Wow. Yesterday was 2 whole months… That’s a really scary thought. In ways it feels like it’s flown by, and it makes me realize how fast the rest of the year is going to go. But also, when I look at all I have done already, 2 months seems like a really long time. Its a contradictory oxymoron kinda relationship, that’s awesome but really sucks at the same time. And I know there have not been enough posts for it to seem like two months, so I hope to make up for that in the future, I am sorry to all you lovely people. So, to give you an insight and whats been happening, I’m gonna have some writing and some pictures and you can all look at it if ya feel like. But, the first thing I am going to do is apologize for the slowly degrading quality of my English….
For Month 1: August, I believe I actually fulfilled my commitment of writing on my blog, so I will skip that. Except for the last week of August-September 1st. That was Introcamp, and it was awesome. But I have been in the process of writing about that since it ended and I am now almost finished, so we will just stop going in chronological order because that post is coming. Soon. I pinky promise.
I started school on the 15th of August, and its super different than home. I also don’t understand a lot because it is all in Danish, so some of the classes I am allowed to be studying Danish instead of the classwork. Will have an actual update on this at some other point.
Besides school, I have done a lot of interesting things! I have one ‘extra-curricular’ activity, but it’s not school related at all… I have been accepted onto the ‘Talent Team’ at Kastili’as, one of the local theatre schools. I had to audition for this part and I am very proud of myself because I ended up preforming my audition in English, Danish and French. The Talent Team is like the most advanced class. It is for youth ages 16-20 I think. Every second Sunday we meet for 4hrs with our amazing teacher and do exercises to become better actors. We have been doing a lot of things with our emotions, being able to express them through movement and shake them off just as easy again. Of course we have also been doing a lot of fun (multi-language) improv. (: I really enjoy going to this class, and I have made so many friends because of it. They are all really crazy random theatre kids like me, so we all get along really well and have a lot of fun. Already I know I have become a better actress and I am really excited to add this to my portfolio. I think it will also just help me very much in general, with being able to better control my emotions, shaking the negative ones off and changing my energy to a more positive one.
A little Harry Potter themed planned-improv. Can you tell who I am? (Apparently I have the hair (; )
Emotion Freeze Frames- JOY! (:
I have also done a lot of other theatre related activities with my family and friends. I got to participate in some workshops at the MyWay Festival a few weeks ago. I had Friday off of school, so I spent all day rehearsing for a part in the final performance that evening, we even made it into the newspaper! I have also gotten to go to two different dinner theatre shows with my family. It is a lot of fun to go because I understand a lot more than I think because of the acting along with it. And the food is really good (;
Every Monday night I have Rotary meeting with my host club. They are all so kind and I am blessed to have two such amazing clubs (my one at home also) supporting me! My club is mostly old and middle aged men, but it is okay because we still try to make an effort to communicate and get to know each other. I think this also helps me to lean Danish, because a lot of them don’t speak good english or speak english at all. I try to speak Danish at my meetings even though I am not very confident in it yet. Last week some of the other exchange students in Randers came to watch me make my presentation about myself, Canada and my Denmark Bucket List. I am very proud to tell you that the part about me, I presented in Danish. And it was even comprehendable through all the nerves I had!
Banner Exchange with the President of Randers Vestre (My club)
Some of the Randers Exchange Students
Will (USA), Jakob (My Club’s Outbound for next year), Ashleigh (South Africa), Me, Joao (Brazil), Alex (My Clubs Rebound, went to Colombia)
So I am trying my best to learn Danish, but it is also really hard to learn because the pronunciation is super complicated… I have Danish Lessons every Tuesday morning for an hour with the exchange students at my school (some are with Rotary and some are not.) In these classes we do a lot simpler things, just trying to become comfortable with the language and with Denmark in general. These classes are nice because we end with talking about culture shock things, what is different or similar from home and how we feel about everything.
After class having a little fun (:
I have different Danish lessons every Thursday after school, which are taught by a Language teacher from my school so we learn more difficult things. We have to do writing assignments, reading out loud and grammar worksheets. The material itself isn’t always enjoyable but we make it through. It makes you feel so good when you realize how much you actually know and how much you’re learning. I am actually at the point where I am starting to forget English words, and I feel bad for my French teacher at school because for all the French I remember right now, I could have never taken a lesson in my life… Some days its better and I can actually switch between the three different languages easily, but most times… Let’s just say communication can be a real battle…
I think that is most of the activities I have been doing, so now I will talk about some of the trips I have gotten to do!
I got to go with my family to Naskov, Lolland (a city on a southern island in Denmark) where my host mom grew up, because it was Christoffer’s 18th birthday and his family was having a party. It was a lot of fun to get to drive by the ocean and go on what I thought was a big ferry, but is actually quite a small one, for the first time. It was cool to meet Christoffer’s family and the exchange student Georgia who is staying with them, because my family is really good friends with them. I think we will even be spending Christmas together.
The big ferry!
Christoffer, Me and Laura (Host Sister) enjoying ourselves on the hour long ferry ride.
The tiny city of Naskov!
Laura and I all dressed up for the party!
Chris on the way home a little tired… (And hungover) On your 18th Birthday in Denmark, there is a tradition that you have to take 18 shots… My apologies to your livers.
