I’m so glad that I live in a folkehojskole because everyone else is just as wide-eyed and excited as me about the culture and the experience of Denmark. I live in an international folkehojskole so there are students from all over the world here, and every night, I hear so many different stories and backgrounds… and I’m just so excited for my upcoming semester here.
We live about an hour’s commute away from Copenhagen in Helsingor (Elsinore) … and the best part? We’re walking distance away from Hamlet’s castle, Kronsborg! And on clear days, we can see Sweden!
There are a total of 70 international students in the hojskole and there are about 15 DIS students here now. Every night, we have a mandatory dinner at 6 PM and we eat family style. I’m not articulating the culture of a folkehojskole very well, but it feels like one big family from all over the place!
Just tonight, we had an evening fellowship, where everyone gathered, shared announcements, sang a “fellowship song” (tonight, it was Wonderwall), and formally introduced ourselves to the folkehojskole.
I’m getting along with the DIS students really well, along with the classmates that I’ve met over the past few days during orientation. I seem to be very attracted to Russian people because my closest friends are Russian. Take that, Aldar (sp?) from Moral Reasoning! I can say cute egg whenever I want now!
There were a few DIS students during orientation that irritated me because they were just the typical college kids who wanted to get drunk in Europe just because they can every. single. night.
Anyway, the food is AMAZING. I don’t know what people were talking about when they said Danish food is boring. I think it’s really fresh, organic, healthy, and very good. And just for the record, liver paste + cucumbers + tomatoes + rye bread = delicious.
And Copenhagen is beautiful! During orientation, we would have scavenger hunts that took us all over the city. It’s cobblestones, old buildings, castles, cathedrals all juxtaposed with amazing modern architecture and design. Bicycles are everywhere. Even though it’s a major city, I feel like it’s really peaceful and calm…
I know I sound like I’m all over the place. Classes start tomorrow! I just got my luggage today, so I’ll be uploading pictures during some downtime tomorrow (if I ever have any).