Natacha Durand, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experiences at Copenhagen Business School.
What could I say to sum up the 6 months I have spent in Copenhagen? Maybe I should not because this experience needs to be entirely narrated. Even better, lived.
Discovering Copenhagen and the Danes were an everyday surprise. Even in the cold and short days of winter, I could find some warmth, around a Carlsberg with friends experiencing the Danish concept of “hygge”. The “hygge” could be described as well as coziness inside your place and as spending a good time with people you care about around a cup of coffee or a meal. In Copenhagen, the hygge is everywhere: at CBS’s cafeteria, in the dorms, in the metro, in the malls, in the cafés, in the night parties of the Kødbyen… Many of my best memories are made with the bike-arounds, getting lost, enjoying the many parks and waterfronts, discovering new places and adoring this amazing Nordic capital.
All of it make me say: “I hygge Denmark”!
Photos and text by Natacha Durand
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Robes on a Map: “Copenhagen was something completely different. The fact of the matter is that Denmark starkly contrasted the world I knew; a world of fluorescent sundresses and that unique flavor of southern Florida “touchy-feeliness.”
My[Rex]Pedition: “This week’s seminar was on Copenhagenization. A term developed to express the biking culture in Copenhagen. If you didn’t know, 55% of people in Copenhagen commute by bike.”
Doing Denmark: “I’m studying in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in the Medical Practice and Policy program. While I study at DIS, I actually only have one class there; my other two are at Roskilde University and Hvidovre Hospital, which is nice because it gives me more opportunities to get away from the “American bubble” in Copenhagen.”
Zoe goes to Denmark: “Copenhagen is a small city. If you were touring Europe and Copenhagen was on the agenda, I would tell you that you only needed about 3-4 days to get your fill, you could even do it in two.”
Theanchordrops: “I remember the first thing I noticed was the enormous amount of people biking to work. Now, seeing people ride bikes, you are all probably like Cool Hilary, crazy!.. People. You don’t understand. I can barely ride a bike. These people have a genetic mutation that allows them to ride while doing the following things….”
IU Study Abroad Blog: “In Copenhagen I am taking a class on creative travel writing, so expect the quality of these posts to improve over the semester. I will be working on a service project, hopefully in Danish schools or youth organizations, so I’ll have the chance to improve the skills I’ve learned as an IU tutor and apply them to cross cultural teaching.”
Zoe goes to Denmark: “Living in California and New Orleans hasn’t exactly prepared me for this kind of cold weather. In the winter, I’m used to throwing on a sweater or long sleeve t-shirt, jeans, boots, and maybe a light jacket. Sometimes I’ll throw on a scarf for fashions sake, but rarely for the warmth of my neck.”
A visual diary of the 2012 travel abroad to Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen with stops in Berlin and Amsterdam. Photos by Nancy Hiss.
Online Colleges: “BP has contracts with Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MIT, and more. The energy company regularly engages in multimillion dollar contracts for university research, including a 10-year, $500 million investment in Berkeley’s Energy Biosciences Institute.”
Abroad101: “China is fast becoming a hotspot for study abroad, and IES Beijing is the highest ranked program in Asia, coming in at #3. Whether focusing on contemporary Chinese issues or intensive Mandarin, IES places students in the heart of Beijing in a challenging program.”
William Penn University Study Abroad: “Some Americans (and other international students) are interested in meeting people from other countries and cultures. Others tend to focus mostly on sports and their pre-established friend circles rather than welcoming in a new person. It takes time to make new friends – so don’t feel discourage.”
ECSU Study Abroad: “Rome is one of those cities you could spend a year in and still feel like you’ve barely scratched its surface. Amazing historical sites, mind-blowing art—and then there’s the food. Stop at the Forno in the Campo de’ Fiori for a fresh slice of pizza bianca (cut from a piping hot six-foot-long slab of it), buy some tiny strawberries in a street market, and make it your business to find the city’s best gelato. Someone has to do it.”
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