My new 6-week home and routine is finally starting to settle in. It’s officially been a week since I landed in Copenhagen from New York City. I spent most of the week in class, but my good pal Nefeli and I got bikes and rode ALLLLLL around the city on Saturday. It was such a beautifully perfect day. This week is also the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, so there are free concerts all around the city and in the public squares. After biking, we took a break with coffee and dessert (above) and people watched. That night we went to a friends house, a Danish native, and had a traditional Danish meal, three courses even! Last night there was a bad rainstorm, which some here are calling the worst in 30 years. A lot of basements and roads were flooded and we didn’t have power most of the day. We were supposed to go to a specific museum to sketch patterns and look at colors, but it was closed due to water damage. Instead we went to the Danish Museum of Art & Design, which I wanted to see more anyway. This weekend we leave for our study tour in Sweden and Finland! I’m really excited, as I’ve never been to any of those countries. Nefeli said that street fashion in Stockholm is amazing so I can’t wait to see that. People dress so well here in CPH despite riding bikes. Williamsburg hipsters don’t even compare, it’s like the people here ride off the posts of The Sartorialist right into the city streets. So more classes this weekend and hopefully more bike excursions into the city. I want to go on some photo expeditions so stay tuned. I’m also having dinner with a Danish host family on Wednesday after class so that should be interesting.
Part of the fort protecting the original part of Copenhagen, we found this on our first bike ride.
Beautiful building next to the fort.
I’m in LOVE with this building, I think it could be my dream home, complete with a giant crown on top!
Our Raleigh bikes, we named them Stella (mine) and Mia (Nefeli’s).
The Danish Design exhibit at the museum.
One of my favorite posters, so many great ones like this, and beautiful modern furniture.
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I have no idea what this sign means, but it’s right outside the dorm I’m staying in for the next six weeks. Cute right? Maybe it has something to do with children because part of the building is a kindergarden. Today was my first day of class, and we spent the entire day drawing leaves, then making patterns within them, and doing interesting things with lines and shadows. It’s hard drawing after not doing so in YEARS. I hope after this trip drawing is something I pick back up as I think it’s a good skill to hold onto, and something that must be practiced. Still trying to get used to the lay of the land here, how the money works, and the prices of things. Its hella expensive eating out at any restaurant, and there aren’t a ton of options food-wise, at least not options I’m used to finding in NYC. I think the food is actually more expensive than NYC. The main options I’ve found food-wise are discount grocery stores, or expensive ones. Not much in the middle. I bought peaches at the cheap place, and they went bad in less than two days … I guess you get what you pay for. Pray for me, if I run out of money, I’ll just be eating cereal for a month!
Leaves I started drawing in class (above).
Below are some photos of my new home I share with Josh:
My view! There’s a series of lakes right outside my window
My room, I get a desk and window with a great view, I like sitting on the table and looking out the window.
My pink caterpillar-looking bed covered with flowers and butterflies, which was randomly assigned to me ..
We have a sink in our room, pretty nice I’d say, cuts down on trips down the hall.
My Closet! Way bigger than at home in NYC.
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Hey everyone, I landed safe and sound in Copenhagen yesterday with my buddy Josh, also from Pratt. For the next six weeks we’re enrolled in the DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad) Textile and Furniture Design Program. I’m super excited as pattern and textile design has been a growing interest of mine for the last few months. Last summer my friend Stephanie did the same program and loved it, so I thought it would be a perfect way to finish my time at Pratt. You can read about her study abroad adventure here.
For our first two days in Copenhagen, Josh and I have been walking all around the city. I have about two days of photos I thought I’d share. Tomorrow we move into our on campus housing, so I’m looking forward to staying somewhere longer than a few nights. I hope to find a bike to rent so I can explore more quickly. I also need to look into buying my own food, b/c eating out is sooooo expensive. I bought a coke and a burger, $45 USD. Tomorrow I meet everyone in the program, so more updates coming soon. Side note, when I was at 7-11 (they are everywhere here), the guy thought I was Danish, I finally found my native land, I look like the natives! Except … the tall blondes here are still tanner than I am!
Here are some pictures from the first two days.
Bikes everywhere! Lots of city squares like this.
Walked around the canal, lots of boats and outdoor restaurants around. People can also drink outside, good spot to do it!
I think this is the aquarium? Nice brick pattern
Lots of wheat pasting around the city, reminds me of NYC. Some of the music festival posters are really nice.
Name that typeface on the wall!!
Another cool music festival poster.
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