I’ve been in Copenhagen for almost three months. Landing in mid January, I weathered the last of the winter, a couple of impressive city snowfalls, and now April lurks on the horizon, and with it, sunny Spring. Over the last few weeks, as the weather’s gotten warmer and the sunny days longer, it’s been like getting to know a second city that’s emerged from a winter’s hibernation, the streets, parks and bridges are full, the bikes are plentiful, and flowers have bloomed with a suddenness and completeness that I think you only get in Europe. And though the sun has been more than a blessing, the morning I rode in the dark and through the snow for 9km and still got to school on time is probably something I’ll put on my resume.
I’m studying Graphic Design at DMJX, Copenhagen, the little design sibling of the much larger Journalism campus in Denmark’s second city, Aarhus. The campus only has 400 students, give or take, and my class is only 20 — three exchange kids (two Australians – the other from Monash – and one student from Mexico) and seventeen Danes.
This small class has been one of my favourite parts of exchange so far. They’ve been beyond welcoming and friendly and the little family that’s created by spending so much time so close together (9am to 2pm every weekday) has blown away any fears about not ‘clicking’ with the danish students. They’ve definitely not been the standoffish people of few words that seems to be the stereotype! Within the first week or so of being in Copenhagen, before classes had even started, our buddy had invited us and the rest of the class to his house for pizza, drinks and a night out at the school’s bar (open every other Friday).
As for living in the city, Copenhagen has been a dream. Trying to soak up all this busy city has to offer has left me oversaturated, and there’s always more to uncover. In a city with less than 1.3 million people, to Sydney’s 4.84 mil, there’s always something happening; if you can’t find a Facebook event for any day/hour of the week, you’re probably not looking hard enough!
The galleries are many and magnificent, with free days and exhibition openings always worth a visit. Copenhagen is a city with a cultural soul; live music in churches, jazz bars and plenty of concerts, markets almost every weekend, street festivals, film festivals, and events like this one (I’m the idiot wearing sunglasses at night about a minute in).
But one of my favourite things to do since the sun’s emerged has been to sit in a park, or along the canals, with some food, some friends, a drink and lots of sun, and just take it all in.
Any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to send a message my way.