WEEK ONE / UGE ONE

After I arrived to my home for the next 7 weeks I decided to jump right into getting culturally adjusted by picking up a bike to rent.  In Copenhagen 1/3 of the population bikes – not for leisure or for exercise – but to and from work.  This is their primary means of transportation.  It is ingrained in their way of life.  I was given a transportation card to use for the public transportation systems while I am here – but the only way to truly experience the Danish culture is to travel by bicycle.  You may not believe this to be true but getting lost in this city is a great way to get a better understanding of your surroundings.  I came across places I would not have found had I not taken a wrong turn.  Exploration allows adventure and discovery.

I have taken minimal pictures this week because I have been taking it all in with my senses to experience the city of Copenhagen.  Through the context of experience I can better understand.  The best way to understand is to experience.  I am learning how to notice the same thing in different ways (what specific buildings look like during different times of days & how the atmosphere may change – Is there a connection to the two?  These are the thoughts I am engaging my mind in to obtain a stronger understanding of urban design and the landscapes they transform.

The graffiti transforms the sterile architecture of the train yard. this opens an opportunity for passengers on the train to view something other than their phone and engage the external built environment. The palette of color is also viewable from a pedestrian bridge, thus allowing a second audience to experience the built environment differently.
The graffiti transforms the sterile architecture of the train yard. this opens an opportunity for passengers on the train to view something other than their phone and engage the external built environment. The palette of color is also viewable from a pedestrian bridge, thus allowing a second audience to experience the built environment differently.
To take a picture looking down at flowers would be disengaging - sometime you just have to get down and close to really experience the natural organic beauty.
To take a picture looking down at flowers would be disengaging – sometime you just have to get down and close to really experience the natural organic beauty.

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This repetition is intriguing considering the variety of bikes in the city
This repetition is intriguing considering the variety of bikes in the city.
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4 thoughts on “WEEK ONE / UGE ONE

  1. Hi Wes. I plan on living vicariously thru you for the next 7 weeks. What an awesome summer! You can’t hear me, but I just broke into a rendition of Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen. Oh no, ear worm!

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  2. This is such an exciting time for you, we are thrilled to be able to have a small slice of your experience through your content on this blog!! very well written and very inspiring….keep up the great work, looking forward to reading more.

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  3. The bike was certainly the start of the adventure. Brilliant strategy to truly experience the substance of the culture Wes. You are capturing the moments beautifully.

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