Every man’s life is a fairy tale written by God’s fingers.Hans Christian Andersen
So Long, Farewell…
The time has come to say farvel (which means goodbye in Danish) to my time abroad. I have returned safely to my home in New York earlier this week and began to settle into my normal routine once more. My life these past four months has truly felt like a fairy tale, as the opening quote by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen states. It is strange to be back to reality and writing this blog post from my bedroom and not a café in Copenhagen. I know that all of the incredible experiences I had abroad will become a part of my identity and shape my future choices and actions throughout the rest of my life. Even though this is the final blog post of Finola’s Adventures Abroad, I am certain that that more adventures await me- as long as I keep searching for them with an open mind and heart.
I would also like to mention that I had a fantastic time spending my final days abroad with my mother! She enjoyed seeing all of the places I frequented throughout the semester in Copenhagen and the day trip we took across the Øresund Bridge to Malmö, Sweden. Thank you for everything, Mom! I love you lots!
What I’ll Miss the Most
In short: the place, the people, the pulse of the city. But most of all, the constant thrill of what’s next. Every experience abroad was unique in its own way, and even biking to class or hanging out with friends was new and exciting compared to my usual routine back home. Exploring different cities on my vacation time has really opened my eyes to the differences between various cultures and countries- as well as commonalities across others.
At the bottom of the homepage to this blog, there is a “Finola-Approved Spots” section that contains a list of recommended restaurants, hangouts, etc. in Copenhagen that I have continuously updated. My all-time favorite location from Copenhagen is a tie between Reffen (an outdoor street food market) and Nyhavn Canal (iconic and beautiful central canal). I’ll miss all of the delicious food and scenic views each of these places offered! Be sure check out my final additions to the column “Denmark Photos” to the right as well!
The Biggest Takeaways
To quote my favorite movie duo- Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia 2– Donna Sheridan says “life is short, the world is wide, and I want to make some memories.” Study abroad has introduced me to just how wide the world truly is, and how small some of the problems and concerns I fixate on can be. I have learned to broaden my perspective and consider how fortunate I am to even be able to travel and study in another country at such a young age.
I have also learned a great deal about independence. Upon arriving in Copenhagen, I was expected to arrive at class on time via public transit, shop for my own groceries, maintain a clean living space, and organize any leisure travel I wished to embark on. My ability to navigate cities, build itineraries, and be safe while enjoying everything has contributed to my maturity and growth as an independent young woman.
I am beyond grateful to have had the opportunity to share my adventures with the DIS community and with my friends and family back home! Blogging has been an excellent way to keep my study abroad memories alive, and I plan on leaving this webpage active for whoever wishes to visit in the future! I know that my adventures don’t stop here, and I will always seek for more. For now, farvel and thank you all!