Published: August 29th 2009August 29th 2009
I love it. And it loves me back.
Yesterday it was overcast and today I experienced a flash hail storm, yet my disposition is remarkably sunny. Here are just some of the reasons why.
1. Thursday night I was able to talk, with the magic of Skype, to one of my favorite people in the world, having finally coordinated schedules that are 6 hours apart.
2. I love my bicycle. It gets me where I need to go, as well as where I don't need to go. But biking is certainly a struggle in a tight skirt. I do not recommend it. I have learned my lesson. Biking is, however, much easier overall here; every single road I have seen so far has at least one bike lane.
3. The woods and hills and lakes surrounding my new neighborhood are amazing. I am spoiled by nature. This country is so beautiful!
4. My uncle has signed me up for a 10 km race at the end of September, so I am using these lovely hills to my advantage for training purposes. I can comfortably run 5 km, so double that by the end of next month should be a piece of cake...right?
5. I know how to use
The beautiful scenery makes running much more bearable or dare I say...enjoyable.
the S-train. I didn't go on the wrong track last time I had to transfer to the Metro (a first). I have not missed my stop yet.
6. I like learning, so despite the short summer I am actually kind of excited to have started classes. Plus we get to go on so many excellent field trips to Germany, Brussels, The Hague, Louisiana, Greenland...no big deal.
7. I have made three Danish friends so far! They are fabulous. And the timing couldn't be better, seeing as I took Amanda to the airport today to bid her bon voyage as she continues her European journey with several months in and around Paris. But if all goes well, we'll always have Amsterdam.
8. I am roommates with the most active turtle I have ever met. He is aptly named Speedy. He climbs up walls, over logs, through bowls of water; there is nothing that this turtle cannot handle, I'm sure. And sure he's ugly, but it's kind of endearing.
9. I am reading Eat Pray Love right now, and it makes me smile. Reading a traveling book while "traveling" is surprisingly comforting.
10. I did some serious damage to some weeds and
I'm not making this up. This is as real as it gets.
dirt today. Destroyed it, really. This future garden won't know which way is up. It's the least I can do for the family for letting me live here. They're really fantastisk
. Aunt, uncle, cousins, pets, the whole deal. They make settling into this scary new place much more bearable.
11. I have read two whole children's books aloud in Danish. This may not sound like much of an accomplishment, but if you've ever tried to read Danish out loud, you know what I'm talking about. Half of the time I feel like I'm choking on the words, and the other half of the time they just fall out of my mouth. I need to learn better control over my pronunciation. But that is exactly what Studieskolen
is for. I start Danish language classes there in less than a month.
While I have found Danish meteorologists to be slightly more trustworthy than those in the USA, I'm not quite sure what weather to expect tomorrow. Word on the street is chilly rain. New goal: acquire an umbrella. Stay tuned to see what happens.
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