I made it safe and sound (and with great excitement) to Copenhagen! My journey to this amazing city began in none other than our nations Capital, Washington, D.C.; probably the most fitting city for my final night in the United States until December. What does a quick stop over look like before leaving the country? What can you do with about 5 hours in D.C.?
Visit the new World War II Memorial
And of course drive by the White House and the Capitol. All are beautiful places at night and I have to say I felt quiet patriotic afterwards.
After a very brief, but packed, run through the District of Columbia, I was all set for my trip which, thanks to my incredible packing tips, went seamlessly.
OKay. I confess. No it didn’t go smoothly, not even close. Does it ever? If your flying Air France and want to save yourself the headache then read your weight limit restrictions twice. And then read them again.
TAKE NOTE: Your carry on luggage (together–both pieces) must be less than 12 kilo. And yes they do weigh it. And they will require you to get it down to 12 kilo or you will be fined for it as a checked bag.
So basically you can have your computer and maybe a camera and some shoes and that’s it. All air lines are not created equal. I learned the hard way that the American airlines have different rules so just be sure to double check that before your’e in the airport scrambling trying to decide what stays and what goes.
Now for Copenhagen, my new home! It is one of the most spectacular cities I have lived. I’m living in a DIS Residential community with over 100 other students from my program in Tasingegade (pronounced Toe-sing-ale). It is about 20 min away from downtown. The neighborhood I am living in is Osterboro, which is very family oriented. We live across from a small bakery, around the block from Copenhagen’s park that hosts 11 million visitors a year, and about two blocks from a gym. It has been so great living with American students because meeting people from across the United States while learning to live in a new country together. My roommate is from San Francisco, and other people from my building are from Boston, Richmond, New York City, and so many more cities. We’ve gotten a lot of opportunities to get to know one another and enjoy the city.
So far my experience with DIS could not have been better. My favorite part has probably been walking around downtown with some of the girls from my residence building. We got to eat some Shwarma (a popular dish here because the Danish love Turkish food) and sight see a little.
Here are some of the girls from my program and myself in downtown Copenhagen today!
Finally, I’ll let you all in on my newest decision for cultural immersion here in Copenhagen. I decided to enroll in a program that matches up DIS students with visiting Danish families. The family will take me out on dates essentially–either to dinner, or an afternoon in the park, or pretty much anything that we decide to do together. I cannot wait to meet the family I am paired up with. Secondly, I was accepted into the DIS Sustainability Volunteer Program. I’ll keep you updated on both of these new developments as they come. I cannot wait to get both started as well as my classes.
Tomorrow’s mission is to get a bike, because København is Europe’s most bikeable city:
I also have to get my residence permit tomorrow on a less exciting note. Until next time!