA? Are my bags too heavy? Will my flight be delayed? Do I have everything I need? Did I pack too much? What if… you get the point. 

You should know I’m terrible at packing and far from a minimalist. Although I try to minimize, it’s just not who I am. I’m so used to taking any and everything to school each fall when I head to Vanderbilt. However, it’s sort of impossible to do that when you’re limited to one suitcase and a carry-on item. Sure, I could bring another checked bag… for an additional ridiculous fee. Never. So, I’ve somehow managed to pack my life into a 50-pound bag and one carry-on. How you ask? I have no idea!

But seriously, for the past few days, I have packed, unpacked, and repacked several times. Each time I would weigh my luggage with a handy dandy luggage scale I found at Target. I shed a few tears (not really) as I slowly but surely removed a ton of the items I thought I could bring. I was forced to pick what I thought was essential for my trip.

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Checked luggage — exactly 50 pounds!!

 

In my bags, I made sure I packed all of my toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, styling creams, gel, face wash, soap, toothpaste, etc. I brought all of my cosmetics and haircare that I knew I wouldn’t find in Denmark. I packed my MUST have clothing articles and things that would be comfortable but still fashionable. (I’ve learned that Danish style is usually simple and practical; something you can bike to work in.) I made sure to pack for some summer weather, fall and ESPECIALLY winter! Hopefully, I have enough!

See you soon Copenhagen!

Farvel For Nu Venner…

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett

God Dag!

That’s “good day” in Danish. My poor attempt to learn Danish since being accepted to DIS Copenhagen has taught me key phrases and not-so-key phrases. But fear not! Duolingo HAS taught me to say, “Jeg er en kvinde”… I am a woman. You’re probably wondering how this will help me, and quite honestly, I am too.

As my departure date quickly approaches, it seems like my days at home are becoming shorter. Which means I only have a measly 12 days to cram in months worth of Duolingo. Kidding. These past few days I have begun to pack for my 4-month journey to Denmark, which has not been easy. I don’t think I’ve ever been good at packing so this will be my first challenge with going abroad!

In preparation for my big move to Denmark, someone suggested that I read Hellen Russell’s book, “The Year of Living Danishly.” Since I’m only 10 pages in I can’t say much about it. However, I look forward to learning about the Danish way of life and possibly relating to Hellen’s experiences while living Danishly myself.

Before I go, I’d like to give an official welcome to my new blog! If you click on the handy dandy “About Me” button you’ll find lots of information about me and my academic interests. This page includes why I chose to study in the beautiful city of Copenhagen and DIS. If that isn’t enough for you, refer to the “Contact Me” page to contact me about your undying questions. Lastly, I’m fairly new to this whole writing thing so bear with me as I learn how to navigate the blog world. In the meantime, I can only hope that you will enjoy reading my posts as much as I’ll enjoy creating them.

Goodbye for now friends…