So I’m a little behind…but on Saturday I boarded a plane to take me back to the U.S.! I said goodbye to Copenhagen on such a gorgeous day, it made me wish that I could have stayed the summer! Very bittersweet leaving…I wanted to stop studying for classes and to see my family, but I didn’t want to leave such a beautiful country!
(But luckily I got the two seats next to me for leg room on the way back, so it made leaving just a little less hard…)
A HUGE thank you to my host family for putting up with me this semester!! I’ll miss them! They’re probably happy that the American that never shut up and had really bad jokes is gone, but I know they’ll miss me (just a little bit) too! ;)
That’s a picture of all of us on our last day (minus Anna and Emilie) as well as MY LAST (hopefully not) DANISH DANISH, and the front door I will no longer be returning home to!
BUT NOW I AM BACK in the U S of freaking A and my siblings have missed me so much!!
Just look at how excited they are to be reunited with me! The joy on their faces!
I will be honest, the jetlag is kicking in pretty hard once again, but luckily I can just sleep all the time now and try to ignore the piles of laundry I need to do. Being back in the U.S. is a little bit of a culture shock. I forgot what it was like to actually know what people are saying around you, what strangers say to each other in passing, or what they say between songs on the radio. Everything is also so much BIGGER than in Denmark, I have forgotten about the big drink sizes, the big supermarkets, the BIG cars and the big houses. And there are noooo bikers back home! Cultural differences, man.
From Denmark I know that I’ll miss the ease of travel, and how AWESOME the public transportation is. I also think I’ll miss the healthy lifestyle and just how much more environmentally conscious everyone is. I think I’ll also miss the freedom I had while I was abroad, it was so easy to just jump around from country to country and get first hand experiences with other cultures which (for obvious reasons) is not sooo easy to do here in the U.S.
I feel now that I have come back from all my travels that I have a much better understanding of what America is. I appreciate where I’ve come from much more, and I also see what makes America unique and different from other places in the world. I also realize how LUCKY I am that I was born here and not back in a place like Russia! (although the trip was great, I just don’t know if I would like to live there) I love my country much more than I have ever realized before!
I also want to THANK EVERYONE who read my blog this semester! Hopefully my sense of “humor” wasn’t too annoying to read through! My google analytics page tells me that the blog has had over 1000 hits this semester (although most of those were probably me) but thanks for reading!! If any of you guys going to Copenhagen next semester have any question feel free to send them over! (who knows if I’ll be any help, but I’ll try!)
VI SES DANMARK! I hope to see you again!!! KEEP MAKING THOSE DELICIOUS PASTRIES!