Moving Fast and Slow

Photo of Norreport Station. Taken by me.

I can’t believe I have been in Denmark for a whole month! I feel like the time is moving so fast! I had planned on doing so much traveling outside of Denmark by now but I haven’t yet left the country. Which is good for my bank account tbh. It can be overwhelming when you hear people are traveling to different cities in Europe almost every weekend. It’s easy to feel pressured to do the same. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with traveling to different countries while abroad but there is also nothing wrong with staying in Denmark during the weekends and finding something fun to do.

Ideally, I would have liked to travel to 5 or more other countries during my study abroad semester. But realistically, based on my budget if I can hit at least 3 countries I’ll be happy. I have already made plans to travel to Lisbon and Madrid for travel week so that will be fun. There will also be a long Easter break where I can hopefully hit 2 other countries. Malmo, Sweden is a bus ride away so I’ll go there some random weekend. I also want to do at least one solo trip. Ideally to the Farrow islands.

Anyway, my point is, I am relegating out of country travel to long breaks and a few weekends. It is good for my bank account, and it also allows me to live like a local. For some study abroad students, Denmark can act as a landing pad while they travel to other European destinations. There is nothing wrong with this option. However, I want to really take my time and explore Denmark. This weekend, it was warmer than usual for this time of the year. So my friend and I went to take photos in Copenhagen and enjoy the relative warmth. We had lunch at a place that I discovered and now love because of its hygge vibes. We later on sat and talked about life over an evening cocktail. I also visited my local library on Sunday and did some work. It might not be the ‘most exciting weekend’ but it was relaxing and somewhat productive.

As my time here moves fast, I want to really take in as much of Denmark as I can in the relatively short time I have here. This requires that I slow down to have a chai latte and chocolate cake at my local library on a Sunday afternoon and just be.


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