First Taste of Copenhagen (+ my accommodation)

Holy smokes!

Hello everyone, I can’t believe it’s been 5 days since I have been in Copenhagen. My experience so far has been nothing short of amazing. I have met many great people, including those from my school as well as international students from all over the world. The past days consist a lot of “what’s your name?”, “where are you from?”, and “why did you pick Copenhagen?”. I felt like I was a college freshman again, remaking friends all over. Not saying that it’s a bad thing because I actually love socializing! So far, I have been having a lot of ups, and a little bit of downs. OK, let’s start with my down(s): Pushing/pulling luggages on cobblestone. Let me tell you that this is one of the most tiring things ever, especially since I had two 45 pounds suitcases, a duffle bag, and a backpack. I should’ve called the cabs or uber…but I didn’t have a Danish phone number and even if I did, I would probably still be clueless. So, if you plan to study abroad and you don’t have someone to pick you up at the airport…don’t overpack. Though that was a terrible experience, I think it could also be a funny memory to reflect back on.

Moving on to my ups, there were so many of them! My dorm room is awesome, though located a bit far from the city center. Here are some pictures. I definitely plan on decorating my room very soon, but as of right now I am trying to settle in :)

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As mentioned previously, another one of my ups would be meeting such kind and awesome people! I feel like study abroad brings together a group of people who wouldn’t otherwise hang out and spend time together. For example, there were a lot of us from UCSB but we never ever even acknowledge each other’s existence—regardless of that, we all ended up being friends! Another great “up” so far is probably exploring Copenhagen. The city is so different than what I’m used to! I loved their old architecture, cobblestone (sometime), and public transportation. I have been taking the metro literally everyday since I got here and it’s been so great; I have only gotten lost twice (within the same day). Here are some pictures of the city! I have attached a lot because I want you all to see what a beautiful city Copenhagen is! Regardless of the bipolar weather :-)

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Before I head out for the day, I would also like I mention that I started the intensive Danish language course yesterday! Let me tell you one thing…Danish is soo difficult. Or maybe it is because we are learning everything so quickly. I am already supposed to know numbers and many other things after one day of attending lecture. Regardless of the difficulties, I am feeling pretty determined to learn the basics of the language.

Well, that will be it for the day! :-) I am so grateful that I could afford to study abroad here, especially for an entire academic year. It is such a beautiful city and I already learned SO much for the past few days. Ahh, please don’t miss out on opportunities to study abroad. Anyway, I will talk to you all soon!

Hej-hej! (It means goodbye in Danish)