Back in the Cope

5 Oct

Although there is much I have to share about my Århusian adventures as of late, I’m going to jump back in time and give you a recap of my late-August arrival in Denmark:

Returning to Copenhagen was a home-coming of sorts. The week I spent there was jam-packed: visits with old friends, a Fulbright orientation with news friends, and a lightning-quick tour of the city with one of my best friends.

First about the old friends. I got to spend a convivial evening with my Danish host parents – Lydia and Jesper – complete with a delectable, quintessentially Danish, home-cooked meal. With the help of candlelight and some superb Italian red wine, our conversation stretched late into the night. I look forward to seeing them again in December (and hopefully sooner as well), since they were so gracious as to invite me to join them for Christmas! I was also lucky enough to join Marie Louise (my Danish host mom’s niece), her husband Bo, and their baby boy, Nord Valdemar, for a fiske frikadellar dinner. This was my first time meeting both Bo and Nord Valdemar (who is probably the only Nord Valdemar in all of Denmark, Marie Louise proudly told me). Before I left, Marie Louise made sure to outfit me with enough school supplies to open my own store. Finally, I paid Jette, who is my Danish host dad’s goddaughter, and her husband Adrian, a visit. They are also new to the parenting world, with two twin girls named Selma and Livia, who I am convinced, along with Nord Valdemar, are the three most adorable babies in the entire Kingdom of Denmark. Not to be outdone by my earlier hosts, Jette and Adrian also provided me with dinner, and sent me off with a bike for me to use for the duration of my stay! As Jette said to me, you’re in Denmark – do as the Danes!

Now on to the new friends. The Danish-American Fulbright Commission planned an eventful two-day orientation for us, filled with fun activities, informative lectures, and chances to complete important practical tasks. There are 10 American Fulbrighters in Denmark this year – five professors and five students. Each of our fields of study, research topics, and locations around the country are diverse and wide-ranging (one of my fellow students will be in Greenland, which, as I’m sure you all knew, is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark). It was also a real pleasure to finally meet the staff and board members of the Commission – several of whom I’d be in touch with for months leading up to our arrival.

Finally, I was lucky enough to be joined in Copenhagen by one of my best friends and honorary twin, Hiba! She had just finished visiting family in Lebanon, and figured, why not visit Copenhagen on her way back to the states? We managed to get her a ticket on the Fulbright-organized boat tour of the harbor, and she accompanied me to my host family’s house for that wonderful dinner I mentioned above. The day after my orientation ended, we had a fun and fast-paced time seeing some of the highlights of the Cope – we toured the royal Danish palace, watched the changing of the guard, saw the royal crown jewels, and grabbed lunch at my favorite cafe in the city – and we were joined for all this by Elizabeth Francis, the sister of my Villanova classmate Anne-Marie Francis, and her friend Kelsey, who just happen to be studying abroad in Copenhagen this semester through DIS. After wrapping up this wild week, I trekked out to Århus, but not before taking a few pictures, which I’ve included below:

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One Response to “Back in the Cope”

  1. Geraldine DiDonato October 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

    So glad to here from you. Your life is amazing. I was in St Mary’s for a year, but now I’m back in Café Nova. ________________________________________

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