Silja and Nuka got ready for school, and Nuka and I packed lunches together. We made avocado and pesto sandwiches, and then packed an apple and a Danish granola bar (I think…it was chocolate and coconut…so good). Per was too kind to take me to my meeting spot and show me the ropes of the train.
BIG News: I survived my first round of transportation to Copenhagen!! Yes, I did have Per with me on the way there, but his wonderful teaching had me going home without any problems! I'm not about to start getting cocky though…let's hope I keep waking up to my alarms and don't miss the bus any time soon!
The train was so nice. If you've been on the subway in NYC, think the same idea of transportation, except the opposite of all adjectives you would use to describe it. So, the train is easy to map, quiet, clean, and filled with happy Danes on their way to work. SO much better than my subway experiences this summer in New York.
The Opening Ceremony at DIS was wonderful. A Danish electronic musician, Mike Sheridan, performed for us, and it was incredible. This was a great introduction to a part of the unique culture that Denmark holds for all of us students to explore. The speakers, including the director of the program, inspired and encouraged us to create our own Copenhagen experiences. We have so many opportunities to embrace the culture and to truly get to know the Danes and their way of life…but there's also the possibility that we could let these opportunities slip away, to hang out with only our American friends, and to set ourselves apart by not taking a chance by stepping into this unique culture. I've made up my mind which road I will take, but I know that as I spend my time here, I will constantly have to reflect and keep pushing myself to make this experience one of my own- culturally extraordinary.
I got a little glimpse of home today as I met up with one of my best friends from Elon who's also doing DIS, the one and only Jess Bast! We shared in our excitement and explored the streets with the best tour guide we could ever ask for- Kathryn Weitzner, another Elon student who did the program last year. She was back visiting and got to show us her favorite spots around DIS. Jess and I now know where to find giant cinnamon rolls, called "snails," at a bakery close to the DIS buildings. YUM.
Tonight Katja's good friends came over to sew together and have tea and cake. They are all so kind, and one of them also has a DIS student with her this semester, and this is who I rode the train with this morning with Per.
Silja, Per and I then put on a movie: Midnight in Paris. I can't believe I had never seen this before! I tried to pay attention to the Danish subtitles to pick up on some vocabulary. It was wonderful, and we all were laughing and enjoyed this relaxing end to the day.
Tomorrow at DIS holds the "Amazing Race"- a scavenger hunt around Copenhagen. More to come…and prayers I make my bus in the morning!