Days nine-thirteen: diving into CPH life

What the heck? How has it already been two weeks? I’m SHOOK.

DSC_0415.jpgQuick Hits:

  • Today I realized I forgot the bachelor existed for the past month and I’m not mad about it
  • I have friends that are youths at DONG!!
  • Made a trip to the laundromat and it was superbly charming
  • Offshore wind energy is truly uncharted territory and being involved with it right now is SO COOL
  • Gwen is coming to visit tomorrow morning (so stooooked)
  • I decorated my desk
  • Congratulations in Danish is “Tillykke med fødselsdagen”


DSC_0380.jpgThis week I have been beginning to get into a work flow. Because the company is under a very large restructuring process, everyone takes vacations in July, and I have a very diverse range of interests, my designated task here has definitely been up in the air. Fortunately, this is a great opportunity to meet a lot of people and work on a wide variety of things.


My assignments can vary by day, and in between tasks I have begun a synopsis of the development of offshore wind energy here at DONG Energy, how GIS is used to streamline this progress, and all the methods in which GIS could be utilized to crunch big data as the field grows worldwide. I don’t know if I will ever be in a situation again where I have access to information to this degree, so I want to take full advantage while I can. This also gives me an excuse to interview some really cool people with great ideas.

DSC_0605.jpgI found a facebook group by chance this week of DONG Energy students. This was a game changer. I like all the kids I’ve met thus far and a lot of them are living really close to my new apartment! My stoke level is increasing by the day.

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 6.58.27 PM.jpgAfter work on Monday I suited up and walked to Islands Brygee which is a swimming pool inside of the harbor. The water was cold, I got a headache after about 15 minutes. I really wanted to put my Norwegian blood to the test and I think I did okay. Everyone else was in a wetsuit so I felt super cool (proud kook moment). The HARBOR WATER was amazing. I cant even believe I am saying it but its true. It felt so good to swim and when the water is just a couple degrees warmer I am so excited to get back to swimming every day.

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By the way heres a free little pro kook tip. Don’t waste your money on a go pro mouthpiece mount. Buy the floatie foam thing and once you have attached it, chomp down on it as if it were a mouth piece. You will look horrible but also who cares? As long as you’re the kid with the gopro you really gotta commit to it- embrace the lifestyle.

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aggressive shaka in the Baltic Sea

Tuesday I had no underwear left so I couldn’t put off laundry any longer. The closest laundromat to me thankfully happens to be the Laundromat Cafe, which is the cutest place ever. I mean come on, look at that VINTAGE DANISH MAP WALLPAPER are you kidding me??? The place was popping and the food looked great. The machines had soap preloaded in them and they were pretty decent relative to the cost of literally anything else in this city.



I may not have a lot to write about this week, but it feels like a new beginning. I am not a professional, but I am getting a lot closer to becoming one, and that’s really exciting. Its great to have friends at work now that are also still in school, still a little confused, but doing a great job at whatever it is that they’re doing. To be here, this summer, at this company, working in a field that I believe in wholeheartedly, helping with projects that perfectly combined many of my academic interests, is out of this world. I can not understand how I of all people landed an opportunity like this, but I intend to just be thankful, take advantage of this incredible opportunity, and enjoy every second.DSC_0459.jpg


The food I get to eat here is very healthy (yay!) tons of carrots, cabbage, salads with no dressing, fresh ingredients and clean lean protein, and its all delicious. The only issue I seem to be having is staying full. I am actually having a hard time getting enough carbs. After dinner I eat rice cakes to try to become full.

Another thing I have noticed here in Denmark is that the plates are actually smaller (The coffee cups too…)

Thursday they have desert at lunch- today it was carrot cake. They serve it like a sheet cake and the servings are maybe the size of half an iPhone 6 (hope thats a nice unnecessary reference frame for ya) Everyone grabs a piece and brings it back to their desk. The “when will I have accomplished enough to feel worthy of this cake” suspense is KILLER. Some people go for it the second they sit down, some wait for their 3pm coffee break. I haven’t decided my strategy yet. This is a fluid situation and I will update you on my decision after my next Thursday cake. It cant go without mentioning that carrot cake is one of my favorite things in the world. It was a very good day.

Hope everyone is having a great week! I am so amped for two weeks of adventuring with Gwen and Grant. There are surely lots of awesome stories and pictures to come.

I will have a permanent address starting on the 6th of July if anyone wants to send me mail, but I’d prefer not to post it, so send me a message if you’d like it!

Glad Torsdag!

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