In the period leading up to the start of an educational program in another country or continent for that matter, there are a series of things that tend to run through one’s mind. Apart from practical stuff like paperwork, the weather, financial costs etc, a consideration sometimes overlooked is the fact that one is about to experience and become part of a totally new culture.
I have gone through the awkward and difficult phase of having to figure out how I was to address my professors. When it comes to Danish professors in general, they all accept being addressed by their first name, in and out of class! However, when it comes to professors from Germany or other European countries who work in Denmark, the rules can be a bit vague.
When it comes to packing for your time in Copenhagen, one must always consider the weather. If you had any preconceived notions about what the weather will be like, save yourself some time and throw them out the window. Right now.
When you move to Copenhagen, one of the first things you get to hear is that everything in Copenhagen is expensive. Those that say so are probably right, but then, there is no rule that is general. Expensive isn’t really a word that will resonate well with someone on a student budget, so the question then is; how do you circumvent this? Don’t despair yet! Living in Copenhagen doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. That is why you need to read this.
In Christianshavn, Sofiebadet is just the place to visit especially as it is both exotic and has a lot of history behind it. The existence of this sauna/spa dates back to 1909 when it first started out as a bath house serving residents of Christianshavn and beyond and it retains its original marbles and tiles from 1909, which are from Italy and Germany respectively, despite several renovations in both 2009 and 2011.
One of the hardest processes to navigate before experiencing the lovely city is finding somewhere to live. Finding a student accommodation is hard for any student let alone someone with a disability. You have to either know someone who is offering a room to rent, or stay on a waiting list for at least a year in order to get an elusive let. I did want to document my experience to offer a perspective on living with disabilities abroad.