Ok so to make this post as short as possible I will just include the exciting or bigger things I have done so far in January and a bit from the end of December.
Before school ended for winter break I went to a gymnasium party with my class. First I was with Sara and Josephine from my class to get ready, then we went to a pre party with my class and then on to the gym party. After the dance I went to a club, because I was old enough to get in that night, plus it was free admission since I had been at the dance. I was there with Nora and Alicia and I saw my host sister there and some other people from my class. It was a fun night, but we didn't get back too late, only 2:30.
|Me, Alicia, and Nora and 2 random girls in the back|
On The Monday after Christmas All of Brian's family came over and we had another julefrokost. It was very nice and of course we ate more food! We also danced around the tree and this time I got videos and pictures!
|All usual julefrokost food|
Everyone Dancing around the Christmas tree and singing traditional Danish songs (click here for the video)
I went to Odense a few times over break with different exchange students to take advantage of the after Christmas sales and just explore the city.
On the Monday after New Years Jette, Mie, Alicia, Jette's friend and her daughter (who live in Gamborg), and I went for a nice walk in Middelfart. It was nice to get some fresh air and just have a nice walk.
On the day before school started again Alicia and I went to the Børnehaven for the whole day and played with the kids, which was fun and got the kids more comfortable talking with us. I think they now kind of understand why our Danish sounds funny and why we don't always understand everything they say, but they are good at teaching us new words!
I went to a last and final julefrokost for the scouts since Brian and Jette are pretty involved in it. Mie and I went and ate lots and then were exhausted when we got home.
I have now visited Hans Christian Andersen's museum/house, which was something I wanted to do, but just had never found the right time. Jette, Brian, and I went. It was pretty interesting to learn about his life and see all the items they had from it. They even had his dentures there. There was also a really cool library where they had LOTS of HC Andersen books that had been translated into all kinds of languages.It's amazing that I have always known his stories, I just never really knew who they were by.
In language school we got to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory one day in only Danish, which was fun and I could understand most of it. And of course we ate cake with that.
I went to Odense this past weekend with Anna (from New York) and Alicia. We just spent the day shopping and hanging out and overall it was a nice day.
|Some American pride. Too bad it cost like $25 otherwise I would have bought it|
|A nice sunset Alicia and I saw on the walk home to Gamborg|
This past Sunday I went Anders' house (my counselor) and had lunch with his wife, son, and their son's girlfriend and her kids. It was a nice lunch and good to catch up with my counselor again. I did get a bit lost in Nørre Aaby again, which is crazy because of how small of a town it is, but to my credit I had never come from the train station before and it took me awhile to figure out how to get to the right side of the train tracks and what not, but I figured it all out eventually.
That evening when I got home Brian had heated up the hot tub they have, which is nice and wooden and heated with fire. Mie, Jette, Brian, 2 neighbors from Gamborg, and I all went in and it was nice, but very hot!
On this past Monday I was in Århus with Alicia and Brian because Brian had meetings there. We just spent the day exploring Århus a bit more and then of course getting a bit lost when trying to find the train station, but we got it all figured out eventually and overall it was a good day. Then Brian took us to the Gamle By in Århus where they brought old houses from all over Denmark to Århus and recreated what towns looked like and the houses. They actually take the houses apart one by one and label the bricks and then put it all back together, which must take forever. I love all the old houses and seeing what Denmark used to look like. There was one radio shop from the 60s or 70s that has all these old radios and different music devices that had been found in some store somewhere and had just been closed in the store with some old man who lived their still. it was all kind of a funny story. Then we saw the University where Brian and Jette both went and saw the outside of the apartment they lived in. Then we went back to the center of Århus and went under this bank where there is a museum of things from Viking times that they found down there. It was crazy to think that all those old things were just found down there. Then we drove home and I slept most of the way.
I cooked Mexican food for my family this past week and it all turned out well. I made burritos and made refried beans since they don't sell them here, Mexican rice, guacamole, and fresh salsa all from scratch.
I went to a karate class in Odense last Thursday because that is what I am doing in gym class now. All the people who are doing karate/yoga had to go to Odense and take a class. It was interesting and a little weird. It was some good bonding time with the kids in my class though.
|Snow on the window!|
|Random, pretty sunset on my walk home from school|
That is the quick update of what I have done recently! I'm hoping I didn't forget anything important!
Farvel for nu,