This past spring break I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, with the Tabor’s Rysensteen Gymnasium Exchange. I first became excited about this trip when Mr. DaSilva spoke about the school exchange in an all-school meeting last spring. After he finished his presentation, I immediately texted my mom and asked if I could go on the trip. I loved the idea of this trip because I had recently read that Denmark was the happiest country in the world, so of course I wanted to become immersed in this happy culture.
When it finally came time to get on the plane to travel all the way to Denmark, I was filled with a mix of nervousness and excitement. As soon as we arrived, however, all of my nervousness faded away. All of the students were super friendly and just as excited to see us. Being in Denmark was one of the most surreal experiences. Copenhagen is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Bikes were the main mode of transportation. Bread was a staple in their diet. And, overall, everyone was super friendly. We spent our days attending classes, traveling around the city, and just hanging out with our host students.
My favorite part was the immediate sense of community I felt throughout the entirety of the trip. I was able to make friends with the Danish students and become even closer with the other Tabor students. This trip provided the perfect balance of experiencing Copenhagen from the perspective of a tourist by visiting the Little Mermaid Statue, going to the Queen’s castle, and shopping in the city center, while also experiencing true cultural immersion through eating meals at home with my host family and going to cafes and thrift stores my new Danish friends visit regularly.
This was my first trip with Tabor, and it certainly went above and beyond my expectations. I just wish I could have stayed longer!
Click here to see a photo slideshow of the Copenhagen trip.