Saturday, March 26, 2011

Long time no see...

I realize it's been ages since my last update, but they're not lying when they that the second half the exchange goes by in a blink of an eye. I didn't even realize what month it was, like it's almost April already. I hate looking at calendars, I hate looking in the future. I actaully go out of my way sometimes just so I won't have to know the date and I don't even think it's working to my advantage anyway because when I finally do realize what day it is the time seems like it faster. In the last months, it really seems like my life is just here now. I go to school, see my friends, go to the gym, see my host family, and do it all over again. Everyday is still a learning experience but I don't notice it as much anymore. The months of January and February were kinda the "eh" months of my year so far except for a few really fun a memorable moments. In January I went to Germany with my classmate and his family, I definitely got a new but good experience there. (Sorry, can't really elaborate but it was good and safe, no worries) They are sweetest people ever and I'm really glad they invited me along. February was kind of a downer month. I got really sick and there's no Nyquil or anything here to get you through it, just regular good old bedrest. Which doesn't help at all by the way but I guess what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I didn't have a voice for 3 weeks so it's like, when I finally understand 90% of what's going on I couldn't even talk back. And the worst part is I got sick right before winter break so I missed a whole week of school and then it was winter break and all my friends went skiing. So I was alone a lot, which didn't help. However, Elena, another exchange student from California and I went with my host family to their summer house and we went out that weekend also, so it wasn't all bad. It never is. I've defiitely learned that you just have to try and get over it or things will never get any better. For me, it's just good to find someone to talk to and get through it. Cheesy I know, but seriously! That's all it takes for me.

Keil, Germany

Keil, Germany

Gymfest- Marianne, Me, Anne

Gymfest- Sebastian, Anne, Me, Jonas, Marianne, Julie

March has been really great though! I just got back from a trip to Florence with my school. I traveled with a different class though because mine was going to the US and I'd say that was a good call because I loved every second of it. It was a very good group of kids too and also a good opportunity to meet new people a the gymnasium. It was my friend Anna from Brasil's class and another exchange student from Vennezuela, Maria, went too so it's not like I didn't know anybody which was good as well. We had tons of fun, tons a memories, and tns of execellent food. I'd definitely say the best school trip I've been on in my life. I saw Brunellechi's Dome, the David, and the orginal Birth of Venus not to mention tonsmore culture as well. All four ´Ninja Turtles were born in Forence. (Michealangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Rapheal, and Donetello) It was an amazing city, maybe the most beautiful one I have ever been to. It was amazing to hear this beautiful language all the time and also to see all of the beautiful architecture at the same time. Sometimes I would try to just imagine what it would have been like during the birth of the rennissaince but of course within the sight of iphones and cars and modern clothing I would be instantly back into the 21st century. I can honestly say that there is nothing that I didn't like about thi trip, absolute perfection!

Brunellechi's Dome

Me, Maria, Anna

Ate this everyday.

The David in all his naked glory.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dreaming of a white Christmas...

Actually, I HAD a white Christmas which I'm very appreciative of because I've never experienced one before! Christmas is Denmark is so lovely. I wish I could come here every year and take my family with me and celebrate here. The Christmas spirit is truly here. As there are some similarities to the Christmas I'm used to, there are many differences as well. For instance, Christmas is not just the 24th and the 25th of december, it's the entire month. Most of the important things happen on the 24th though. With my host family, we first went to church then came home relaxed a little and started cooking. For dinner there was duck, lots of potatoes, and some other vegetables. For dessert we had rice pudding with a cherry sauce which is so delicious! And if you find the almond in the pudding then you win a special gift, and I got it! (And no it wasn't a set up because I'm foreign, I actually won it fair and square.) After dinner we all gathered around the tree and danced around it and sang songs. This was really strange for me, but it was really nice! Here, they open presents on Christmas Eve as well. I especially like that tradition. ;)

On Christmas day, my host dad, mom, brother and I all went outside in the snow after breakfast. (I made them an American pancake breakfast by the way). My host dad had attached a sled to a motor bike, it was so much fun! There are no hills in Denmark so you kinda have to get creative when you wanna sled. It was a relaxing day of just enjoying your time together with family.

I had a great Danish New Year's Eve as well. First, I watched the annual speech the Queen gives every New Year's Eve and ate a little bit before going to my classmate's house for a party. It was the most fun New Year's I have had in a long time!

The new year has started off great, still love it here and I have still only been homesick one time. I'm actually more sad that I'm leaving sooner and sooner. I really hate thinking about it, it will be soo hard to leave this place. I'm seriously considering coming back and going to school here because I love living here and I love speaking and learning Danish. The way of life here is great and I'm incredibly satisfied. I almost wish I didn't like it this much so it would be easier to leave.

Anways, that's all for now...

Vi ses næste gang!