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Life in Copenhagen: 2 Months in

Today is exactly 2 months since I arrived to Denmark. I’ve queued up this post because I’ll be travelling back to Copenhagen today from a weekend away celebrating my partner’s birthday πŸ™‚

Though not much else has happened or changed since my last update, I guess I can now say I have met someone ‘special’ here. I won’t bore you with the details except to say it’s making a positive impact on my life overall πŸ™‚ Besides that, the weather has taken a turn for the worse, if we can call that news (how English of me to talk about the weather so often). I mean it feels like it’s been raining non-stop for the entire month of July. No big deal, though – I’m already used to rainy summers thanks to being from Korea (we have the most humid monsoon seasons) and having lived in the UK previously.

Anyhow, this has meant a lot of indoor days and museum trips. I’ll share some snaps in upcoming posts. Many museums and attractions are half price during this summer period in particular, and some of them have days where you can visit for free anyway. So I’ve been trying to take advantage of that. Just the other day I went to a Korean-born Danish artist’s exhibition! It’s great to be “new” in a city over summertime because you really feel like you are on an extended vacation and don’t get bored or feel a need to travel elsewhere – at least I don’t really! And since we get so much nordic summer light here it’s really a blessing to get off work ‘on time’ – as in 5pm before everything closes – and to make the most of what’s left of the day. Honestly, it feels like you can have two complete days in one – the time you spend at work, and the leisurely activities you can enjoy around the city after work before it gets dark around 10-11pm.

Besides that, I don’t necessarily have exciting adventures to report. Everyone at work is basically on holiday here, as July tends to be the ‘holiday’ month for employees in Denmark. Personally, I’ve been pretty busy with work and will be for the foreseeable future so I don’t anticipate that I will take any time off. As I’ve mentioned in my previous update, though, the work/life balance is pretty good here so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.

The thing that’s mind-blowing to me right now is that last year July, right around this time, I graduated from my PhD. I know I keep going on about all these developments in my life but I really hadn’t the faintest idea what I would do with my career this time last year. I felt like a complete fraud putting on my fancy robes for what felt to me a ceremony to validate that I am overqualified, overeducated, and with no purpose in the real world (you have to remember, I was unemployed when I graduated).

If anyone had told me last year on my graduation day that in exactly a year’s time I would be 2 months into my second academic job (in Denmark of all places!), living in a French-style apartment in the middle of the coolest neighbourhood in Copenhagen, happier than I have ever been in my life, completely smitten with the first person I met here…well, I would have told them those kind of stories don’t get written for foreigners like me πŸ˜‰ I mean you really have no idea…I used to fantasise about not getting deported, that was my threshold for a good life! I’ve always felt like a little nomad, an outsider, with no real home to speak of, trying to make it somewhere in a sea of obstacles. I’ve always felt like my life story was constantly changing course and being re-written. And I’d wondered if my story would ever ‘settle’. Maybe it never will. But what I have right now – a few years of stability – is good. It’s the best possible reprieve from my anxieties about the grand uncertain narrative that is my life (and I suppose, the universe).

It occurs to me that I haven’t really kept up with my Sunday musings posts, and I think the reasons for that are: first, that it feels a bit arrogant to assume strangers are actually interested in my passing thoughts, and second, I’ve been occupied with living my life. So, I’m not sure how frequent the text-only posts will be. I’ve always found that when I’m super content or happy with my life I don’t have much to say by way of writing out prose. In a weird way, dissatisfaction is often more inspiring than happiness, which is sort of more banal (not that this is an unwelcome thing!) But if you are in a generous mood, do feel free to give me ideas for things I could reflect about.

Have a nice day πŸ™‚


9 thoughts on “Life in Copenhagen: 2 Months in

  1. Nice post, Denmark is a wondrous land and july’s hols season. Nice exhibitions, pictures… Enjoy petty details… gardens… wondrous places and look at the bright side of life in the sunny days… sun always in the skies only prob we can’t see in cloudy skies. Whether you think you’re driving on right way … come on … hard times come easy and live it up! 😘😘😘

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  2. I’ve been living i Cph for 8,5 years, and it’s a lovely city full of beautiful things to see, discover, and full of life (since 2010 I’m in MalmΓΆ, and miss Copenhagen movida so much πŸ˜ƒ).
    I think you will find your own space and you will discover more and more, also outside the city there are beautiful places to discover.
    And you are not arrogant, it’s a pleasure reading you πŸ˜‰

    Sorry, but you will ever get used to the Scandinavian weather, even after 20 years as me, Italian living here πŸ˜‚

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    • Wonderful! Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚ Haha, yes I think the first complaint about the Nordic countries from my Southern European friends must be the weather. Very understandable.

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  3. Even though I’ve only started reading your posts recently, I am so happy for that you have found a job in your field, a lovely place to live and found someone special. All of that in only 12 months! I love lighter evenings in the UK as I’m a night owl who actually likes getting out and doing things and not just bar crawls etc.

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  4. gwengrant says:

    Please do keep letting us know how you’re getting on. I’ve found all the changes in your life really interesting and you make Copenhagen sound fabulous!

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