Friday, 18 February 2011

Happy Days!

It might not seem like it, but it takes mad willpower to sit down and write out a full blog post. And I have finally sat my self down and told my self I cannot log back onto facebook until I’ve written another blog.

I forgot to mention it in my last post, but February 1st was my six month mark! Yes, that’s right, I have been in Denmark half a year! (Well, by now it’s almost seven months...but whatever.) To celebrate, Chelsea and I went to the South African/British food store in Copenhagen. We had come across it a few weeks ago, but it was never open. I walked in and I was just running around like a little kid, and I wanted to buy everything! I did manage to only buy what I thought was absolutley necessary... Dr Pepper and Betty Crocker! (And canned spaghetti and skittles.) I have been craving Dr Pepper since I got here, and it was so exciting to finally buy some, even though it was like, 30kr (5 dollars).

So anyway, back to the present. Or actually, no, back to last week. Last Wednesday (February 9th) was the most perfect Spring day ever. The sun was shining, the weather was in nearing double digits, and it was just one of those days that would be a crime to waste. So Emily, Claude and I, along with some of the South American’s, met up in Copenhagen to just take advantage of this perfect day. First we sat in a cute little cafe and drank coffee. (How European are we!) And then we went to this gorgeous little park and just sat around and really just enjoyed the fact that we’re in Denmark, surrounded by so much beauty.

(How can you not just be so happy when you standing in front of buildings like this?)

(Me and Claude in the park. It was warm, but not warm enough for no jackets, sadly.)

While we were sitting there, we heard this parade-ish music, so we ran over to the street, and it was the changing of the guards, or something like that. It was really cool! Here’s the video, in case you’re interested!

That night, after Rotary, Susanne and I went to visit Candice, an American who now lives in Denmark. She had her baby on January 24h, an adorable little girl, and I was so excited to finally see her! I’ve been pretty close with Candice since I got here, since she was an exchange student in Denmark in 93/94, so we have lots to talk about and she always has good advice.

Last weekend, Friday afternoon until Sunday night, I was with the other exchange students. Friday night Claude and I slept over at Emily’s. We were going to go bowling, but it was so expensive, so instead we baked cookies and had a mini party at her house. I love going out, but I also love spending nights in too. It feels so normal to just be hanging out with them, baking cookies and dancing around her kitchen. Saturday afternoon Claude and I walked around Hellerup, one of the riches areas in Denmark. The houses were all just stunning. They aren’t like the huge modern mansions you see in Calgary, they are more like these old European houses with amazing designs and just, I can’t even describe it, so here’s pictures:

(Denmark is really big on wind energy, which would make sense considering how windy it is here)

We finished off our walk at the beach, (yes, not only are these houses gorgeous, they are also beachfront). And if anyone is interested, these houses go for between 1.3 and 1.7 million dollars.

Saturday night I slept over at Claude’s, and we just had a Disney movie night. It was a nice change from what we normally do on the weekends, but it’s nice to spend like one on one time with people, rather than shouting over the music when we go out.

Sunday morning I went back home, and my newbie, Laura came over. Newbies are the Winer 2011 arrivals, and it was really cool to finally meet her. It made me realize how long I’ve been here, and how far I’ve really come since I walked off the plane 202 days ago. She was really sweet, and we made awesome snickerdoodle cookies!

Sunday night I started to feel kind of sick, and Monday morning I woke up feeling half dead, so I spent a few days in bed catching up on old TV shows and enjoying a nice break from school. I still have a bit of a cold, but I’m at least up and running. Winter break is next week (Yeah, in Denmark there’s Christmas break AND winter break!) and I’m really excited. Tomorrow we are going skiing in Sweden, and Monday-Saturday I will be with my second family at their summerhouse.

So that’s kind of it for the past week and a half! Except for being sick, it was so great, and has sort of renewed my love for Denmark.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the cold! There’s a bit of frost on the ground, but I’m still optimistic for Spring!

Kærlighed fra Danmark!


And ps, if you want to leave a comment, that would be much appreciated! I love hearing what people think!


  1. It sounds like you're having a really fun time with the other exchangers! I'm kinda jealous, because two of the European exchangers here have become like total BFFs, and they're always together, so I kinda feel like a 3rd wheel when I talk to them. But there's a new girl from Germany who got here right before Christmas, and she's really nice, so I'm definitely gonna hang out with her! We had plans for today actually, but she got sick :(

    Anyways, so yeah, that was my jealous ranting-comment! Btw, we're definitely gonna do something American/Canadian together when I get home! And Danish too! I don't know! xD I just wish that I had been home during your exchange so we could've hung out! Why didn't you come last year!? Stupid Canadian, haha jk jk :) <3

  2. Jeg nyder at læse din blog, at se/læse hvordn andre opfatter vores lille land :-D¨

    - Heidi

  3. Hej Andrea!
    Jeg skal være udvekslingsstudent til sommer (11/12) med Rotary til New Zealand.
    Læser din blog hver gang du opdaterer (:
    Anyway, your blog is one of the best i've read, 'cause it's not just full of facts, but with like.. feeling (:
    Keep it up :D Glad you're enyoing DK.
    Kærlig hilsen Kathrine

  4. Great post Andrea. I love reading the details of your days - with friends, and the things you love doing - alot of which seems to revolve around food - sugary food. Better keep up your gym workouts to counterbalance all the sweets.
    Keep writing about how you feel about each of your experiences - those memories will fade and this blog will help keep them alive for you. Love you always. XOXO Mom