I am writing this blog post from my room in Bispebjerg Kollegiet (I can’t pronounce it either). I made it to Copenhagen all in one piece and all by myself! When I got to the airport Sunday afternoon, I was pretty anxious about the whole situation. But somehow, the whole process went very smoothly and I didn’t get lost or freak out and cry and call Linda for anything (an amazing feat for me). The first leg of my flight was a pretty chill 9 hours; excluding the bit where this cranky old lady freaked out because the guy sitting beside me leaned his seat back and intruded upon her “personal space”. She yelled “I’m 82 years old and I don’t deserve to have to sit like a fricking pretzel!” at least three times. Rude. But other than that, a very calm flight. And my second leg flew by in 2 hours and suddenly I was in Copenhagen.
And oddly enough, I managed to socialize almost immediately. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but I’ve found myself talking to other humans with something akin to ease ever since I got here. Now, I won’t lie, it hasn’t been completely easy, but definitely less difficult than usual. I’m happy that I’m not being my usual hermit self because it turns out that when you leave your room, you actually meet really cool people! And they’re nice too! Wild.
I’ve explored a tiny bit of the city, and we took a boat tour this morning that was really cool. Copenhagen is a really interesting city and I can’t wait to learn more about it. The public transportation (while a bit confusing as all the words are Danish and I don’t speak Danish) has been fairly straight forward and accessible. I’ve been to the grocery store where I faced the challenge of reading Danish labels and trying to figure out Danish money. I bought some cereal and milk, some pasta and tomato sauce, and some bread and pb&j. Even in another country, I stick to the basics. I’ve eaten at the Hard Rock Cafe in Copenhagen (we were starving and the menu was in English, ok), and at a vegan cafe called Hope. I visited a pretty cool Lego store. I’m excited to see more of Copenhagen.
My class met for the first time today and it was amazing. Our instructor is very friendly and laid back. She also seems really passionate about the child development and education, which means that she’s going to be a great teacher. There’s going to be a lot of group work, which I’m actually looking forward to. My classmates all seem like cool, smart people and I think working with them will be a fun experience. I can’t wait to start diving into the material and doing the field studies. It’s going to be a challenge with the language barrier between us and the kids, but I enjoy challenging work. I’m also really looking forward to our week-long study tour in Helsinki! Finland’s education system is amazing, and I’m stoked to get a close-up look.
All in all, I’m just really freaking excited. I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog post with this many “really”s or exclamation points. Despite very little mental preparation for this trip and the preceding weeks of depression and uncertainty buzzing around in my head, I feel like I’m in a good place right now. Mentally and physically.