As I look back over the last four months, it feels like I went through a time warp. On the one hand it feels like August 18th was a lifetime ago, but on the other hand, it feels like four months went by in the blink of an eye. My semester was filled with so many amazing experiences, and looking back through my photos reminded me of some of my favorite memories.
When I reflect on my time in Denmark, what most vividly stands out to me is all the time I spent with my host family. Not only did I get to do a lot with my host mom and host sister, but I also got to know their extended family at several family gatherings (including our American Thanksgiving). Every other Thursday was dinner at mormor’s (grandma’s), and I joined a few lunches with the whole family to celebrate birthdays. My host family and I did so many things together like going to Tivoli, finding two of the wooden giants, going to the Experimentarium (an interactive science museum), hiking in Norway, and so many other things. We shared our favorite traditions, ate dinner together almost every night, and had hygge on Fridays for Candy Friday (Candy Friday is a popular Danish phenomenon where kids enjoy a bowl of candy while watching an hour of Disney cartoons). Every day I felt so grateful to be living with them and I’m so fortunate to have had them as my host family. I call them my Danish family because they really are like family to me. Having to say goodbye to them broke my heart, but I’m so lucky because I’ll get to see them again this summer when they visit me!
My semester in Denmark wildly exceeded my expectations. Copenhagen is a beautiful city and Denmark truly is one of the happiest countries in the world. I learned so much about Danish culture and values, some of which I’ve adopted into my own life. It’s hard to summarize all the experiences and things I’ve learned, so all I can say is I can’t wait to go back!
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