Just Jennie – A Copenhagen Blog

Wondering what it’s like to move from Vacaville to Denmark? Look no further than Just Jennie, a travel blog chronicling the adventures of a UCSC Sociology major on her exciting adventure abroad in Copenhagen.

Jennie West is a junior at UCSC who chose to go to Denmark to study in order to learn more about her heritage. Her mom grew up in Denmark and moved to California when she was twenty years old, so one whole side of Jennie’s family lives in Copenhagen. Jennie hopes to learn about how her mom grew up, and get closer with her Danish family.

We chose to feature Jennie’s post, Week 1 of Class, on UCSCAbroad this week. Jennie gives an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to get to know Copenhagen as a study abroad student. Check out her post below!

Week 1 of Class


Københavns Universitet (The University of Copenhagen) was founded in 1479, making it the oldest university and research institution in Denmark, and the second oldest institution for higher education in Scandinavia by two years. (It would have been the first, but the king took two years to get backto Denmark after asking the Pope’s permission… due to partying). The university has several campuses located in and around Copenhagen. The oldest is in central Copenhagen, and is that which is pictured here. They no longer hold classes at this location… it is now just used for administration, which is honestly a shame because it is so beautiful. Luckily, I at least had a meeting there. Image

PictureJoe & the Juice seems to be the Starbucks of Copenhagen (in number, not in trendiness). Another international student and I wandered in to study our Danish on Wednesday after class. It had a very slick but cozy setup, and sold freshly juiced juice, smoothies, coffee, and yummy sandwiches. I am not a fan of coffee, but I am a huge fan of ginger so I had to try the ginger latte. So good! I also had a turkey sandwich, simply because it was the first time I’ve seen turkey since I’ve gotten here. And trust me – I have been looking. At least they have chicken if I look hard enough. But nope, no turkey. I just want some turkey lunch meat so I can make a sandwich!

But anyways… Joe & the Juice. I’ll be back. Just can’t resist the pink cups!!


Studenterhuset(student house) has become the place to be at night. Studenterhuset is a very “by the students for the students” type of place, relying on student volunteers to run the bar and help with events. It’s a cosy café for studying during the day, and then a hangout with student discounts at the bar at night. They have events, concerts, swing dancing and more..

It’s a very neat place to have – seems to be a default meeting spot for international students, at least as of now. Perhaps it’s because we don’t know of any other places to go quite yet.. and most can navigate this one by now. The photo above is from Wednesday night which was international student night, where we shoved half a dozen tables together trying to fit as many of us in – the place was packed! We all felt very welcomed, so here’s a shoutout to the staff at Studenterhuset! 


Some of the international students went Ice Skating on Friday afternoon. It was a planned event that was cancelled due to “rain,” but it wasn’t raining. Plus, we were already at the rink (which wasn’t a piece of cake to find). So we spent the 45 kroner ($8) and skated. (Side note – this is the first thing in DK that has been cheaper than in the states). It was hardly worth the money, though. I’m glad I did it, because it was a nice experience to skate on an outdoor rink surrounded by beautiful buildings. The skates, however, were tragic. They hurt so bad on almost everyone’s feet, and none of the skates went up high enough to cover our ankles, so everyone’s ankles were rolling in the whole time! It was painful and made it very difficult to skate. 

My trip to IKEA yesterday was successful. I got some cheap tea light candles for my window sill, a tea pot with infuser in it (score!), a blanket, rug, and DINNER! The IKEA cafés at home have good food, but here it seemed to be fancier. It felt more like a restaurant besides having to stand in line to order food. And they had wine! So weird. The girl I was with and I both had to have some with our dinner, just so we could say we’ve had wine at IKEA. And it wasn’t half bad!
I don’t have any photos to share from my Danish language crash course I’m in for the next couple of weeks, unless you’d like to see the mass amounts of notes I’ve taken, which I’m sure you could do without.
I’ve never learned so much in such a short period of time! I love it. I had no idea how much I would be learning. We’ve learned how to have short conversations about your name, where you’re from, what you would like at the store, to times of the day and numbers, and sentence structure for asking questions. I haven’t even listed half of it. Surprisingly, I’m not finding it too difficult. I’m going to attribute it to the fact that I’ve heard Danish spoke all my life, so I know how it is supposed to sound and where the emphasis on words tend to go. Which is actually a huge part of it. Danes don’t pronounce half of the consonants in their words, and my teacher is definitely stressing the importance of pronunciation. 

Thanks for sharing, Jennie! Want to see the original post? Visit Just Jennie’s blog to find out more about living abroad in Denmark!

If you’re interested in having your travel blog featured on UCSCAbroad, send an email to programsabroad@ucsc.edu with “Travel Blog” in the subject line. We’d love to get a chance to see what you’ve been up to!


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