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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5 ways to have the best holiday!

I have now been on holidays for 3.5 months and I am loving it! At the beginning of the holidays I excepted to get bored, have nothing to do, and just sit around doing not much. Surprisingly however, I have managed to keep myself busy, to the point where I dream of having just one day at home.

1. Catch up with as many friends as possible

Holidays is the perfect time to see your closest friends, and even those long lost friends. Why say no to an opportunity to catch up with someone,when in reality, what else do you have to do?

2. Be spontaneous!

These holidays I have done so many things on the spur of the moment. Just the other night, a friend came over to watch a movie. It was completely unplanned, yet it turned out to be a really nice night. We watched a movie with great scotish accents (such a quality accent!), and ended the night with some completely unplanned ‘moon gazing’. No not star  gazing – moon gazing (there weren’t many stars). Despite our countless attempts to take perfect photos, unfortunately this was the best we could produce. Moon

3. Cook!

What a better way to pass time, become obese and eat some tasty treats. Helpful hint: If you just want to cook and not eat all your yummy food, become known as the kid who always brings home baked goods wherever you go. I have got quite into the whole cooking thing lately, producing some (surprisingly) good food. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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4. Get outside and enjoy that lovely thing called the sun

Basically nearly everyday these holidays I have gone to the beach for a quick swim. You have to pick your time though – it is never fun swimming with the rest of Wollongong  whilst simultaneously getting burnt. Bushwalking is also a great way to get outside (and potentially get burned). Right near my home, there is a National Park, with the most glorious beaches and bush walking tracks. A group of my friends and I spent the day up there a few weeks ago. Just make sure you have an endless supply of sunscreen, food and water!

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5. Have a picnic

In my mind, this is the best way to eat a meal, especially with friends. No washing up (well minimal), unlimited number of people can come, and you get to eat everyone’s food on a cool little picnic blanket.