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CopenhagenJune 11, 2011

Wonderful Copenhagen Poster by Viggo Vagnby – Barewalls.com

I am off to Denmark tomorrow! For three glorious weeks I will be studying sustainable technology and culture through DIS in the happiest place on earth. When I first heard of this opportunity through my professor, I immediately came home and said to my husband, “There is a study abroad trip for my program. It’s in Denmark. It’s only three weeks.” His response: “You have to go.”

If I didn’t know how much I loved him before, I knew it then. This trip was meant to be for me – I’ve always wanted to visit Scandinavia (my favorite design landmark) and I’d missed my chance to study abroad as an undergrad. However, it also means leaving my baby for almost a month! I’ll miss her so much and as hard as it is to do, I considered the fact that she is young enough not to remember I abandoned her and that also I didn’t want to regret missing this perfect opportunity. Now that I’m finally going, I’m sad to leave, but know that I’ll be back before I know it and she’ll be starting kindergarten soonafter. Sigh.

I’m pretty excited, though. And it’s not like I’m taking a vacation – I’ll be in class and doing homework, too. This course is hard core. It explores climate change, as well as environmental and social aspects of sustainable design through policy and practice. We’ll visit local companies to interview their perspective and experience on such issues, and gain understanding on a culture wholly different than our own here in the US. The final week will be spent touring Norway, specifically Oslo, Bergen, and Voss. While my studies are priority (of course), it won’t hurt to explore the culture… it is all part of the experience, right? So I’ve been researching places to go and see in my free time. I’ll have to post around-up when I get back (or during, if you’re lucky), but here is a few excellent posts that are shaping my plans:

It’s a little surreal to think about, considering I’ve never traveled longer than one week anywhere nor traveled alone. I’m looking forward to a trip of a lifetime!

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