The view of Copenhagen from the top of Church of Our Savior in Christianhavn. Copenhagen doesn’t have many tall buildings in general, so it was neat to overlook the city like that. The spiral staircases took over 20 minutes to climb - with a total of 400 to the top of the spire, and then the last 150 outside. A serious workout for someone like me…ha.
So far the most visited place in Copenhagen for me. The Black Diamond Library, which is the modern addition to the Royal Library.
Nyhavn - New Harbor
A classic spot in Copenhagen! I got to walk around on a beautiful day when it didn’t matter if you were a local or a tourist - we all sat outside, enjoying a glass or beer or an ice cream cone, while listening to the jazzy tunes by the street performers.
I live in Hoffmans Minde Kollegium, a Danish style dormitory. My kollegium houses a mixture of 50 DIS students and 50 International/Danish students. Anyone who is a student can live here, so some rooms are occupied by families with parents who are studying! The downside is that it’s actually hard to meet people who aren’t DIS students because there’s no real common room… and making conversation in the laundry room can get awkward. Otherwise I’ve made some great American friends. All of us are on the same boat, feeling a little lost in this new city, so it’s nice to have each other’s support.
I love my neighborhood Brønshøj- it’s a lovely area with the coziest looking houses. Two blocks down from our kollegium there’s a huge pond with a nature trail around it.
I don’t mind the half hour commute to school- the bike ride in the morning wakes me up for my 8:30 class, and at night it feels good to come home to a quiet suburb after a long day.
Exactly one month ago, I was running around my house in New York, trying to pack the last things in my two suitcases, as my parents prepared me the last of a home cooked meal for a while to take to the airport. I’m used to being away from home for several months at a time because of college, but saying goodbye to my family at the security checkpoint in JFK made me tear up a little bit.
I am studying abroad in the wonderful city of Copenhagen for a year through DIS (Danish Institute of Study Abroad). Every day I wake up and still cannot believe that I am here and that this is my home. Of course some days are better than others, but the range of wonderful to weird things I’ve experienced in this city in just 4 weeks have made an amazing start. I cannot even imagine the things I’ll see in a year. My goal is to just be and open up to whatever comes in my direction!
Picnic at Laguna Beach
LA Art Walk
This was probably my favorite day of the trip- when Nolan and I hiked to the Hollywood sign. For most of the hike we were alone on the winding trail, enjoying the quiet moments - away from the city. It felt good to walk at a leisurely pace, not worrying about time or having to get somewhere. I love hiking because I’m guaranteed a destination, so I can just relax and enjoy the journey. The best part of this hike was having Nolan to share the wonderful view of LA.