This was my first week in Denmark and so far things are going well. It wasn’t too easy at first but now I am starting to get into somewhat of a routine. There is so much here that is yet to be discovered and I am very excited to do so but here’s a list of what I do know so far.
#1 Danish Is Quite Difficult
I walked off that plane on Sunday thinking that I knew enough Danish to at least hold a very short conversation. I know basic phrases and I thought that I would understand at least 10% of what people said in a conversation. I have no idea what anyone here is saying at all. My current host family speaks in Danish during meals and it just goes in one ear and out the other for me and I am always embarrassed when someone asks me something in Danish and I have to tell them that I can’t speak Danish well at all. I will be taking lessons in school to help improve it but I am so lucky most of this population speaks English otherwise I would be screwed.
#2 The Scenery Is Much different than what I’m Used To
My hometown in the United States is 2700 feet(or 832 meters) above sea level along with many mountains in every direction you look. Here I am right next to the ocean and I did not think anywhere could be as flat as this. It’s all gorgeous here but I continuously look out at the distance and think I am dreaming because of the lack of mountains or hills or any difference in elevation.
#3 The Fashion Is So Simple
Normally what I wear in the U.S. would be some slightly tight jeans, a pair of vans, and a t shirt or bro tank with a unique design on it. And my current haircut consists of long hair coming from the top of my head that just barely touches the bottom of my nose along with all other sides of my hair being shaved down. While I was touring my school wearing a bright blue hoodie to match my Captain America shirt I noticed that I didn’t just stick out like a sore thumb, but looked like a hot pink sheep among a large flock of white sheep. People my age had simple plain shirts that at most had a few stripes on them with their hair either contained or cut short. My only response to that is that I foresee a shopping trip in my near future along with possibly a haircut.
#4 Interest In U.S. Politics
I can understand the interest in the current presidential race going on in my home country because it may affect our relations with other countries. I am glad that I cannot participate in it because of my age because I don’t care for Clinton or Trump. I assumed people would be asking about other topics such as guns or the lack of healthcare and college paid for by the government, and it is not too late for people to ask about those topics. So far I have only been asked a couple times about the presidential candidates and I think that I will try to memorize an answer for every time I must answer that question.
#5 The Area And Convenience Of How Close Things Are
Back home I had to drive everywhere, nothing was a simple walk away unless you want to sweat for an hour in the hot sun. Here there’s everything just a short distance away and I love it. Every household only needs one car because most of the time people can bike or walk anywhere they need to.
Everything here is going well and I love it, I am sure this exchange will be everything I want it to be.