One Month In…

And I am so European already 😉 I’ve been living here in Copenhagen for over a month now, and I can’t believe it! Time is going by so quickly.

Last week, I had my short study tour for my Climate Change in a Historical Perspective Class. We traveled to Møn, which is still part of Zealand, where Copenhagen is, but is on its own little island. We met at 9:00 am on Monday morning and returned to Copenhagen around 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

Our class gathered at the Geological Museum and listened to a talk given by a University of Copenhagen professor. Apparently his son had a baby the previous day, so the talk was a little boring… but we got through it.

Finally, it was time to leave for our adventure! Along the way we made a couple of stops. One of our stops was at the KT boundary. The KT boundary is a visible line in the rock that marks the separation of the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods. The line is made of iridium, a kind of metal that could only have come from outer space, and the boundary is used as evidence in the argument for the theory that an asteroid caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. After looking at the rocks and enjoying some cake, we drove to a Cold War museum. We got to go inside of a tank and walk around in an underground bunker. It was definitely interesting, but it was so cold that it was hard to focus on everything our guide was saying.

When we got to Stege, the town we would spend the next two nights in, we had about an hour before a class dinner at one of the only two restaurants in the tiny town. Most of us took that time to go to Netto (the main grocery store here in Denmark) to purchase supplies for the night’s festivities.

At the restaurant, we had a family-style meal of chicken, potatoes, cabbage, and beets, followed by the most delicious chocolate creme brûlée and chocolate cake ever. Seriously, the desert in Denmark is so much better than in America.

We had to do some group presentations of climate proxies after dinner, and then we headed back to the motel and congregated in the common room to drink beer, talk, and play games. Our professors were there as well, which was cool at first, but eventually became slightly awkward.

The next day was literally the muddiest day in my life. And I use the word “muddiest” literally. We went walking along the beach at Møns Klint, known for the chalk sea and slate cliffs. I will try to paint a picture of how miserable these three hours were. Our professors had told us to wear good walking shoes… as in, good tennis shoes so we could hike. However, they did not anticipate the level of muddiness of the beach. It was like quicksand: you would step in and sink until the mud was to your knees, sometimes past your knees. And there was no getting around the mud, either, it was just a matter of choosing the path of least muddiness. I made it through only getting mud up to the top of my Hunter rain boots, but some other poor souls sunk into the mud past their knees and had to actually be pulled out by our teachers. To add to the discomfort factor, it was snowing miserable, wet snow. Then, after we finally finished our “walk along the beach”, we had to walk up 500 steps to get to a museum where we were going to eat lunch and watch a movie.

After that trek, we were all so exhausted that all we wanted to do was go back to the hotel, take a nap, and eat. However, we had to stop at a church along the way. Although our teachers promised it would be a twenty-minute stop, things got a little out of hand when our guide proceeded to explain the ceiling paintings to us. Every. Single. Scene.

Finally, we got back to the motel. I went to dinner with a few new friends and then went back to hang out in the common room with everyone again.

On Wednesday, we had a tour of the area with a local guide. All of the time on the bus driving from site to site was spent sound asleep. I’m sorry, but I was so tired. I learned to sleep through the voices of my professors very well over the duration of the trip.

After our tour, it was time for the stop everyone had been waiting for: Babette. Babette is a restaurant run by the man who founded NOMA, a restaurant that has been named the best restaurant in the world multiple times over the past several years and is known for its New Nordic cuisine.

We had lunch there, and it was one of the most delicious meals I have eaten in my life. Lunch consisted of multiple small dishes, usually containing fish, and the best bread I have ever had. After lunch, we got a tour of the kitchen and then headed out back to Copenhagen.

On Friday night, my host parents were out of town, so I went over to Lizzy’s new host family’s house, where I made and ate dinner with her and her new 19-year-old host brother, Sebastian. Sebastian then took us out to one of his favorite bars, The Moose, and a disco club called Night Fever, after Saturday Night Fever.

I am spending this week in anticipation of the weekend, when Lizzy and I will be traveling to Berlin! I’m so excited! It will be good for me to step away from any drama that’s been going on so far, and to see another great European city. Also, speaking of travel plans, I am officially going to Barcelona with a couple other friends in March! Finding tickets was the most awful and stressful process ever, because it was hard to find affordable tickets and all the websites we tried would not accept our credit cards… so frustrating!

I’ll post another update after this weekend… hopefully it will be one of the best weekends ever! Also, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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