Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Classes and Such


I’m pretty excited about all of my classes for this semester. I think that they shouldn’t be too difficult and yet I think that they are all going to be really interesting and I am going to learn so much in them!


I started up classes last Thursday with my European urban design class. I think this one might end up being my favorite of all. We will be reading various urban theorists and then discussing them in class just like a typical theory type class but then… each class will also be accompanied with a field trip to somewhere in the city or in the area where we will then get to see and experience what we were talking about in class. This means that I really will be able to take full advantage of living here in this city that has such a mix of the new and the old both in terms of city planning and in architecture!


On Friday and Tuesdays I have my main studio class. It looks like it will be relatively similar to other studio classes as far as the expectations and general class stuff. I that I’ll like my professor from the little bit of time that I have spent with him. He seems pretty knowledgeable and I think that he’ll be easy to talk to about things. he seems to say what he thinks and what he wants but in tactful manner. This should be both good and nice for a studio prof (you fellow arch majors know how it goes if you are missing one of those aspects…)


Right now we’re working on a one week group project analyzing and building a model of an existing building or urban space. I’m working with a girl who’s a full year student a guy from Kansas State and a girl from…. Umm I seem to have forgotten… I guess I’ll have to ask again and update this later. Anyway, We’re working on the city center of Helsinki Finland. I’d describe the whole thing but I’m guessing it would bore most of you who are reading this. Perhaps I’ll write more about it later…


Fortunately for us it’s a relatively easy project. This means it won’t look nearly as cool as the Stockholm group’s project or Andy’s group who’s working on this huge auditorium thing. But, it also means that we don’t have to stay up all night working on it. Instead I stay up way to late doing things like writing this…


I’m also taking a watercolor painting class. This one should be pretty cool as well. I had to spend waaay to much money buying materials for the class (I mean $50 for a brush!!) but I think that it will pay off that she made us buy the good tools cause I can already tell from my first class how much better they work then trying to use the cheep stuff. This is another class where I get to take trips out into the city and surrounding area. Hoorah!


What else am I up to… oh yeah I just found out that I’ll be working in the library for $8 an hour which should be nice. Hurrah for workstudy! It will be nice to have the money especially since we don’t have to pay any taxes on it and I get to do my homework while I work :)


Well I think that’s most of my weekly activities. I’m also thinking about joining a non-DIS international choir which could be fun and a good chance to meet more Danes and such. That doesn’t start till next week though.

I should really go to bed… g’night all

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Palouse Frost, Fog, and Snow


I developed some of those photos that I took when I went down to Pullman to get my stuff.

Just thought I'd post an FYI and let you all who are interested (and probably some that aren't) that I put them up on my site. Also this gives me a place to post some of my favorites in a higher resolution.

Sooo, they should be pretty easy to find, or you could go directly to the album by clicking here:

http://www.dansnook.com/photos/pullmanfrost/index2.html








More photos can be found at:

http://www.dansnook.com/photos/pullmanfrost/index2.html

Friday, January 23, 2009

Host Family and the like


Well, my host family is pretty much terrible…

Heh, no, not at all. I just had to start it off that way because I suspect that my family will be reading this as well ;)

Actually I think that I have a really great living situation here. I know that I told many people before I left about how I was looking forward to this family and it has been really good so far!


I am living with a husband and wife (Tore and Lisbeth) Lisbeth has two sons one is living at home (Thomas who is 15) and one is living somewhere nearby, though I haven’t met him yet. Tore also has two sons but they both are out of the house. One of them is studying architecture and one is hoping to study music.

Most of the family is very musical which means I am a great fit! Tore is a fulltime professional clarinet player with the Royal Danish Orchestra which seems to play quite frequently for operas, plays, and ballets. Lisbeth sings in a choir and is always singing around the house. Thomas plays music various places and has a guitar, bass, saxophone, and even some recording equipment in the room that is right next to mine


We are living in a townhouse that was once several workers apartments and is now all one home. There is a basement with the shower, storage and laundry. The main entry floor is all kitchen and dining. The second floor has a tv room and my host parents room, the third has my room, Thomas’ music room and a sweet room that Tore built for practicing.


He took the existing room and furred out the walls about 10” and added insulation between the two walls he also floated a second floor above the first, hung a false ceiling, and incased the window with another window essentially making a room within a room. I think it is pretty sweet myself.

Above the third floor is a small attic and this is where Thomas sleeps

Oh and the toilet rooms that are on the 2nd and third floors are really tiny you can see the entire floor space in the picture below


Living in the family has been great. I gather that typically Tore gets up first and set out breakfast things, sits down, reads his paper and watches everyone filter down and head out to our various activities and he typically goes to rehearsals in the afternoon or performances in the evening

In the evenings we all have a family meal together. Apparently the family is a really big part of Danish culture and is highly valued. Every day we get together eat, talk, and then afterwards we typically have a cup of coffee or tea and continue to talk for a bit until everyone goes their separate ways to do homework, practice, etc.


