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Back in little Denmark July 16, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, Friends, High School, Hostfamily, Norton, USA.
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A lot of things have changed back here, just as I predicted.! It was really weird being here, seeing people that I haven’t seen in over a year. Me and my friends had a party the same day I arrived, and I got pretty drunk, even though I didn’t drink very much. That’s because I haven’t had anything alcoholic while I was in USA. My friends have also changed. They have done a lot of stuff, gone clubbing, wild partying, that I even haven’t tried yet, since I wasn’t able to do that in the US. But they probably think I have changed too, though.

There has also been changes in the close family. First, my dad got a girlfriend. I was very excited to meet her, and I was not dissapointed. I can really see why my dad likes her. Before I met her, I asked my family about her, and they all liked her very much. I really do like her too. She is always happy and she always has a big smile on her face, and I like that. She even likes to joke around, and I have laughed a lot with her, even though I’ve only known her for a couple of weeks.

I am happy to be home, but I am definately gonna miss my American family, Norton High, my American friends, and overall the life in America. It has been fun to try and live as an American for a year, and I have definately learned a lot.

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Going back soon July 2, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, Friends, Hostfamily, USA.
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It is kinda weird.

In 4 days I am going to say goodbye to my life here in America, goodbye to my family, leave everything behind. I have already said goodbye to my friends, exchanged emails, addresses and what have you. I am completely booked up until I leave, since there is so much to do before I leave and so little time.

I wont say that I don’t wanna leave America, but on the other hand it’s gonna be really sad when I leave. The friendships I’ve made, my new family, will be with me forever. When I go home I will still be able to talk to them, and hopefully keep in contact for a long time. I love all my friends, and my family, and it is gonna be really sad to say goodbye to them.

On the other hand, I still have friends waiting for me at home, looking forward to see me, and it feels really good that there is people that actually care about me and looking forward to see me again. I can’t wait to see them either, and it’s gonna be so nice to see them again.

In a way it really sucks emotionally to be a foreign exchangestudent. First, you leave your family, friends and pets for a whole year, and miss them a lot. Then you create new friendships while you are away, create new bonds, which you have to leave after a year. I don’t say that I regret being a foreign exhcangestudent. I will never regret at all that I took this decision, but let me say, it is very emotional to be a foreign exchangestudent, especially now, when I am about to say goodbye to everybody, and they all want me to stay here. This leads me back to my first point. 

It is very hard to leave everyone, and one part of me would give everything to stay another year here in Ohio, but the other part of me can’t wait to get home to see my friends, family, and of course my cat. I have missed that little furball so much, that it is not even funny. He was my buddy before I left, and I really hope he still remembers me when I come back. He would always sleep in my chair right besides my bed, and he was just overall my buddy, even though I could get really mad at him, like the time he had laid on my black shirt so it was full of white cat hair, or the time he had peeed on my pants, and I had taken them on when they had dried, and when they got wet again, it smelled like I was the one who had pee’d my pants.

This will probably be my last big post, before I leave, since it seems I have so much to do before I leave. I mean it is already wednesday today, and I leave sunday morning, and before that I have to squeeze in a Cedar Point trip (tomorrow), 4th of juli celebration, visit at the Vaill (really nice teacher couple), get family photo taken, use my giftcards, and a lot of more stuff. I am basicly completely booked before I go back.

By the way I am arriving at the Copenhagen Airport at 9:00 am monday morning, just so you know.

Carnival Fish, mood, Nightwish, and more… May 7, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, Girlfriend, High School, Megan, Nightwish, USA.
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The last couple of weeks have been very strange. First, I have been pretty homesick and really moody, thinking of my mom, just remembering her, and of course I got a little sad. I didn’t feel like I had anybody to talk to here, even though I think everyone would be more than willing to talk, they just all have a lot going on. That day last week, I think it was last wednesday, I was really feeling miserable. Everyone in the house could feel it, even though I didn’t say anything about it. Well I ended up calling my dad half crying at 9:00 PM Ohio Time, which was about 3 o’clock back in Denmark, so I kinda woke him up by that phonecall. We had a long talk, almost 2 hours long. The worst thing was that Vibeke was in the house, so luckily I didn’t wake her up. Vibeke (or Vivika as my american family says) is my dad’s new girlfriend. I haven’t talked to her, but she seems really nice by the way my dad has talked about her. I had the feeling she might be there, but I wasn’t sure, but luckily I didn’t wake her up, only my dad. I felt a little bad that I called him that early, though, but I just needed to talk to somebody who knew what I was talking about. We talked about everything under the sun, and it felt really good to talk to him. Another thing was that he told me that Nightwish is playing at this years Skanderborg Festival! He asked if Nightwish still was my favorite band, and he told me he would buy tickets for the festival. The festival is in August, and I can’t wait to see them. They were playing in Cleveland in October, but I didn’t get to see them, so this time I hopefully will be able to see them.

