Everyday Life

It’s an exciting week for me!  I officially sign into my thesis contract on Wednesday with my writing partner in crime, Joakim.  We still have yet to formulate a solid research question, but luckily we don’t need quite a concrete one when we sign our contract.  We will be writing about Mobile technologies in tourism, and something along those lines.  We’re thinking something that has to do with user generated content in relation to apps and mobile users.  My thesis supervisor seems absolutely amazing and I am quite excited to work with Klaus Bruhn Jensen.  You can google him if you want, he’s published a lot of books and is quite a researcher!  I am very humbled to be studying under someone who is so obviously ahead of me in my field.  It reminds me that I have a lot to learn and still have quite a ways to grow during this thesis process and the end of my Master’s program here in Copenhagen.  We have 26 weeks to finish our thesis from our signing date on Wednesday the 19th of Feb.  That puts us somewhere in the middle of August for our final hand in date.  Joakim and I hope to be finished by the start of summer so we can each enjoy our last summers here in Denmark.  It’s weird to think that in 6 months my time in Denmark will be coming to an end.  I started this crazy journey 2 years ago with a glazed innocence that I’m still somewhat carrying in my back pocket.  My eyes have really been opened to this world however, and with each  passing day I do grow in ways that I couldn’t have imagined 2 years ago.

As the days get longer and the sun decides to show its wonderful shining face, I find myself renewed with energy every day.  I’m trying to get back on a regular 9-5 school work schedule, and my manager at Starbucks has generously allowed me to work only weekends and save the workweeks for my thesis.  I’m somewhat regretting that choice of mine, because now I have no weekends to myself, but its manageable and much better to focus on school during the week, and my income on the weekends.

I have been exploring Copenhagen again with renewed spirit, as the new souls in my apartment have refreshed my curiosity to explore and wander through this wonderful city.  We often meander together down the streets of Copenhagen, enjoying a cosy evening at home with talks of our days.  Its nice to have some roommates that can enlighten your spirit.  The ones you surround yourself with really do have an impact on how you paint your day and so on and so forth.

Packing up from the library today.  Hope my musings were somewhat interesting on this somewhat sunny day.

 

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Danmark, jeg elsker dig

Being back in Denmark i’ve realized a couple things. I don’t know why I was having such a struggle last semester because being back here, in this place I was whining so much about reminds me of how incredibly happy I really am with my life here. Seeing my friends at work again, getting back into my barista grind and starting my last and final semester of grad school (which, I remind myself is what I worked so hard for in the beginning) is more than amazing and is really enough to keep me going. I have a renewed spirit this time around and I have made some resolutions to be a happier, healthier Caitlin. I have said there is no excuse for me to not cook my own meals, and bring them with me so I know what I am fueling my body with. I have slipped up a couple of times but for the most part I have been very good about cooking and finding new yummy sugar free things to eat. My new favorite foodblog is mynewroots.org and is actually a woman from the states who moved to Denmark! I feel like I can easily follow her recipes since I know she is using ingredients found here in this country. Celeriac is the ingredient that I am having a tough time finding but I just found it in Bilka the other day and I am excited to try out this recipe here.

I am very excited about getting started on my thesis, currently I am waiting to hear back about who my supervisor is and once we have that figured out and our first meeting, we can enter into our contract and officially start our thesis.  Until then I am doing limited amounts of research and reading up about how to write your thesis.  Thesis work for dummies pretty much.  ALso finalizing what exactly our research question will be.  We (I am writing my thesis with a friend) want it to be on Digital Media and Tourism, however that field is very broad and we are having a hard time honing in on exactly what we would like to research and write about for the next 6 months.  If all goes as planned I will turn in my thesis on August 17 and wait to hear back on the next steps:)

Back to the gym for me as well according to my new healthy lifestyle.  I’ve been aiming to go everyday and with that mindset I can usually go about 4-5 times a week.  With being on campus from 9-5 most days and working part time on the weekends, that is actually a reasonable goal and something within reach for me.  Im keeping myself busy happy and healthy and this is all resulting in a positive outlook:)

The days are starting to get longer, not warmer yet but having the sun not set around 3:00pm is absolutely wonderful.  I long for the never-ending days of summer where the sunsets at 11:00pm and rises again around 3:00am.  I look forward to enjoying my last summer here, before I move on to the next phase and adventure of my life, Australia.

Until next time readers.  

Much Love