My time in Denmark is about halfway over now, and I think it’s a good time to reflect on my experience here. It’s been almost six months since I arrived but it’s felt like so much longer than that to me. I have created a new amazing life here and that’s something no one will ever be able to take away from me.
I definitely think I have changed both mentally and physically. I’ve been gaining a lot more weight than expected but so far that hasn’t stopped me from eating.
In one of my earlier blogs I talked about how my wardrobe has changed to how Danish people dress, which remains to be true even if it means my skinny jeans are a little skinnier because of the few kilos I’ve put on, and frankly I believe I’ll keep dressing this way since it suits me and definitely looks better than what I wore before. Even if that means wearing a leather jacket that I spent way too much money on.
There are things I’ve learned about myself too, such as how difficult it can be for me to start a conversation with someone I don’t know well but when I do, people are delighted to talk to me and end up becoming a new friend.
When it comes to all the friends I have who are Danish I have heard the words “I will visit you in America” about a thousand times. I make sure to let people know that I still live more than 800 miles away from Los Angeles but that doesn’t seem to change their minds. I think it would be awesome for them to visit but my city isn’t exactly a tourist destination and doesn’t have the shopping like New York or the beaches of California. I do make sure to know all the same that if they are willing to make the trip then they have a bed/couch/area of the floor to sleep on at my place.
I thought I would be a lot further along in language by now sadly. I have learned a lot and can speak some Danish although I have been pretty lazy when it comes to learning it. It’s both a blessing and a curse that everyone speaks English because the second you say you’re not Danish the they only speak English to you. I’m happy I’ve been able to learn a decent amount of Danish but at the same time I just wish I knew way more than I do. A new language for anyone takes a lot of patience and dedication for someone to learn. Most of the time it takes years for anyone to even get a hang of a new language. I am learning the best way that is possible to learn which is to put yourself in the country that speaks that language so I’m bound to learn more if I choose to.
It blows my mind that I’ve only been here for almost six months because to me it feels like it’s been so much longer. I have so many memories of things I’ve done and so many stories I could tell and I still have the second half of my exchange to look forward to.