June 12, 2011 § 3 Comments
During my first night in Denmark, I crawled into my bed in my huge, barren, so-Danish room, and thought, “It’s gonna be so hard to leave this place.” And I remember that thought, and it was right.
I can’t believe how quickly the past six months went. Besides the fact that my family is in Chicago, it really feels like I am not going home, I am leaving home. Or at least leaving parts of myself.
I will miss, in no order:
– long daylight hours
– Tietgen balcony
– common dinners
– birthday breakfasts
– Danish introversion
– community kitchens
– cooking in Bumzen
– dream cake
– Assistens Kirkegaard
– feeling safe late at night
– fisk frikadeller
– hearing Danish
– saying tak (though that habit will die hard)
– the explosion of people outside when weather is nice
– did I say biking?
Some things I want to do when I come back
– swim at the beach/harbor baths
– go kayaking
– go on a long bike ride along the coast
– Copenhagen pride
– road trip to Jutland
– have a traditional Christmas lunch
– understand Danish
– go to the medical museum, WWII museum, and Jewish museums
Update five days after being back in the States:
It turns out that thinking about leaving was worse than actually being back. The only time I got kind of emotional about it since leaving was when I changed my watch back to Chicago time. I’ve started a great research job that keeps me very busy, and the knowledge that I am probably returning to Denmark makes it feel like I am taking a break, rather than leaving permanently. There have been a few culture shock moments, most notably when I got off the plane and was waiting in customs, and everyone was talking SO loudly on their phones about personally things. People don’t really do that in Denmark. But I went to Whole Foods (a grocery store) today and was re-stunned by how huge it is compared to Netto. As I said before though, Denmark has a very dreamlike haze over it right now, almost like it never happened… (until I step on the scale, and then I’m like, yeah, it happened.)
Scholarship interview tomorrow!