ERASMUST – Ali Cooper

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Hej hej, jeg hedder Ali Cooper.  I’m not going to attempt to say I’m a third year law student at the University of Copenhagen as my Danish is pretty shaky – thankfully my courses are in English.

First things first, the Danes are fit.  I mean that in the Scottish sense as well as in the slave-at-the-gym sense (no doubt the former helps the latter).  Almost as soon as I arrived I was guilt tripped into getting on my bike for some exercise and city exploring.  That’s probably the weirdest thing you first notice about Denmark: there are bikes everywhere! Apparently there are more bikes than people in the capital.

One of the first things you’ll learn about the Danes is that they’re not friendly – not now, not ever, never – but from my experience that’s not entirely true.  Once you’ve got past their hard shell, they’re all soft and gooey inside.  Apparently the Danes are like coconuts and the rest of the world are more like peaches – I’ll leave that to you to work out.

Beer is big here but there’s no Student’s Union. I’m still not over this! Instead, each faculty hosts a popular Friday bar.  This is a bit weird.  It feels like you’re sipping a pint in the Fraser Building or Boyd Orr, but you soon forget where you are and enjoy yourself. Sometimes you really forget where you are, which can prove slightly problematic when it comes to the cycle home…

I’ve met some fantastic people and explored some pretty cool parts of Scandinavia.  Whilst on the subject of travelling, be wary of Australians – they’re travel mad and will drag you to all sorts of exotic and expensive destinations – but we’ve got Erasmus grants and they don’t so ha!

Besides the travelling I’ve also had some fantastic opportunities in Copenhagen.  In September I started an internship with the Copenhagen Post – Denmark’s only English speaking newspaper.  It’s been a great way to learn about the culture with the odd restaurant review or two on top!

Another funny thing about Denmark is the language.  In a country with a similar population to Scotland, they’ve really excelled at making an incredibly difficult language where D’s are l’s and the Os have lines through them. Copenhagen isn’t really Copenhagen … oh no … its all a trick! It’s København, and that’s an easy one to pronounce correctly!

Farvel fra København

Ali Cooper

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