Today is extremely dark and dreary and our picnic in the park and adventures in the Botanical Gardens got rained out, sadly. Therefore, my afternoon has been spent filling out my new planner (all in Danish - I will now easily learn the days of the week and the months!), catching up on sleep, and doing reading about transmission of schistosomiasis among rice paddy farmers.
Danny and Justin have been formulating a complicated algorithm that will supposedly get us all to wherever we want to go over our two week travel break (coming on October 31st through November 15th). We were each supposed to email them our top five destinations, then through a complicated pairing system, every three days there will be two city choices to travel to, so that no one ever has to be in any city alone. Or something like that. It's a little confusing so I am just going to trust them. However, as per the usual, I am faced with no travel buddies since I of course want to go to the random places to see all the obscure art (I always have this problem, mostly with taking classes - back at Tufts I am never in classes with friends because of my random interests). So, hopefully they know what they're doing and everything will work out for the best.
Places on the list:
- Switzerland (Geneva and hopefully Lausanne)
- Belgium (Brussels and Bruges, then possibly Antwerp and Ghent when the fam comes out to visit)
- Austria (Vienna)
- Spain (Madrid and Barcelona)
- Italy (Venice and Milan)
- Greece (Athens)
- Germany (Berlin and Munich)
- Turkey (Istanbul)
Obviously this is idealistic - I am a poor struggling college student and there are only so many weekends where I won't have to be writing papers and studying for tests. If all goes according to plan I will be hitting up some combination of five of those cities over the travel break, then maybe one or two more over Thanksgiving and perhaps taking a weekend here or there.
Nothing interesting happened today so I am just fantasizing about the future...I am also going to both Finland and Estonia on an extended study tour while taking a weekend trip to Hamburg for a petite field study. Word on the street is that our RAs for Tåsingegade are planning some sort of "duty free cruise" (think that episode of the Office where Michael takes everyone on a Motivational Cruise...) to Oslo. So, I mean, that might be pretty cool.
Strange Danish fashion observation: everyone for the most part dresses very svelte (even the men), but I have noticed one trend that is slightly odd. Remember Hammer pants? Here's a refresher: crotch that hangs down below the knees, super baggy then tight around the ankles? Apparently those are big again here (in many ways) for reasons I have yet to understand. I saw at least four women wearing them today, even young girls. It is hard for me to imagine a less flattering style...
Also, Danish hot cocoa is far superior to American. Much darker and richer (and yes, it is cold enough to be drinking hot cocoa).