5 Things I’m looking forward to during Long Study Tour

This coming week I will embark with my fellow Medical Practice and Policy classmates to Poznan, Poland and Berlin, Germany. During this time we will have plenty of educational experiences but cultural as well, here’s what I’m most looking forward to:

  1. Poland – My dads side of the family has some Polish blood in them, so I am super excited to visit my “homeland”. I did some research, and I think my dads family is from a small town a few hours north of Poznan.
  2. Pierogis – I am in love with pierogis, for many people who have never had them before, they’re somewhat like raviolis but instead of ricotta inside, its potato. We get to do a pierogi making class and I could not be more excited.
  3. History class finally paying off – I am not the biggest fan of history, but the majority of my senior year was learning about German history, I’m looking forward to see so many sights I learned about and understand part of our global history.
  4. Wearing Scrubs – Wanting to go into the medical field means wanting to wear scrubs, I don’t think anyone understands their comfort, but also how cool you feel wearing them.  During our visits in Poznan, we have to wear scrubs, and although mine are huge on me, I am very excited.
  5. Medical Visits – We get to go to some incredible academic visits, our teacher even told us the rules are so relaxed in Poland we might see a delivery! We get to go to some pediatrics, OBGYNs, surgical centers, and family planning centers

Although this week is titles “Long Study Tour” its hard to count it as studying when it seems so fun

xo

Margaret

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Cafe Spotlight: Nutid

Studying while abroad can be hard with the distractions of a foreign city, new friends, planning trips and many more. But, with a good location, it can be a little easier.  With a ton of school work this week, I knew I needed to find a new place, just like my cubicle on the second floor for the lib at Bucknell.

I’ve walked by a cute cafe that never seems crazy busy plenty of times on my way to and from Norreport station, and I’ve grabbed a coffee to go from there once before, but never really sat down and did work.  Finally this week I did, and I am so glad.

Cafe Nutid is an absolutely adorable cafe, that is two floors high (reason why I couldn’t see it was busy was because everyone was underground). Even though it has some amazing study spots, good coffee, and a chill vibe, one of the best parts is the meaning behind it all.

While waiting for my coffee one day I decided to translate a board that explained what Cafe Nutid was. It is a non-profit cafe, run by volunteers where all the profits for to fighting poverty around the world.  That alone gave me 4 million more reasons to go there more often.

Even though studying epigentics isn’t the most exciting thing, it’s a little better with a good location.

xoxo

Margaret

5 Things I Hope my Friends get out of Visiting Copenhagen

This weekend my friends from Bucknell came and visited me in Copenhagen, I hope they had an amazing weekend, especially through these things:

 

  1.  The pastries: We spent a considerable amount of time eating pastries, and I may be biased, but the pastries (especially cinnamon rolls) are amazing here. 16832940_1709413919102879_2004204339_o.jpg
  2. The views: After visiting multiple European cities, Copenhagen just has a different feel to it.  Especially since we did a boat tour, I hope they realized how cool the city of Copenhagen is (despite it being an absolutely frigid weekend).DSCF6056.JPG
  3. My amazing host family: Since they both stayed with me they had the opportunity to meet my incredible host family and get a major dose of Danish culture. 16649368_10210518913521231_6014700953173697794_n.jpg
  4. My cooking abilities: My friends were fortunate enough to be able to eat my lovely cooking, two of which were frozen…but I did make some amazing french toast.FullSizeRender.jpg
  5. My life abroad: Plenty of our conversations were about how different our lives our from our lives at Bucknell, but also how different our lives are here in Europe, so I hope that they really enjoyed learning about what my four months here are like!

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Food Study

This weeks field study, I prefer to call a food study…because that’s what we did, study/make/eat food, what a perfect way to learn.

This week in my Danish Language and Culture class we went to Copenhagen Hospitality School and learned how to make Smørrebrød, or a Danish open face sandwich. The first part of the ‘study’ was learning about the history of Smørrebrød and the traditional Smørrebrød (I can type this ten million times and still not know how to pronounce it). We also learned how Smørrebrød has evolved into gourmet and other trends.

Our food study started with a taste test of hard rye bread, with cod and a potato topping. The rye bread here is unreal, it is much more grainy than American rye bread and seems to be much healthier and fresh.  IMG_0673.JPG

The chef giving an overview of the four Smørrebrød we would make, and made it look way too easy. Then we got to do the work.

The first Smørrebrød we made was on rye bread, had a hard boiled egg, lemon (in caviar form) shrimp and herbs.

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The second Smørrebrød had rye bread, pork, cabbage, cucumbers, prunes and pork rinds.

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The third Smørrebrød had fish, béarnaise, tomatoes and lemon.

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The final Smørrebrød had liver pate (I am not a fan, but I did try it), onions, and beets. (I didn’t get a picture though).  Once they were all made, we were able to make our own plate and eat at a lovely table setting, and finish off with a chocolate raspberry mousse.

After we all felt like we were going to have to be rolled to the bus, but we all could agree that food studies are the best kinds of studies.

