1st Week in Copenhagen
God dag everyone! So one week has already passed in Copenhagen....where oh where does the time go???? So I am finally getting into my groove: I am falling asleep before 2 am and this morning was the first morning I did not wake up with the sun at around 3:30am. Oh Yes...I did say 3:30am. I think I may be able to make it through without having to buy an eye mask to sleep with, but the verdict is still out on that one.
Had our first real day of classes yesterday, this consisted of lectures from 8:30am-4:30pm. The information was really interesting, unfortunately the seats/desks were UNCOMFORTABLE. For all you HDA peeps, think of sitting in those little desks in room 3113 all day long............ needless to say my glutius maximus was none to happy last night.
Still on the look out for a coffee press. Fortunatley my time in Scotland last year prepared my tastebuds for the onslaught of Nestcafe instant coffee, although the cappucino in a packet is not that horrible and it does give you the foam of a real one, so the illusion is there and helps tricking you into a fasle sense of coffee security. I have however found (well it was shown to me on the 1st day of orientaton) a small little Italian restaurant run by Danish-Pakastanis that has awesome coffee, individually ground and brewed via an esspresso machine...yummy! There are a couple of chain type coffee shops along my walk to school that I have not tried yet, but they look pretty good. Couple of quick side notes about the yummy coffe place.... on the walk to the restaurant there is a small restaurant/cafe called "Eat Me", those of you who know me or whose brain and sense of humor resides in the gutter of a teenager with mine, know I am still giggling over that one. The other side note is the lunch special at the Yummy coffee place...... The Honky Special.....need I say more...:)
So far I am really enjoying my time here and find the danes to be wonderful people who aren't offended by my Americanism.... such as I really only speak english. Although after today at the grocery store, I find that I am one of those refreshing Americans, not the stereotypical one, like the gaggle of cruise boat tourist I had to help in the store when they tried to use a credit card to buy stuff and didn't understand the whole pin number thing here. Europe uses a chip and pin card system and some places will not take American cards, their system doesn't work with our magnetic strip swipe cards. Sometimes with a credit card you can get it to work if you have your pin number. Well the woman was being the typical loud American, you know talking to someone who speaks a foreign language like the issue is they are deaf. I had to explain the whole chip and pin thing and told them it is easier for small items, grocery stores, gas stations, out of the way stores to use cash, plus it is cheaper that way for both yourself and the vendor. Then she freaks out because she thinks the girl shortchanged her instead of looking at the money to figure out that they have coins for larger kroners than we have for US money. All of this they would have known if they had bothered to either read a very basic Copenhagen/Denmark tourist book or probably the cruise director passed this information along. Oh well, enough of my diatribe on the pitfalls of Americans in foreign countries.
Today we went on a field trip to a couple of furniture shops and showrooms.....can I say awesome!!!! The first place was a smaller shop, PP Mobler, producing Wegner, Jergen Hoj, Soren Ulrik Petersen, and it is one where they still do most of the work by hand...true craftsmen/women and on site. The second place was a larger company, Fritz Hansen, more commercial, incredible furniture. They produce Arne Jacobsen, Wegner, Kjaerholm, etc. pretty cool to be able to actually see the production involved in creating these beautiful and/or iconic pieces of furniture.
I have plenty of photos that need to be posted from the Canal cruise and the furniture shop field trip and these will be posted soon. So that is all for now, time for me to get back to the the furniture grindstone.
Peace off and god aften!!:):)