Arrived!

We made it! We landed in Copenhagen on Monday morning and have now had a couple of days to adjust to our new home for the next couple of days. Upon arrival we realized something happened with our hotel reservation, and so we have a whole lot of moving to do while we’re in Roskilde (the city just outside of Copenhagen we’re actually staying in) over the next nine days. We’ll be moving hotels four times during all of it, but it’s ok. We’re in DENMARK!

A very common site in Denmark

Upon arrival to Copenhagen, our group of trainers (five total) made our way downtown. One in our group arrived a couple of days before us, but the other four of us had an awesome day just exploring the city. Eurovision, a European singing competition between all of the countries of Europe, is nearing the end right now, and it just so happens that Denmark is the host country this year. While we wandered the city, we found a “WatchZone” (or something like that), where people could gather to watch the performances on TV. This particular WatchZone was in a large open square in the city with several small little shops all over the place. There was a food cart in the middle of it as well, so we all grabbed some food and roamed the streets.

It didn’t take long for us to get lost, as Copenhagen is just like any other city in Europe. It’s roads are not straight, and it’s streets are rarely marked. This makes navigating the city quite difficult, and I lead our group astray a couple of times within the first few hours of being in the city. I consider myself to be a fairly competent map reader, but apparently my European map reading skills need some practice.

The inside of Snekken

After cruising the city, we all were feeling a bit tired, so we made our way back to the hotel for a quick rest. All of us needed to do some non-training work the next day, and we wanted to make sure we were plenty adjusted to the time-zone come the first day of training (today). After a quick 30 minute nap at our hotel, the Scandic Roskilde, we all rallied for dinner since we didn’t want to sleep too long in order to force us into the time change right away.

The first night we went out to an AWESOME dinner in downtown Roskilde called Snekken. I would highly recommend Snekken to anyone visiting the Copenhagen area as it had some of the best seafood and unique cuisine I’ve ever tasted. One person in our group is not a very adventurous food person, but she was brave and even tried some of the seafood and loved it. After a very fun dinner, everyone was feeling extremely tired and so we headed back to the hotel for bed. It’d been awhile since I’d really slept, so I knew I was in for one of the those “coma-esque” type sleeps.

The next day I woke up feeling very refreshed and adjusted. I’ve never had an issue adjusting to a new time zone so long as I don’t sleep the first day I’m there. After an amazing breakfast at the Scandic with all of the meats and cheeses you could imagine, we went to the Roskilde Kongrescenter to start looking around the building we’d been doing our training in.

 

My meal at snekken. I can't remember exactly what it was, but it was delicious.

It was a little scary when we got there because very few of the classrooms were ready, let alone being even close to setup. I trusted that they would have everything all squared away for us, but it still made me a little uneasy at the time. We unpacked a lot of our supplies which we had all sent over beforehand, and we started to prepare for the training.

None of us were really up for a whole lot yesterday, so we went back to the hotel after doing some work, prepped for class the next day for a couple hours, and went to bed. Tomorrow was the big day I’d been waiting for ever since making my job shift six months prior.

I awoke today, Wednesday, nervous, sweaty, and panicky. I don’t usually get nervous for class, but this particular day I was VERY uneasy about what I was about to do. A multibillion dollar company has put their trust in me to train a very high profile Danish healthcare company...WHAT!? It still seems a little unreal to me, but I did it! Class today went off, for the most part, without a hitch (save the 30 minute period just before lunch when the wireless internet cut out and we lost all connection to our software, the base of our learning). My customers in class are great and eager to learn. They also speak impeccable English, which I was not expecting. I’ve always known the U.S. doesn’t have a great language program in most places, but the level with which they spoke their second (and for some, third) language was really incredible. There are certainly still some barriers in communication, but for the most part, it’s a success thus far.

The Roskilde Kongrescenter entrance

We’ll continue our training through the end of the week, and then Friday night I’m off to Munich for the weekend. I’ll likely post again immediately after that on Sunday night!