Yesterday we were joined by one of Tore’s son’s Asger, he is the one who is hoping to study music. He and his girlfriend visited for dinner to meet me, talk about trying out for music school (he finds out today I think if he got in) and to show us pictures from a 7 month trip that they went on through Southeast Asia. It looked like it was a fantastic trip!


It’s quite nice and I like it. I am fortunate to live in a family that is close to town. It takes me less then 20min to take the train and walk while for others it take more like 40-60. The trains here are nice and very similar to other train systems. I typically don’t have to wait more than 3min for a train to arrive that uses my stop.


Alright, I should go home for dinner.

More photos at:

http://dansnook.com/photos/hosthouse/index2.html


Thursday, January 22, 2009

A first post from København


Hey, sooo… I’m sorry that I haven’t written anything yet. I’ve been rather busy learning about the program and trying to find my way around the city. I wanted to put pictures up to go with this post and I finally got a chance to go through the photos that I have taken. Also I don’t have very consistent internet where I live. For some reason I can connect just fine to the network but the internet doesn’t want to work hardly at all. And when it does work it’s only for brief periods of time and really slooowww. I think that it just doesn’t like my American computer. Therefore If I want to use the internet I have to go down to the DIS buildings (who’s internet I have just recently figured out)

So today you all get one really long and inclusive post :)



So, what all has happened. Well getting here was rather un eventful, planes were planes, it sure is a long flight from Seattle to Copenhagen I tried to pace my sleeping so that I would have less jet lag it somewhat worked. I slept for the first part of the 10hr flight and then was awake for the last 3hr’s or so. Unfortunately this was also the time that they had turned off all the in flight movies so that people could sleep… oh the irony.


I like European customs, soo much easier. All they do is look at your passport for 10 seconds and give it a stamp. I don’t think the guy even said a word to me. There were many of us DIS students that were either on the Seattle flight or on others that landed at the same time so the DIS people had organized a bus tom take us to a part of Copenhagen University where we got orientation information such as class schedules, money for transportation, etc. (this was where I had internet and announced that I had arrived) I my host family picked me up here and we went back to their house. I’ll write up a separate post about the host family and my home here.


The first three days here have all been orientation stuff.

On Monday we went to what is called the Glyptoeck. It’s a museum that has a one of the largest collections of Greek and Roman sculpture north of Italy (or something like that) I’ll have to go back later and take more pictures. I spent most of the time there listening to speeches and a Wind Quartet playing music. There are about 600 students studying at DIS this semester so they had to split us into two groups for this orientation.

Almost everyone else here is from private schools on the East Coast. I’ve met two people from U of O and other then that I think everyone else is an East Coaster.



In the afternoon I we had a living in Europe and travel orientation. I.E. more speeches and teaching us about the city and Danish Culture. Things like how Danes don’t have a word for “excuse me” so if you want to get by somebody you just have to push your way through, and about the Danish humor that is slightly sarcastic and used even with people that they just have met.


Tuesday we had a survival Danish Class. I have not found Danish incredibly easy to learn their words are rather long with lots of letters and many of them are silent or hardly pronounced. They’ve got these new vowels as well ø å and ӕ also the letter d is more of a th/L sound so the phrase “hved med deg?” (how about you?) sounds more like “vel mel die” :) It’s gunna take me a bit to figure out how to say things though, I think I can say the street where I live (Weysesgade) and my train stop (Svanemøllen)

Then In the afternoon we had a sort of scavenger hunt. They spilt us up into groups of 6 and gave us a list of places to find around the city so we spent about 2-3 hours wandering around looking at the city and learning about it from people who were waiting for us at the places we were trying to find



We also went to an activities fair. They had set up a whole bunch of booths for us with all sorts of info about different groups that we could join. I think that I might join the international choir.


Alright so, I’m on what, Wednesday? Don’t worry I’m almost finished up with this lengthy post ;) We had another Danish class. I’m still trying to decide if I should sign up for the Danish class for the rest of the semester. It would be really cool to learn some of the language and it would be good for me, but I’m not sure how the workload is going to be in my studio class… we’ll see.

We also had our Architecture orientation It sounds like it will be a good program I’m looking forward to see what happens in studio this afternoon


In the evenings I’ve been going home and hanging out with my host family and the like. As I mentioned earlier I’ll write another post about them later. For now I’ve got to take off.

It’s been great here so far we’ll see how it continues!

More photos can be found at

http://www.dansnook.com/photos/kop1/index2.html

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I made it!

Hey, so I'm here in Denmark. I don't have much time just thought I'd write a quick note while I have a break during orientation stuff. I'll write more tonight.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

One week...

