Hello again, sorry it’s been so long! As of 18 February, I have a bit less that 3 months left here in Denmark. What a year it has been. How fast it has gone by. The memories that I have made that I would never trade for anything.
Spring semester has proven to be very, very interesting. I absolutely love every class that I am taking, and the people that I have met are unbelievably generous and educated. I am very close with the other students in my Prostitution course, and we often spend time outside of the classroom getting to know each other better and building up friendships. My Scandinavian film class is very excellent; watching movies from Denmark and the other Nordic countries really makes my experience in this part of the world more worthwhile. We have watched 8 movies now, and will probably watch about 10 more before the end of the semester. My favorites thus far have been Festen directed by Thomas Vinterberg (the first Dogma film) and Melancholia directed by Lars von Trier, the current “big name” director in Denmark, and often considered a provocateur. I have watched several other von Trier films (Dancer in the Dark, Idioterne, Riget) and have been completely enthralled with his style and his themes. A bit too dark for American cinema, for sure.
My Gender and Sexuality and Pornography classes are all very interesting topics, and very important things that I believe all people should spend a decent part of their lives learning about. It really makes me think of my own knowledge of gender and sexuality prior to coming to Denmark, particularly considering the ways in which they are expressed/displayed here in Copenhagen. My Danish class is a lot more intensive than last semester, which is something that I very much enjoy. My professor, Mette, is a huge inspiration to learning the language, and she has taken us to amazing bars and places in Copenhagen, including a jazz concert during the København Jazzfestival. We have been reading Kongens Falde (The Fall of the King) in Danish, as well as poetry by Søren Ulrik Thomsen.
Academics aside, I have also traveled to Malmö, Sweden with my Prostitution Class for a study tour, and we got to see the city and got to get to know each other more. We have a wonderful time, touring the Malmö Chokoladefabrik (Chocolate Factory), eating a fantastic meal at Salt & Brygga, as well as staying in a country house outside the city, where we were provided homemade dinner, plenty of wine, and makings for the Swedish version of s’mores. It was a very memorable couple of days, and in the end of March, we will be on our way as a class to Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for a week! Definitely something to look forward to.
In the nearer future, this Sunday 2 March, I will be flying to London, England to visit my friends Angela and Jakob from my home university! Angela is living in the city, and Jakob is living in Oxford. I can’t wait to return to London, a city that I fell in love with last January on a different study abroad adventure. I will get to see amazing sights and places that I have previously seen, but I am most excited to spend time with people that are very close to me and that I haven’t seen since last July.
Back here in Taastrup at home, I have gotten to the point where I never want to leave this beautiful house and this amazing family! I keep thinking towards the future and my eventual departure, but for the meantime, I am fully content living here and calling this Danish house my home. I have been cooking more for my family this semester, including my first try at the typical Danish meatball, frikadeller. It turned out better than I expected! I have enjoyed cooking for them, and I have learned new techniques to take back to Washington.
I have also been cycling a lot more, becoming engrossed in the Copenhagen bicycle culture. They told me that biking in the city was frightening and difficult, but I actually find it very peaceful and efficient. If I could bike all the way to DIS every morning for classes, I absolutely would. But taking my bike onto the train also works 🙂
Anyway, thanks for reading my long-winded and a bit tedious post! I can’t think of anything else of note to mention right now, except that I have found a new love, and that new love is licorice! If you refer one of my previous posts from when I first arrived in Denmark, you will see my first attempt at licorice, which ended in disgust. Well, the tides have changed, and I love it! Every time I eat it, it makes me feel just that much more Danish 🙂 Oh, I can wish…
Until March, keep adventuring!