Vi ses Denmark

How did four months go by so quickly?  HOW?

On Thursday morning I had my last final at DIS which was for my marine biology class.  I took the whole 2 hours, and the exam went pretty well!  I was just so excited to be done and return all of my books after it was over.  Later in the afternoon, I went with some friends to an outdoor ice skating rink in Frederiksberg.  I am pretty sure that the last time I went ice skating was in middle school.  I was really proud of myself though for not falling!  We stayed for about an hour, but there were some really good Danes tearing up the ice and then made us all feel like fools. :P

In the evening, we were surprised to hear that Søren and Oda were coming to say goodbye!  I had thought that I had seen Oda for the last time a week ago, so it was wonderful seeing both of them again!

Today is Friday and my final full day in Denmark. :(  Four months seems like a long time, but it just goes by so quickly!  This morning Jessica and I met up with our friend Annie to see the Fredricksborg Castle in Hillerød.  It was built for King Christian IV but is now a museum for national history.  We just walked around it and passed by a few kids sledding down a hill nearby.

Afterwards, Jessica and I went back into Copenhagen to buy the last few Christmas gifts on our list and to eat lunch with our friend Todd.  After lunch, we ran into Annie again at the Royal Copenhagen store!  The last stop was the A.C. Perch tea store, because I know I will want tea all the time once I get back home!  The store is really small, and there line was so long and people were waiting outside the store in the cold.  I had to wait maybe 20-30 minutes before I got to buy my tea, but I’m sure it will be worth it!

Tonight we had our last dinner with Karin and Steen.  Andreas and Fredrick also joined us to say goodbye.  Karin made a lovely dinner, as she always does. :)  We ended up sitting at the table for a few hours just chatting and enjoying each others company.  Karin and Steen also surprised us with Christmas presents, and we did the same for them!  I got them a candle holder with rotating reindeer at the top, and they got me an angel ornament and a book called Fall of Giants.  They had talked about it before, and they remembered that I was interested in it!

Packing is awful.  I greatly dislike it.  But, I managed to zip up both of my suitcases and have two backpacks stuffed with stuff (what else would they be stuffed with? :P).  I’m going to wake up at 4:45 tomorrow morning to say goodbye to Jessica because she has to leave from here at 5!  I’m not leaving until around noon, and then I’ll pack up the last of my belongings and be on my way…..

These last four months have been incredible.  There is really no good way to describe all of the wonderful experiences I have had.  I couldn’t have asked for better host parents.  Karin and Steen have been amazing and I feel like I have a second family here in Denmark including all of their children, their friends and just everybody that comes through their doors.  It is going to be so hard to say goodbye, but I know I will be back someday and that I will definitely visit them when I do!  I have loved every minute of going to school in Copenhagen.  Being in a city is definitely different than the small town Minnesota life I am used too, but Copenhagen is now my favorite European city.  I may be biased. :P  I’ve made so many great friends that I hope to keep in touch with.  DIS has been one of the best decisions of my life, and if you know me you know how indecisive I am.  I cannot believe all the wonderful opportunities and people I have met along the way, and I am thankful and grateful for each and every one of them.

Vi ses Denmark, until we meet again!

Walking In a Winter Wonderland

I just had my last full weekend in Denmark.  So bittersweet!  On Saturday Karin and Steen took Jessica and I to Frilesmuseet in Lyngby.  Before leaving though, Karin asked Steen if we should change the car’s tires.  I asked Steen if I could help because I’ve never changed tires before.  It seems like a good skill to have!  It ended up taking longer than we thought, and I really didn’t help all that much, but now I know how to do it!  I have the picture to prove it!  Frilesmuseet translates to the Open Air Museum in English, and it reminds me a lot of a place called Pioneer Village at home, except on a much larger scale.  There are over fifty original farms, houses, and gardens in the museum coming from Denmark, Sweden, Schleswig and the Faroe Islands.  It was pretty cold, but very pretty!  All of this snow is reminding me of being home in Minnesota.

I helped change the tires!

I helped change the tires!

A lovely wintery day!

A lovely wintery day!

Just sittin on some hay.

Just sittin on some hay.

We had a traditional Danish Christmas dinner and invited Oda because that was the last time we were going to see her! :(  Oh, and Andreas came too.  Karin changed the menu because he was coming and she made ham instead, haha.  They also made brunede kartofler for us, or brown potatoes which are basically potatoes with butter and sugar.  They were delicious!  And then Steen made some homemade gløgg too.  I think it was even better than the one I had at Peter’s house!  A very hygge evening indeed.

