Week 3: June 8-14

Trip Start May 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

JUSmørrebrødToday we had actual class for the first time in a while and we mostly talked about our insight from the study tour. That night, after shopping for groceries at Netto and Irma, I had a personal triumph when I cooked food for the first time! Previously I'd been eating the granola bars and cereal I brought with me from the states and Nutella/banana sandwiches. I decided to make baked macaroni and cheese and put together a few recipes that I found on the internet. It was tricky because I didn't have any measuring tools so I had to eyeball everything + the oven was in Celsius so I had to convert my cooking temperature! I steamed carrots and broccoli with a pasta strainer, boiled the pasta to soften it, then poured it in the pan with milk, the veggies, and cheese. I baked it for 15 minutes, then sprinkled bread crumbs on top and baked it for another 45 minutes.
For my first time cooking in a foreign kitchen I was very pleased with myself and shared some with Devon. In retrospect I wouldn't have been as stingy with the veggies and would have made it cheesier but all-in-all it was a success!


On Tuesday we didn't have class and instead split up into three groups to go on a study tour. I went to the Snoezelhusel - a multi-sensory therapy facility. Snoezelhusels were originally invented in Holland in the 70s and spread to Denmark in the 80s. At this particular location there were four main rooms with varying purposes:

- The White Room had a warm water bed, a hammock, soothing music, & calming music. It would be good for relaxation.
- The Red Room had bubble tubes that changed color, a variety of toys, and a bed that you could feel the bass from the music; it would be beneficial for someone requiring lots of sensory stimulation.
- The Black Room was covered with black fabric; you could see twinkling star lights on the ceiling and a black-light could be illuminated to see some of the toys. There was also a bunch of cushions and blankets filled with the balls from the ball room that you could lay on and under to feel suspended. It was cool since you could chose to cut of certain stimuli, like vision, if you need to.
- The ball room had a large all pit with a warm floor and light coming through the balls. It was also a very relaxing room.

They're also in the process of creating an outdoor garden area in which the plants and flowers either have to be very beautiful, smell good, or be edible. The whole Snoezelhusel was unlike anything that I had seen before and expected to find a big room with light panels and music boxes; they can also be found in the states but are known as "multi-sensory environments."


On Wednesday we had our last day at our practicum site! It was great to see Mette, Lotte, and the kids again! We played with the babies while the older kids went outside and then had oatmeal for lunch. I also learned how to change a diaper and changed quite a few! It was out of my comfort zone at first but was happy to challenge myself and learn a life skill! As a reward I stopped in the bakery nearby before getting on the bus and got a yummy Danish treat that was a bit like a croissant but had chocolate on the top. When I got back I went for a long run around the pond and then had left over mac and cheese for dinner and watched a rerun of ANTM with Devon and some Danes.

That night a group of us met up to go to the Icebar - we were a little late though, since our directions took us in the most roundabout way. It was a lot smaller than I had anticipated and I could understand how reservations are required. We suited up in boots and big jackets and then went inside; it was definitely a very cool atmosphere and I was glad that I went! Ice covered the walls and was used to create seats, tables, and the glasses! And despite the boots and jacket I ended up getting really cold!!


Thursday marked our last full day of class! Unfortunately I had to spend most of the day working on papers but met up with Andrea, Kelly, and Andrea's Danish host mom to go to Christiania! Christiania is a famous Danish community that has it's own government system and doesn't pay Danish taxes. It's a bit of a hippy community where people openly smoke and sell weed (although Andrea's host mom said that it was still illegal to do so) on the streets. There was a lot of artwork and graffiti on the buildings and there were even a few booths selling rasta merchandise! Andrea's host mom took us around and showed us their schools, horses, and even the pond area that some of the houses are on (and that I incidentally ran through during one of my pond runs without knowing I was in Christiania). She pointed out a co-ed sauna that for 10 krones (2 USD) you can strip down, cover yourself with mud, and then sit in a sauna until your mud starts to crack. Apparently it's very invigorating but we didn't give it a try. You aren't allowed to take pictures or apparently the locals will smash your camera so needless to say, I don't have any pictures from the visit.


After a late night of skyping and working on papers we had our last day of class and went through a power point of pictures while telling stories from our experiences. I met Rebeca for lunch and the weather was absolutely miserable! It was cold, rainy, and wet! Nonetheless, after lunch we got softice and gelato but it was a struggle to get it back to DIS in one piece because of the wind was blowing so hard. We dried off and ate our ice cream at DIS and saw Judy as she arrived!

I was supposed to go to Tivoli with Andrea and her brother but after struggling through the weather to get back home I decided to stay in for the night.


On Saturday I met up with Kelly and we walked around the Botanical Gardens. It was so beautiful and I was glad that the weather had cleared up. We walked around the gardens and went into the green house. It was the the hottest I have been since coming to Denmark! The main area of the green house was the "tropical rain forest" area and we climbed a spiral staircase to the top and walked around; by the time we came down we were sweating! After the gardens we walked around and did some more exploring of Copenhagen. We got smoothies at a stand and even stumbled across a street market.

Later that night we met up with Andrea and her brother for dinner on the harbor. We got Smørrebrød, traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches, that were delicious! Mine had smoked salmon and scrambled egg-whites on it and the bread was nice and toasty. It was fun to have meal on the harbor and we even got to use the blankets that are draped on the seats of the outdoor eateries when it got chilly. I was sad that it'll be the last time that I'll see Andrea until August but it was great to spend these three weeks with her in Denmark and we even worked on our "Panhellenic love" hand symbol!


After sleeping in I met up with Rebeca, Monica, and Crissy to go see the crowned jewels at the Rosenborg Slot. We spent a few hours there but all chipped in to get photo rights for one camera so all our pictures are on Becky's camera. We even asked one of the guards if we could take a picture with him and he said "Yes, but I can't stop walking" so we walked slowly along side him while we had someone else take a picture for us. The jewels were amazing and the castle was so cool to walk through! The ceiling was even decorated with paintings and these 3-D sculptures that I had much difficulty figuring out how they got up there. Then we went to a sandwich shop and stayed there a couple of hours just talking. We then parted ways and Rebeca and I went to Shwarma... I'd say we got there around 5:00 to drink hot chocolate/coffee, girl talk, and read and ended up eating dinner there and left around 8! We had some quality girl talk and it was a great way to end the weekend!

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