So there's something called "Culture Night" (Kulturnatten in Danish) once a year, all around Copenhagen. Every year, Culture Night gives people the opportunity to explore their city and what it has to offer, from art galleries to special events at Tivoli Amusement Park.
My Danish class offered a special dinner that introduced us to the concept of Kulturnatten, which also included a Smørrebrød dinner (open sandwiches! they're a speciality in Scandinavia). After that, I met up with a group of friends for a free tour of the Carlsberg Brewery (which usually has an entrance fee, but yay!). The Carlsberg Brewery is famous in Denmark. Of course, Carlsberg is the most famous Danish beer known around the world, and it was very interesting to learn the history of the place. Did you know that Carlsberg also was the one who funded and wanted the "Little Mermaid" statue created? It was a gift for his wife. There was also a gallery where you could see all of the different bottle designs Carlsberg created for all of their beers and ales. It was literally a room full of bottles, collecting dust... yet they were beautiful and artsy!
Afterwards, we went towards city centre and stopped by our school's event area: DIS wanted to bring American culture to Copenhagen so... the events were all based on Halloween! Halloween isn't a big thing here in Denmark, so things that seem so common to us, such as dressing up, carving pumpkins and candy, are seen as something very interesting! We carved our pumpkins and went through the haunted house, which was being run by student volunteers. It was really funny to see the Danes going through the house, screaming and laughing at the dressed up students. A bunch of my friends volunteered, so it was even funnier to see them being all scary and spooky (i'm so used to seeing them in class!).
Our final stop for Kulturnatten was a transgender fashion show. It was my first time going to a transgender fashion show and I have to say - these girls have spice! The show was split into 4 parts based on the outfits the models were wearing - daytime, business, evening and high fashion. The models were all so great and it was such an exhilarating atmosphere. Everyone there was yelling and clapping; I couldn't help but smile throughout the entire event because I was having so much fun! Copenhagen is such an open-minded city - The second week I was here, they had their Gay Pride parade and it was absolutely amazing - it's a great inspiration for other cities in that it accepts everybody so openly.
For the past week that I've been in Copenhagen, I've been doing a lot of thinking (probably because our wifi was shut down due to the hurricane...) and really have to say that I absolutely am in love with Europe. Europe had always been an unreachable dream for me; There was never a reason for me to visit. That's why I knew that Copenhagen and DIS was a great opportunity. The three travel breaks that we have are such blessings and unforgettable experiences, I can't believe that i'm already half way through the semester... I know that all of my experiences here will be ones that I will cherish forever, and I know that I will come back whenever I can - to Copenhagen and Europe in general.
Until Next Time!