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Olá from Portugal!

One of the best parts about DIS is that it allows for plenty of travel, and this week I have my first week-long vacation! Our first stop? Portugal! My friend Rachel and I left Copenhagen bright and early Saturday morning. We landed in Lisbon and immediately headed for our hostel. Our hostel, Lisboa Central Hostel has been great! We had our own room with two twin beds and a private bathroom, all within walking distance of the downtown area.

Saturday afternoon was spent exploring the area of Belem. We visited a few monuments, museums, and best of all, a pastry shop with the best custards in Lisbon. Cafe Pasteis de Belem is famous for their custard tarts, its said that only three people in the world know the recipe. After a day spent walking around, we went back to our hotel to rest up for Sunday`s adventure.

Sunday we took a train to the city of Sintra, about 45 minutes outside of Lisbon where we hiked to Palacio de Pena. We were expecting a nice walk, but it turned out to be a 45 minute hike straight up a mountain (there was no downhill section). The view at the top was definitely worth the hike, it can only be described as unreal. The pictures I took definitely did not do it justice. We decided to give our legs a break and take the bus back down, before grabbing lunch and heading to the beach town of Caiscas. Caiscas pretty much reminded me of Florida (but even better). We walked to see the Boca de Inferno and shopped around a bit as well. We could not decide where to eat, so we first had drinks on a rooftop terrace of a little cafe. We finally decided to get a seafood dinner at the restaurant down the street and it was delicious! By the time we made it back to our hostel, we showered and then went straight to bed.

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Today was our last day here in Lisbon, so we spent the morning walking around Almafa (old district) and more of the downtown location near our hostel. We are about to leave for the airport to catch a flight to Barcelona! We each have a few friends in Barcelona, so it`ll be fun to get the chance to meet and catch up with them!

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ACHALM & NÜRNBERG

I made it through my first week of classes! I really like the classes I have in English. For the rest, I know I will need a tutor or someone to explain what is happening in class.  I usually sit in the back of the class with my German-English dictionary on the ready and hope that the professor doesn’t ask me any direct questions.

Two weekends ago I hiked up Achalm mountain, which is in Reutlingen. The hike made me work up a sweat, but the view from the top was beautiful. Unfortunately, we realized it was about to storm after we made it to the top. Then, we booked it down the mountain hoping we could beat it, but about 3/4 of the way down it started pouring. It was a nice shower after my work out though. The next day, I was invited to brunch by a few girls from church so I had a great time getting to know them. We kept having conversations where we would switch between German and English so it was good practice for me.

This weekend Erin Markov and I travelled to Nürnberg by bus. Two of my friends from Elon met us there and it was so great to see them again! First, we went to the Lochgefängnisse (medieval dungeons beneath the Rathaus). The tour went through the different cells and torture chambers, which opened in the 14th century. It was funny when the guide would describe the different torture mechanisms in German because I wouldn’t understand everything, but the others on the tour would collectively gasp or cringe every few minutes. I think it might have been better not to understand some of the gruesome techniques they used lol.

After the dungeons, we went to the courthouse to see where the Nuremberg Trials took place. We saw the courtroom and an exhibition on the trials. Then, we went back to the Altstadt (city center/old town) to eat dinner. We also got Starbucks which was a nice treat since there isn’t one in Reutlingen. There was also a cover band playing in the square. They were really good and everyone was dancing and singing along. It was cool because all of the songs were in English so I recognized Hey Jude, I Feel Good, and the song from the Venus razor commercials, which I hadn’t realized was an actual song (“I’m your Venus. I’m your fire…”).

On Sunday, we ate our complimentary breakfast at the hotel and proceeded to steal as much food as we could stuff into our backpacks for the rest of the day (Nutella packets are a hot commodity here). Then, we rode the tram to the Tiergarten (zoo). There we saw giraffes, lions, penguins, red pandas, reindeer and normal deer, a butterfly house, and watched an exciting show with trained seals and dolphins. After the Tiergarten, we explored the city more, found some quaint gardens, ate lunch at a Biergarten, and then parted ways. It was sad to say goodbye to Amory and Nathan, but I hope to see them again soon.

I also want to give a shout out to my dad because he is turning 50 (yes, that’s right the big 5-o) tomorrow! Also, Matt and I have been dating for over a year now…where has the time gone….I love you Matt!

