That's So Danish

Partaaayy in the USA

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!

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(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!  ;)

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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!!

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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!

I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY PULLED OFF KNOWING DANISH.

And with only three days to spare!! Okay sure I’ve pulled it off before, but that has been by not responding or just smiling and doing awkward laughs. THIS TIME I ACTUALLY SPOKE DANISH. Okay let me set the scene: Helena had just finished a final and ducks into a store for some last-minute souvenir gifts.

Cahier: Would you like a bag? (In Danish)

 Me: “Nej, tak”  I respond like a pro. She precedes ring up my items.

Cahier: Halvfjerds kroner

70 KRONER. WOW. I UNDERSTAND. Now I pay with my card. She gets confused because I need to sign with my card (They don’t do that in Europe).

Cashier: Do you need to sign for this? (or something like that, said in Danish)

Me: Ja, undskyld, undskyld (Basically sorry, sorry)

Cashier: No problem, let me find a pen (In Dansk)

HOW DOES SHE STILL NOT KNOW?

I sign the receipt when she’s done

Me: Tak!

Cashier: Have en god dag!

Me : Tak igen! (Thanks again!)

WHAAAAAAAAt. Okay to any Danes out there (actually to most people) this probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but you must realize that I have been trying so HARD to pass as a Dane while I’m here and usually in these confusing interactions I break my cover. Well not todayyy world. Not today. I guess all that last-minute cramming for my Danish final last week paid off? (Also side note I’m doing a lot of inferring here with what the cashier said but I’m pretty confident those were her words)

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(Flowers at Tivoli)

ALSO I went to Tivoli with the host fam yesterday!! SO FUN! My host sisters tricked me and then subsequently forced me onto a ride called VERTIGO. Now hearing the name I should have said no immediately, but I somehow agreed to go and realized only afterward that you experience G-Force while flying through the air. Very Intense.

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(Photographic evidence of me being forced on the ride)

One more paper to write and I’m ALL DONE?!?!? I haven’t even really allowed myself time to stop and realize that this time next week I won’t be here… I can’t even imagine it!! 

Fifteenth Food Friday!
Phew. Alliteration.That was tough. AND FIFTEENTH?!! That means only one Friday left before I jet back home next Saturday! So soon!
Only two photos of food this week:
1) One of the wonderfully prepared dinners made by my host father (AHhhh I’m going to miss his cooking!!)
2) This is the delicious cake I ate in Sweden! Despite its beautiful looks it actually was more tart than sweet, but that has never stopped me from eating anything in the past…

Wow. One more week. Starting to get some actual feelings here….

Fifteenth Food Friday!

Phew. Alliteration.That was tough. AND FIFTEENTH?!! That means only one Friday left before I jet back home next Saturday! So soon!

Only two photos of food this week:

1) One of the wonderfully prepared dinners made by my host father (AHhhh I’m going to miss his cooking!!)

2) This is the delicious cake I ate in Sweden! Despite its beautiful looks it actually was more tart than sweet, but that has never stopped me from eating anything in the past…

Wow. One more week. Starting to get some actual feelings here….

Sweden was Swell

Last weekend I went to Jonstorp, Sweden on the DIS Sweden Canoeing and Hiking trip! Want to read a lot of sentences that end in explanation points? You’re in luck! 

We left at an early 7:20 AM on Saturday and we returned around 8PM on Sunday. We stayed at a very cute hostel in Sweden owned by an older Swedish couple! They made us really good food and we had to wear these cute little slippers inside the hostel that was a renovated quaint house in the countryside!

Saturday:

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-Dropped off in middle of nowhere Rural Sweden and Canoed for three hours along the river. We were surprised with ice cream halfway through which was wonderful!

-Visited Nimis, which is a structure made by an Artist in the 1980’s out of driftwood and a whole bunch of nails. It’s actually not technically a part of Sweden – it is its own separate entity in a micronation called Ladonia (sort of like the Vatican?)- but basically it is similar to a giant playground that you can climb on!

-Bonfire with smoresss in the evening!! A piece of the U.S.!!

Sunday:

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-We went ORIENTEERING in this really pretty park, and I joined forces with a few of my other very competitive friends and we made it really fun, running around from station to station and completing various tasks (like the one in the lower right of the picture above) in a very competitive way. We WON (if you couldn’t already tell) and we received candy for our hard work. Go team ONE!

-We also went rappelling down the sides of a couple of cliffs in the park and it was so cool! Very X-TREME.

Finally we finished the weekend with cake and coffee at a cute Swedish outdoor cafe! Very well deserved cake after all that hard work.

And that was it! Sweden was pretty sweet! Finals are eating up my time right now but I’m in the home stretch!!

Hi! I will be "crossing my fingers" living with a host family next semester when I attend DIS... how did you get a roommate? (I would love one).
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Hello!! Yes, to sign up to have a roommate at your homestay you just select that you would be willing to share a room on your housing form! Its just a little check that you select. You aren’t guaranteed to have your own rooms as an FYI, Janelle and I share but it’s okay because we’re both pretty weird…

 

So jealous that you’re coming next semester!!! You’re going to have a blast!

