Hi, all. In less than one week I’ll be on a plane to Denmark to start my year abroad. But before I head off to Copenhagen Business School, I’m going on an Erasmus Intensive Language Course in Odense for two weeks to learn some Danish and a bit about the culture.
I’m excited about the year ahead of me. After working my way through scrolls of to-do lists, a shopping list, and a packing list, it seems much more real now than when I was filling in forms several months ago. I am most looking forward to living in the cool, trendy and cosmopolitan city that is Copenhagen. It will be interesting to see how business and management-related modules are taught differently at CBS. And I can’t wait to ride a bicycle around the city.
The main challenge that I am faced with at the moment is finding accommodation in Copenhagen. Housing in the capital city is hard to come by and it is expensive. Despite their best efforts, CBS has so far been unable to find me private accommodation. I have been on the lookout for a room for a while now, but as of yet, I have had no luck. However, I remain hopeful and once I get a place, I’ll write about it.
Another challenge that presents itself to me is budgeting. Everyone that I have ever spoken to who has been to Copenhagen has said something along the lines of: ‘it’s a beautiful city, but it’s quite expensive.’ In future blogs, I will describe my own experience of this, how I am managing my personal finances, and how I am trying to save money as a student.
In my next blog post, I will write about my first impression of Denmark, my journey to Odense and I’ll share some photos that I will have taken.
Update on 26/07/2013:
It would appear that I have spoken too soon about my apparent personal housing crisis. I have received some excellent news from CBS – they have offered me some private housing. This has come as a big relief, now that I don’t have to worry about finding accommodation anymore. Plus, it’s only a 10 minute bike ride to campus – not bad!