Volkspark - Reutlingen Pomologie Erin Markov IMG_4197 IMG_4199 Maggie on the hike This tower reminded be of Rapunzel's tower. maze IMG_4216 View from the top of the mountain IMG_4223 We could see a thunderstorm in the distance and heard the cracks of thunder getting louder. We tried to make it down the mountain before it started raining, but we ended up getting soaked. Gasthof Achalm - a traditional Swabian restaurant I ordered a popular Swabian meal called Maultaschen. The story behind these large raviolis is that historically this region was very Catholic so during lent they could not eat meat. To get around this, they cooked the meat inside of the closed noodle, following the philsophy that if you can't see it, it must not be there. This was their way of "cheating" God. With the help of my friends, I saved up enough Treuepunkte (vouchers) to get a free stuffed animal at the neighboring grocery store. I picked the lamb named Wilma Wuschel, but I have to watch out or Maggie might steal her from me. Lorenzkirche in Nürnberg IMG_4254 Pegnitz River Schöner Brunnen (Beautiful Fountain) in the Hauptmarkt Local superstition has it that if you turn the golden ring three times, your wish will come true. Here is Erin trying her luck. Nathan Amory Nathan IMG_4274 This is the courtroom where the Nuremberg Trials happened. We sat in on a tour. I learned that the trial was simultaneously translated into German, English, French, and Russian. Because the Nazis had kept detailed records during their regime, the court received over 3,000 documents with signatures indicting the defendants. I was surprised to learn that 3 defendants were acquitted. One clearly did not have a change in heart though. He went on to lead a Neo-Nazi group a decade later. This puppeteer drew a crowd with his classical musician puppets. One even gave a little girl a hug. Nathan and Erin: We ate dinner at the Goldenes Posthorn which has been serving since 1498. Amory, Nathan, Erin Giraffen IMG_4308 Paviane The baboons were very entertaining and the younger ones liked to wrestle while swinging from vines. Seelöwen Delphin These dolphins were better at basketball than I am. IMG_4354 IMG_4357 IMG_4360 IMG_4372 Nashörner Eisbären Grévy-Zebras Amory and I were excited to share this giant cheese pretzel! IMG_4393 imperial gardens next to the castle IMG_4405 IMG_4407 Nathan chillin on a ledge overlooking the city Kaiserburg (Imperial Castle)
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Birthdays, Carrera Nocturna, Senderismo in Huelva and more

This week has been full of fun from figuring out my classes for the year to the most exercise I have done all month.

I have decided to take Social Psychology; Psychology of Development of Adolescence, Adulthood and Old Age; Theory of Knowledge; and Spanish Grammar. For my psychology classes there are small group classes where I get to know students better and do projects with them. Everything has been going well and I have started working on a project and was actually able to contribute to what we were talking about! My professors have been great thus far, as well :) And somehow I only have classes Monday through Wednesday which means I am in class from 9am until 8 or 9pm (with a lunch break-thank goodness) two of the three days but I have a long weekend if I want to travel.


















Thursday was Greta's birthday so we celebrated her and our friendship with a fun night. We ate dinner together, got drinks at a beautiful terrace where we could see the Giralda and then went to a bar. Friday we ran in Carrera Nocturna, which is a race in Sevilla that more than 25,000 people run in. It was 8.5 km and I would say that I ran about 5 km which was a huge surprise. We got to run with people in funny costumes, give high-fives to kids watching, and were pumped up throughout the race by watchers who started chants and cheered us on. We ran along the streets of Sevilla and I got to see some new places! After we went to a market going on near by and got some gelato. I got to meet my other host family grandson on Saturday since he came to spend the night. He is just over one and is such a sweetie. I enjoyed getting to know him and talking more with my host sister (his aunt) who came to visit. Sunday, today, we went hiking in the area surrounding Huelva and wow was it gorgeous! We had a great guide who told us all about life in the farm land and the way that the people really have a harmonious relationship with the land. Definitely a place to return to and explore.



Par usual, my host family is super sweet-reminding me to take a jacket when I got out at night and chatting with me about the mix of good and bad in the world. While I don't always follow the conversation when they start talking quickly, I catch enough to follow along and I can always ask them to explain more.




Ack! I almost forgot to mention that I got to have dinner with my aunt and uncle while they were here in Sevilla about a week ago! It was so wonderful to see them and to catch up :) They treated me to a yummy cafe and we chatted about life. Such a special experience!
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Birthdays, Carrera Nocturna, Senderismo in Huelva and more

This week has been full of fun from figuring out my classes for the year to the most exercise I have done all month.

