Thursday, February 25, 2010

wow, already!

Can you believe I have been here one month??

So much has happened yet so little. I think everything is just so new. I dont feel like I live here yet, I still feel like a tourist. So much happens. I just sit there watching/ staring and I forget to be involved.

So this post really wont be detailed. I really haven't been in a writing mood of late.
I had intro camp all of last week and it was so much fun. Intro camp is where all the exchange students that have just arrived and they have one long week of danish lessons. I really enjoyed the week, got so tired though. I am understanding more danish as I go along and the classes really helped.
I traded pins with the other students so my blazer doesnt look so sad.
During camp we were allowed out the 'prison' as it was dubbed. We went into Arhus and a place called Viborg. Lovely places but it snowed like crazy. The weather makes me feel like its ruining my experience... dont get me wrong I love the snow but I just want to stay inside because its too cold out. There was so much I wanted to do/see in Arhus but it was so snowy and cold that I just wanted to stay inside!! I'll go back once the snow is gone so I can have look. Looks like such a beautiful city.

I've been going to school this week, its becoming more normal. I dont have alot of classes, for example I only had one today! So I dont have to be up as early or I can come home earlier :)

Monday I had music and I was aksed to play the bass in their music class. I was a bit worried. I didnt have many bass lessons and I wasnt ever that good. But they showed me what to do and I really enjoyed myself. Made me miss my cello.

The next few months will be a bit busy I think. I have a Getogether In Copenhagen for Rotary Students, Then in 3 weeks I am going to...ROME! End of april I am going to see Mary Poppins and in May I'll be changing families and going on my Euro Tour.

This year is going to be so full on. So crazy and so amazing, I cant imagine how my life will go back to normal afer this. But I still have 11 months of this rollercoaster ride so... BRING IT ON!!


Saturday, February 13, 2010


Here's my weekly update before I head off to intro camp tomorrow for week long of learning danish!

So last friday night it was my Bday and all my host families came over. It was good, I felt so sick but I really enjoyed it. I met my host sisters from the 3rd family I'll be staying with and they're really nice. We watched tv and talked :) The dinner was really nice and I also got some nice presents!!

Saturday night I went to a friends place and we had a bit of a party. Was really nice to be involved with the danish kids for a change. They talked alot in danish so I didn't understand, but I really don't mind. They thought I thought they were crazy, but I love them!!! Hardly got any sleep and when I woke up, I found some charming photos of the boys. Note to self: DON"T LEAVE YOUR CAMERA UNATTENDED. haha.

Sunday I had a breaky/brunch with my Host Dad's Daughter. She was lovely and it was a nice morning. I was pretty dead and still feeling sick, so I probably didnt look all that that enthused. After I just went back to bed and caught up on my tv shows.

Monday was a free day at school because my class had an assignment so again I just stayed in bed but I also went to a danish lesson. I'm getting to know some words now.

Tuesday was my first proper day at school. I stayed for all 4 classes and then had a danish class that night. I was soo tired by the end of the night. Straight home to bed. They love me. I just spend all day in bed, great exchange student I am!

Wednesday I had two classes, gone by 8, home by 12.. and guess where too. BED! watched some tv and had a snooze. That night I went to an inner wheel meeting for Rotary. It's like a program for all the ladies in the club. It was nice, being in a room with lots of elderly ladies made me really miss my Nan. They were all so sweet just like Nan and I had fun chatting to them. I miss my chats with Nan.

Thursday, was my big day!! COPENHAGEN! one word!! AMAZING!! I loved it so much. The buildings were so nice and we saw alot of things. Shopped allllllllll day!!! was great! My feet were so sore by the end of it though. Well worth it!

Friday, NO SCHOOL! haha one week of holidays and my class were still doing that assignment, so guess where I was. Snuggled up in bed with skype and my tv shows. Although I did get up and meet Katrina in Slagelse for some shopping. I had to post a few things off. I did do some things that day.

And today, Saturday, hard to believe its beenn 3 weeks since I left Aus, I miss alot of things, sometimes I wish I was with my friends and family but if you said to me, right you can go home tomorrow if you miss it that much or you can stay for the rest of it. I'd choose to stay. I have so much to do here and so much to see.

I'm off to intro camp (all the 'newbies' to denmark from everywhere get together). It'll be lots of fun. Katrina is my valentine seen as we'll be spending it together on the train!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Just a bus story. There'll be a few this year.

Well today I finished at 12, hence the reason why I'm writing this. Got some time to kill. As already stated, over the short amount of time that I've been here, I've started to make some realisations. I'm starting to change. SCARY!
Ok so, today I finished at 12 and I really didn't feel like walking up to the station (15min walk in -3 with lots of wind!) and catching the train home, I also didn't feel like ending up on another island either! ha! And I decided it would be the same walk back to my house if I caught the train or bus, so I decided to bus it home. I just needed to get to Korsør station so I really didnt care what bus I took as long as I got to the station, So I just jumped on the bus that said Korsør. Half way through the bus trip I suddenly realised how unlike me that was. If I were at home I'd be checking and double checking that was the right bus and I'd be wanting to know exactly where it stopped. But today, there was no doubt, no stress (mummy, you'd be shocked), no worries. I just go on and went who cares, I'm up for a drive anyways! But I did make it home. I also realised that the shortcut I'd been taking was probably just as long and just as much of a work, seen as I have to trudge through about a million metres of snow. I also realised today that I dont love children as much as I used to. Screaming baby, 38minute Bus trip, seat in front of me. Was so glad to get off the bus. And also, I know why I take the express bus now, 38 minute bus trip. eh!

