First Impressions (In Pictures)

Hej from Denmark! I finally made it to Copenhagen and am now truly an American in Denmark. It was an exhausting trip, in part because my flight was delayed an hour and half. I met other DIS students at the airport gate. Alyc is pictured below. Ethan, another DIS student, taught a small group of us how to play Golf, a card game. We all sat on the floor while we waited to board. I won the first game!

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My Danish parents, Marie-Therese and Søren (pronounced Sir-on), decided to host three DIS students. Anne is a student at the University of Rochester (like me) and Heidi, the blonde to Anne’s left, is a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Here, Søren sits in the kitchen looking like a classic dad.

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Fantose, the dog in the photo, and a cat, Misse, live with us in Hillerød. Misse stands at the door in the kitchen and meows when she wants to be let out. Therese tells us we’ll start to feel like doormen.

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My bedroom is the family library. Therese is an interior designer. She’s interested in light and the way it contributes to a room’s ambience. The Danish style is sleek and minimalistic, but I’ve also found it to be incredibly cozy. Hillerød already has started to feel like a little slice of home.

Graffiti is common. It doesn’t feel out of place, though. Splashes of art add to the city’s energy.

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Anne, Heidi, and I will take the train to Copenhagen to get to classes. The station is a 10 minute walk from the house.

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Bikes are everywhere. People even take them on the train. There’s an entire compartment dedicated only to bikes.

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The Frederiksborg Castle can be seen from Hillerød’s town square.

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The pedestrian walk in Hillerød is full of shops. They’re mostly closed on Sundays, but Therese tells us the street is full of people on Saturday.

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Anne, Me, Heidi

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Tomorrow, the three of us venture into Copenhagen for orientation. It’s the first time any of us have been in the city, apart from landing in the airport, and I’m sure it will be quite the adventure. For now, I’m just trying to soak it all in.

Is it too early to ask if I can stay forever?

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