I have decided to take Social Psychology; Psychology of Development of Adolescence, Adulthood and Old Age; Theory of Knowledge; and Spanish Grammar. For my psychology classes there are small group classes where I get to know students better and do projects with them. Everything has been going well and I have started working on a project and was actually able to contribute to what we were talking about! My professors have been great thus far, as well :) And somehow I only have classes Monday through Wednesday which means I am in class from 9am until 8 or 9pm (with a lunch break-thank goodness) two of the three days but I have a long weekend if I want to travel.


















Thursday was Greta's birthday so we celebrated her and our friendship with a fun night. We ate dinner together, got drinks at a beautiful terrace where we could see the Giralda and then went to a bar. Friday we ran in Carrera Nocturna, which is a race in Sevilla that more than 25,000 people run in. It was 8.5 km and I would say that I ran about 5 km which was a huge surprise. We got to run with people in funny costumes, give high-fives to kids watching, and were pumped up throughout the race by watchers who started chants and cheered us on. We ran along the streets of Sevilla and I got to see some new places! After we went to a market going on near by and got some gelato. I got to meet my other host family grandson on Saturday since he came to spend the night. He is just over one and is such a sweetie. I enjoyed getting to know him and talking more with my host sister (his aunt) who came to visit. Sunday, today, we went hiking in the area surrounding Huelva and wow was it gorgeous! We had a great guide who told us all about life in the farm land and the way that the people really have a harmonious relationship with the land. Definitely a place to return to and explore.



Par usual, my host family is super sweet-reminding me to take a jacket when I got out at night and chatting with me about the mix of good and bad in the world. While I don't always follow the conversation when they start talking quickly, I catch enough to follow along and I can always ask them to explain more.




Ack! I almost forgot to mention that I got to have dinner with my aunt and uncle while they were here in Sevilla about a week ago! It was so wonderful to see them and to catch up :) They treated me to a yummy cafe and we chatted about life. Such a special experience!
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When In Sweden

This weekend marked some of the most adventurous days of my life. Think cliffs, ropes, and a long way down to rocky shores.

Saturday morning, my dear friend Mary Catherine and I woke up bright and early, packed carrot cake muffins for our train breakfast, and were soon on the bus with our DIScovery tour group headed to Sweden for a weekend full of outdoor adventure!

The morning ferry ride across the sea was beautiful. When on a ship, the titanic pose is simply required. And the wind was in our favor…
We started our adventuring by climbing into canoes to paddle down the Rönne. Canoeing is one of my all time favorite activities, and I was so excited to experience nature and the peacefulness away from the city. The river was gorgeous. Wild flowers and lush green trees lined the water, and the morning air and sounds were the most relaxing start to the weekend. 
Halfway though our paddling, the canoe rental business threw us boat shaped ice cream from a bridge! What’s better than the combination of a canoe AND ice cream?!
After canoeing we headed to our hostel…with should have been called, “The Cutest Place You Could Ever Relax In Sweden,” rather than a “hostel.” Our room was so cozy with the comfiest beds, and natural light from the countryside poured through our window. It was perfect. We were then served the most amazing lunch: vegetarian (so appreciated!) soup with warm bread and cheese. I could probably have that meal every day for the rest of my life. 
Soon it was time to head for the forest and embark on our hike to Nimis, the famous driftwood sculptures. The steep and rocky hike was worth every step. Artist Lars Vilks has been hammering away at these driftwood sculptures for 27 years and counting with driftwood, nails and screws. The structures were absolutely breathtaking. It looked like a little tree-house city on the shore. And “city-like” is a quite fitting description of the structures, because it has transformed into a little city of its own. Vilks got in a debacle over whether or not the land he was building on was state-owned and if he had permission to create his art there, so the area was established as a micronation called Ladonia. You can even become a citizen, or pay little price to become nobility!

Though the driftwood looked at if it was simply piled and hammered, we all trusted its strength and climbed to the very tops of the fortresses. This is must-go stop if you ever find yourself in Sweden.  
We headed back to our hostel and enjoyed the coziest dinner outside on the lawn. The Danish have a word called “hygge” that Americans do not have a direct translation for, but it means the spending time together in coziness and joy. This night was when it truly resonated with me what “hygge” meant and felt like. Mary Catherine, Sarah and I bundled up under a duvet and laughed and dined in the beautiful yard of the Swedish countryside. It was perfect. The night concluded with fireside laughter and stories with my all time favorite dessert- s’mores!
Saturday morning we headed for the cliffs to go repelling. The view was beyond breathtaking. There are no appropriate words or photos to describe it. Standing on top of those cliffs was one of the most beautiful moments I have ever experienced.

