BRENDAN WIRTH | KØBENHAVN, DANMARK | POST 2

BRENDAN WIRTH | KØBENHAVN, DANMARK | POST 2

Featured Image: Frosted tips are back, baby Okay, I take back what I said about Danmark being cold. Danmark is not cold. Danmark is actually quite warm. You know what’s cold? Grønland (Greenland). Specifically inland Grønland. Even more specifically, Kangerlussuaq, Grønland. Grønland is technically part of the Danish Kingdom, so I guess Danmark could still be considered cold; most Danes will claim that Grønland is still part of Danmark, but most Greenlanders would say otherwise—more on that later. I can’t…

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Brendan Wirth | København, Danmark | Post 1

Brendan Wirth | København, Danmark | Post 1

Featured Image: Nyhavn, København, Danmark I didn’t really take time to consider that I was going to be studying in Scandinavia during the winter prior to departure. Sure, this is a “Spring Semester,” but that’s not realistic. Spring doesn’t really happen here. The Sun also doesn’t happen here. Okay, that one’s a lie; the Sun makes a brief appearance every day, but I’m rarely outside to see it. Though our days are getting longer, the sun rises while I’m in…

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Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 5

Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 5

I have enjoyed my time here in Copenhagen with DIS because of the structure that allows freedom to travel. Typically after two weeks of classes we have one week of break, and we have every Wednesday off for field trips. This schedule has allowed me to explore Europe and go to many more countries than I would have been able to if DIS were more traditionally structured. I visited some incredible places that will stay with me forever. The one…

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Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 4

Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 4

The recent bombings in Brussels have jolted me from my carefree study abroad experience and into the world of terror. I know that I am hypocritical for mentioning this attack and not the countless others occurring around the globe, and I hate the media and our society’s priorities for the unequal coverage of each attack, but I am going to talk about Brussels because it is more personal to my experience here. A little over a week before the bombs…

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Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 3

Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 3

The popular song “7 Years” by Lukas Graham represents my study abroad experience a few ways. To start, they are a Danish band; so as Danish-made music is reaching American culture, this American is experiencing and enjoying Danish culture. It also references speeding up from being seven to 60 years old just in the few minutes of the song. I have been in Copenhagen for two months, and that seems like way too little time to be halfway done with…

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Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 2

Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 2

It has now been more than a month since I have arrived in Copenhagen, and even though I have only been able to explore a small fraction of what this city has to offer, I’ve loved almost every moment of it (with the exception of my ongoing sickness). I haven’t been able to travel outside of Denmark yet like some of my friends have, but I also haven’t felt the need to because there is still so much here to…

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Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 1

Jessica Roden | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 1

Despite only living in Denmark for about a week and a half so far, I can already tell that I was meant to be born a Dane. Polite smalltalk and giving strangers eye contact, both of which I have yet to master, are considered rude here, so I am in my element. I feel at home riding the metro and s-train in solitude, and when I do meet people, my dry sarcasm fits in with their dark humor. Now I…

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Ellen Quist | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 5

Ellen Quist | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 5

While we haven’t yet had Thanksgiving (in either the United States or Denmark – more on that in a second), it is now definitely Christmas season here in this little Nordic country.  To the Danes, Christmas is almost entirely a secular holiday, called jul, which is where we get the word ‘yuletide’ (juletide), but not pronounced quite the same as in English.  Some of the city bars have been decorated with garlands and fake snow for a few weeks now,…

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Ellen Quist | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 2

Ellen Quist | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 2

I know I’m supposed to be studying in Copenhagen, and writing about Denmark, and being in Denmark, but as I’ve realized this past week, a significant portion of my semester abroad is going to take place outside of Copenhagen, and even outside of Denmark.  The way my program works is that every third week is a travel week of some kind, and every core course (mine is biomedicine) goes on a long study tour somewhere during one of the first…

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Hannah Harp | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 4

Hannah Harp | Copenhagen, Denmark | Post 4

I can count on one hand how many days are left in my program. I just finished my last assignment of the semester. My parents are arriving in a few days. The end is here. Four months ago, I counted the number of days in my program. One hundred and nineteen days of living in a new country, counted down one day at a time. Many of you probably read about how difficult I found the first month of my…

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