snaps of travel
It is 4.18AM – yet already light outside – and the music is still playing in the courtyard outside the window of my kollegium (student housing). It is the fourth summer in a row that I am abroad: the first I was visiting native Russia, second: studying + conducting research in Santiago, Chile, third: interning in Barcelona, Spain, and currently studying in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) taking a course titled Design + Society.
Interestingly enough, it almost doesn’t feel as if I am abroad. My classmates are mostly all from American universities, and the majority of Danes that I have met and interacted with have near perfect English. Usually I would complain – in my previous study abroad experiences, I was learning and improving my Spanish, and talking to people in English only detracted from that aim. But here, where my course lasts three and a half weeks and the focus is on design rather than on learning language, it is a blessing. I have picked up some words though, although I find Danish quite hard to pronounce – it might have something to do with not saying the words as written. For instance, I live in Hvidovre: pronounced something like “voere”. Often when asking for directions, I say the name of a street – doing my best to be correct – and it is only when I actually point out the spelling that the Danes understand. They then exclaim with the “right way” and it sounds exactly like what I had said.
To return to the beginning, I’m not a night owl. During the semester, I am forced to – all those project classes! But what kept me awake tonight was initially making plans for the weekend – which evolved into plans for the next few weekends, then the summer, then the distant future. And the knowledge that I have no alarm clock set for the morning (no Saturday class!) and the discovery of an awesome artist (Glitch Mob, a mix of electronica and hip-hop beats) certain helped.
I won’t share all of those plans now, but one of them was to start my own personal blog about my travels, fashion, the arts, engineering, technology and innovation . . . from a design student’s perspective.
The sun is rising.