Alright, so I’ve got one week left in the states… wow it’s coming I’m getting excited! In one week from now I’ll be on an airplane and in route to København Danmark. Woot Woot! I’ve got a list of things that I still have left to do… for some reason it never seems to be getting any shorter. Every time that I cross something off I realize that there’s something else that I should do before I take off. Ah well next Saturday will come before I expect it.

I’m working this week till Wed then I’ve given myself 2 days to go down and get the rest of the stuff I left in my apartment and hang out with people for one last hurrah. Then get everything all packed and get ready to head out. Oh man I still have a lot to do. Hopefully the stuff I ordered online will come soon…

I found out the other day that I am indeed living with a host family. I don’t know much about them yet. The folks from DIS only sent me their names and Address but I have been able to gather a few things from my future host brother. He contacted me before DIS did and it seems that I will be living with a 15 year old guy and his parents just outside of the city core. I’m quite looking forward to it!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Christmas

So... I know that I'm kinda doing things backward here but I thought that I'd post something concerning Christmas...

As has become our tradition we went to visit my grandparents in the Yakima Valley. It's always good seeing my Mom's side of the family. On this trip one of my sisters decided to learn how to knit and the other renewed her interest in crocheting. Yep, that's them above and below...



As is typical the little brother stole the show Christmas morning as only a 5 year old can :) We have had a tradition of letting the youngest child (who is physically able that is) hand out the presents to everyone else in the room. Of course we older folk are often called upon to help out in reading tags an the like, but that just makes it all the more cute. heh



Ah cousins, :) When we go for Christmas we tend to spend most of the time at my Grandparents house, but because my aunt and her family also live in the same town we always go and spend some time at there house as well. Typically food and board games, tis a good time. Also for the past few years my cousins have drafted some of us Snook kids to help out in putting together the Christmas Eve service for the Lutheran church that they attend. Sometimes it can be a bit, um interesting because they let the youth have a big hand in organizing it. This year it went rather well I think though. Good work Helen.



More images can be found at
www.dansnook.com/photos/christmas/index2.html

Monday, January 5, 2009

Photos Website


Hey, so I think quite a few people already knew about this but... since I'm not sure who all that is I thought I would make an announcement about it for those that didn't yet know.

I recently finished putting together a photography website. I did it because I was tired of how long it took to post pictures up here and it seems to be an effective way to show a whole bunch of photos. Also I think that it will be an easier format to keep updated while traveling abroad. I will still be posting some pictures up on this site but it will be a smaller selection from now on. Just a few of my favorites or ones that I think people might like to see in a higher resolution.

The url is www.dansnook.com/photos and there is also a link on the sidebar that should work. For folks that like to subscribe to things I also put together an rss feed of the photos.

Let me know what you people all think. I'm at pretty excited about it myself :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A New Year has come

Some reflections on the year gone past in no particular order…

Made fantastic new friends
Hung out a lot at the Rock…
Learned how to dance
Thank you all who patiently put up with me trying to learn :)
Said farewell to friends
Played first full concert in a full band!
Rocked out the coffee house scene with Ian
Thanks Ian for letting me play with you. Had loads of fun doing it!
Played music on TV… yeah
Got my worst GPA ever…
Tried to go 4 weeks in a row with an average of 16hrs of sleep for the whole week
Put myself in what was technically a coma
Decided to force myself to sleep from now on
Got an actual internship
Leaned Revit
Turned 21 woot woot
Learned to love time at Ricos
I think I’ve had some of the best meaningful conversation there
Ahh, girls, well…
I acted like an idiot
Learned more about what not to do
Spent to much time with some
Spent not enough with others
Definitely still learning…
Thanks for patience and such :)
I’m very thankful for the women in my life
Godly friends that are a joy to be around
Discovered online seminary classes!
Learned how to better teach scripture
Learned how to pray better
Was struck by the power of prayer even in what seem like the little and mundane
Thanks to those who have been in my life that spur me on to pursue God
Wished that I would have been able to read more books
Learned more about computer hard drives and the like then I wanted to
Learned to trust God in everything more
From computers, to finances, to projects, to girls, to teaching
God is Good!!
Learned how to better mountain bike
Enhanced my desire for mountain biking
Watched a bunch of Stargate
Moved out of Pullman
Visited New York, Seattle, Milwakee, Vancover, Portland, ect.
Got really into photography
Bought various items of camera gear
Took about 5500 pictures in 3 months…
Visited New York, Seattle, Milwakee, Vancover, Portland, ect.

God is Good, he is faithful and will continue to provide what he determines I need. I thank God for the blessings of a year gone by and the assurance of future with him.


Here is a very small sampling of pictures that I have taken since my last post. I have many more but I think these are some of my favorites may be good in the higher resolution. Sorry there are so many… after thanksgiving break I really had to buckle down and actually work on my Architecture project so I forced myself to not play with pictures, but here they are now :)