Copenhagen Trip

There is nothing better than a short city break, and this year my boyfriend and myself jetted off to Copenhagen in Denmark. Its easily one of the best countries I’ve been to so far.

Where we stayed was right opposite Copenhagen Central Station so travel to and from the airport wan’t a problem as there is a train there and back. We didn’t get the train much as everything was with in walking distance. We could see Tivoli gardens from our hotel room and it was a three minute walk down the road to it. We literally walked pretty much every where. There was a free shuttle bus to the Carlsberg brewery which also stopped at the Zoo, but you can also get a train just as easily if needed.

The zoo was my aim and we got the shuttle there on the second day. They had so many amazing animals, they had a polar bear who was loving doing backstroke in the water, flamingos, camels, zebras and hippos and it has to be hands down the best zoo ever. All the animals were active and doing stuff (apart from the bear who was hibernating) ┬ábut the wolves were running laps and the artic foxes were curious about us – it was all just amazing!!

Tivoli gardens was amazing, we didn’t do any rides as I cant go on them due to medical reasons but I did get a stick of candy floss bigger than my head & I fully recommend these sugar coated nuts they sell which were amazing!! I can’t remember what their called but they were like heaven. We also got a pizza where she folded it in half, grilled it and then served it and it was the best! The hot chocolate is also amazing too!

I didn’t rate Carlsberg brewery to be honest…. it was very short and we got round it in like forty minutes…. although you do get a free gift and drink token, but there was no one in the gift shop when we were there and gave up waiting for someone. Their shuttle also stops at 2.30 which we didn’t realise so we ended up getting the train back.

The little mermaid is a nice walk and originally we were going to walk through Nyhaven to the mermaid, but I had a funny turn at breakfast so we ended up getting the train there. It worked out really well though because its such a nice walk to the mermaid, and you can then follow the river back into Nyhaven and back into central Copenhagen.

One thing I would say if you go in the winter (we went in December) is to wrap warm and take thermals if you have them. I wore leggings under my jeans, a thick winter jumper, a fur lined coat (fake fur) with a hat and gloves and was fine. My boyfriend on the other hand who was lacking double leg wear was a bit colder.

First Term Tips

I knew university was going to tough and not exactly a walk in the park, but no one really tells you how much shit hits the fan at times, so here are some tips to help.

  1. dont head out and buy all the books they recommend. This may not be the same for every uni but mine merges some of our lectures with bio-meds and medics, so in a lot of our first lectures they each recommended a book, which I promptly went out and brought. Rookie mistake as I’m now trying to sell them because we didn’t need them for our course.
  2. be prepared. This may sound stupid but I don’t mean print the slides off and thats that. I personally type mine out so I’m taking in the information and only have to take the odd note in lectures. But also try and answer your learning objectives, make a word document just for LOs and type them all there. This will help when making a study guide.
  3. Study everything you cover at the end of every week or month. Depending how many lectures you have a week, study what you learnt either at the end of the week or the end of the month just to make sure that information has sunk in.
  4. make time to relax. Another thing that seems obvious but also impossible. Make sure you have a few hours a day to yourself, no matter if its just spending time cooking a meal and watching a film or having a bath. Do it.
  5. study groups are life savers. You dont have to do it for every study session but every now and then its good to study with someone else and bounce things off each other
  6. use online resources. I personally use quizlet, its something a lot of people in my uni use and you can get it on your phone or your laptop and not only can you find revision but you can make your own in the form of flash cards, written revision, diagrams all types and it then tests you on it once you put in the information. The app is super handy when travelling as well to squeeze some revision in.
  7. socialise. I’m super bad at this because I get tired so easily but you really should try to attend as many social things as possible. My class have started a curry club where we all go out for a curry every other month or so just as a social get together as well as the SU bar on a Friday. My aim for the new years is to actually attend more of these and not give in to being tired.