The Chronicles of Copenhagen

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Month: September 2017

Core Course Week & a Housing Retreat

I’m already a month in to my adventure and time has really flown by! I’ve been keeping very busy—I’m always doing something here.

Last week was Core Course Week, which is a week dedicated to learning and working with your core course. My core course (graphic design) started the week with workshops about visual journaling and critiques of our most recent projects. We then started on our adventure through Western Denmark! Because my major at Cornell is not graphic design, I am in a foundations course; but, we traveled with all of the graphic design courses. It was great to escape the city (yes, when you leave Cornell, “The City” is not always in reference to the Big Apple) and explore areas that consist more of locals.

We visited a few different towns, and stopped at so many museums along the way. We also visited a design school and a reenactment town. By far, my favorite was Aros Museum in Aarhus, which is the second biggest city in Denmark. The town was charming and the museum had such incredible exhibitions, with an emphasis on installation art.

I’m sorry for the agressive amount of photos of the rainbow panorama, but it was one of the most incredible things I’d ever seen–and walking around it really made me understand color in a new way. The sculpture on the right of the boy was also amazing–it was so huge that my 5’2 height barely reached his ankles. The trip also gave me a chance to get to know the people in my class better and meet more people with similar interests in design.

This weekend, I had a retreat with my house. Living in a house that is culinary themed is always an adventure, and encourages me to practice something I love to do!

Our retreat began on Saturday, and in the morning we went on a walking food tour of Nørrebro, a suburb of Copenhagen. It’s interesting to see a more residential area of Copenhagen and see how local people live. And if you know anything about me, I can’t resist a whole bunch of delicious things that I have to try (although I did have to try a licorice candy, which is very popular here and is definitely not my choice of candy).

A food tour of Copenhagen wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Grød, a porridge place that is one of the trendiest spots in Denmark.

When we came back, we began to prepare our epic dinner. We made a brisket (which has to cook for a few hours, so definitely not an any night kind of meal), a vegetarian coq au vin, and a kale salad—all incredible. And how could I not Instagram story the whole thing??

Sunday was a day of house bonding, and everyone who lives in our house went on the canal tour, which is one of those things that you have to do if you visit Copenhagen, and I hadn’t had a chance to do yet.

I even made time recently to visit Tivoli, the second oldest amusement park in the world.

This coming week is very exciting for me! I am visiting Noma, which is the best restaurant in the world!! They are based in Copenhagen, but closed down the restaurant to move to another city. Lucky for me, there is a pop-up going on under a bridge here. Also, I am visiting Munich this weekend for Oktoberfest—such a unique experience that I can’t wait for. I can’t wait to update you all on it!



A hygge kind of welcome

Hej! I have been in Copenhagen for three weeks and I’m already starting to realize how easy it is to call this place home. While it’s been a crazy and packed few weeks, let me start from the beginning.

The packing process was not the easiest, but I decided to bite the bullet and check two suitcases—a decision that I have by now realized paid off. I’m trying not to buy too much here but I have decided to buy one pin from each place I visit. At the end, I’m going to pin them to a piece of fabric and hang it on my wall to remember everything I’ve done this semester!

My program is called DIS, and we have a ‘core course,’ which is a subject that you dedicate the most time to. It allows you to really go in-depth with the subject. Although I’m in the Hotel School at Cornell, my interest in design led me to choosing Graphic Design Studio as my core course. I also am taking primarily design-related courses, and having to access a different style of learning has been incredibly exciting.

Class field trips include visiting Scandinavian design stores

I have not left my Hotelie life completely behind, as I’m living in a Culinary Living & Learning Community, which is a house that hosts different culinary-related events each week. This week, we made a traditional Danish dish—savory tarts!

The person who organizes our house events, Linn, is a full-time food blogger and recipe developer!

And what would a European abroad experience be without some excursions? Last weekend, I went with some friends to Bornholm, a Danish island between Sweden and Poland. Although many people who study abroad in Europe tend to travel only to the biggest cities, it was so interesting traveling to a place that is primarily European tourists looking for an island getaway (we compared it to Cape Cod, but a lot more charming). We biked at least 25 miles the first day to get to a rustic cabin where we made a bonfire and visited the nearby town. We spent our weekend eating ice cream, biking around town, and admiring the architecture and colors.

While it’s easy to talk about only the best experiences, it wouldn’t be a full picture without also discussing some of the challenges. Adjustments have been easier since mostly everyone from Denmark speaks fluent English, but little slip-ups are dramatized since I’m in a completely new place with people I’ve only known a few weeks. To give you a hint of my mistakes: holding up a bus full of locals as we navigated Bornholm transportation, getting a nose bleed in the middle of a supermarket, and visiting the bike rental shop three times before I could get a bike that was small enough for me.

I can’t wait to highlight the most exciting parts of my semester here, and share some photos and stories of what my life in Denmark is like.




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