Tyler Perdue, Denmark, University of Copenhagen (Biology)

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  1. What were you totally freaked out about before going that turned out to be no big deal?
    Once I got there, I started to freak out because I didn’t know anyone on the whole continent of Europe. At the time, this seemed very daunting, but everyone was super nice and it was easy to make friends.

 

  1. What do you wish you had done to better prepare before going abroad?

I wish I had researched the names of the grocery stores in Denmark. I wandered around looking for a grocery store for a long time found out a couple days later that there was one only a block away.

  1. What’s something you did for the first time while abroad that you’ll continue to do now that you’re home?

Copenhagen has the most cyclists of any city in the world, and you can bike anywhere. The city is designed for cyclists with separate lanes and stoplights. I bought a bike as soon as I got there and rode it everyday. It was a great experience biking through the city with all the locals, and I want to ride my bike more now that I’m home.

  1. What’s the most annoying thing about everyday life in your host country?

All of the stores were open for really limited hours. For example, the grocery stores closed at 8pm everyday and were not even open on Sundays. The one store that save me was Dogn Netto, which stayed open longer than the rest.

  1. What local food and drink do you miss most now that you’re back?

Copenhagen has amazing Middle Eastern food.  It seemed like every other store was either a kebab restaurant or a bike shop. Nothing is better than a massive kebab on the way back home late at night. I also miss the Danish drink, Fisk.

  1. What food and drink from home did you miss most while abroad?

I really missed all of the Mexican food that we have here in California.  I only saw one Mexican restaurant the whole time I was there, and it was crazy expensive.

  1. What standard local fashion styles would elicit strange looks in California?

Everyone in Copenhagen is really fashionable and well-dressed.  There are a lot of “Copen-hipsters,” but they wouldn’t really look out of place in California.

  1. What’s something you witnessed while abroad that would never happen in California?

I can never imagine anything happening in California that would come close to Octoberfest in Munich. Thousands of people in lederhosen and dirndls were packed into massive beer tents.  There were live bands in every tent, huge carnival rides, and really great German food. It really was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  1. What’s the coolest place you visited while abroad?

Probably the coolest place I visited was Zermatt, Switzerland, a small ski town on the Italian border.  Zermatt is home to the real Matterhorn and two ski resorts. I would recommend staying at the student hostel.

  1. Where do you want to go next?

I’d love to travel to South America or Australia to meet up with some friends that I made while abroad.


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