Soon it was my turn to lean backwards off of the cliff, step off, and let myself scale down to the rocks.

I. Was. Terrified. This was one of the most exhilarating and scary moments I have ever been through. My hands and ankles were shaking, but I knew that I had to conquer my fear and lean back over the water.

And that ‘s what I did. I DID IT! I slowly released the rope, little by little, and repelled down the beautiful cliff looking out at the sea. 
You could say I felt accomplished…
After repelling we did an orienteering activity around the park and then stopped by the most delicious cake and coffee house on the drive home- the perfect ending to an amazing weekend in Sweden. 
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LAKE CONSTANCE

On Saturday, I went to Lake Constance, which touches the shores of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. I took a tour of the city of Konstanz, climbed to the top of the cathedral, and then rode the ferry across the lake to Meersburg. Konstanz prides itself on its old buildings, some of which have been there since the Middle Ages. The town is on the border of Switzerland so Konstanz kept its lights on at night during WWII to fool the Allied forces’ into thinking they were a part of Switzerland so they were not bombed.

On Sunday, I tried out a different church. I didn’t understand much of the sermon, but another student from my university invited me back to her apartment and made me lunch. I got to know her pretty well. Although she is little bit older than me, we seem to have a lot in common. I mentioned that I have missed playing my guitar here so she is letting me borrow her old acoustic!

This week has mostly been orientation stuff, but I finally got my class schedule for the semester today and I start my classes tomorrow. I have the option to take 3 classes in English and the other 7 will be in German. This is going to be a hard semester academically so my goal is just to pass my exams in January and to find an internship for the spring.

Lake Constance (Bodensee) Konstanz's city gate Statue of Friedrich II Maggie IMG_4021 Konstanz's Rathaus IMG_4034 Constance Vines IMG_4039 This  Imperia statue sits at the entrance of Konstanz's harbor and commemorates the Council of Constance, which took place from 1414-1418. The Imperia is actually a prostitute, representing the over 700 registered prostitutes who came to the city during the years of the Council. She holds a bishop in her right hand and a nobleman in her left, satirically representing the subtle power prostitutes had over both the religious leaders and the nobility. The statue went up during the night in 1993 because it caused controversy in the town. This building used to be a brothel. It was built near the cathedral so the bishops did not have to roam through the city at night to get to a brothel. IMG_4076 IMG_4078 IMG_4080 We had to climb up this rickety, wooden set of stairs to get to the top. View of Constance from the top of the cathedral. IMG_4088 IMG_4108 The cathedral's doors were so intricate with many wooden carvings like this one. Lake Constance Seagull Yarn bombing the harbor Michelle and Maggie in front of the Italian restaurant we ate at in Meersburg Burg Meersburg Meersburg fountain Meersburg Fortress Castle Mill Neues Schloss The Bodensee Wine Festival was going on the day we were there. We didn't have enough time to go in, but we could still enjoy the live music from the outskirts. All of the kids thought this animated bear was pretty exciting. It could blow bubbles on its own. Giancarlo Maggie and Michelle
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Livin’ la vida loca

Where to begin! 

So I have been living in Sevilla for a week or more now and there are so many wonderful things about this place and the people I have met! I shall start with the band: Cayla, Greta, Bailey, and Rachel. The five of us have been to the beach Matalacana in Huelga together and since then have spent time together studying, going out for sangria and chatting, or planning what we are going to do with our weekends here. There are my huggy bunch of gals who I already miss when I don’t see them for a few days. There are so many great people in the program that I am getting to know, as well.

 

 The next great thing about Sevilla is my host family. Jori and Juan are so sweet to me and I am having such a great time getting to know them. Juan used to work three jobs, one of which was at a radio station so he knows a ton about music and technology. One night we were talking about flamenco and cantores (the flamenco singers) and he played some records of different genres of flamenco that he had recorded from his time working at the radio. Jori is an amazing seamstress and has made everything in the house from the bedspreads to the curtains and even some of her clothes. She also loves to cook and everything she makes is phenomenal! The number of cookbooks she has in impressive and I know I will not go hungry by any stretch of the imagination. Juan cooks, too!

