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Study Abroad in Denmark

Bittersweet

This is my final study abroad blog post. So, three not-so-great things have happened this week: my computer crashed during the middle of finals, I got deported from Sweden, and I had to say good-bye to my friends and family in Denmark. Lessons that I learned (respectively): write all of your important final papers on Google drive, always bring your passport with you when traveling to a different country (even if said country is only 30 minutes away), and that I have so much to be grateful for during my […]

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Vinter i Danmark

It’s December and winter is in full swing here in Copenhagen.  Actually, the Christmas season started a couple weeks back already… without a holiday like Thanksgiving to officially mark the beginning of the holiday season, Christmas time slowly emerges in Denmark, starting with nightly Christmas Hallmark movies, then the kick-off of the Danish Christmas radio, then the opening of winter markets, and so on. It’s been colder here, but its stays between mid-30s and 40s, so we don’t get a lot of snow like Minnesota does.  Denmark is father north […]

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Thanksgiving, Turning 21, & Deutschland (Sunday Seven – Part VI)

This past week has been a crazy one – filled with traveling, celebrations, and old & new friends.  In order to document it properly, for today’s Sunday Seven I have documented each day.  This week has easily been one of my favorite weeks this semester!  It was the best Christmas-Thanksgiving-Birthday a girl could ask for. Sunday: My awesome host parents helped me host a Thanksgiving dinner!  It was their (and my) first time making a turkey, but we were successful.  The food was so good, we invited over my friends […]

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Sunday Seven – Part V

Last week was another one of my travel weeks, and this time I went on a trip to Poland (specifically Warsaw and Krakow) with my Positive Psych class.  It had it’s ups and downs… The 7 Best & Worst Parts of Poland 1. Worst: Food poisoning Yep, that’s right, I (presumably) got food poisoning during my trip.  During dinner on the second evening, I started feeling really nauseous and went back to the hotel early.  To spare you all the details, let’s just say I ended up in the hospital that […]

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Le Côte d’Azur: Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

We arrived in Nice, France around 12:00. The weather is a beautiful, sunny 18C/60F. I want to take a moment and quickly explain how our school’s program works so I don’t worry anyone who’s maybe thinking I’m skipping school. There are 4 “break” weeks during the program, sort-of. There’s Core Course week, where everyone travels with their core class (I went to Odense and Aarhus for this one). Then there’s travel weeks 1 and 2, separated by two weeks of actual school. Each core course has a long study tour […]

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Hej! Hvordan går det? I hope you haven’t been worried; I know my last post was a little dark and dreary. To be honest, I was a bit down this week, but I think I’m on the verge of some clarity. I’ve recently begun to understand what has been bothering me. I have only a couple months left in Denmark, which means I have to get back to “the real world”. But after that, I only have one semester left at the University of Minnesota-Rochester. And then, I’ll have to […]

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A (Danish) Day in the Life

I am already past the halfway mark of study abroad experience.  The thought initially comes to me as a shock, but this comes less surprising to me the more I think about it.  I know my streets of Copenhagen, I feel at home with my host family, and aspects of my day-to-day life that used to feel noticeably foreign have now become routine to me.  On some level, my adjustment has made everything a little less exciting, but that is not a bad thing.  I already can feel how I […]

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7 & 7

I’ve been abroad for a little over two months now; I’m halfway through my trip. I’ve been exploring, studying, partying, and growing. I’ve had some of the best moments of my life, and I’ve met so many interesting and amazing people. I was even lucky enough to meet Jeff, and that makes me incredibly happy. I spent the last three days with him, and I am currently sitting, writing this piece, aboard a train headed back to Copenhagen. There are so many plans on the horizon. Nice, Barcelona, Prague, Rome! […]

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Edinburgh Day 5 & 6

Day 5 – Thursday. This was my last full day in Edinburgh. We visited the Edinburgh Castle in the morning. As group A, we headed up to the castle together, and then were set loose upon the grounds to explore on our own. Most of us were pretty tired at this point, so the excitement was kind of low. Sara and I explored the Scotland War Museum and the Crown Jewels Exhibit. The two of us took a pit-stop at the cafe because our legs were killing us after such […]

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Sunday Seven – Part IV

I just spent the past eight days in Italy!  I can hardly believe it still.  The great thing about my study abroad program is that they give us weeks off for traveling, both with and without our classes.  I have been fascinated with the idea of Italy since elementary school (one might even say I went through a stage of obsession in 6th grade); it was where my dad studied and home of the best food in the world, after all.  So Italy was a must during my time in […]

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Edinburgh Day 3 & 4

Day 3 – Tuesday. So today started at 7:30 AM for us. Grabbed breakfast before that, meaning I had some coffee and haggis in my stomach before we left, but I was still a bit tired. Good thing the bus ride was about 1h15m because I slept the whole way. The academic visit was for a new company called BryoActives which is working to develop a screening process for novel antibiotics by introducing bio-luminescence into bacterial strains. I’m going to stop myself from “nerd-ing out” about this, but the short […]

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Edinburgh Day 1 & 2

Phew! It’s been a really busy week. Finally have some time to start writing down the adventures I’ve been having. They’ll be grouped into a couple days at a time, so you aren’t overloaded, with photography intermissions :) Day 1 – Sunday. We landed in Edinburgh, dropped off our stuff at the Hilton Hotel (they are definitely treating us this week), and met up for a tour of the newer half of the city. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and focused more on the medical history of Edinburgh. Of […]

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School Update

So last week, I had my second test for biomedicine already (89.5% on the last one). I’ve been reading a lot for existential philosophy, and we have our second paper coming up for that as well. Also turned in the rough draft for my second creative writing piece, which I think is going to be really great! I can’t wait for feedback on it. Actually, we had a guest speaker for the 1st half of last class named Sigurd Hartkorn Plaetner. He is a young Danish author who has taken […]

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Weekend Between Traveling

This weekend Jeff is coming up to Copenhagen to visit before I leave on my next field trip, so I’ve planned out the entire weekend! Cooking for Jeff, Mikael, and myself so we can have a nice dinner. Jeff is pescatarian, which means he doesn’t eat meat other than fish, so I’ve asked my uncles, Joe & Peter, to borrow a vegetarian recipe that I got to try out last time I had dinner with them (thanks so much by the way!). This is going to be a great opportunity […]

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The Epigenetics of Sexual Orientation

Hey there! So as you can tell from the title, today is going to be a nerdy topic. Don’t worry though, I’ll give you the short version of it, and explain things along the way. So last week, I attended an event put on by BLUS, which is the LGBTQ club for University students in Copenhagen. The presentation was put on by a PhD fellow from Novo Nordisk, and he talked about a couple recent papers that have explored the epigentics of sexual orientation and what it means to be […]

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