Hej everyone! It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, so I wanted to let you all know what I’ve been up to. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been accepted as an official DIS student blogger, crossed a few more sites in Copenhagen off my bucket list, joined the Copenhagen Business School choir, and visited two new countries. Needless to say, it’s been a busy time with plenty of new experiences! I’ve officially been in Copenhagen for one month, which is surreal–in some ways, it feels like I’ve been here for ages and in others, it feels like I just got here yesterday.
Last week was core course week at DIS, meaning all my classes except for my core course were cancelled. I’m in the Religious Mythos & Philosophical Logos core course, which has been really fun and interesting so far. Here’s a recap of how I spent my core course week:
We had a regular class session in which we discussed Hegel and Heidegger’s views on art. I hadn’t read much of either philosopher’s works prior to this class so it was interesting to explore their philosophies on the function of art. I can’t say I find either of their arguments particularly convincing, but the discussion was valuable nonetheless.
We met for coffee at a cozy café before visiting the Glyptotek, which is an art museum in Copenhagen. The vast majority of works in the museum are sculptures, and it was by far one of the most beautiful museums I’ve visited. Our professor, Jakob, showed us a few of his favorite works before giving us time to explore on our own. We were tasked with thinking about how the artworks we saw fit (or didn’t fit) in Hegel and/or Heidegger’s philosophical frameworks.
Not much to report from this day–we had an exam in my core course, which wasn’t too bad, and had the rest of the day free. I went home to relax and pack for my study tour before heading to a choir rehearsal in the evening.
We left early in the morning for our short study tour to Germany! Every core course goes on a 3-day study tour during core course week, and I was lucky enough to visit two cities in Northern Germany–Hamburg and Lübeck. After a 5-hour bus ride that included an hour on a ferry, we arrived in Lübeck, where we visited a church and museum. At both sites, we were again challenged to think about art within the context of Heidegger’s philosophy.
Afterward, we checked into our hotel, ate dinner, and explored the city a bit more before getting some well-deserved rest.
We woke up early for breakfast and boarded the bus again to drive to Hamburg. After dropping our bags off at the hotel in Hamburg, our professor, Brian, led us on a walking tour of public art throughout the city. Here are a few of the sites we visited:
After a tiring day of sightseeing, we had a fancy four-course dinner courtesy of DIS!
We spent a couple of hours at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, an art museum in Hamburg. The museum was huge and had artworks ranging from medieval to contemporary.
After the museum, a few friends and I explored Hamburg a bit more. We stumbled upon another beautiful church and the state parliament building.
Finally, we had lunch at the (very fancy) restaurant inside the parliament building before heading back to Copenhagen.
Overall, it was a tiring but fun and exciting core course week! I can’t wait for my long study tour to Greece next month 🙂