 

Valentine’s Day in Copenhagen

To be honest, this has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day other than it’s a label to the day I spent an evening at the theatre.  Although it may sound incredibly romantic, with no boyfriends in my life, I spent my V-Day with my Danish Language and Culture Class at the theatre. This was true cultural and language immersion because the entire play was in Danish, but luckily an app was recently created that translated the entire play.

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This play was a comedy about politics, much of which made fun of them and in particular US politics.  Although there are still parts I’m very confused about as the translating app wasn’t perfect, and it was hard to look at my phone and the play at the same, there were definitely things I did completely understand.  Hard hits at Danish politics as well as Trump and Bush for Americans, despite the time period of the actual play being in the 1700’s.  I just found the experience extremely interesting because it showed how important (and comical) American politics are to foreign countries.  I mean let’s be real, Americans could never joke about Danish politics because they don’t pay attention to it. The experience overall was very interesting, and it provided me with a true Danish cultural event, even though my professor had to explain half of it to us over wine during intermission.

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The rest of my day was also slightly eventful, I did one of the top things you’re supposed to do, see the little mermaid. And as everyone who’s been there will tell you, it is completely underwhelming. It is a simple statue depicting Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale, The Little Mermaid. Although it wasn’t that exciting, it was not too far from where I needed to be later in the day and for once it was a beautiful day in Copenhagen so I had a nice walk through the city, which really makes me appreciate how beautiful Copenhagen is!

 

The Realities of Cancer Treatment in Denmark

Cancer affects people around the globe, and the way it’s handled varies greatly.  For the last two summers, I worked at Camp Good Days and Special Times, a summer camp dedicated to working with children affected by cancer, whether it be themselves, their siblings, or their parents. We even have kids that come from all over the world; Ethiopia, Belize, Bahamas, Spain and plenty more, therefore I’ve learned a little about cancer in other countries. But, my exposure to those affected by cancer is typically to forget about the cancer or to encourage a child to be a child again.  Therefore, the focus has never been on treatment or what goes on in the hospitals these kids frequent.  On the other end, being a biology major, I’ve learned about what causes cancer, the molecular fundamentals of cancer, the genetics of it, and the effects it has on the body.

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For the first time, at Odense Hospital on my short study tour, I understood and saw first hand what cancer treatment was like, specifically in Denmark. We were able to meet with both a physician and physicist as they talked about radiotherapy. Much of this information was incredibly interesting to me, especially the physics of it because it finally made my two semester of physics worth it! Then, we got to tour parts of the hospital dedicated to radiotherapy cancer treatment.  Not only were we able to see where the treatment occurs, we were able to go ‘behind the scenes’ and see this huge machine and the energy it takes. It truly opened my eyes to the importance of mechanics and physics in a hospital, the machine to those being treated is big and scary but clean cut and covers the complexity that is the mechanics behind it.

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My favorite part of this visit was ‘the control room’ a room where we were able to see physicians, physicists and radiologists in action.  We were able to see people’s scans and the work that goes into designing a treatment for that individual. It seemed incredibly complex and difficult, but it was astonishing to know that the work going into it would be life changing for an individual.

This visit really opened my eyes to the other side of cancer, and makes me so proud to work for such an amazing organization that works to help kids separate their childhood from their time in these hospitals.

5 Things that are just Different in Copenhagen 

1. Bikes: one of the first things you’ll notice in Copenhagen is the incredible amount of bikes that rule the streets. I feel like there’s more of a chance of getting hit by a bike than a car because there’s simply more of them. It seems like there are most bike racks than parking spots!

2. Fresh Air and Danes: Danes love fresh air, I could write a whole post about it. Keep in mind that it is about 30F right now. But, Danes still eat outside when eating meals if the sun is out, and the restaurants provide blankets! Beyond that, one of the craziest things I’ve noticed is that parents leave their children in their strollers while they go into stores. They believe kids sleep better in the fresh air, it is simply crazy.

3. Birthdays: this weekend I was able to celebrate my host family’s cousin birthday. Birthdays are typically celebrated over brunch, where I got to meet my host mom’s side of the family. One major difference is how much the country of Denmark is represented, there were Danish flags everywhere even on the cake! For the cake celebration they sing a cute Danish song (where the only work I knew was fødselsdag – birthday) and the cake is almost like a giant caramel cinnamon roll sheet cake but cut out to look like a girl and after you sing the lovely song, you cut the neck and everyone screams, can’t say I experienced this first hand because they decided to skip it since she was so little!

4. People: there are two sides to this, one is that all Danes look super similar, blonde and white. The second part is they are impeccably dressed, like everyone is incredibly fashionable, one of the major statements I’ve noticed is fur coats. My other favorite fashion statement that Danes wear, specifically kids, is a one piece snow suit, simply adorable!


5. Homes/buildings: I’ve been in a couple Danish homes and plenty of Danish buildings and one common theme is the minimalistic attitude. Everything is white or black, and everything is straight lines and simple. It’s an interesting design but represents the Danes well.