January 20, 2020
This first week in Copenhagen has been a whirlwind. I have yet to have a moment where I was not doing anything.
My first challenge was learning how to navigate the city. I live in the Holmbladsgade Culinary LLC which is about a 20 minute commute from the DIS academic building which are pretty much in the center of the city. I took the commuter card from DIS, but I also chose to rent a bike on top of that. The metro system in Copenhagen are fairly standard, but the bike lanes here are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. Bike lanes are everywhere and the first couple times you take them, they can be difficult to navigate. I have never signaled with my hands on a bike before coming to this city, but it is definitely needed here. Overall; however, the convenience of having a bike in Copenhagen outweighs the drawbacks of navigating the lanes. Plus, if I even need a break, I could always take the metro!
One of my personal favorite things about Copenhagen is something I can only call, the coffee shop culture. On every corner throughout the city, one can find a coffee shop. These coffee shops all have coffee that is at least as good, if not better, than any coffee I have ever had in the United States! I’ve found myself trying a new coffee shop every time I have any free time. The pastries at these coffee shops alone make it worth the visit! I definitely see myself visiting these shops more and more as the workload begins to ramp up.
My apartment in the culinary LLC has been doing group dinners where one room cooks a meal for the entire apartment. These dinner have been great at building a sense of community. They have been one of my favorite things for me in Copenhagen so far!
This first week really felt like a getting adjusted period. I found that making friends was fairly easy given that we are all in a new place and I think my “body’s clock” has adjusted to being 6 hours ahead. I’m very much excited to see what the rest of this semester has in store for me.