Biking is Freedom – Local Perspectives on Alternative Transportation in Copenhagen

Goddag!    To delve into my topic of alternative transportation a little further this week, I conducted a few interviews: one local expert and two friends who are also study-abroad students in Copenhagen to get a range of perspectives.  I’m taking a class called Integrated Climate Change Planning, which focuses on the potential for cities to mitigate carbon emissions, as well as some of the challenges facing the integration of climate change concerns into urban planning efforts. My professor, Silvia, …

The Consumer Choice of Guilt

At times, environmentalists scrutinize themselves to the point of burdensome guilt.  We were standing in the middle of EcoEgo, a store in Copenhagen, huddled between hemp long sleeves and Maggie’s organic socks. The Green LLC packed into this eco-preneur’s shop in an attempt to identify an environmental place within consumer culture. We listened to the owner passionately describe the high caliber of socially and environmentally sustainable products. Not only was the entire store furnished and built from reused, recycled materials, …

Getting Around: Alternative Transportation in Copenhagen

As I’ve gotten more settled in over the past few weeks, I’ve learned a lot about various alternative transportation systems in Copenhagen. The city is divided into zones, with zones 1, 2, and 3 encompassing the main parts of Copenhagen and higher numbers representing regions further from the center. The zones are the basis for most of the public transportation (i.e. ticket pricing) within Copenhagen.    Biking As I mentioned last time, biking in Copenhagen is huge and many people …

Welcome to Copenhagen!

  Hej fra københavn! My name is Rebecca and I’m a junior, environmental studies major at Amherst. I have always been passionate about protecting the environment and I try to incorporate my awareness for green living habits into everything that I do. Since starting at Amherst, I have been very involved in the work of the Office of Environmental Sustainability and the EcoRep program, with the overall goals of spreading environmental awareness and improving sustainability on our campus. I’m really …

Now What?? A Few Things I Learned While Abroad and What Happens Next

Hi everyone! I’ve been back home in the US for about two weeks now. I will admit that I did have a bit of reverse culture shock when I first came back. Instead of cobblestone streets and my yellow bike, I was back to driving my van in the suburbs. Instead of my favorite Danish coffee shop and pastries, I was back in my favorite pizza place because, after all, nothing beats New York pizza. I was reunited with a …

Feeding Myself Abroad

When many students go abroad I think there are a few things that they would typically be nervous about. They might ask things like, how will I adapt in a new culture and environment? Will I like my classes? Will there be a language barrier? Will I make friends? For me, however, and I bet a for a few other students as well, the main question I wanted answered was, what will I eat?? Many study abroad programs have a …

The Jante Law and a Look at Academics at DIS

More than halfway through the semester, my new life in Copenhagen is in full swing. With so many new things happening to me every day—eating new food, trying new types of transportation and activities, and new things to see—it does feel nice to have a set school routine with classes four days a week (and not to mention, classes that I am really enjoying). While I have loved my academic experience at Amherst so far, my academic experience in Copenhagen …

Getting to Know København!

Hej from Copenhagen! I’m finally settling in after being here for about two weeks now. I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know this city a little bit more everyday. Somehow it’s cute and small, but also large and historic at the same time. I also hadn’t traveled very much before this so I am really enjoying living in and exploring somewhere I have never been before. We’ve had amazing weather the first few days here! Sunny and around 70 degrees, …