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Reflection: Copenhagen – Michelle Tamura

Reflection: Copenhagen

Hej friends and family,

Now comes my time to leave this beautiful city and though I am excited to 1. not have school anymore, 2. be with my family, 3. travel Europe, and 4. finally get to experience summer… I am leaving behind wonderful new friends, unreal design and architecture, a great professor/studio, and a lot of great memories in a place I have called home. Here is my goodbye (for now) København, I am so thankful to have gotten to know this beautiful city. Though my study abroad experience started slow, it was wonderful and I would do it a million times over again. Below are some small thoughts/tips/photos from my experience. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


Tips for those studying abroad:

  • 1. Keep a record (travel insta, blog, journal, VSCO gallery, photo album, physical polaroid album, sketchbook, whatever) so you can look back and see what you have done. Things go FAST and even though you may not think moments are memorable when they happen, recording your days will help you cherish those moments even when some of the memories fade.
  • 2. Find a nice balance between school and play. Though it can be easy to ditch school for a beach day or drinking at a park, you want to make the most of your education and especially if you are doing a studio (Architecture n design), it is important to decide in advance how much effort you want to spend on the project or how OK you are if things don’t get photorealistic-rendering-complete-with-dynamic-lighting-quality. For me, it was important to have the project developed enough so I could stick it in my portfolio (after a few minor changes) and say: “look at this project I did in only 3 weeks while in Denmark isn’t that cool”.
  • 3. Pack less stuff than you think you need and leave the shorts (except for a couple) at home. I packed way too much stuff (especially shoes) and realized pretty quickly into the trip that Denmark has some of the best shopping in the world (if you are design-oriented and like black/white/gray clothing and sophisticated-casual silhouettes and badass tennis shoes).
  • 4. Start checking things off of your bucket list** RIGHT AWAY. (**make a bucket list) The weeks will fly by and before you know it, you’ll  be 6 weeks deep running around trying to see everything you wanted to go to but never made time to see. Case study: me not going to see tivoli even though I had 4 separate and definite opportunities to do it.

5. Make new friends. I met some really awesome people (s/o macy/sarah, oregon grads, hawaiians, cindy, and more!). It was great to hang out with like-minded people from other places around the (north american) world!! Definitely cool to have friends throughout the country and we had some pretty kickass times <3

6. Don’t hang out at home. It makes you feel so lazy and like you haven’t done anything with your day and you are wasting your time abroad (I felt like this many many times when I stayed home and watched netflix for 4 hours straight). Sometimes you need downtime (let yourself rest and recoup) but don’t stay inside for extended periods of time. Go to a coffee shop and read, window shop, take a bike ride, take a train to a nearby town/city/country, the adventures are endless!!! Call up your friends and do something or adventure out alone. It will be 10 times better (I promise) than staying home and you won’t feel like you missed out on anything because of it.

7. Lastly (not really cause there are so many things to be said about studying abroad but I have to cut it short) Always bring ibuprofen, travel tissues, and a water bottle with you because you will save yourself from headaches, awkward no-toilet-paper-in-stall moments, and 20dkk/meal in drinking water fees. ; )

Ps. Feel free to message me if somehow you have come upon this post and are interested in hearing more tips about studying abroad including my packing list n more things to expect.


Some danish phrases that were memorable:

Artiskok – Artichoke
Kylling – Chicken
Cycleparkering – Bike parking
Rødgrød med flød – great berry dessert! (try it)
flodeis – ice cream
taco sauce – salsa
fakta – cheap ok quality grocery store
irma – nice, high quality grocery store
BAR – the name for almost every other bar/club in copenhagen
smørrebørd – hard, dense bread with 3in thick mayo layer with all the goodies -mike
Tak (said aggressively) – Thank you


7 weeks summarized in photos

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hej hej, with love

xx

michelle

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