I was really looking forward to Sunday because I got to go horseback riding for the first time through a winter wonderland.  It was snowing a lot on Sunday, so Steen said it was a good thing we had the winter tires on!  We were meeting with our friend Annie and her host mom Agnete to visit their horse at some stables close to Hillerød.  They were having a Christmas scavenger hunt around the woods there, but we didn’t try to win at all.  We answered a total of three questions and were probably the last ones back.  We just took our time and enjoyed the snowy day.  Everyone seemed to know how excited I was about getting to ride a horse, so they all let me go first.  Agnete has an Icelandic horse, and it was quite calm and easy going, so it was a good horse to ride for the first time!  After we all had a chance to ride the horse, we returned to the stables and had snacks and tea.  I really hope that I can ride again in the near future!

The weekend went by way too quickly, as all weekends do.  On Monday Jessica and I had our first final for the Social Brain.  We had all received an official exam schedule from DIS via email, so we used that to find our room.  About half our class was there, but it was confusing because the room on the schedule said we were supposed to take the final in a faculty lounge.  But, we saw at least half of our classmates in the room next to it, so we sat there waiting for our proctor.  Our exam was supposed to start at 9, but the proctor never came.  A classmate, Ben, went to go see other Social Brain section’s proctor to see if we were in the wrong place, and another person asked a faculty member, who said that the proctor was running late.  However, soon after that, the Ben called and said that we had to go to the other building to take our test.  So we all had to move and started the exam around 9:15 instead of 9.  I was pretty stressed at first because I usually take all of the time alloted when I take an exam whether I need it or not.  The good news is that the exam was really easy!  I finished a bit before time was up, and the Jessica and I got pastries to celebrate with our friend Nicole. :)

Today I finished my last paper for DIS!  Now I just have to worry about two finals and packing.  Ahhhhh!  Time is going by way to quickly!

Christmas Shopping and Footballing

First of all, I’m pretty sure I’m not leaving Denmark ever.  I’m in denial.  It is just not going to happen.

Wednesday was a lovely winters day because I didn’t have any field studies!  Neither did Jessica, so we made Wednesday our Christmas shopping day.  After a leisurely breakfast, we headed out to the city.  There was a Christmas market at Nyhavn that was fun to walk around, but there wasn’t anything too exciting there.  It was just fun to see, especially with snow at Nyhavn!  Then we walked our way up Strøget and stopped at any store that looked remotely interesting.  Of course we took our time, because what’s the rush?  I only have one 10 page paper and three finals, haha.  There is also an adorable Christmas market around Strøget, so we stopped by there too!

A snowy Nyhavn. :)

A snowy Nyhavn. :)

Christmas marketing!

Christmas marketing!

Then on Thursday I had a free ticket to FC København game!  It was so fun!  The cheering section is so insane.  There are so many of them jumping up and down, chanting about, drumming and waving flags, pure craziness!  I went with two of my friends, and we soon learned that on either side of us there were people cheering for the Romanian team, FC Steaua Bucresti.  Nothing really happened in the game for a long time.  In the second half, the Romanian team scored a goal, and when there were about 5 minutes left in the game, Copenhagen scored too!  Then there was a 4 minute overtime, but nothing happened, so the end score was 1:1.

Game time F.C. København style.

Game time F.C. København style.

Go hard or go home.

Go hard or go home.

Today was my last day of classes at DIS!  It is sad, but true.  My Marine Biology prof brought bread and pastries to class.  After class, I met with Jessica and our friend Kaitlin to go to Agnes cupcakes one more time.  They have a new Christmas cupcake which is basically a chocolate cupcake with chocolate and orange frosting.  Such a good combination and such a pretty cupcake!

I love Agnes!

I love Agnes!

Next I had my Enemy Within class.  It lasted all of five minutes and my prof gave us chocolate.  I hung out in the DIS main office with some friends for a while until it was time to have my concluding MPP social at 2:30.  We went to a vegetarian buffet called Riz Raz and just enjoyed the good food and the good company.  I had A.C. Perch tea for the first time at Riz Raz.  It’s a pretty famous brand of tea in Copenhagen.  And now I know why!  The jasmine tea I had was delicious.

I ended up staying there longer than I thought.  Karin had asked me and Jessica if we would be interested in going Christmas shopping with her today, and of course we wanted too!  Therefore, I said I would just meet them in Lyngby, where we had planned on going shopping.  I ended up having to wait for half an hour, so I probably could have just gone home and left with them from there, but whatever!  We searched for a Christmas present for one of my host-brothers (a v-neck cardigan that was not black or purple, a shirt, or jeans).  I won’t tell you what we decided on though just in case he happens to read this blog….The Lyngby storecenter was all decked out for Christmas too!  I was impressed with their Christmas display.

Beautiful Christmas decorations at the Lyngby Storecenter.

Beautiful Christmas decorations at the Lyngby Storecenter.

Tomorrow Karin and Steen are taking me and Jessica to the Open Air Museum, Frilesmuseet, in Lyngby.  Can’t wait!