I am SO PROUD to be an American

Much of my first months here were spent trying to figure out how to hide my American-ness and blend in with the Danes. When you are already 100% Northern European, like me, it’s not all that hard… just wear all black and look pretty serious all the time. By now, I’ve pretty much mastered the […]

Back to Where it all Began

For those of you who don’t know me, it’s important to know that my parents used to live in Amsterdam, and that the city is actually the place of my conception. True story. My parents hadn’t been back there since 1991, when they moved back to Chicago to raise me in the states… until now. […]

Why Are the Danes so Darn Happy!!?? Pt. 1

Disclaimer: This blog post is based on my own observations, and not on any formal surveys or anything. When I was thinking about where to study abroad, my advisor advocated for Denmark, because it’s the happiest place in the world (according to some measurements)! Why, why, WHY would the happiest country on Earth be someplace […]

Hola Hola Barcelona!

Hej, hola, and hello! Last week was my first free travel break, and I chose to spend it with my friends Brooke and Rachel in sunny, beautiful Barcelona. We had such a great time. Although the weather forecast called for rain for many of our days there, we got really lucky and were gifted with […]

Grønland… Oqaatsit ataasiinnaat naammanngillat

“One language is never enough.” That’s how I felt when I arrived in Greenland last week for my long study tour. As if Danish wasn’t foreign enough to me, Greenlandic sounds like clucking and gibberish. Oh well, it was a small price to pay for five days in the coolest place I’ve ever been… literally. […]

14 Scandinavian Bands/Artists You Can’t Miss

It’s no secret to my family and friends that I love music. In fact, music is my biggest hobby and one of my main interests. Therefore, in honor of living in Scandinavia, I’ve compiled a list of 14 of my favorite Scandinavian bands and artists (in no particular order)… Enjoy! 1. Figurines (Aalborg, Denmark) 2. […]

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, […]

Who Am I? Questions of Identity Abroad

Identity is such a fascinating thing. My identity is constantly changing, no matter how subtly, in response to my life experiences. This time abroad has the potential to be one of the biggest times of change for my personal identity, as being in such a foreign place encourages me to be more aware of who […]

My Accidental Toast

I am not used to being surrounded by people with whom I cannot easily converse. In social situations, I pride myself on my ability to carry on a conversation with almost anyone, no matter how uninteresting he or she may be. This skill serves me well… until the people I am with do not speak […]