Scandinavia 2016: Day 7 – Synthesis and… TIVOLI!!

In 2016 we are leading 4 high school summer trips. You can read all about our Global Innovators trips or get in touch to ask us any questions about the programs. Our 2016 Scandinavia trip “Getting Americans on the Bicycle” focuses on innovation, start-ups and community in cities around the world. During the trip, students take turns writing a daily blog post to describe their project process and exploration, follow along here. On July 26th, we started the day by waking up very early in order to catch the train to Copenhagen. The journey from Stockholm took about five hours. This time the train was more modern and did not look like those depicted in Harry Potter, nor did it have beds above the seats in which the boys (Alex and Everson) somehow managed to scramble onto during the last train ride. Once we arrived in Copenhagen, we walked to our hotel and dropped off our things in our rooms. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and then walked to a coffee shop/shared workspace where we organized our notecards and synthesized our thoughts. Throughout the trip, we have been writing down things that we have learned about bike culture, quotes from people we have met, as well as any other useful information that might help us with creating our deliverable for our trip’s project. At the beginning of the work time, we started with a large stack of notecards. However, near the end, we were able to decrease the number of notecards in the pile, thus streamlining our thoughts and giving us a better idea of what our final project would address. Two hours of good work later, we walked back to the hotel to regroup for a little bit.

Afterwards, we headed for Tivoli, a beautiful theme park with insane thrill seeking rides (along with some less hardcore rides for people such as myself). First, we went together on a laser shooting boat ride game, where Sean reigned as the supreme overlord. Next, we all went on a swing ride that went super high in the air. Of course, this was without Kerry, our very pregnant trip leader (as Alex like to put it!), which is a shame because it turns out that she really enjoys scary rides! After that, we all went our separate ways depending on what rides we wanted to go on and what food we wanted to eat for dinner. Eventually we all met up to get ice cream (which I already had earlier during the day; don’t tell my mom!) and sing me a happy birthday. Extremely loudly. And in Spanish, too. (Kerry is really good at singing!) I had the chance to try elder-flower frozen yogurt, which tasted really sweet (almost like gusher fruit snacks). We then had some time to walk around more. Allison, Devon, and I had a dance party near the plastic giraffe heads near the front of the theme park while waiting for the others to gather so we could leave. And that concludes our day!

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