Graduation and on to Copenhagen

Trip Start Jun 19, 2012
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Trip End Jul 01, 2012


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

This morning was a hectic one. Breakfast at Michaelhouse, an old church converted into a nice cafe and then preparing for the big graduation ceremony which included standing in line for about an hour.

Trinity's graduation started at 10am and Shelby was in the 2nd session because of the luck of having her last name start near the end of the alphabet. It was a very old-fashioned traditional ceremony that has remained basically the same since the university was founded almost 800 years ago.

The master of the Trinity college is introduced and seated into a throne-like chair. Then the students, about 200, file in to the back of the Senate House and are led up to the master four at a time and introduced as a group, all in Latin. Then, one at a time, each of the four is personally announced (in English) and comes forward to the master, kneels, has his or her hands held by the master as he congratulates and blesses them, after which they bow or curtsy and then exit to receive their degree certificate.

All very formal of course, with the master in a red robe and the students in navy and black with fur-lined hoods.

They wouldn't let us use our camera's inside, unfortunately, but they did have a professional photographer taking pictures which we can, of course, buy later.

Then hugs and kisses afterward out on the lawn and a few photos of our own, back at the Great Court at Trinity, changed clothes, hopped a train to the airport and off to Copenhagen.

We arrived in the Danish capitol about 6pm local time, checked into our hostel and headed out into the city. We found the action down by the waterfront where we ate dinner at an outdoor cafe in a little plaza. Then we went exploring some more and stumbled onto a really happening canal street and a football (soccer) festival where a huge screen was set up to show the Germany-Italy match. Italy won easily as Germany appeared to be playing very sluggishly. On the way back to our room we saw lots of celebrating Italians and/or Italy fans.

So far what we have seen of Copenhagen has been lovely. We definitely feel like we are in Scandinavia.
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