We also have some pretty funny conversations. My favorite so far is when I was doing homework for my intensive Spanish class (two weeks long) and we had some vocabulary we had to go over. The wifi in the house has been having problems/we are changing providers and they don’t have a dictionary so I couldn’t look any of the words up. Jori and Juan offered to help me and it turned into a game of how can we explain to the American what these different words mean. Through charades, showing me said item or explaining what each thing was I learned quite a lot-a box of matches, a snowflake, a gust of wind, a bunch of flowers, etc. They were explaining “gajo” which I learned is basically a section of orange. A debate ensued between Jori and Juan if lemons had these sections, too, and Juan ended up cutting up a lemon to prove his point. Now, he will bring it up every so often if Jori is telling him he is wrong about something.

I have also finally learned the word for sink! I think I asked Laura and Pepi how to say it a few times when I was in Valencia and now that I am here I have asked Jori and Juan. Then I would try and remember it at various points throughout the day and they would laugh when I said it wrong and tell me how to say the name again-fregadero.

This past weekend I went to their beach house in Rota and oh my goodness was it lovely! If you ever need a relaxing scenic beach vacation this is your place. Also, it is good for people who don’t speak a lot of Spanish since there is a naval base nearby and a lot of English is spoken in the town.




The second week of intensive classes has started off well and there is already so much going on! Figuring out classes for the semester is a bit challenging but I am sure things will work themselves out in the end! 

Off to get started on this weeks tasks!
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Livin’ la vida loca

Where to begin! 

So I have been living in Sevilla for a week or more now and there are so many wonderful things about this place and the people I have met! I shall start with the band: Cayla, Greta, Bailey, and Rachel. The five of us have been to the beach Matalacana in Huelga together and since then have spent time together studying, going out for sangria and chatting, or planning what we are going to do with our weekends here. There are my huggy bunch of gals who I already miss when I don’t see them for a few days. There are so many great people in the program that I am getting to know, as well.

 

 The next great thing about Sevilla is my host family. Jori and Juan are so sweet to me and I am having such a great time getting to know them. Juan used to work three jobs, one of which was at a radio station so he knows a ton about music and technology. One night we were talking about flamenco and cantores (the flamenco singers) and he played some records of different genres of flamenco that he had recorded from his time working at the radio. Jori is an amazing seamstress and has made everything in the house from the bedspreads to the curtains and even some of her clothes. She also loves to cook and everything she makes is phenomenal! The number of cookbooks she has in impressive and I know I will not go hungry by any stretch of the imagination. Juan cooks, too!

We also have some pretty funny conversations. My favorite so far is when I was doing homework for my intensive Spanish class (two weeks long) and we had some vocabulary we had to go over. The wifi in the house has been having problems/we are changing providers and they don’t have a dictionary so I couldn’t look any of the words up. Jori and Juan offered to help me and it turned into a game of how can we explain to the American what these different words mean. Through charades, showing me said item or explaining what each thing was I learned quite a lot-a box of matches, a snowflake, a gust of wind, a bunch of flowers, etc. They were explaining “gajo” which I learned is basically a section of orange. A debate ensued between Jori and Juan if lemons had these sections, too, and Juan ended up cutting up a lemon to prove his point. Now, he will bring it up every so often if Jori is telling him he is wrong about something.

I have also finally learned the word for sink! I think I asked Laura and Pepi how to say it a few times when I was in Valencia and now that I am here I have asked Jori and Juan. Then I would try and remember it at various points throughout the day and they would laugh when I said it wrong and tell me how to say the name again-fregadero.

This past weekend I went to their beach house in Rota and oh my goodness was it lovely! If you ever need a relaxing scenic beach vacation this is your place. Also, it is good for people who don’t speak a lot of Spanish since there is a naval base nearby and a lot of English is spoken in the town.




The second week of intensive classes has started off well and there is already so much going on! Figuring out classes for the semester is a bit challenging but I am sure things will work themselves out in the end! 

