Denmark – The land of bicycles, the Little Mermaid and Danish pastries.

After one month of European travels, the time has finally arrived for my exchange adventure to begin at Copenhagen Business School. Like many of you, this is my first time living out of home, and whilst daunting, I can’t think of a better city than Copenhagen to start this journey.
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When I told my family and friends that I was going to Copenhagen on exchange, they were surprised by my somewhat obscure choice, and to be honest, so was I! But touching down in Copenhagen, I immediately feel I’ve made the right choice. The bikes, bars and cobble street lanes all have an effortless coolness that make it easy to fall in love. Not only does the city have edgy cafes and museums, but it has hundreds of years of history that make it an intoxicating combination of the new and the old.

Part of the reason I chose Copenhagen was to get out of my comfort zone and go to a place where I knew no one. In just two weeks, I have met amazing people who are already contributing to my growth as a person. They’ve made my transition to this new city so much easier. That’s not to say that initially settling in wasn’t difficult. At times, not being able to spot a familiar face or understand the language can seem unmanageable, but you just have to remind yourself what an amazing opportunity you’ve been provided with. Once you embrace the whole experience, you can really get to know the culture, and I feel like that’s what exchange is all about.

In Danish culture, there is only one thing valued greater than biking and beer and that is “hygge”. “Hygge” is difficult to explain, but put simply, it is a sense of cosiness where you enjoy good times with those close to you. Copenhagen Business School has provided ample opportunity for this with countless exchange social events where people from every corner of the world gather for nights of beer and banter. These events highlight that whilst sometimes you may feel somewhat alone, there are hundreds of students in exactly the same situation, eager to meet new people, so be sure to make the most of it!

Whilst the Danish summer has the same temperatures as our winter, and a cup of coffee can set you back $9, this city has been remarkable so far! I love discovering something new behind every corner and am sure that the next four months will fly by!

Shivani Mohan\\ 11970593 \\ Bachelor of Information Technology

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