i stepped off the plane last weekend, right into the welcoming arms of 1) my wonderful new danish visiting family and 2) a grey, damp, overhanging mist whose icy fingers tickled the bone marrow of my sunshine-worshipping skeleton.
[little did i know that mister icy mist would would be looking over my shoulder…every…day. anders, who led us to our kollegium in Norrebro on the first night, cheerily informed us that he had not seen real sunlight for about six weeks.]
except for tuesday! on tuesday afternoon, the sun came out. and then, so did the rest of the city =) as part of the DIS orientation, we embarked upon a summer camp-esque scavenger hunt, and it turned out to be one of the best parts of my first week. armed with our metro passes and cryptically colorful maps, my ‘survival danish’ classmates and i trotted from the fountain at Amagertorv [Amager market], to Trinity Church [with the round tower], to Magasin [the city’s biggest department store], to Rosenborg [summer palace+gardens of king christian IV], to Amalienborg [royal palace], to Christiansborg Square [danish parliament].
i guess i had tried to mentally prepare for denmark’s weather, but i severely underestimated exactly how malleable my mood can be by the presence of sunlight.
even the tiniest little swathes of sunlight make me extremely giddy. and at such a northern latitude, the shadows are so long that they’re almost….dreeeeamy.
i’m really excited to trot all over and soak in more sunlight patches once daylight explodes from eight to sixteen hours as this semester unfurls =)
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