© 2013 Tiffany Carlson

First Impressions…

This summer I am traveling to Denmark to participate in an internship with Maersk Drilling. Although my project might be subject to change and additional projects may be added in the future, as it stands right now, I will be reviewing the company’s internal Environmental Management Plans for their rigs. I will be creating a policy tool that provides an overview of the operational impacts that are expected, which company entity is responsible for handling and monitoring strategies, and which global and local legislations need to be considered.

First Day of Exploring

My first few days in Denmark have been an absolute whirlwind. As trying to secure housing prior to my arrival was a complete nightmare, I have settled into (for now) a hotel, located in the quite neighborhood of Gentofte, which is right outside the country’s capital, Copenhagen.

Hotel Schæffergården          Gentofte Sø

In between battling jet-lag, I have started to explore the town. I discovered a small lake, called Gentofte Sø, which is surrounded by marshes and is filled with a great variety of birds.

Since Gentofte is certainly off the beaten path, it is generally tourist free. In general, I have found the locals to be welcoming and accommodating. In addition, the language barrier is basically non-existent as the great majority of Danes speak English. I will say though, I have never seen more tall, blond-haired people (usually dressed in black) in my life!

In my short time here, I also had the chance to visit Copenhagen. Gentofte and Copenhagen could not be more different. Literally night and day. Arriving to the city by train and stepping out onto the streets, I was met by the hustle and bustle of a fast-paced international crowd, eager to see the sights and attractions of the famed capital.

Copenhagen Square         Nyhavn Waterfront

One of my favorite attractions that I have seen thus far is Nyhavn. Nyhavn, which literally translates as “new harbor,” is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district. It is lined by brightly colored 17th and early 18th century townhouses, bars, cafes and restaurants.

Another observation about Denmark is how “bike-friendly” it is. As the tax on cars and fuel is extremely high in the country, bikes are the most popular modes of transportation. The design and layout of the city also promotes their use by providing over 390 kilometers of designated bike lanes.

The most "bike friendly" city that I have ever visited

Overall, my first few days in Denmark have left me hopeful and excited to start my work at Maersk and to continue to explore the country…

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