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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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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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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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Trip Planning

So it’s Sunday, and I’m meeting with my new best friend here in Denmark, Kevin. Without going into too many details, he’s a really great guy and genuinely cares about other people. So, in short, the best kind of friend anyone could ask for. So we planned to meet up, catch up, and start booking our travel itineraries! We’ve booked a weekend in Barcelona, and another weekend (Thanksgiving weekend) in Prague. I am not sure what we’re doing in Barcelona, that’s all Kevin. Prague is a trip I’ve been planning […]

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Nykøbing

After a 3.5 hour lecture, I was teeming with excitement to leave class and head down to Nykøbing to spend the weekend with Jeff. We’ve been spending a lot of time together, but this also seems to be when we can make time for each other and I get that feeling that we’re both opportunists. The train ride to Nykøbing is a really good length, about an hour-and-a-half. That’s enough time to get some homework done without dragging it out. Once I got to Nykøbing, Jeff met me at the […]

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Date Night – Day 2

Jeff and I woke up the next morning, a couple times. It was definitely a slow start to the day. After taking a shower, I made the two of us breakfast with coffee. My new favorite thing to eat in the morning is rye bread (not too heavy) with a little butter and a mild cheese. Not something I ever expected to like, but it is soo good. After breakfast, it was time to head downtown because I had to run a couple important errands. We took the train to […]

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LGBT Copenhagen

This afternoon I was able to go to a culture talk (I mentioned previously). These are sessions designed to give insight about an aspect of culture in Copenhagen. I decided to attend LGBT in Copenhagen. Now I know this should seem like the obvious choice for me, but not in the way I expected. My host dad has basically filled me in on all the LGBT info for the city of Copenhagen, or at least the relevant gay, male info. So what more was there for me to learn? Turned […]

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First Day of Classes and My Week-a-versary

So today was the first day of classes, and I had three of my four classes… back-to-back. Biomedicine in the morning was fairly quiet. Partly because some are still recovering from jet-lag (the weak ones), others because it’s 8:30 in the morning in a hard science class. It was fairly dry, but the atmosphere got better as we all woke up a bit more. I felt really bad though for the girls who had to present study questions, on the first day of class, at 8:30 in the morning. In […]

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RealTalk

(Sorry, I didn’t finish this post yesterday, so it’s actually a day late. But I’m sure no one will mind! Also, I will likely start breaking down my posts into multiples, queued over time. So there won’t be more than one post a day, but hopefully that means there will almost always be a post a day.) Yesterday, I started reviewing the syllabi and reading and assignments for my courses, since orientation for my core course was this morning (Medical Biotechnology & Drug Development, but Biomedicine for short). In this […]

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