One of the great things about going to grad school in England through Lacrosse the Pond is how easy it is to travel throughout the United Kingdom, and the rest of Europe. Last month I was able to meet my parents in Copenhagen, Denmark for a great weekend. Due to my flexible class schedule (I don’t have classes on Friday’s) I was able to take an early flight on Friday morning and get to Copenhagen by the afternoon. Upon arrival I met up with my mom at a cool little restaurant located on right on the canal with a solid view of all the painted buildings that Copenhagen is known for. That night I joined my parents, and my dads company, for a great tour of Copenhagen on a canal boat on our way to an awesome meal, in what I’m pretty sure was a furniture store. The next day my mom and I were up bright and early to catch a train to Roskilde. Roskilde is a cool little town about a twenty-minute train ride outside Copenhagen with a Viking Ship Museum.
The Viking Ship Museum was a really interesting experience, which included the remnants of five actual Viking Ships from about a thousand years ago. In addition to the museum, I was also able to see The Little Mermaid statue. If you’ve never heard of the statue it was based off of Hans Christian Andersen’s story by the same name. The Disney cartoon “The Little Mermaid” is also based off of the same fairytale as the statue. All in all Copenhagen was a really beautiful city, with plenty of cool attractions. I would most definitely recommend it to anyone who anyone who is thinking about heading to Europe.
This last weekend I was able to take another really exciting trip, but this time to London. I spent the weekend in a hostel in the Chelsea area, just south of Hyde Park. I was astonished by how nice the area was and felt really lucky to get such a cheap Hostel in such a nice neighborhood. The main reason I went to London was to attend the England vs. South Africa International Rugby match that I got invited to by one of my dads work colleagues. The match took place at Twickenham Stadium, the home of English Rugby, and the second biggest stadium in the United Kingdom holding around 82,000 people. The game was sold out and Twickenham was packed with very enthusiastic fans from both sides. Although I am still a little hazy on the rules, to be honest, it was one of the coolest sporting events I have ever been to. Rugby is a sport, that to be fair, is not very popular back in the states but is clearly very popular here in the UK. 82,000 fans in one stadium is definitely the largest sporting even I can remember having been to in my life. One really cool difference between the Rugby match at Twickenham and an American Football match is the amount of Singing that goes on. At least five or six times during the rugby match the entire stadium would join in and sing Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. That many people belting out the words to one song in unison was really cool and I couldn’t help but to join in on the fun. The match was really exciting as it went down to basically the final play, but unfortunately England lost by a final score of 31-28. After the match I was able to stay and tailgate outside the stadium with thousands of other fans while we watched the other international Rugby games of the day on huge screens set up outside the Stadium. Even though I still definitely don’t completely understand the game I definitely enjoyed the whole experience and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Although I have only been in the UK for about two and a half months I have already been able to see and experience many different areas of England and Denmark . Considering I still have so much time left across the pond, I can’t wait to see what other places I get to visit and explore!