Last night I had to read a bit for my classes. I read all about cycling in Copenhagen, what makes it a green city, and why people love to live here. It was very informative and makes me appreciate living here so much more.
Before my first class today I rode my bike a bit to try it out. I have to ride my bike to class tomorrow because we are taking a bike tour tomorrow and Saturday. My first class was Visual Journal. My instructor Sara, was from London, then lived in Scotland, and now lives here! We sketched an object then walked to the Skuespilhuset, the theater. We walked around and observed the building. We have to do some sketching and have homework to draw the building as an object. It was actually nice to sit and sketch.
My next class was European Urban Design Theories. There is a student in my class from Harvard and another from Carnegie Melon... There are a lot of students from universities like that. My professor Christian is awesome. A lot of what we talked about today I already knew, but apparently a lot of others did not. We had a short lecture on Copenhagen and the modernists movement and how that affected urban design in Copenhagen. Finally, we walked around the city for an hour. We looked at how the buildings on corners that have a diagonal were designed as such to allow horses pulling fire engines to quickly turn corners. We also saw a few homes with wood construction which predate the 1700s! The glass on them are rounded as well. It's pretty cool to see that since most of the buildings were destroyed by fire then. We looked into courtyards to see where old homes used to stand and how tight city living used to be. We also looked at "power" buildings such as the court house which is close to our school. We ended at City Hall where there were some protests about religion going on.
For dinner we had... Chinese! It was a little different than home, but still tasted good. Tomorrow I have to ride my bike to class so I think Christian is going to show me an easy way to get there after Jacob goes to bed.
Lesson for today? Get on my bike! We will be using it alot for class and such. My professors said its easy, you just have to do it. It's very intimidating, but