I have no idea what to write about, so I guess I’ll just write about things I had no idea about before coming to Copenhagen.
Gasping: A couple of my teachers and some other Danes I’ve talked to keep on gasping when I’m talking to them. For the longest time I thought I was saying something wrong and Danes were utterly shocked by what I was saying, but apparently gasping is just another way Danes say, “yeah” … but like under their breath to be more understated. It’s nice to know that I’m not constantly saying absurd things every time I open my mouth.
WC: For a while, I didn’t realize that (1) the doors with WC on them were the bathrooms and (2) most of the bathrooms here aren’t gendered. I’ve since learned that WC stands for “water closet.”
Water fountains are fake: Going off of the water closets, water fountains just don’t exist in Denmark. Just drink the faucet water. It’s fine.
The daylight is missing: When I first got here, the sun set at around 8PM but now she’s starting to go at like 6PM. I want her to come back. Be here.
“Just sound it out” does not work with Danish: Every time I try to sound out a Danish word, it’s pronounced completely different from how it looks. Every day on my commute, I look at the train stops and try to pronounce them before the automated voice announces the stops. I’ve definitely improved but still have a long way to go.
Red. Yellow. Green: Before the traffic lights here turn green, they turn yellow so the bikers can get ready to go. I don’t know why this isn’t a thing in the US but I would very much appreciate if the US could implement this if not for bikers, then just for pedestrians.
Let me sit: Danes are lowkey kind of aggressive when it comes to getting a seat on the train. There have been a couple times when someone has squeezed themselves into a tiny space between myself and the person next to me, leaving all three of us in a state of discomfort. But also I get it. I don’t want to stand on the train, especially after a long day.
You need to re-lax: Ok so my host brother keeps saying, “You need to re-lax,” but I think he’s trying to reference the iconic “You Need To Calm Down” by Taylor Swift. Anyways, I kind of knew that Danes were pretty chill and relaxed people, but I think part of this stems from a pretty great separation between work- and home-life. Super refreshing and definitely something I’m trying to replicate.
Updates from this week
This week was pretty busy with papers and tests all happening right before Study Tour this coming week. I still managed to head over to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which had a really cool exhibit on how wealth has shaped the perspectives of millennials. Definitely worth the visit if you ever get the chance.
I let myself get lost yet again and wander into an alley. This has actually become one of my favorite things to do.
Well, that’s all for this week. Nothing too exciting. Catch me on the DIS Instagram story on Tuesday for a story takeover!