Fancy Food Friday!!
Only two Food Friday’s left!! Waahhat? So SOON! And I have a HUGE pile of work to do between now and then…but of course I’m still eating :)
This past week it was the 21st Birthday of Genevieve, one of my friends here at DIS. For her birthday we went to Halifax, a delish American-style Burger place! I also did not make that cake for her, some girls in her DRC (DIS Residential Community) made it! 
Thennn last night there was a dinner for all of us bloggers at Den Tatoverede Enke  (The Tattooed Widow) where we ate lamb for our main course and for dessert we had the infamous Danish dessert: rød grød med fløde! It was SO good it had a white chocolate mouse that was in rhubarb sauce. This dessert is infamous not because it taste bad, but because it is the classic string of words that Danes will ask non-Danish speakers to say. Needless to say, I cannot pronounce the name of the dish but it was great nonetheless

Fancy Food Friday!!

Only two Food Friday’s left!! Waahhat? So SOON! And I have a HUGE pile of work to do between now and then…but of course I’m still eating :)

This past week it was the 21st Birthday of Genevieve, one of my friends here at DIS. For her birthday we went to Halifax, a delish American-style Burger place! I also did not make that cake for her, some girls in her DRC (DIS Residential Community) made it! 

Thennn last night there was a dinner for all of us bloggers at Den Tatoverede Enke  (The Tattooed Widow) where we ate lamb for our main course and for dessert we had the infamous Danish dessert: rød grød med fløde! It was SO good it had a white chocolate mouse that was in rhubarb sauce. This dessert is infamous not because it taste bad, but because it is the classic string of words that Danes will ask non-Danish speakers to say. Needless to say, I cannot pronounce the name of the dish but it was great nonetheless

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has come to Denmark!

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(Utilizing my host family’s trampoline - see the play on words I was trying out?)

The weather has been in the mid 60’s the last couple days and I am unsure of how to even process this. Of course this weather is coming when I have the most work in my classes- but I’m not complaining! Copenhagen has transformed: many more tourists are on the streets, Danes are in the parks, the birds are singing…(but actually)

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I highly recommend my Joe and the JuiceØstre Anlæg combo today. It was wonderful. (you really just have to google image search ‘Joe and the Juice’ to realize my reason for liking the cafe…)

Everything is blooming and the Danes really appreciate the change in weather. Windows and doors are opened in houses everywhere and because of the latitude we are getting over 15 hours of sunlight! YAY FOR SEASONS. 

FoOd FrIdAy!
Womp womp Helena forgot to take photos of most of her food this week, so lucky for you, I will show you what I ate for Easter Lunch/Dinner!
We had this delicious orange-infused carrot cake that you can see in the top left, my lunch of raw salmon, cod and cooked pork with some vegetables (top right) and for dinner: potatoes, a broccoli/walnut/onion salad and lamb! 
I also will take this time to point out that potatoes here in Denmark taste SO much better than back at home? Why they do? I’m not sure. Looks like someone on Yahoo Answers had the same question…
I also got some sweet minestrone soup this past week at an organic, vegetarian restaurant called Morgenstedet in Christiana! No pictures allowed though so sadly I didn’t take a picture, but definitely a place worth hitting up!

FoOd FrIdAy!

Womp womp Helena forgot to take photos of most of her food this week, so lucky for you, I will show you what I ate for Easter Lunch/Dinner!

We had this delicious orange-infused carrot cake that you can see in the top left, my lunch of raw salmon, cod and cooked pork with some vegetables (top right) and for dinner: potatoes, a broccoli/walnut/onion salad and lamb! 

I also will take this time to point out that potatoes here in Denmark taste SO much better than back at home? Why they do? I’m not sure. Looks like someone on Yahoo Answers had the same question

I also got some sweet minestrone soup this past week at an organic, vegetarian restaurant called Morgenstedet in Christiana! No pictures allowed though so sadly I didn’t take a picture, but definitely a place worth hitting up!

My Danish Easter

Happy Belated Easter!! (or early Easter for all you enthusiasts that are just THAT pumped about next year)

So  this Easter I hung out at my host grandparents “summer house.” What is a summer house, you ask?

Well it’s a somewhat Danish concept – they are these tiny little one/two room houses that Danes own in addition to their permanent residence. They use the houses just like a vacation house, and they’re usually located in “vacation towns” by the coast in Denmark.  I was told the whole concept behind summer houses has a sort of “campy” and “roughing it” sort of feel. Some of the summer houses don’t have indoor bathrooms, and while my host grandparent’s house did have one, they didn’t have a bedroom – just a pull-out couch to sleep on in the tiny living room!

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AnYwAySsSs… back to the holiday. Easter was awesome! I spent it with my host family, host grandparents, host uncle, and my host Aunt and her family (which includes three young boys).

Things we did:

-We had an easter egg/feather hunt around the yard with the boys and my host sister Ida. Once we collected all the eggs and feathers the boys were given a treasure map that led them to a secret box, and after finding it they found that they were able to enjoy their prize – Kinder chocolate eggs! (Now that’s my kind of treasure…)

-We also went to the beach (a close two minute walk from the house) and we went to the shore for a little bit. Only Ida was brave enough to go into the freezing cold water water, but it was a nice temperature to sit and watch from the shore!

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-After that we took a drive to the nearby town of Højby(a vacation town) and we went out to try and catch crabs off the pier! I guess this is what happens when you live on a giant island, in a country made up of 406 other islands…

-When we got back to the house I also showed my host family what dying easter eggs was ( a concept they had never heard of!) Luckily my mom had been smart enough to bring an egg-dying kit with her when she visited, which is good because they don’t exist in Denmark!

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(Hard at work on the easter eggs and my host parents eating some peeps!)

My mom also brought some of the marshmallow Peep’s with her so I shared that with my host family as well! I think they liked them! Bringing a little of America to a Northern Zealand Easter!

Hej Hej!!