Trip Report

Singing in Denmark and Sweden

This was a 9-day school trip for my choral group in Sweden and Denmark. We explored the many streets lined with colorful houses in Copenhagen and experienced marine life in Copenhagen and Karlskrona.

by estherAbout Me:Hi I’m Esther. I enjoy traveling all around the world and learning about new cultures and languages. read more

EuropeDenmark, Sweden8 days / April 2019

Highs & Lows

The highlight was living with my host family and learning how to cook Swedish meatballs with gravy.

The first day we got there, we already had to adjust to jetlag and we had a tour set up which everyone was tired for.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I would have avoided most of the tours and just traveled based on recommendations from the natives. However, that was not possible as this was with a school and I could not plan anything independent of the group.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I don't recall anything going wrong on this trip. It went swimmingly and according to plan. I think that was because we had adults on the trip to supervise and keep us on schedule.

  • How was the food?

    The food was delicious--especially the Swedish meatballs. I feel as though much of their cuisine consists of bread, berries, and pork/fish.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Some tips I would give a friend would include bringing more cash than card because many of the stores/restaurants only accepted cash (or króna). Another tip would be spending your money wisely because it is true-- Sweden and Denmark have very high standard of living but that also means everything costs more!

  • Packing tips?

    It was important to pack comfortable walking shoes because most of the time we were walking (I think that is the case with most of Europe). In addition, the weather in April was unpredictable so we had to pack layers-- which included packing hats, gloves, and a warm coat.

  • Transportation Tips?

    I would utilize the subway if walking is not an option. But walking is nice because being outside in these countries was refreshing (especially with the nice air).

  • Any surprises?

    One of the big surprises was when they offered us a "mysterious meat" which many of us ate for dinner. They eventually revealed that we had just eaten moose- which was a surprise to all of us.

  • Booking details?

    The school booked all of our stays for us.

Lodging

  • Hard Rock Copenhagen - clean, small rooms but worked perfectly for two in each room

  • Host Family - clean, showed us Swedish customs, provided food

  • Best Western Kom Hotel - great location near the subway and had breakfast/pool/sauna included