All posts tagged: danish culture

Christmas Season in Copenhagen

Our trip in/around Copenhagen continues! This is my fourth time in Copenhagen and with each visit, my fondness of the city grows. The Danish town I’m living in, Kolding, is about 2.5/3 hours west of Copenhagen, on a different island (Jutland). Copenhagen for a capital is quite small, but when I first arrived I felt a bit disoriented. But with a growing appreciation for the Danes way of life coupled with a deeper understanding of their culture, and an increased familiarization of the cobblestone roads and charming architecture of the city, I felt myself liking the place more and more. Nyhavn Of course, what’s a trip to Copenhagen without seeing the brightly painted buildings along the canal of Nyhavn. It was forecasted to rain for the whole duration of our trip. We were slightly disappointed when we realized this, but being from Vancouver you also learn to take the weather report with a grain (or handful) of salt. If trust issues were to be bred from somewhere, it’s definitely the weather person who is to blame. The …

Århus, Kolding & Copenhagen

I return again from my heap of school work to share all the little and big exciting stories that happened this past month. Advent Sunday celebration November 27th marked the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. Our German friends hosted a late afternoon gathering to celebrate the first Advent Sunday. Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas. The gathering couldn’t have come at a better time. Admist the stress of school and project work, it so nice to just be together. And not be together to discuss work, but to enjoy baked goods, enjoy lots of Glühwein (hot or mulled wine). This hot spiced wine is a staple at the Christmas festivities in Europe in the month of December. It’s so interesting to hear about the different Christmas and holiday celebrations! Everything from what is eaten, what is drunk, what is gifted/received, how they invite/host, even what movies or songs that they have to listen to. Århus What a wonderful city. I had an opportunity to take a mini-getaway from Kolding and travel north to …

Wadden Sea World Heritage

It doesn’t matter what age I am, participating in field trips are so exciting! This was the second field trip organized for the master’s students. Like the start of many field trips, we packed lunch the night before, woke up early in the morning, and sleepily (but excitedly) hopped on the bus from Kolding to the Wadden Sea National Park. In 2014 the Wadden Sea was added to the World Heritage List. Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. History and Importance The Wadden Sea is internationally known as a resting place for millions of migratory birds, and more than 10 million of them pass through the Wadden Sea twice a year. It’s interesting because there is a Dutch, German and Danish part of the national park. The Wadden Sea is uniquely recognized for being the largest unbroken system of intertidal sand and mud flats in the world. Before coming, …

Leg Godt

On a cool Friday evening, I met with three other master students to prepare for our first race. Among some of the students in our program we formed our own running club – running almost every other day throughout the city, around the lake, and through the forest. It has been such a fun way of exploring the city. Runs were followed by short yoga and stretching sessions. We signed up for our first race (Kolding Night Trail) about 2 weeks ago and all of a sudden it was time to run. Because it was a night race, starting at 21:30, we were expecting a dimly lit run and mostly flat trail (we weren’t told the route in advance, it was a surprise). What we got (in reality) was complete darkness, a wild trail of ups/downs, almost getting lost, almost losing a shoe, yelling “CAREFUL” throughout the race. The only light we had was a headlamp that we were advised to bring. At points, I was on my hands trying to crawl up the steep hills. …