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Welcome to Dansking Queen!

Hello to family members, loyal friends, DIS prospective students and random stranger who landed on this page because you Googled “What is Hygge?” This blog is dedicated to my adventures studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark in the Spring of 2019. Here I will post the photos, the stories, the tips, the tricks, the ups and downs of my semester. Thanks for reading!

Recent Blog Posts

Grundtvig’s Church

Ever since I was little, I knew the place “church” well. The word brings me back to Sunday mornings sitting in the 1970’s style beige-colored church of my childhood, the pen doodles on my prayer cards, the moments staring up at the little cross cutouts in the overhead...

Core Course Week: my trip to Western Denmark in photos

This past week, my core course "Strategic Communications" hopped on a bus and drove cross country to Aarhus and Odense, two cities in Western Denmark. We explored museums, bonded over our crazy brewery experience, ate a TON of delicious food and struggled our way...

A SPOT-on meeting with a group of satirists

Somehow this afternoon, I ended up at a kitchen table in an apartment called "The Zebra" with six satirists. They were all speaking Danish so I could just barely understand what was happening but let me tell you, it was hilarious. This semester, I am enrolled in a...

My Arts LLC weekend in photos

I live in what is called a Living Learning Community, which is a housing setup centered around the theme of art. Everyone in the group has an appreciation for some type of art form, whether that be dance or design, painting or architecture. This weekend, Sophie, our...

A day in Nørrebro and an enlightening field study

A day of learning ... Yesterday, I so desperately wanted to be a local (see my previous post for proof) and yet today, I see the value of being brand new in a place. I still feel a little like a toddler here in Denmark, stomping around without any knowledge of the way...

Livin la vida local

How many times in your life do you get to be a local? Like how many times you get to know a place, truly know a place, and feel like you're at home? Studying abroad gives students an opportunity to create a home in a place they would have never imagined. It gives them...

The Hygge life

What is "Hygge"? The Danish word is thrown around a lot regarding the culture here.  According to the Visit Denmark travel site … “Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.” Hygge is THE way to stay warm and cozy...

My first couple days here in Copenhagen

Wow, I made it! I cannot believe I am here curled up in my bed in Copenhagen. It's as if the last couple months of planning, the last couple weeks of anxious excitement, the last couple days of rushed packing were leading up to this moment, this lazy Tuesday typing...

How (not) to pack for a semester abroad

I am exactly one week out from my departure from Chicago to ... Denmark!! I'm feeling all the feelings – anxious, excited, a little sleepy from the holidays. It's all come so soon. It feels like just yesterday I was shuffling through the DIS pamphlet thinking, "Hmm....

Hej! I'm Kailey!

I’m a junior English major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. At DIS, I’m studying Strategic Communications and living in the Performative Arts LLC.