Studying in Copenhagen
Karlie Measel - Copenhagen, Denmark
I went to Copenhagen, Denmark, to take a three-week course about children with special needs. I learned so much from my Danish teacher about not only the development of children, but also how different cultures deal with certain situations. Each person in my class was assigned to a practicum side where we went and volunteered, observed, and learned about the different programs that Denmark offers for their children. This was where the culture shock set in for me.
Sankt Hans aften; Summer Solstice
Kathryn Simpson - DIS, Copenhagen, Denmark
In Denmark during the summer time the sun typically doesn't set until around 10:30 at night and rises as early as 4:30 in the morning. There had been plenty of times when I'd be in my room, procrastinating doing my homework, not realizing how late it was although the sun was still up. One could imagine how difficult it was to adjust to sleeping at night when the majority of the time it was light outside. However, in Denmark, these long days and short nights are celebrated.
Eating Danish Style
Andrew Wentworth - Copenhagen, Denmark
The very first day I arrived in Copenhagen I figured I would walk around the city and get as much of a feel for the culture as possible, before the jet lag set in. Copenhagen Business School partnered me with a girl who was to show me around. It was my first time being in a big city and, lucky for me, it just so happened to be a beautiful European city with a lot of history. After walking for three hours, I finally admitted that I was tired and needed to at least sit down for a break. We decided to stop at a little café that served a typical Danish food, which translates to "open-faced sandwich". The Dane easily persuaded me into giving one a try. As I was served my meal I was sure embarrassment was soon to follow.
Study Abroad Blog
Alyssa Petiprin - Copenhagen, Denmark
I finally arrived in Copenhagen at 9:30 a.m. this morning. I had a good flight other than the fact that it was delayed after we were already boarded. I had an exit row seat and I sat next to some kid who was going backpacking in Norway...we did have two young kids sitting in our row which was very annoying at times, although, I did manage to get some sleep. When I arrived, I went and checked in at the Hilton Hotel next to the airport with all the other Copenhagen Business School (CBS) International Summer University Progam (ISUP) students. Then we went to our residences...I'm glad I brought only a hiking backpack because everyone was having a really hard time with their luggage on wheels. After I unpacked, I fell asleep because I was so tired. Oh yeah, I have a roommate who is from Singapore. She is really nice and fun! When I woke up from my nap she was gone, so I decided to go out by myself. I managed to get on the Metro (Subway) without too much complication. I tried to find Jeff's residence, (another CMU student) but I failed. I ended up just walking about the CBS campus and checking out places near there. I didn't realize that not knowing Danish would be so much of a barrier. Everyone speaks English but everything is written in Danish...good thing I ran into some very nice Danes that helped me out! Later in the evening, I went on a tour with some people from my residence. We walked around where we live, which is amazing, and realized that there are a lot of cool things to do. Everyone I have met so far is really nice and fun, and I can't wait for what is in store for the next six weeks in Copenhagen!