I have officially been home for about a week, and now I am back at Bucknell University working reunion, and it feels as though I never left this campus. It is crazy to think that the past four months are simply memories now. I am thankful for starting this blog because I can always look back and reflect on the memories I made and the stories I wrote about.
I started this blog as a way to stay in touch with my friends and family back in America, on a whim, I applied for the Medical Practice and Policy student blogger and to my surprise I was selected. It was truly an honor to represent DIS, MPP, Bucknell and myself on a platform I have literally no experience with. I would never consider myself a writer but through this experience I have found myself learning how to enjoy expressing myself through writing. I never ever thought my blog would be what it is today; as of Wednesday, May 31st 2017 I’ve had over 3,000 views, 1,300 visitors (there’s 1,300 people that think my life is worth reading about????) with my blog reaching all corners of the world from the obvious of the USA, Denmark and Canada, but as far as Singapore, Thailand, Nigeria, Colombia and 32 other countries.
I am truly shocked by the number of likes, shares, comments and contacts I get from people I don’t even know. I am so grateful for everyone that has been interested in reading about an ordinary American abroad. As I settle back into my normal life of studying, sleeping, and occasionally running, I realize once again how incredible these past four months have been and I must truly thank everyone who has read my blog for making it a success.
For future DIS students reading this, your semester in Denmark will be ~extraordinary~ and you must strive to be mindful of every moment because before you know it, you’ll be back in your traditional grind reminiscing on the memories you have.
To the end of an era (aka four months)
To my lovely host parents and siblings,
There are no words and not enough thank yous to say to you guys. I am beyond grateful to have filled out the housing application perfectly enough to be placed in such an extraordinary, loving, kind and amazing family. From the second you ran to me with smiles and pure joys after the stress of flying for eight hours and having my luggage lost to today as I said goodbye to the people that have provided me with a home and a family for the past four months. When I found out I was one of the only people from Bucknell to chose to live in a host family and people telling me I wouldn’t have fun I questioned my decision, but I am so thankful I stuck with it because I cannot imagine a semester without a host family, and specifically all five of you.
You have all presented me with such positivity and happiness that I hope to bring back to America with me. You’ve provided me with an authentic Danish experience, from the immense amount of Danish pastries you fed me, waking up for Casper’s birthday, meeting your family, attempted to teach me Danish and plenty more. From letting me borrow your phone when mine got stolen to breaking out in Mamma Mia, there was never a dull day and I am so thankful for that.
Thank you for showing me the world from the Danish side, thank you for treating me like your fourth child, for translating things into English for me, the countless pick ups from the airport and everything else you have provided me with this semester.
I am so excited to stay in touch with all of you, to watch my host siblings grow up and to hopefully see you all again someday.
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.
Getting to Copenhagen was a breeze. After a smooth 7 hour flight from Boston to Amsterdam, with a long enough layover to relax and meet fellow DISer’s and then a quick flight to Copenhagen, I finally made it. My luggage on the other hand, decided to take an alternative method of arriving to Copenhagen.
After over an hour of staring at the lugging belt hoping to see my luggage, myself and 15 fellow DISer’s decided our luggage did not take the same plane as us. And with that we decided to officially take in the fact that our luggage was lost. We put in our claim and hopefully next time I write, we will all have our luggage safe and sound. For now, I’ll be wearing the same 3 shirts until I retrieve the rest of my wardrobe.
After feeling completely defeated, three of us decided it was time to make out way out of the airport and on with the adventure that is studying abroad. After managing to make it through the Copenhagen airport, through a revolving door and across the street, we split up to check in to our living situations. As I finished checking into my homestay I turned around to see my host family all smiles greeting me with Danish flags and hugs. It was a huge relief to see such happy people! After joking about how light I packed in just a carry on suitcase, we packed it up to headed home.
On the way home we stopped at a lovely bakery where I got my first look at the Danish pastries everyone is talking about, and they looked delicious. Thankfully, my host family picked some up and we had a quick lunch with a variety of Danish cuisine. We then spent the afternoon hanging out, introducing our cultures, tours of the house and picking up Casper from his friends bowling birthday party, where I got to meet some more Danes. After a delicious dinner of tacos, and long two days, I’m heading to bed to be fully rested for the beginning of this adventure.
Until next time (when I hopefully have my luggage)
Since Rochester has some ungodly weather this time of year, and coincidentally having a sister that lives in Boston (where flights are way cheaper going abroad) my trip to Copenhagen started Wednesday. I flew to Boston to stay with my sister until Friday where I will start part 2, the trip abroad.
I have never been to Boston so I was super excited to visit a new city. Today I did what I hope to do a lot this semester, wandered around. There were two places I really wanted to go, the Boston Marathon Finish line and the Harbor. Luckily I found the finish line with the help of my map, the harbor I manage to stumble upon while just walking around. Once I found both of these landmarks, I got lunch at Quincy Market and found a nice bench in the Boston Commons to sit on, and got to watch people ice skate, despite it being 57 degrees out.
After walking over 8 miles I decided to head back to Beacon Hill to meet my sister for dinner.
Only 24 more hours until my flight to Copenhagen!