With just two weeks of class left, the semester is winding down already, and I am about to depart on my last week-long adventure to Scotland, with the Misc-famous Chris Brown! This adventure begins the last month of my semester here in Copenhagen, which is turning out to be a little more bittersweet than I would have expected. Mostly because I really didn’t think I would miss being abroad, but I can feel myself beginning to miss it as I mentally prepare for returning to the States.
When I arrived here three months ago, it was cold. Not Vassar cold, but incessantly cold. And never sunny. Every time I returned from a week away, the sun emerged a little more, warming up the hearts and souls of Danes and Americans alike. Energy suddenly exploded in the city, and it became more bearable to be outside all day.
I recently returned from a class trip to Berlin, which would have been perfect, if not for six days of downpours. I don’t mind, though, as I returned to Copenhagen in the full swing of spring, and spent the long weekend of Easter exploring the city and anticipating even more beautiful weather.
My friend and I spent the day after getting back walking through the city, enjoying the new sounds and sights of spring. The walk got even better halfway through when we discovered a restaurant that makes milkshakes from Ben & Jerry’s flavors. My whole shake was a cookie dough pint. It was…divine.
On our agenda for the long weekend was a day trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The trip is about thirty minutes up the coast of the sea on a train, during which I stared out the window at the countryside, soaking in the greenery. I love living in a city, but it can be exhausting, especially without taking a break for a breath of sea air once in a while.
We didn’t have a lot of expectations for the museum, which is why we enjoyed it so much, I think. The museum is full of beautiful art and surrounded by it, too, in the sculpture gardens. Beyond comprehension, however, was the “Gleaming Lights of the Souls” installation by Yayoi Kusama.
You enter a room that is full of hanging lights, alternating colors. The ceiling and walls are mirrors, and you stand on a platform because the floor is covered in water. It feels like infinity. The lights continue forever, reflecting over and over again, across different surfaces. It was the most relaxing experience I’ve had in a tiny room. Definitely worth the wait.
To end our magical weekend of Copenhagen, we went to Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world! We’ve been waiting since Day 1 to get in, and the day finally came. It was everything we hoped for and more. We went in the evening, enjoying the last hours of daylight, and staying for the transition into the lighted paradise. My head is still spinning a little, and I’m even more terrified of heights after the incredibly tall swings, but it was magical.
In this last month of my life abroad, thinking about returning home, seeing my friends and family, eating Cheez-its, drinking real chocolate milk, and all of the other small things I miss about home has me dreaming about flying back across the ocean. As for now, I’ll be eating cheese on crackers, drinking Liebfraumilc (the sweetest, cheapest wine of Copenhagen), and holding on to the last month of abroad adventure.