The first three days in Denmark

Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
Trip End Jul 12, 2011

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Flag of Denmark  , Hovedstaden,
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So I finally made it to Denmark after a somewhat relaxing five weeks of winter vacation. I'm attending the Technical University of Denmark in Lyngby, Denmark, which is a suburb just north of Copenhagen. I arrived Sunday afternoon and checked into my room, which is a small, dingy, place that needs some TLC and money put into it (which thankfully the accommodation office said they would reimburse me for). The first night was hard, but hey, culture shock sucks. As of now I have kind of picked up the place, but I need shelves and storage, etc.

Monday I went shopping and wandering around the area - all day. I found the main shopping center in Lyngby and found a fan so I can sleep peacefully, as well as a lot of other shops and a mall that will come in handy sooner or later. If you need something you can probably find it in that area. Otherwise, there is an Ikea on another bus route that I visited next. It is in another, smaller shopping complex that has stores that sell linens, electronics, food, etc. So now my dingy little room has some nice blinds to keep the streetlight out at night haha. I had Danish McDonalds for dinner and it was pretty good - fries awesome as usual, but the burgers were pretty small. I will have to go back since they had cool items I didn't get like a Toblerone Mcflurry and chocolate muffins. Otherwise, the rest of the food here is weird. I tried an open faced sandwich - a huge Danish thing - there are a bunch of varieties, but the one I picked had very heavy, dense bread that was full of fiber, lettuce, raw bacon, herbs, and jelly. So weird.

People here usually speak a decent amount of English, but there can be a few holdups. Better than visiting a country that doesn't have English as a national language and being completely lost! Still, I am an awkward foreigner until I learn how to behave in Danish society. Speaking of, I kind of have the hang of using the buses after yesterday. Hopefully I can find some more items for my room and school and do some more shopping.

I started my introduction week for exchange students today. There are fifteen groups that have around a dozen or so people in them. My group has 14 people from 14 different countries! Latvia, Italy, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Peru, India, Singapore, China, Korea, Spain, and myself from the US. Pretty darn diverse around here. There are only 19 people from the US here including me. We had a long, 13 hour day today that involved a lot of socializing, traveling around campus, eating and drinking, and exploring with our group guide Nikolaj.

I got a free SIM card for my phone so I have a Danish phone number now. We are going sightseeing in downtown Copenhagen tomorrow, and my group wants me to win the photography contest with my nice camera haha. I'll give it a good shot. They have all given me high fives after I was the only one that could hit a three pointer for one of our group challenges this afternoon. Must be the American in me. I have enough to keep me really busy around here this week seeing as I'm moving into a new country, and thankfully the rest of the week doesn't sound as long and tiring as today was. It's nice to meet so many people.
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Joan & Kenneth Musbach on

So good to hear from you and to see your picture with the international group.
We are jealous of your wonderful opportunity. Loved reading your blog; keep them coming! Love you! Grammie & Papa

Melissa B! on

Blake! Sounds like so much fun! Glad to hear you are meeting so many new people from so many different places! You won't be an awkward foreigner for too long - or at least you will find some humor in it very soon. Laughing about being awkward is the best way to deal with it in my opinion : )

Lindsey on

Blake!! I'm dying to are the danish pastries over there? haha :)

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