My host family made me go through hell!?

Det er altid interessant at høre om vores amerikanske studerendes syn på livet i Danmark. Her er en lille rejseberetning fra Celina (Cel), som er DIS Student Blogger. I foråret blev hun invitereret med på roadtrip til Sønderjylland, hvor hendes værtsfamilie oprindeligt kommer fra. Det blev til en begivenhedsrig tur igennem det danske land, og Cel synes, at vi har nogle pænt kreative navne for vores byer. Se med nedenfor.

Cel studerer til daglig på University of San Francisco i Californien. I foråret 2018 læser hun Graphic Design på DIS og bor hos sin værtsfamilie i Valby.

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My host parents met in South Denmark and started their family here so I got to see the homes they used to live in and the schools they used to attend. It was on this tour, we had to drive through a small town named Helved or in English, HELL.

This past weekend, my host family and I took a road trip to a small city in South Denmark called Nordborg. It was a 3 hour road trip and on the way we stopped to have dinner at McDonald’s!!!

Here is a picture of my host mom, Mette and my host brothers, Bertram and Gustav at McDonald’s:

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

The purpose of this trip was to spend time with my host mom’s parents and meet her grandma as well. We arrived in Mette parents’ house at around 9pm and so after a quick bite of freshly baked bread and a glass of red wine, we all headed to sleep.

Here is a picture of Mette’s parents’ (fat) cat named Bromle. Doesn’t he look like Garfield?!

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

Touring the city started the next day. My host dad, Morten and Mette’s dad, Harry, took me around on a driving tour to see Nordborg and the neighboring towns and cities.

We got off the car at Dybbøl Mølle, a former mill turned into a museum. It was FREEZING so we couldn’t stand to stay out for too long, but the view of the countryside was beautiful! Such a different vibe from Copenhagen.

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

It was on these grounds that Denmark fought their battle with Germany in 1864.

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

My host dad, Morten posing by a canon.

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

And on this tour, we drove by some of the famous spots in the island of Als and also some places that held memories for my host family. My host parents met in South Denmark and started their family here so I got to see the homes they used to live in and the schools they used to attend. It was on this tour, we had to drive through a small town named Helved or in English, HELL. (I’m sorry for the click-bait, but I wasn’t lying when I said they made me go through hell, hahahaha) P.S. there was also an area called the World’s End, hahahaha.

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

Here are snapshots of some of the scenery we drove by:

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

The next day, Mette convinced me that we needed to run before our 3 hour road trip back home. I didn’t have the proper clothing so I borrowed a windbreaker and hat from her dad, Harry and it happened to be neon yellow so I looked like a running highlighter, hahaha.

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

It was such a beautiful sunny day and it was also a nice way to experience the country side of Denmark! (even if I struggled keeping up with Mette’s pace, hahaha)

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

The most fit mom I have ever met: METTE

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

And so although it may have felt like hell at that moment, it was such a beautiful and fulfilling 6km run with my host mom!

On our last day in Nordborg, the sun was out so we got to spend some time in this naturally heated area of the house: A beautiful indoor living room!

Manila, DIS Student Blogger, på tur med sin værtsfamilie

And so after this trip, I can say I’ve literally gone through World’s End and experienced Hell. I must say, Denmark has some creative names for these places!

Overall, it was a very different and relaxing weekend away from the city. Thank you to my host family for this road trip!

Cel

Fra Celinas blog:
My host family made me go through hell


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