This weekend was also Cherry Blossom Festival in Barberton. There was carnival rides, food stands and most funniest of them all, a booth where you could win real live Goldfish. All you had to do was throwing in pingpong balls into jars filled with water. It is not as easy as it looks, but I managed to get 4 balls out of 30 into the jars, so I got 4 fish. Now they are in a little fish tank my family had in their house. It’s in my room right now. The sad thing was that one the fish died, so now I only have 3 fish left. I got told that Carnival fish never last really long, so I should be lucky if they last more than a week! I got them saturday, and it is wednesday right now, so they’ve lasted about 4 days now. Hopefully they will last a little longer than just a week. They are quite facinating aminals, those goldfish. They are looking at me everytime I am in the room, and they actually have more personality than most people think. They are kinda fun to just look at too. They will come up and look at you, then go on with their business, then look at you some more. Sometimes you are wondering who is the pet here!

A last thing. There is only 3 days till prom!! I am getting my tuxedo tomorrow, and everything is ready for the big day saturday!

Me artistic? April 29, 2008

Posted by Anders in Culture, Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, High School, Pictures, USA.
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I have this painting I painted in art class at school, and I wanna show you. First, let me tell about the assignment. We had to either paint something we had lost and never found, something we lost and had found, or something we will never lose. This is what came out of it.

Art Class PaintingClick on it to make it even larger

So let me explain a little bit. It took me about 3-4 weeks to paint it, where I had 5 days a week, 40 minutes a day. I chose the assignemt, what I will never lose, and I decided to paint something about identity and culture, since I am a foreign exchange student and I will never lose my identity. I decided to make the Danish flag with a little american flag inside of it (it even has 50 stars) to show how I always will have a little American culture inside of me, plus I have included something from the Danish and the American culture. I brought the Statue of Liberty with the American, although I decided to change the American Independence date to the Danish Independence date (or Liberation date). I included the Little Mermaid and Holger Danske from the Danish culture. A funny thing is the bridge. If an American look at this picture, they would say the bridge would look like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I originally intended to be the Great Belt Bridge since that is a huge achievement in Danish history and it was during my lifetime. In the end, I put a Danish farm on the picture to symbolize Denmark as an original farming nation.

I am very proud of this painting and I could probably work on it forever since I can find a lot of errors, but my teacher liked it. He gave me an A+ on it, or 392 out of 400. Not that many people got that in my class, only 2-3 others. So what do you think?

Denmark? March 26, 2008

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, High School, Norton, USA.
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I have done a lot of thinking lately. I know, it is not very healthy to think too much, but I do it anyway. What would happen if I stayed here?

It is just a thought I have been playing with in my mind. What if I chose to become an American citizen and settle down here. I mean, I am almost 17 years old, and time is soon to choose what I wanna do with my life. I’ve got a great girlfriend here, and everytime she is in my arms I would never want to leave, but at some point I have to let go of her. I don’t want that to happen. I could stay here and become a Senior at Norton High School and then finally experience the marching season in Band and maybe try out for Baseball, and I could get to graduate. And best of all, I could stay with Meg, or could I? She has to go to Kent State University, and she already got a room in a dorm, so I would only be able to see her on the weekends. Would I be able to live with that?

Another thing is, I already have a home back in little Denmark. That home has changed too, although. My dad’s got a girlfriend, and the group never really see each other anymore since Felix and Lullu broke up. Even my cat has changed, since it is limping on one foot. You kinda forget when you are away for so long that life doesn’t stand still, no matter how much you want it to. I come home to a changed life. I have to start a whole new education, make new friends, and start over again. I already did this twice, first when I came to Revere, and then when I moved to Norton. I had one advantage, though. I was foreign, I had no reputation, nothing to live up to, and I swear I act a whole lot different over here than what I did at home. I have grown alot during this stay.

But do I really want to stay in USA? There’s things here that bothers me, for example the Bush administration, the way Americans sue each other, some of their cultural stuff, but since I’ve been away from danish culture so long, I’ve kinda forgotten the bad things in my culture. There is bad thing everywhere in this world, even in little Denmark, even though I can’t remember any right now.

This post didn’t answer any of my questions and for now I will leave them unanswered, but the time comes when I have to choose one of the two paths I can walk down, each path containing great joy and great pain. No matter which one I choose, it will bring sorrow and pain, because I have to leave one group of loved ones behind. The question is, which one do I leave behind…..?

<3 February 26, 2008

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I really like her.I have talked to her for a long time, but it’s only been in this last couple of weeks I’ve really begin to like her. Her name is Megan, and she is a Senior at my school.

