Moving to Copenhagen for 3 months, excited and nervous! What will I eat? What should I bring with me to wear? How will I get around? How will I stay in touch? Hope me, hivemind! (MANY details inside because I am such a special snowflake)
Hivemind, can you help me get the most out of my 3-month stay in Copenhagen? I am going to be there June-July-August doing a research project. I am a (female, mid-20’s) PhD student in the sciences living on a reasonably generous (for grad school) fellowship stipend. I have a flight and a place to live in Østerbro , and I know who I will be working with (haven’t met them in person yet, but we communicate over email, and I work with people who have worked with them and adore them) and the visa seems just about set. I have read many Metafilter threads on Copenhagen
think I have got kind of a read on the city but still have some things I’d like to figure out.
Climate and clothing
- it seems like summer in CPH is like summer in San Francisco – slightly cool? I was planning on bringing a bunch of light sweaters, jeans/trousers, some dresses/skirts and tights, a light trenchcoat, and decent-looking sneakers and flats to wear. Anything I’m missing? Rain-appropriate gear like boots?
Feeding myself- I was planning on mostly cooking for myself and subsisting on mostly Smørrebrød the rest of the time. Anybody who’s lived in CPH able to give me an idea of their grocery/food expenditures?
If I’m coming from a Northern California/NYC mindset for food shopping, am I going to find anything surprising? What kind of grocery stores should I look for? (I know, for example, that grocery stores there won’t take credit cards, and I know that the restaurants are more expensive than NYC – but what are groceries like?)
Transportation – I’m going to be regularly commuting from Østerbro to Frederiksberg and Christianshavn. I currently use a 6-speed folding Dahon Boardwalk bike to get around everywhere in my small University town. Any good resources for where I can get an inexpensive bike during my stay?
Rent or Buy? Will I be able to sell it when I leave? What about a bus/Metro/train pass- does a public transit pass(es) make sense to buy for a 3-month visit?
Keeping in touch- I have an iphone 4 ~1 month from the end of its contract. I was planning on getting it unlocked. Is there a good/inexpensive Danish SIM card/Data plan (unlimited is a plus, but then so is inexpensive) I can get for it?
Would there be a benefit to forward my US # to google voice or skype?
Fun Things: I have a reservation at Noma
and am very excited to go to the Mikkeller Bar
, and eat lots of smørrebrød and fish and things. I also love coffee, beer, spirits, and cocktails. Any other food destinations I should check out?
My tastes run to both the ultra-traditional and ultra-modernist/experimental and I’d rather splurge occasionally than go out to eat all the time. What about the other areas of culture? Museums? Libraries? (this thread
has been helpful!) Places I can visit on the train (other neighborhoods/Malmo)? If I want to go off and study for a while, any suggestions for a café/library with wifi?
Thank you, hivemind! I am really excited (I get along well with Danes I have met!) but have never done this kind of short-term move to another country by myself before. I appreciate input on any of my questions, or on anything important I forgot to ask!