Model UN 2018, Copenhagen: Daily Blog #2
Each year, Linden students from Grade 11 participate in Rysensteen Gymnasium’s Model UN in Copenhagen. Below is the second in a series of blogs from the 2018 event.
The Beginning of Model United Nations, and of new friendships!
By Sophia Eberschlag, Grade 11
Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
I believe Tuesday was a very eventful day for each of us! The day began at 6:30 am with the morning sun shining through the balcony doors in my room. After a filling breakfast of oatmeal, my homestay host, Anemone and I set off for our first day at the Model United Nations (MUN) Conference. It was nice to walk into the opening ceremony and see all of my classmates in our professional attire, a rare sight back in Toronto! The opening ceremony included a speech from the Principal of the Rysensteen Gymnasium (school), the school’s student president, and Denmark’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anders Samuelsen.
All of our conferences focused on exciting issues, and we all got a good idea of the challenges involved in diplomacy. We all witnessed fruitful discussions, debates, and controversies within each of our committees. After such an intriguing first day, my classmates and I all felt prepared for the next day.
After the first day at MUN, our homestays and their friends took us to an art museum called Glyptotek. We spent some time walking around looking at the artwork and sculptures and beautiful interior design of the building. We left around 4:00 pm and agreed to meet at Anemone’s apartment for dinner. So at around 6:00 pm we all, along with our homestays and a few of their friends, made tacos together in Anemone’s kitchen. We then sat outside on the balcony and talked about Canadian and Danish culture for hours, discussing similarities and differences as well as slang, which was a lot of fun.
When everyone left, I reflected on the day and decided that our first full day in Copenhagen was quite successful. We formed friendships with the Danes, all had positive experiences at our first MUN, went sightseeing and had good food. After such an amazing day, I could not be more excited to see what the rest of the week has to offer.