As part of my degree, I recently went on a trip to Copenhagen, Denmark during the Fashion Week there. This is a trip available to Fashion Promotion students and one I was very keen to go on. As soon as I heard there was a trip to Copenhagen I knew I definitely wanted to go as it was somewhere I had never been before and wouldn’t usually get the chance to visit.
Once we had arrived in Copenhagen, the first day was very relaxed. We went straight to the hostel we were staying in, and as hostels go it was pretty nice. We then had the evening to ourselves to explore and find somewhere to eat.
What I noticed was very different about going on a trip with university compared to school trips is that you are a lot more independent and have a lot more freedom. The tutors bought us tickets and arranged activities and talks for us to attend but what we did and when was completely up to us. We also had to use our initiative and make our own way around. At times this was a bit challenging, especially with the language barrier, but I felt like we really achieved something and it was a great experience.
On the second day of the trip, we had tickets to the CIFF fashion trade show, which is a massive event and for a fashion student like me! It was very exciting. It was basically clothes heaven, rooms and rooms filled with brands, some completely new to me. You could very easily get lost in there, it was a maze.
After that, we researched where was best for shopping and decided to go to Fields which is the second biggest shopping centre in Denmark and one of the largest in Scandinavia- we are fashion students after all! There were so many interesting shops some I’d never been in before. We somehow managed to get around that day after ages of trying to work out the Metro, there was a point where I didn’t know if we would make it, as none of us knew any Danish or how the Metro worked, but it all worked out ok 🙂
On the third day, we got to go to another fashion trade show called The Revolver, which was really good and then packed our day full of tourist activities. We didn’t bother with public transport this day as we found it to be quite confusing and decided to walk around instead. We regretted this decision after a while as it was freezing and on and off snowing. One of the best-known locations in Copenhagen is Nyhavn, its basically this canal lined with brightly coloured houses, it’s such a beautiful location and very cute with all the love locks along the bridge. Our hostel was literally right around the corner from it, so we walked down it almost every day. We also visited Amalienborg Palace and Frederiks Church.
For the last full day, we went to Tivoli Gardens. This turned out to be my favourite place that we visited on the trip. The whole park was covered in fake snow and there were lights and snowmen everywhere. It was a Winter Wonderland and made me feel more festive than I did at Christmas.
Then the next day we were on the flight home, and if I’m honest by this point I was missing my little Uni Halls bedroom and my own space after sharing a room with 7 other people so I didn’t mind leaving. Even though it had been a great experience and really useful for my course.