CORE COURSE WEEK – SATURDAY: KOLDING – COPENHAGEN BOUND

  Saturday was the last day of our lovely trip. 😦 After having breakfast, we went to the Koldinghus, Jutland’s last royal castle, which now is a historic museum and exhibition space. The castle was founded in the 13th century and has expanded since. Throughout the years, it had numerous functions, such as fortress, royal…

CORE COURSE WEEK – FRIDAY: AARHUS & KOLDING

After having breakfast at our hostel on Friday morning, we went back on our bus. Friday’s first site was the Aarhus Crematorium Chapel designed by Henning Larsen. The chapel was designed in 1969 and it has 50 seats, so it is quite big in Danish standards. Our professors said that this is a very unique…

CORE COURSE WEEK – THURSDAY: JELLING & AARHUS

Wednesday was the “packing day”, so we had the day off. On Thursday morning, we met at the bus station and took off. Our first destination was the “Jelling Kirke”, a traditional Danish church. “Located in central Jutland, Jelling used to be a royal monument during the reigns of Gorm, and his son Harald Bluetooth…

CORE COURSE WEEK – MONDAY & TUESDAY: COPENHAGEN

DIS offers two mandatory study tours that each student has to attend; one short and one longer one. One week is reserved for each tour, so we don’t attend our regular classes during those weeks. They are called the “core course weeks” since we are fully focusing on our core courses throughout the entire trip….

CHART Art Fair

We all click “interested” or “attending” to all of those Facebook events that sound cool, but we never go… At least not to most of them. I got a reminder of CHART on the day I visited the Designmuseum Danmark (see last post)and decided to change this ‘bad habit’. CHART is a very popular contemporary…

Balmain, The Danish Chair and Japan: Designmuseum Danmark

Last weekend I discovered Designmuseum Danmark (Danish Museum of Art and Design); one of the most popular museums in Denmark. It is near the Amalienborg Palace (and many other tourist attractions) and it offers free admission to students. As it says on the museum’s official website, “Designmuseum Danmark is a working archive and the entrance…

Eating pastries for homework?

The first classes, first assignments, first field trips, first time getting lost, first Danish words, first friends, first postcards, first cooking disasters, first time getting caught by the rain in sandals, first time biking in the streets of Copenhagen, first time getting yelled at by fellow bikers, first everything… Our classes began last Thursday, but…

Orientation

This past week we had orientation from Monday till Thursday. First, we were welcomed with a wonderful opening ceremony at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Some of our faculty members gave some supportive, fun speeches (I have quite a dark sense of humor and so do Danes, I think we will be getting along…

HYGGE

One of the first Danish words I learned was “hygge”. Kasper, one of my SRAs (Social and Residential advisors –NOT RAS!!!!) described hygge as “enjoying the moment with the people around you, without worrying about the past or the future”. But, my other SRA Augusta disagreed with the people part and said that she can…

Velkommen til København

Our arrival day was Saturday, the 19th of August, but it took me a while to post this since I was so busy with the orientation activities (sorry). It is only my fourth day here and I already love Copenhagen. My trip from Turkey to Denmark went pretty smoothly and I ended up being on…

Goodbyes

This past week and the weekend before I said my goodbyes… It was a lot more difficult than I thought. I guess spending the whole summer back home after so many years allowed me to feel emotional towards a place again. I also got to reunite with all of my friends so obviously it was…

İSTANBUL

Turkey is a beautiful country, but İstanbul as a city has its own beauty. I had already made plans to visit İstanbul this summer, but then some changes happened and I thought that I wouldn’t have any time to. Then, my sweet family surprised me with a three-day trip, which ended up being wonderful. On…