Copenhagen was the chosen destination for human geographers to travel to as part of their second year compulsory fieldwork project. The trip to Copenhagen lasted five days and began with a walking tour visiting tourist areas before splitting for the remaining days into smaller groups for our focused fieldwork projects. The walking tour allowed us to visit the beautiful “Nyhavn” or old port, featuring the traditional Copenhagen scene of canals bordered with pastel coloured housing, and the world-famous “Little Mermaid” (pictured below). During the walking tour our focus was on trying to understand the city in more depth and “reading the landscape” between the different districts. An example of this study of the city culminated in a comparison between Christiania the famous free town in Copenhagen and the rest of the city. Christiania was a key area of interest in our study of the city as despite the city being renowned for its architectural layers of old traditionalist palaces interspersed with modern wonders of design Christiana as a free town is an anomaly as it is owned by the inhabitants meaning the area cannot be designed or controlled by the state. This was seen with the high degree of non-normal sculptures made out of rubbish and the often politically focused graffiti. This led to the area being of key interest for many project groups such as the group investigating youth protest in Copenhagen.
My project focused on the image of a “good” mother in Copenhagen, which was investigated by interviewing mothers in public areas as well as the equality representative from the Danish parliament. There were many different project titles to choose from including food, which proved popular as it involved many trips to various world-famous restaurants to determine if there has been an emergence of a “New-Nordic Cuisine”. The whole trip despite being focused on work provided the perfect extended holiday for the beginning of Hilary term.