So anyway, thats all.

Copenhagen tomorrow :D

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Birthday Me, eh!

Well another week down. Can you believe it?

I feel like I have been so much longer.

So this will be a fairly long post. Firstly, I'll tell you about my week. Ok so friday night I went to Kalundborg for an exchange get together to welcome 2 aussie girls. It was fun, went ice skating and Katrina and I enjoyed sliding up and down the halls in our socks at 2am :) until she got a splinter that is, well it was more like a wood chip by the size of it. Anyway, then Saturday I moved to my first proper family, where I'll be staying for 3 months. They are nice and I'm settled in. The first 2 days, I was really homesick again- I felt like I had just arrived, I didnt know where I was, how to get to and from school, I didn't know the people and everything was foriegn again, but its ok now. I'm told that everyday I'll have about an hour walk in total for school. 15mins to the station, 15 mins from the station to school and then I have to do it again on the way home. JOY! Goodbye 8.30am start and wandering into school at 9.05am! Oh and I was told its about 500m to the station- yeah maybe if you cut through the forest/beach/snow/houses! haha! But I managed all by myself today, which I am very proud of.

Sunday, I went to Katrina's 'house' and we went sledding behind the tractor! was TUNS of fun!! then we watched a movie and had waffles! :) yum! Then that night my 2nd host family came over who are my neighbours haha! It was a nice night!

Monday, I went to school like usual and it was ok. Later on that night I went my danish friends house and stayed over because all my classes were cancelled tuesday :D It was lots of fun, we played in the snow. I really like them, they're so inviting and I enjoy spending time with them!

I woke up Wednesday morning feeling like.... well you know..SHIT! (mum, you'll love me for this) so I stayed in bed ALLLLLLL day :) and anyway school was cancelled due to a ridiculous amount of snow! That night I went to my rotary club's meeting. I did my presntation on Aus and they seemed to like it!

And Thursday I was not any better so another day spent at home in bed but I did receive quite a lovely package in the mail, thanks Ash.
I did go have some danish lessons in the afternoon. I had fun although.. here I go again, I felt like shit!!!
I kept pronouncing words like the french! and I swore the other day a cucumber was called 'concombre' when really thats french and the danish word is 'agurk'.

And now finally today! My birthday! I got up and went to school like a normal person. I figured I only have one birthday here, I AM NOT SPENDING IT AT HOME SICK! but my cold has prevented me from feeling in the 'spirit' of things. Tonight all my host families are coming to celebrate, so I'll have to cheer up!!

Now for my three realisations for the week (not so good):

Number 1: I'm a hypocrit!
My whole life I've been independant (well I liked to think so). I've always said (using an exmaple here) How silly it was when someone said can you come to the toilet with me... like as if they couldn't go on their own or they were scared of looking like a loner. I have always thought how stupid it was to do that! But now I have realised I am very much that person! I like that someone will hold my hand wherever I want to go and that I dont have to make that journey by myself. I have suddenly realised how much I need certain people in my life and how much security they gave to me. Hence, I AM A HYPOCRIT!
Goal for the year: to be independant! and I mean fully independant!

Number 2: I think I need to distance my self a tad.
Over the past two weeks I have spent SO MUCH time worrying about Australia. Wondering how people were back home. Wishing I was there too. I found myself caring about back home when really I should be focusing on whats in front of me. I guess I'm just scared that if I let go just a tad, not be so frequent with emails, or be on facebook every chance I get then they'll forget! I dont want that. But what I dont want more is to look back at my year when this is all over and go 'what a waste! I spent a year overseas and I spent it on facebook'... So maybe I'll just distance myself abit. Don't hate me. Please.

and finally,

Number 3: Intuition.
Ok, so my whole life I have second guessed nearly every decision I have made. Whether it was what I would wear, how I would act, who I trusted and I've always felt that I have not trusted myself, my intuition. But over the past two weeks I feel like I have. Example: (sounds silly, but hey, its an example) Today I had to catch the train home by myself and walk from the station to home! I had never done that before. I was so nervous I wouldn't get off at Korsør because the next stop was another Island!!!!, But I got off when I knew I had to, and I didnt think twice. I had to walk home and I wasnt sure if I had to turn at the first turn or the next, but to be honest I really knew where I was just confusing myself. I told my confusing thought to shutup and that I knew where I was and where I was going, and I did it!
It sounds so small... walking from the sation to home. But things like that I have been doing since I got here. Instead of thinking about the million other things that the answer maybe, I just went for the one that I knew, the feeling in my gut.

So there you go, my week and my realisations.