Bikes, Colour and everything Danish

I have now been in Copenhagen for 3 weeks and it has been a fun filled, crazy 3 weeks. I have had so many new experiences, seen so many amazing places and met a whole bunch of lovely people.

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Copenhagen is a lovely city. When you are walking around, it is hard not to feel happy with the cobble stoned streets dotted with colourful houses. Every where you go you have trouble finding your bike amongst the array of bicycles. The other day I was even caught in a bike traffic jam!

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It is summer at the moment in Copenhagen so I have been trying to get the most out of it. Last week some friends and I had multiple picnics and watched movies under the stars in the parks around Copenhagen. It was so nice to star gaze and learn all the star constellations here in the northern hemisphere. On Tuesday night we were even blessed with a media shower, which filled the sky with shooting stars!

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Whilst being here in Copenhagen I have had the joy of learning Danish. it is quite a hard language to learn, but I feel that I am picking it up. It always surprises me when I can read whole pages of texts, despite only having studied it for 3 weeks. Sure the pronunciation of the words is hard, and don’t even get me started on spelling, but apart from that, it isn’t too bad. My friends and I now can have short conversations to each other in danish, as well as me being able to understand my housemate when we (frequently) talks to himself in danish.

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On Sunday I went and helped out at the kids church at my new church. It was such an amazing experience. I had never had experience helping with kids ministry, and so I knew I was up for a challenge. This was compounded with the language barrier. But kids are kids, and God answered my prayers, and I was able to still connect with the kids and the other leaders. It was so cool that even though the kids couldn’t understand me (except when I spoke the little danish I knew) we were still able to have fun together. Their favourite game was to push me over and then sit on me. I think the most amazing thing was when these 4 girls, all dressed up in fairy costumes, decided to hold hands and dance around in a circle. It was even more special considering the sermon was on friendships. These girls didn’t even really know each other before Sunday and God answered our prayers and brought these 4 girls together. One was even Swedish and didn’t really understand the other girls. Wow God is good! I can’t wait to see what else He does through the leaders!!

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Good bye holidays, hello crazy life!

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4 months of holidays down, and it seems that my list of holiday activities barely got touched – what a surprise. At the start of the holidays I said I was going to watch as many Disney films as possible…I never quite got there. I did however manage to tick a few off my list including the awesome new Disney film – ‘Frozen’. I absolutely loved it, and felt that it was a traditional Disney film, with great music. Definitely my new favourite Disney film – well maybe…Lion King is pretty good! Anyways, I also vowed I would run every day…as per all fitness regimes, that never happened. I did however cook plenty of food, including my life long ambition to bake a lemon meringue pie. Not only did I bake, but I also managed to sew a skirt, much to the surprise of any relation to me. I also said I would learn to surf, yet failed to realise that this including taking my surf board down to the beach more than once. I do suppose however one good thing comes out of failing to do everything I had once planned to do in the holidays – I now already have a list for next holidays! 

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And now 3 weeks into uni and it feels like holidays were ages ago! No longer are my days spent reading books, going to the beach and drinking coffee. Now they are filled with riding to uni, endless lectures and well, still drinking coffee. Once again, tiding my room seems like the most important thing to do, definitely when compared to sitting down and writing study notes. I had so many ‘going back to uni resolutions’  and yet as per usual, none seem to be actually happening. I was going to become a morning running person – yeah that has only happened once. 

One thing that I have actually done (once) since starting uni is starting to learn Danish. I can now say ‘Goodmorning’, ‘Hello’ and ‘Good bye’. As you can see I will soon be fluent…it just depends on your interpretation of the word ‘soon’. 

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