This is the first in a series of blog posts from Whitties studying on Whitman’s Crossroads: Denmark program this summer with Professor Michelle Janning. This blog post is by Kyle.
Wow, am I tired! Depending on where people started, many of us began our days at 3 am. We flew out of Walla Walla at 5 am.
Over 24 hours of travel, and we are finally in Denmark! The students were immediately picked up by their host families. Funny story… I looked up my host dad on LinkedIn and thought I had found the correct man, but when my host dad came to pick me up, I realized I had looked up the wrong person. I think he could tell I was shocked, which made things a bit awkward in the car. But he is a great man and makes some funny jokes which eased the tension.
After a much-needed shower and collapsing onto our beds, we were expected at the Circus at 8:30 am sharp! (No rest for the weary travelers). The Circus is a beautiful building that had actually been a circus in the 19th century but is now used for events such as DIS orientation or music awards etc.
We were treated to a performance by an up and coming musician named Drew, and also received anecdotal stories about past students getting lost in the city. Once that had concluded, Professor Janning gave a walking tour around DIS. We saw our classroom, that famous street with all the colored buildings (Nørrebro) and the walking street. Then we were given three hours for lunch.
After we were sent on our way home. I had a difficult time navigating the public transportation system, but after a good hour, I had finally made it home only to find that the key access to the house was having some difficulties. But I managed to get in, and then I was lucky enough to see my host sister’s soccer game! Her team won two to zero, which was quite the upset against the other team. It is funny and reassuring to know that Denmark parents act just the same as American parents when their children are in sports.
At dinner, my host sister asked me the dreaded question of if I could say “Rødgrød med Fløde” which is a Danish tongue twister because it has a lot of difficult sounds for non-Danish speakers to pronounce. Here is a video of people pronouncing it. Give it a try! Kyle is signing off and going to bed, good night!