Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Final Weds

It’s my last onsdag in Denmark. This occasion is marked by a day trip to see an amazing person. I am currently on a train to Århus on Jutland (Danmark's mainland). I'm visiting my friend Mette who lived at the højskole with me. I'm not sure what to expect. Mette and I only really talked at the parties and it was usually about a certain Dane or American. So this should be entertaining! I wish I spent more with her. It still feels like I have plenty of time with the Danes. It hasn't hit yet. I'm leaving this pancake flat land on Saturday. I need more time-- I’m just starting to recognize some town names like Horsens and Veijen where other friends live.
 It's such a special place...that is really the only way I can describe it. Oh Jutland, why haven't I visited more! [It would be amazing to go to grad school here. It would be perfect for linguistics… Or, not study at all so I can try Broadway lol (not likely)]
I know your thinking, day trip don't you attend school?!
Well, this trip is 3 hours both ways so I have plenty of time to study…I’m sure I won't study as much as I should but at least I get points for thinking about studying! Anyway, thinking about studying is more productive than me being on the computer not writing a paper. Plus ,last week I had so much work that I never had time to really say goodbye to the Danes. (Did I mention most of them are in Istanbul?) Therefore, I need a break.

on my way back. What a day. We spent 3 hours at a café talking about the høj and life. I hope she comes to visit the US. She doesn’t have a choice! She has two people to visit her current beau and me :) I'm really glad I got out of Copenhagen and got to hear her opinions about the hojskole. She validated what I pretty much thought about my time there. It was time for the love fest to end but it's not time to leave Danmark. Overall, this trip has been therapeutic. As much as I love telling my friends at home about my experiences here, there are so many aspects that I will not be able to translate into American. How can you translate a hojskole feel? I just spent a whole semester in a Danish social experiment. That's a college essay starter.
But really,  even to my friends traveling Europe, Danmark is so strange that to explain Zealand  is near impossible. So, it was great to talk to a Dane about a Dane and have a briefing on this whole semester. [Dad, she even told me I'd love India]

gahhh, I'm going to miss this so much. I'm going to have to try harder to keep in contact with my Danish friends-- I'm awful at emailing and staying in touch. Must not be lazy, Lindsey!!

Mental note: Need to remember to get her email.

In other news:
I have around 1000 photos from my good camera. I have a ton to look at and of course post when I get home to better internet.
I have so much to do. I need to call Wooster and work ew...Mmm maybe I should start reading for my Muslims more hour until central station.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Last Week

Denmark Good Bye
Sunday: Hamlet Castle and Market
Monday: Germany & Jutland Trip
Tuesday: Christiania Christmas Market
Weds: The Etruscan Paper
Thursday: Study Islam
Friday: Exam
                             Final Ceremony
                                DIS Farewell Party
Saturday: Plane at 1:20

Old Post That I Found :-)

Sorry! I have been so MIA for the last bit of my travels. I have had so much work here, and it is not the type of work I'm use to doing. This work is more analyze this story point out yet theme etc stuff, which I haven't done since maybe high school!

Anyway, my life so far has been okay. We made a great thanksgiving dinner for the 15 Americans and certain Danish guests. It was a very long day to say the least. I got out of class at 1, home by 2:30 and didn’t leave the kitchen until 7 or 8. It was one of the best thanksgivings I’ve cooked (it was also my first without my family). Now I can honestly say I am ready to head back to America and unwind. I really missed greens at thanksgiving this year. I didn't even try to look for them in Copenhagen. This week I also learned that I might trust people too much or I'm too open. I'm not sure what I learned but I know it was something important haha. 

Overall, I wouldn't change anything about my time here but it's really time to go. Thankfully probably isn't the right word but it will have to do, I leaving the 18th. I think I'm finally a little homesick but I'm sure it will fade after Xmas and then I'll have to go back to Wooster. I just really want to sleep in my own bed and see my family and friends at woo.
Back to the present, on Friday I am going to see the little mermaid finally and then possibly planning a trip to Germany to use my rail passes. On Saturday, it's family day so I will be heading up to hamlets Castle to see a Christmas market! Maybe I'll actually complete some souvenir shopping? (Of course, I will be doing some serious work of the weekend...yay finals)

I think that's it. If I have time, I might write another post about Jul/ Danish Xmas

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