Off to get started on this weeks tasks!
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Part 2: Sweden

Thursday: Louisiana & Ladonia

Thursday we boarded the bus and were off to the Louisiana Museum before continuing on to Sweden. Honestly, I (along with the majority of my class) am not a museum person. There were two exhibits, one by an artist who had lots of different paintings – many of which we felt we could’ve made on our own – and the other was a cool rock formation indoors. The rock exhibit was actually pretty fun, it was multiple rooms with all-white walls filled with rocks and a stream running through them. We had a little over an hour to kill, so after we walked through the museum we hung out outside which was right next to the water! I’m pretty sure our teacher Gry was still walking around the exhibits, meanwhile us Americans were rolling down the grass hills outside…

Our next stop was the micronation of Ladonia! Although no one lives in this micronation, it has about 15,000 members as well as a queen (who lives in Chicago). After a steep hike we finally reached Nimis, a structure made of driftwood that marks Ladonia. We immediately began to climb up the towers to reach the top; it reminded me of the ultimate treehouse.

After Ladonia we went to a nearby restaurant to enjoy Fika which is Swedish cake and tea. The cake was delicious! Once we were finished we went to our hostel which reminded me of an old barn house that was converted into more of a B&B-style house. We had wild salmon and potatoes for dinner followed by cake and then a bonfire with s’mores and candy.

Friday/Saturday: Malmö

Friday we took the bus South to Malmö, one of Sweden’s biggest cities. The day began with a visit to SVT (Swedish television station) where we met with Jane Anders – one of the anchors – to talk about how the Swedes differ from the Danes in the the world of news reporting. Next, we went to a synagogue to meet with a Rabi and then to a youth center to meet with a representative of an organization handling honor violence within the Swedish-Muslim community. We were finally able to go to our hostel where we had a two hour break, which was spent sleeping (I’m pretty sure the majority of our class was falling asleep/asleep through the latter two speakers). For dinner we met Billy, who works for DIS, and he gave us a walking tour of Malmö before we ate dinner with a group of Swedish roller derby girls. By the end of the day we were all more then exhausted and ready for bed.

Saturday was the most relaxed of the week, after breakfast at the hostel we went bike orienteering around the city. We split up into groups and were given a map and a compass. We had to reach designated locations and do different tasks (Amazing Race-style), and the team with the most tasks completed by lunch won. My team completed our first site and attempted our second. We couldn’t find the answer at our second site, so instead decided to detour to an open market set up in a square. We walked around and sampled all of the yummy food before we rejoined the rest of the group for lunch.

I cannot believe how great/tiring/long this past week was! It was full with amazing opportunities where I got to go to new places and meet new people. I am also so thankful my class is made up of such great people. I am excited to continue to get to know them throughout the rest of the semester and travel to Ireland together in October! I now have two weeks of regular classes before heading off on my week-long adventure to Lisbon, Barcelona and Paris!

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Core Course Week Part 1: Copenhagen

I know I haven’t written in a while, but there hasn’t been much to say up until now. This past week was core course week! I spent the week with my core class (cross cultural communications) traveling around Copenhagen and Sweden. This was both an amazing and exhausting few days, so here is a little recap of what we did:

Day 1: Borgen & Christiania

We began our week by watching an episode of Borgen – a Danish tv show – to learn a little more about Danish values. It reminded us of a mix between Scandal-House of Cards- and the Good Wife all in one. It was actually really good, but unfortunately we tried (and failed) at finding it online. It made us all think about the way the US is perceived by other countries and the ways our actions impact those around us. From there we hit the streets of Copenhagen, and more specifically Christiania. Christiania is a place within the city of Copenhagen that is basically its own town separate from the rest of the city. They have their own culture and own way of life, when you leave there is even a sign saying “you are now entering the EU.” I can honestly say I have never experienced anything quiet like it, I would definitely say it is worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

Day 2: Mosque, Nørrebro, Parliament

Tuesday morning we met at a mosque to learn about Muslim integration in Denmark. The Muslims and the Danes have a long history of conflict, so it was interesting to hear from the Muslim perspective about the issue. From there we took the bus to Nørrebro which is considered the ‘ghetto’ of Copenhagen. In Nørrebro we met with a Somalian man who gave us a walking tour of the neighborhood and talked to us about the immigrant population in the area. The day concluded with a visit to Parliament where we met with a member from the Social Democrat Party. We talked with him about his views on immigration and whether or not he could foresee a future where Copenhagen transforms into more of a ‘melting pot’ similar to the United States.

These first couple of days spent in the city gave a lot of insight into the problems Copenhagen, and Denmark as a whole, is facing when it comes to immigration. It also gave us a look at the many cultures that make up the country and how they are interacting to form the society as a whole. Wednesday we had a much needed break to rest up before we began the journey to Sweden…

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