Monday, March 28th, 2011

Sweden and Estonia? Wait, I thought I was studying in Denmark!

Actually, one of the coolest things about being a DIS student is that you spend a week studying in other countries and the coolest part about these trips is that a) there are no classes (but there is a paper due … guess there has to be some academic work, b) you see some awesome sights that you would never see otherwise as part of your core curriculum such as hospitals and an actual surgery and clinics in unpublished locations to protect their patients (this was the Doctors of the World in Sweden for undocumented workers) and, c) you get […]

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Monday, March 14th, 2011

A healthy dose of sunshine

Here’s an update of the brief interlude between my posts; this is the “part two” that I mentioned in the last post. I’ve finally experienced a Danish birthday, which was actually as much different as it was the same as birthdays I’m used to. For one thing, the birthday boy (in this case, my host dad, Morten) gets the Danish flag miniature placed at his table setting, and I’m not even going to try to explain the birthday song, but I will say that a) I’m happy they only sang one verse, and b) no, it does not have the […]

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Friday, February 25th, 2011

Adventures to Jutland, sensory-motor labs and Viking burial grounds. Oh my!

I got my laptop back! (And believe me this is the excessively toned down version of my happiness at reclaiming my bit of technology. After picking it up from the tech desk there was more than a little bit of laughter, happy dances, and skipping.) I’ll divide this post in two parts: The first being my study tour to århus and Aarlborg, and the second being everything else that happened while my computer monitor was MIA. One of the coolest things about the DIS program is that they still believe in field trips after elementary school. Now, granted, they call […]

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Monday, February 14th, 2011

Chicken Pox and a Broken Monitor

Before you get the wrong idea, it’s not me who has the chicken pox, it’s Klara, and when Lise told me that she’d be staying home all week being a dalmatian and counting her spots (more my words than her words…), I may or may not have called my mom that night in a bit of a panic (after checking myself for spots for the third time) to ask her if I’d ever had the chicken pox. Bad news: “No, honey, you’ve never had chicken pox” Commence crisis mode. Good news: “But you did get the vaccine, remember?” Crisis averted. I […]

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Monday, January 31st, 2011

I found Waldo … He’s in Copenhagen

…and there are three of him! In all actuality though, it was part of a benefit concert that lasted a couple of days coupled with music and other promotions to raise funds for Africa. It was right near my classes so it was really cool to walk through the square to and from classes and hear the music and enjoy the soup they had on a chilly day. I’ve started to learn some basic phrases in Danish like my name is Mollie (jag hedder Mollie) but I’m finding that my most useful resource is my sister, Klara. Morten says to […]

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Monday, January 24th, 2011

Directionally challenged – Part 1

For those of you who know me, you’ll agree when I say for those of you who don’t, that when it comes to navigation I am more than just a little challenged. So, when I find myself  in a new country with new transportation systems and a whole new language to boot, you can find yourselves with an ever-increasing supply of stories of how I’ve found myself lost (hence why this is only part 1).  In my first week here, I’ve learned a couple of navigation-related lessons – like #3. I carry my map of Copenhagen around religiously, and it […]

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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

jeg taler ikke danisk

I speak not Danish. These are the 3 additional letters in the Danish alphabet. I’ve been told the sounds they make (for the most part) the ae sounds like the vowel sound in steak, the o with a dash sounds like the u in cute, and I’m still unsure of how the a with the circle sounds. All I can say is thank goodness my Danish class starts Thursday!

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Post-it note lessons and defying the laws of physics

Good morning! I’m still stateside, but figured I’d post on how the last bits of packing and getting everything together was coming along. BUT … before I get into how I’m attempting to defy the laws of physics (hence the title) by fitting everything for the next four months into one and a half duffel bags (one large, one small). I thought I’d take a detour and explain just why exactly there is a rather unusual picture of Yoda and a phrase of his on a post it note on this page.  If you’ve had the chance to check out […]

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Monday, January 3rd, 2011

New year, new beginnings

Well, first off, Happy 2011! With every new year, I attempt to compile a list about a mile long of what happened over the year. Attempt being the key word. It’s one of those things to sort of air out the past year’s goods and bads and make way for the commotion of the new year. This year though, it’s become an odd mixture of the custom firsts and now unexpected lasts. I officially only have two weeks left in the states before I set out to Copenhagen and start my adventures, and  my friends and family are starting to […]

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