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Ellen 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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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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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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Scottish Sunday Seven – Part III

This weekend, I went on my first excursion to another country.  After finding relatively cheap plane tickets, on a whim a group of us decided to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland.  Scotland was not originally a “must” on my list of places to visit, but afterwards I can say I definitely want to go back again sometime in my life.  It was amazing! That Scottish Accent The first day, we went on a free walking tour around town.  Not only did we see and learn a lot, but our tour guide […]

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Learning Outside the Box

Wednesdays at DIS are field study days, a.k.a. designated days where there are no classes scheduled and instead classes host learning experiences outside of the classroom.  This can come in many shapes and forms, from wandering the streets of Copenhagen to hearing a lecture to attending a ballet.  Today, I had two field studies, and they were both too awesome not to share. In the morning, I met with my Classical and Renaissance Rome class.  We first shared coffee and croissants while talking about general details of our trip to […]

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One Month

It’s official – I have lived in Denmark for an entire month now.  I have applied for my Danish resident number, I am familiar with the trains and streets, and now I even have a couple of trips to other European countries planned.  Unfortunately, this landmark is accompanied by an serious increase of schoolwork as well, making the next three weeks probably the busiest for me homework-wise.  Naturally, instead of doing some of that homework, I decided to write a blog post instead. This past week I started my one-credit […]

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Sunday Seven – Part II

Last Saturday, my host family took me to the oldest amusement park in the world, Bakken.  It isn’t a huge park, but big enough for an afternoon of fun rides for me and Oliver.  It was so much fun and I am glad my family took me before it closed for the season!  There is also a preserved forest next to Bakken, and we walked a couple miles through it to the king’s old hunting castle – something I would have never known to visit on my own.  I am grateful […]

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Hygge

Maybe you have heard this Danish word before: hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah” not “hi-gee”).  Try to translate it literally in English, you will get “coziness,” but it is much more than that.  Hygge is those moments where you feel simply and totally comfortable, content, and a sense of belonging in the environment you are in.  It’s those times you where you enjoy the simple things in life the most.  The example most of often used is sitting around a dinner table with candles, good food, and good friends.  But it could also be […]

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Sunday Seven – Part I

Just for the fun of it, I will (try to) post a weekly list of the “Sunday Seven.”  It will make it easy for me to write quick updates on my life abroad, and hopefully will be fun for all of you to read. This week’s edition: 7 things I have learned about Denmark so far… The Danes are incredibly nice.  The other day I fell on my bike, and though I was completely fine, every single passerby approached me individually and asked if I was ok.  I feel like […]

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In the Beginning

My first few days here in Denmark have been wonderful! (Despite fighting the jetlag.)  My Danish family is awesome!  They have given me a nice room to myself, a bike, traditional Danish food, an authentic tour of Central Copenhagen, and more!   My host parents, Annette and Alan, are so friendly and nice – I am excited to get to know them better.  This week, Alan’s kids will be with their mom.  I got to meet Nikolai and Oliver during the first two days, but I will not see them […]

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Kære Danmark

Two weeks ago today, I flew into Chicago O’Hare. It has been a fun two weeks – full of reunions, good food, laughter, drinks, smiles. But there is not an hour that passes by that I don’t think about Denmark. What time is it there? Who is walking down Vestergade past the DIS front office? How busy is Nørreport Station? What did my host family eat for dinner? There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t mention Denmark. In Denmark we did this and that and everything. (Are […]

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“It’s Hard to Say Goodbye”

“It’s hard to say goodbye.” My ten year-old host brother, Sixten, gets it right again. Tonight he said to me in 5 words what I have been trying to figure out how to say for 5 days. Tomorrow is my last full day in Denmark. I am so thankful for the 4 months I have had here, the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the experiences I have had. A special thanks to my mom and dad for helping me (big time) get to Denmark. Yesterday […]

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