I can't believe my four months in Copenhagen are over. Between traveling a ton the last few weeks and finishing finals and projects, the end of the semester flew by.
I'm sad to say bye to the beautiful neighborhoods and buildings, my favorite bakeries (Meyers and Saint Peters) and my new Danish and American friends, but I'm excited to get back home for the holidays. Maddy and Jill saw me off my last morning in Copenhagen. They brought me a hot chocolate and a last cinnamon Danish and helped me grab a cab.
Copenhagen taught me a lot about different cultures and the European lifestyle. I compared Copenhagen to the US a ton and noticed differences - from huge, fundamental things- like Denmark being a social welfare state to small things- such as not tipping at a restaurant. I learned a lot about the Danish lifestyle and want to bring some of the ideas back with me to the US (Maybe not biking or the tax on peanut butter, but the concept of hygge and the colorless wardrobe.) I've noticed Danes have a lot healthier work/ life balance. They work shorter hours and their family and close group of friends are very important to them. It also seems like women have a lot more equality than in the US. Fathers and mothers seem to be equally responsible for their children.
I'll miss how safe Copenhagen is, and the hilarity that was seeing baby strollers on the street unwatched. I'll miss the adorable narrow streets and coffee shops (albeit overpriced) atmospheres. I'll both miss and not miss how everything in Copenhagen is simpler and slower than New York. From the pace that people walk down the street to the service at restaurants, Europe in general moves slow. I'll miss the super stylish Danish design everywhere, in the furniture, the restaurants, bars, stores and museums. Overall I'll miss exploring and talking to new people, but hopefully I can come back to Europe soon and in the meantime explore new parts of the US.