I got the opportunity to go with my family to visit my hostdads eldest daughter and her lovely family, in a town close to Aarhus. Her name is Mette and she is married and just had her second child. Her first child is a girl named Maja, (Pronounced: Maya) and she just had a son named Mads (Pronounced: Mas).
Little Mads was only 4 days old when we visited him! He is so cute! I get to go see him again tonight (:
The last weekend in September was the Rotary District Conference for my host district (1440), and this meant another exchange student get together, so as you probably know, the excitement level went through the roof! We got to take the train to Thisted on Friday afternoon, where they had a bus to take us to Hanstholm, where the conference was. The first night the exchange students all got to stay in cabins at this lovely campground right near the beach! Friday night was chilling and some activities and Saturday morning we had to prepare our performance for at the conference. We ended up doing the cups from the cup song, which ended as a really big mess because the table was too big and we couldn’t pass them properly, but it was really funny. We also sang a Danish folk song, and Leaving on a Jet Plane, which along with being a song that all exchangers must know, is one of my all time favourites. I remember dancing around the living room on Dad’s feet and singing along when I think of it. How true the words are though….
The place we were staying had a giant playground, so you can imagine where all our freetime was spent. (This is a giant hamster wheel… Cool right? I’m pretty sure Holly and I where in here for an hour. Also, because you know, we just had to see how many people we could fit in here. THAT was fun. Actually. haha )
On Friday night, we got to go geocaching in the dark on the beach. It was really pretty because the moon was so bright and reflecting on the ocean! I tried to take pictures, but I haven’t had a lot of experience with the dark yet, so they didn’t really turn out. :/
Holly (USA) and I geocaching together. (Geocaching is when you have to use a GPS to find a little box that has papers and ‘treasures’ in it. You right your name and country on the paper and can leave or take a little gift. They are all over the world and some are harder than others to find. It’s a lot o fun because it is all about the journey to find them.
And of course when we get together there’s gonna be a little silliness. (; (Abby (USA))
The Exchange Students of D.1440 and District Governor Jan!
On the way home form the District Conference, I was honored enough to drive with one of the Rotary members from my club, Christian. He is a past inbound counsellor and is still very active in the exchange program. He was more than happy to offer to take the scenic route home so I could see a bit of the west coast. The part of Denmark we were at is really cool because it is one of the places the Nazis landed when they invaded, so up and down the beach there are dozens of concrete army bunkers spread out around the Hanstholm port. They are such a part of life now that the Danes don’t even pay attention to them. A lot of them are beginning to fall down and become weathered from the elements, so they are being demolished because they are no longer safe. I didn’t get the chance to look at one more than driving by, but they seem extremely cool to me. Along with having a nice chat, we stopped for a little while at the beach in the little town of Klit Møller. This town is World famous as it is the second best place in the World for windsurfing and kitesurfing! We got to stay and Watch the surfers for a little while and it was seriously the coolest thing ever. I would love to try it. (Sorry if there is a lot of pictures for this one, but I really really enjoyed it!)
Klitmøller, Denmark a.k.a. Cold Hawaii!
The view of the town from the beach.
This could be my kind of paradise.
Windsurfer! They go so fast, it’s crazy!
Just a kite ready to go, got to watch the surfer set it up and take off.
The kitesurfer in the middle of some sick air! (This is one of many times I wish I had a lens with a larger zoom… Hint hint, wink wink)
ITS SO WINDY. I understand now why people come here to do these things!
(One of my favourite photos so far!) I really like this jeep. Not because its a cool colour, or its a top of the line model, but because it’s been places. It’s weathered. The mud on the tires and scratches in the bumper, the surfboards laying next to it and the sleeping bags tossed on top, they show signs of an adventure. They will always have stories to tell. This is what I want my future jeep to be like.
So, I have one more kinda important thing to tell you about before I end off this update, and that would be my trip to Tunø! The Monday after the district conference my host dad, Lars, was invited to go to Tunø, a small Island where he used to live, to help celebrate the 25 anniversary of the Seniors Center that he helped to initiate the building of. This was a great trip, not just because Laura and I got to take off school and go with, but because it is an experience that I never would have had and most Danish people have not even had!
As you can see, Tunø is very very small. There are only about a hundred people living on the island and most of them are seniors. There is a school that has 14 students up to the age of 13, then they go to boarding schools on the mainland.
We had to get up very early so we could drive to the ferry, because we had to be on it at 7. The sunrise was so beautiful and I tried taking some pictures of which this is one of my favourite.
This is what you see when you walk off of the ferry and towards the town.
The white church in the back is very unique, as there is only one other like it in the world, and it is located somewhere on the coast of B.C. It is really cool because it is also the lighthouse for the island.
Where you go to get your internet fix! Walking around town, only takes about 10 minutes to do the loop… Really small town!
Because the island is so small, no vehicles are allowed, only ones used for working. So, instead of it saying ‘Taxa’ (for Taxi) it says ‘Traxa’.. Because it’s a tractor and also the towns ‘taxi’… I found it amusing.
So that’s all for now. I’m sorry for the wait and I’m sorry it was so long, these are two things that I don’t plan on continuing, so keep your fingers crossed! To sum it all up, I’m alive, well and loving it! Hej hej fra Danmark! -Morgan xx.