DK first 4 months!!!
Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
1Trip End Jul 01, 2008
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Okay so I have now officially been here for 4 months and, like I'd been warned, I have had my fare share of ups and downs. I have been in my second family only one month but I am so glad for the change. My new host siblings are 17 and 19 so I'm in the middle. It's like living with friends. Since being here I have travelled with my class to København (the capital) and spent 3 days shopping, going to the theatre and just having a good time. The schools here are so relaxed about everything for instance there was hours at a time where we were in København on our own and the teachers had no idea where we went or what we got up to and they had absolutely no interest in finding out. I have class mates with safety pins through their noses and dread locks in their hair each died a different colour of violently bright fluro. Despite all this freedom I am missing the strict constrains of Hastings Girls High School, trust me choosing what to wear each day is no easy feat
I have recently celebrated my 18th birthday, something that was bound to be very different without my family around. The day started off with me blinking stupidly up through the blaring lights at the voices singing me happy birthday. A Danish tradition; wake up the birthday person while singing, waving Danish flags and carrying the presents. Needless to say the first photos are none to stunning. I must admit this year's haul was possibly the best yet. The list of gifts I received is far too long to write and would boar and cause emise jealousy to those of you reading it so instead I chose to say, I received ALOT of presents. I had a pleasant Danish breakfast with my family (this is a meal of bread cheese, jam and chocolate) before going to my language school where we ate cake and drunk hot chocolate and then to my normal school where we ate more cake, (Another Fat Student). I had about 4 different versions of Happy Birthday sung to me, some I will never forget, others I wish I could ha-ha. That afternoon I went shopping with one of my best friends Aske. I then went home to start cooking the Pavlova. I had a birthday dinner with my contact family, host family, brothers' girl friend and a family friend
This week the Christmas decorations have gone up. The town is decorated from head to foot in fake mistletoe, some ugly red berries and lit up Christmas trees every few feet
Today I have been into town with my Mother and Father. We went shopping for my elder brother's birthday present. We walked through the local Saturday morning market where my brother and sister work (I was sporting a stunning Santa Claus hat). I am still amazed at the amount of cheese these Danes eat. There are whole market stalls just selling cheese, cheese as big as your head and as smelly as a dead rat :S ha-ha. I'm not a fan of the smelly cheeses but I'm sure there are some of you who are envious that we have huge stinky cheese. It was a lovely morning despite the dismal Danish weather which chose to wear its favorite colour; grey. The fruit here is nothing compared to the Hawkes Bay summer fruits but they certainly do their best to import what they can. I have been introduced to about 5 different types since I have been here, all very tropical, all very undanish. We went into some of the more up market shops and found my brother a shirt and jacket, the price of which would give most of you heart failure. There's shops are really quite impressive, there are labels here that I have only heard spoken about on movies or in high fashion magazines. Everybody owns at least one item of Douche and Gabbana clothing
For those of you who don't know, I live in a small village called Sejs. It's about 10mins bus ride from Silkeborg (our local town). Our town is in the middle of Julland, one of the islands that make up Denmark, its known for its huge lakes and rivers, these loop in and out of the town making it picturesque and perfect when it freezes in winter for ice skating. This region is also made up of a lot of woods, these are all community owned so anyone can bike walk or run though them.
This week I have worked voluntarily in a stable about 15mins out of Silkeborg. This is a world famous stable that breeds and trains show jumpers and trotting horses. It is also the best horse hospital in Denmark. It was such an amazing experience being here. I worked with a horse that was for sale for £100,000. Before knowing the price I had decided he was the horse I wanted ha-ha (I've got good taste). The equipment and machinery there was so advanced. I have been very lucky to have been asked to come back and visit and ride whenever I want.
I had better go now as we have friends coming for my brothers birthday dinner soon. Hope you have enjoyed my update.
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Lots of love Nadie (the kiwi in DK)