Abigail in Copenhagen

Abigail, a senior double majoring in human rights, and public relations and strategic communications, is spending the fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark participating in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad Justice and Human Rights program.

What’s so Great about Western Denmark?

Sept. 28, 2016 I’m not going to lie.Copenhagen is pretty amazing. It has everything I need, and there are certainly enough sites and activities to fill an entire semester abroad. But don’t knock Western Denmark until you try it. This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel with my core class to Western Denmark for a short study tour, and it was pretty incredible. If you’re looking for a break from the capital or just wondering what to expect during your short study tour, here are some highlights of my weekend: Old Town Aarhus: Admittedly we didn’t get much time to explore here, but downtown Aarhus is too cute to miss. As the second largest city in Denmark (behind Copenhagen, [...]

2016-10-04T10:34:03+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

Touristy Tuesday: Tivoli

Sept. 20, 2016 Okay, I’ll admit that I didn’t actually go to Tivoli this week. I actually went about two weeks ago, but we’re gonna fudge the details for the sake of keeping with my theme. Good? Good. Okay, so Tivoli. If I could sum it up in a few words, I’d say: It lives up to the hype. Tivoli is an amusement park and garden in the heart of Copenhagen. Since its opening in 1843, Tivoli has been a central part of life in Copenhagen, inspiring and delighting residents and tourists alike. With classic attractions, top-notch thrills, beautiful gardens and weekly musical performances, Tivoli is truly an all-encompassing experience. Though I am a huge fan of amusement parks and [...]

2016-09-23T09:43:01+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

Core Course Week: Copenhagen

Sept. 19, 2016 If this week has taught me anything, it’s this: DIS sets the bar high for study abroad programs. Let me explain. This week my core class (Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict) participated in what is known as core course week. This is a week dedicated to bonding with our classmates and taking a deeper dive into our academic objectives. Because this week was jam-packed with activities, I thought I’d split up my account into two posts. For more on my core course adventures in Western Denmark see my upcoming blog post. For now, the beginning of my week in Copenhagen: Monday: Our week began bright and early at 8:30 a.m. with a lecture from Nicolai Christoffersen about the [...]

2016-09-23T09:29:42+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

A Weekend in the Woods

Sept. 18, 2016 Perks of living with a host family: they take you places and show you things you simply cannot include in a travel guide. Exhibit A: My weekend spent with my host family at their summer home about an hour and a half west of Copenhagen. How precious is this house? Now imagine all seven of us gathered around the fireplace at night drinking tea, eating candy and watching the Danish version of Dancing with the Stars and The Voice. The definition of hygge. The weather was especially amazing this weekend, which is quite a statement considering how lovely it’s been the past three weeks. Sunny and 75 called for a visit to a massive Viking burial ground: [...]

2016-09-23T09:12:04+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

Touristy Tuesday: Louisiana Museum

Sept. 13, 2016 Part of living somewhere for an extended period of time is being somewhat jaded to the touristy aspects of that place. I’ve found it particularly difficult to convince myself that I really need to see the Little Mermaid or walk through the King’s Garden or eat every pastry I see (okay, maybe I don’t really need to do that last one…) While I do think that it’s incredibly important to immerse myself in everyday Danish culture, I’ve quickly realized that some touristy activities are popular for a reason (though some inevitably are not). To motivate myself to make the most of my time here, I thought I’d start a little tradition of reviewing one touristy Danish activity a week. I [...]

2016-09-23T09:04:29+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

Hello, It’s Me.

Aug. 23, 2016 The past two days have been full of traveling about the city and discovering what life in Copenhagen really is like. Yesterday morning we began at the Royal Danish Music Hall where all DIS students were greeted with an opening ceremony including a short opera performance and followed by a few other orientation sessions. My housemates and I met a few other students living in our homestay district, and we all decided to wander around the city for the rest of the day. After getting lost multiple times attempting to find the harbor, we decided to grab some lunch at a nearby crepe and waffle stand. Homemade waffles? Sign. Me. Up. They were so dang delicious (shout out [...]

2016-09-22T15:14:04+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

Jet-Lag, Hot Dogs and Trains

Aug. 23, 2016 Y’all. And I do mean, y’all (I miss being surrounded by Texan accents). I’m exhausted. It’s extremely difficult to put into words all the different types of tired I am feeling. I am physically tired after a 12-hour journey to Copenhagen yesterday. I am mentally tired from processing my new surroundings and choosing carefully every word I use to communicate with my host family and housemates. I am emotionally tired because I realized that I wouldn’t eat Chipotle for another four months, and dang did it make me feel sad. BUT, more than tired, I feel so incredibly excited and blessed to be here in Copenhagen. I can already tell that it is going to be a [...]

2016-09-22T15:08:26+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|

Abigail Goes Abroad

Abigail, a senior double majoring in human rights, and public relations and strategic communications, is spending the fall semester in Copenhagen, Denmark participating in the Danish Institute for Study Abroad Justice and Human Rights program.

2016-09-22T14:53:47+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Abigail in Copenhagen|
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