Glad Efteråret! (Translation: Happy Autumn!)
A phrase I heard all week from my teachers and the Danes. Autumn, for me, has signaled the *literal* overnight change from sunny to gray skies, and from tennis shoes to rain boots. My umbrella has become a staple item in my backpack, and I’ve become a pro with braiding my hair in random places since I’m coming to see that braids will be best friend with the constant rain.
Since my placement has become official, I am excited to share that this semester I will be interning with Khora Virtual Reality a VR company located in the Meatpacking District in Copenhagen. This area is a vibrant new part of Copenhagen right off of central station in Vesterbro. For the duration of the semester, I’ll be interning alongside Margret, a current Strategic Com DIS student and former intern at MIL, who has become a new friend and confidant. Thanks, Caro and JM for help in facilitating a new friendship. The area is characterized by trendy bars and restaurants known for their fresh foods and welcoming atmosphere. My first day consisted of learning as much as I could so that I can work in the storefront as a part of their rebranding efforts (AKA I got to play video games and VR basketball with Lebron James at work).
This week I had two study tours on Wednesday and from 8 am – 5 pm, we were on our feet. We stayed in the city and braved the rain. I spent the first half of my day touring Tivoli –the amusement park I saw that pre-teen band at during my first week — where we toured learned about their branding efforts throughout their 3 seasons. The second half was spent touring the biggest tabloid newspaper in Copenhagen: Ekstra Bladet.
This weekend may have been the craziest 48 hours of my life. Sarah, Katie, a girl in my core-course class, and I decided to go to Berlin to attend the music festival Lollapalooza. With Mumford and Sons and Galantis headlining and performances by George Ezra and Yellow Claw, there was no way we could be so close and not go. Saturday started at 2:50 am as we trekked to the airport for a 6:45 flight ..which got delayed…classic. We arrived at the airport hotel around 11 am where we changed and headed to the festival. I do not consider myself a “music festival person”, but Lollapalooza Berlin has been the best day abroad so far. Everything in Europe is just SO efficient and this was no exception. We spent from 2 – 11 literally dancing in the rain, singing our lungs out, and eating surprisingly great festival food!
To recap this is how the past 24hrs have gone: We collectively got 7hrs of sleep, We spent 9hrs on public transportation, Yellow Claw played and I cried, We took an overpriced taxi at 1:30 am from the train station, We got yelled at by many German people (tbh they aren’t that nice), Sarah had the best-grilled cheese from a place called Cheesus, we managed not to lose each other, and Sarah’s bike got stolen from the train station – they sawed through her lock, and graciously left the kickstand for us.
As per any trip, there were some mishaps but we somehow made our 9 am flight home and have spent today relaxing day in Køge.
Next week is core course week stay tuned!!