Clara in Copenhagen

Clara is a junior journalism major in the Meadows School of the Arts, and the recipient of the Rotunda Award and Outstanding Scholar Award. During spring 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Copenhagen and is looking forward to exploring Europe.

Copenhagen, my new home

I gotta say that as my semester in Copenhagen is drawing to a close, I have had more fun here than I can even express! Right now I am trying to squeeze every drop of enjoyment that I can out of it, because I know that I will dearly miss this place when I am gone! At the start of this semester, I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the experience. In fact, of all of the European cities I had thought of spending time in, Copenhagen had never been the first one in my mind.  Not because I didn’t want to come to Denmark, but because it had never occurred to me to come here. But I’m oh so [...]

2013-05-30T19:36:52+00:00 April 30th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

Bonnie Scotland

I cannot say how happy I am to have been able to travel to this beautiful place.  I absolutely loved it.  Usually when you hear about places like this you can assume that the description is overdramatized, and that, while it may be beautiful, it is probably just as lovely as any other place in Europe. And after hearing so much about how wonderful it was I  couldn’t wait to see if it was everything I expected it to be. But after being there, I can definitely confirm that Scotland just IS that beautiful. The green rolling hills, the misty climate, Edinburgh castle towering above the ancient city - all of it is no exaggeration. And to top it off, our hostel [...]

2013-05-30T19:24:46+00:00 April 30th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

London Town

London Town On my second week off for travel, I was lucky enough to go to London and Edinburgh with my two friends Amber and Rose! I was very excited for this trip because these are both places I have been looking  forward to visiting for a long time, and have always had a special place in my heart for.  Yes, the countless Jane Austen movies, British TV shows, tea outings, Harry Potter (and other) books, scottish tablet, will-and-kate tabloids and other cultural phenomena have all made England and Scotland very high up on my travel to-do list.   After having traveled to Ireland,  already I felt lucky to top off my trip of the U.K. with these last [...]

2013-05-30T19:07:25+00:00 April 24th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

The Beginning of my Week in Ireland

Hello friends! My long-awaited study tour with my communications class to Northern Ireland has already come and gone, and I have to say it was one of the best weeks I have had since being in Europe.  We left early Sunday morning. After spending a couple of days in Belfast, we spent our last day and night in Dublin.  It was not only one of the most enjoyable trips I have been on, but also one of the most interesting in terms of the things we got to see and learn about.  I felt that I learned more about Belfast from experiencing it than I ever would have had I tried to learn about it back in the U.S. or even [...]

2013-05-30T18:30:28+00:00 April 2nd, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|


A little while ago I went a short study tour with my Cross-Cultural Communication class to northern Denmark  and Malmo, Sweden.  There we saw a few examples of how clashing cultures are brought together, and it was a taste of what we will soon see on our trip to Northern Ireland. Kronborg Castle First we traveled to Northern Denmark to Helsingør where we saw Kronborg Castle, also known as Elsinore, or Hamlet’s castle.  It was the castle that Shakespeare used as the location for the play Hamlet, renaming it Elsinore.  When I told my visiting family that I had visited Hamlet’s castle they scoffed and said, “Only a foreigner would refer to it as ‘Hamlet’s castle’ instead of [...]

2013-05-29T20:55:15+00:00 March 10th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

My home base in Denmark

Hello, friends! I can hardly believe that I have already spent one month here in Copenhagen.  The time has gone by so fast - but you know what they say: time flies when you’re having fun! I finally feel like I am settling into life here in Denmark and my classes at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS).  Soon I will have the opportunity to travel around other parts of Europe as well, but first I must tell you a little bit about my home base in Denmark. Copenhagen is a beautiful old city - there are cobblestones everywhere, and the old, slanted buildings (dating to the 18th century) that line the winding streets make the city feel like [...]

2013-02-27T22:21:44+00:00 February 27th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

The Danes

I wanted to write a little bit about the Danes themselves, because they have been a large part of what has made my experience on this trip so interesting! It would be an understatement to say they are different from Americans - but that is what makes them so intriguing. To help describe what I have noticed about them, I have compiled a little list of some of their traits: 1. Get to the point, dammit! The Danes are straightforward. They tell you exactly what they want and don’t bother with unnecessary formalities, making it almost jarring if you talk to one of them for the first time. I had to ask my SRA for some extra bedding, and after [...]

2013-05-29T19:46:02+00:00 February 24th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

Nyhavn Harbour

I have to take the bus to get to school everyday, which is a very pleasant experience since the buses here are very nice, and almost everybody takes the bus to school or work. Boats in Nyhavn Harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark. Since this was the first week I managed to get a little lost one day. I got on the wrong bus assuming it was going in my direction, but when I realized I was in a different part of town I got off at the nearest metro station and started walking around.  I came upon these boats lined up in the frozen water along brightly colored buildings, located in Nyhavn Harbour. This is actually the typical postcard [...]

2013-05-29T19:29:46+00:00 January 27th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

My Fairytale City: Part 2

I have realized that almost every post I make about Denmark is going to pertain to its fairytale-like qualities, so this is just the second of many other posts to come that will all include pictures of other fairytale-ish things. I haven’t even visited any castles, or the neighborhood of Hans Christian Anderson yet, but it’s all on my to-do list. Until then, here are a few more pictures of some of the sites I have visited. The famous Little Mermaid statue in the harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark. The statue of Princess Marie of Orleans in Copenhagen, Denmark. My roommate Elizabeth stands next to a statue of Frederik of Denmark in Copenhagen.

2013-05-29T19:18:21+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|

My Fairytale City: Part 1

Wouldn’t it be nice to live here? Oh yes, I do get to live here, and for a whole semester! As I was walking home from my first day of class I realized just how lucky I am to be spending this time here in Denmark, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is wonderful to not simply be a tourist, but to really have the chance to experience life here. Everything in Denmark really does look like art, but far from being just a tourist attraction this is a living, breathing place, and I feel lucky to be a part of it! I haven’t had the chance to take many pictures yet with orientation going on, [...]

2013-05-29T19:04:28+00:00 January 20th, 2013|Clara in Copenhagen|
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