Denmark, Day Zero: The Disclaimer

What follows is a series of posts describing an abroad trip that I recently took to Denmark with the KIIS Institute For International Studies.

I had wanted to do this blog while I was actually in Denmark, but it rapidly became clear that there would be nowhere near enough time for that. I’ve endeavored to do it as quickly as possible after getting back, while the trip was still fresh in my memory, but a few things came up in the interim. An emergency appendectomy (not mine), for one thing. Luckily, I keep a journal, and relentlessly photographed almost everything I saw, so I had plenty of reference to fall back on. I can’t provide a moment-by-moment account for every detail of the trip, but I think what I have is sufficient to tell the tale.

More than sufficient, maybe. Some of these entries get a bit long. Pack a lunch.

One thing I particularly want to point out is the inclusion of certain people in my descriptions, or rather a lack thereof. Shockingly, I did not travel to Denmark and spend a month there alone; I was in the company of eleven other students, three professors, and the accompanying family of one of said professors. Now, obviously it was impossible to describe all the events of the trip in any manner that made sense without referring to the other people around me, but at the same time I felt cautious about doing so. Talking about other people on the internet can be a dangerous thing, after all, and while I had no intentions of any slander, I didn’t know if people might be upset to be referred to specifically. So I have not called anyone by name and avoided singling anyone out except where strictly necessary. (Except in the case of the three professors. Given that their names are all publicly available on the KIIS website page for this course, it didn’t exactly seem like it could hurt much to refer to them.) On the other hand, this has resulted in some remarkably self-centered anecdotes. I would just like to say here and now, then, that if it sounds like I’m going on as if I were the only important person on this trip, that was never my intention.

I’ve also tried not to include any photographs with any significant portion of my groupmates in them, for the same reason. In general I tried not to take any pictures with other people in them, but that wasn’t always an option.

Finally, on the strange off-chance that anyone Danish (or simply anyone more familiar with Denmark than I am) ever reads this, I feel a lot of it will probably seem obvious or laughable, and it’s entirely possible I’ve made some incredible mistakes. I acknowledge a good deal of naivete, particularly (or relevantly) in regards to international travel, Danish culture, public transportation, hostel etiquette, Europe, and plane voyages. If you do find such things, feel free to laugh. I’d appreciate it if you’d point those mistakes out to me so I can correct them, but laugh about it first. I found plenty of things about Denmark inexplicable or amusing, and turnabout seems only fair.