Powerful lyrics February 7, 2008

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This is the danish song Pianomand from the Danish artist Kim Larsen.

Stille blues i mol og maj
Pianomand ka du høre mig
Hvordan står det til i de dødes land
Det ved du nu – pianomand

Er der koldt og mørkt i den sorte grav
eller stråler himlen som det klareste rav
er der sang og musik i de dødes land
og swinger det – pianomand

Er der fuglefløjt og bægerklang
Er der fest og farver hele natten lang
Er der sol over Gudhjem i de dødes land
Eller dybt godnat – pianomand
Er der sol over Gudhjem i de dødes land

Det ved du nu – pianomand. This was my moms ultimate favorite song. It made so much sense to her, because it was speaking so openly about death. I guess the reason for this song to be her favorite is because she was so close to death, by experiencing cancer. What is ironic is that she became a victim of this very disease. So this is for you mom. Hope it is as good up there as the song says…

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What would have happened? January 2, 2008

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The clock is about 1:30 in the morning, and I am sitting  up, wondering. I am wondering about how it all would have been, if I had stayed at Revere High School and my old hostfamily. I know for once, that I would have had my chance to be in Marching Band and play trumpet, which I am so mad that I didn’t get to do at Norton. I was looking at some pictures from the Revere Band Camp, and thinking back, I had a really good time back then. Revere was a nice school, I had a great time, and I got some good friends there. Was it a bad choice to move school? If I look away from my problems with Bassel, I did really have a good time, but then when I look back at some emails I sent my dad, I was really having a bad time at my hostfamily. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? How your relationship with your family is, right? You know, I really love my family here, I consider myself really really lucky to be a part of it, but you can still wonder: How would life have been if I had stayed at Revere. Would I even have met all the friends I have now, like see them at competitions and stuff like that? Would I have been able to participate in any school activities, because my hostmother couldn’t drive me, and the school would be 8 miles away? I could probably have gotten some rides from other people, but what about the fact, that my hostbrother always wanted to do the same stuff I did, even though if he hated it. But still, I would have gone to a good school, I would have some wonderful friends.

But could I live with the fights? With either him in tears or me in tears. I remember this clearly: It was about a week and a half after I arrived. I had told my hostbrother I would go and take a walk, and I sat down by a tree at the end of the driveway to my neighbourhood. I called my dad, and I cried so bad under the whole conversation. I remember I told him I just wanted to go home, that I couldn’t do this, I told him about the fights between me and the hostbrother, that he wanted to be with me all the time and I wanted personal space too. I kinda feel bad for crying under that whole conversation, because my dad would probably have been worried sick about it, but this was how I felt. Could I take that for a whole year? No. I met some extremes at that house and that experience with that family was not a very good one. The worst thing is, that it is happening all over again, just with another foreign exchange student. While I got out of there, I am not so sure that he got out of there, and I am officially not allowed to talk to him or take contact with him.

You know, in the end it was probably a good idea to switch families. I love my family, and they are the nicest people in the world! I am sure I will come back again and again.

By the way, it is almost 2 o’clock now, and I better get some sleep. I have promised myself to get up at 10, so I wont sleep so late. Lately I have been waking up around 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Feeling moody and depressed December 3, 2007

Posted by Anders in Exchange student, Exchangeprogram, Feelings, Friends, Hostfamily, Mood, USA.
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The title says everything. This is a really crappy day today. I started writing a letter to Louni, which turned out to be big crap, but I didn’t want to throw it away, so I am probably just gonna send it anyway. The weather is really cold, I have been tired all day, and overall it is just really really crappy.

I got to think of something. All people say they love me and they think I am funny because I make funny remarks in classes, and maybe playing a little stupider than I am. But then, I make people laugh. I like making people laugh. That is my drug. Back to the subject! But are they truely friends? Are they just hanging out with me because I am the foreign kid, and I am interesting?

I really feel homesick right now, and I have no one to talk to. Everybody in Denmark is sleeping, and it would probably be a lot worse if I call them, because they can do nothing about it where they are. I don’t really feel like speaking up here in the house, because I don’t wanna hurt their feelings just because I had a bad day. I just want to be alone, be with my danish friends, have a movienight, and just overall have some fun. I really miss our movienights. We had  some really good times. Once when we drank out of the puddle, stood seminaked in the street and ran up and down it too. Remember when you guys left me in the Ørnebjergvej carousel, and I was laying in the plants? That was good times. Even when a whole gang of people came to my doorstep on my birthday to beat one of my friends up seemes pretty memorable right now.

It’s not like I haven’t had any good memories with my family here, and don’t misunderstand me, I really love them. We’ve had good times too.

You know what, writing about my homesickness actually helped a lot!