The First 48

I have arrived safely in Denmark and have met my amazing host family; Morten, Maren, Vitus, and Flora. They have welcomed me into their home and shown me around a little. Here are 31 thoughts, experiences I have had and things I have learned in the first 48 hours.

  1. Google Maps is a great way to show people where you live. What ever did people do before it existed?
  2. Describing Kraft Mac N’ Cheese to someone who has never had it makes you realize how weird it is that we add fake cheese powder to noodles, but not any less delicious.
  3. Light switches don’t “flip”, they “click” to turn on
  4. And the electrical outlets have little switches to turn them on and off
  5. It is funny to come to the realization that yawns are not called “yawns” in another language. (In danish they are called gabe)
  6. Primarily going to learn Danish by playing Call of Duty with the kids and asking them to translate what they are yelling at the tv
  7. *In car with Danish family driving around* Danish Family: Do you recognize where you are so you’ll know how to get home? Me: Yes, turn right at the castle 
  8. It is weird to talk to someone in America right before you go to bed, sleep for 6 hours then talk to them before they go to bed. (There is a 7 hour time difference between the Midwest and Denmark)
  9. One must differentiate between football (soccer) and football (American football).
  10. In older buildings it is common for lower windows to have bars on them so that no one can break in.
  11. It is very common for people to have trampolines in their gardens.
  12. A “summer home” is similar to a cabin in the midwest.
  13. The Danish language is very straight forward because it comes from the Vikings and they wanted it to be simple and easy to understand. This can lead to some funny direct translations; a lollipop in Danish is called a slikkepind aka a lick stick.
  14. In a crowded parking garage, there are signs that tell you where open parking spots are to help you find them faster.
  15. In Denmark gravy is called brown sauce.
  16. It is common for beer and cocktails to be served in fast food restaurants.
  17. Sport teams are not linked to schools like they are in America. EX: instead of playing on the schools soccer team you play on a club team.
  18. The public transportation system is nice. It is obviously designed for a city with bikes. There is a specific car for those with bikes and a place for them to park and sit next to their bike on the train or they can sit in another area. If properly put into the bike holder one does not need to worry about it falling over.
  19. The Danish version of Mountain Dew is called Faxe Kondi. It is very good and tastes like a mixture of Sprite and Mountain Dew.
  20. All of the Queen’s horses are white.
  21. Kids are able to buy alcohol that is below 16.5% ABV at the age of 16 but cannot learn to drive until they are 17 years old, but must drive with a parent. They can drive on their own when they are 18.
  22. The stones used for the cobblestone streets in Denmark come from three specific places, one in Denmark and two from Sweden. They are red, blue, and grey in color.
  23. The cobblestone street design are not just for decoration but each design has a purpose and specific use. EX: A pattern will have a specific direction in which you need to drive on it. 
  24. It is common for bikes in Denmark to have box hand and peddle breaks, this makes it safer in case one fails.
  25. It is also common for bike to have a “bucket” on the front to put children/groceries/dogs/etc.
  26. Almost all bikes have a built in break on the back tire that you lock with a key. Only those with expensive or fancy bikes use an additional cord or U-lock.
  27. Almost everyone in Denmark speaks great English, this is thought to be partially due to the fact that they do not dub over films with Danish. Instead they keep the spoken English and have Danish subtitles.
  28. The time is shown in “military time” EX: 14:32 is 2:32pm
  29. The date is written differently; it goes day/month/year instead of month/day/year.
  30. Danes do not commonly eat peanut butter, my host mom was very concerned that all I wanted for lunch is a peanut butter sandwich. They were also interested in that you can eat it with breakfast, lunch, snacks, etc.
  31. *Finishes tour of host families house* Me: you have a very nice home, thank you. Them: Wanna see our Chewbacca mask!? Me: This is gonna be fun.Capture.PNG


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