Monday, 7 March 2011

50 things ive learnt on exchange so far

1. There is no 'good seat' on a flight. You're either going to be trapped next to a window for 11 hours or get up every two seconds so someone else can stretch their legs.
2. Bring half the clothes you think you need and take double the photos.
3. Fairy bread is only common in Australia.
4. Not everyone finds your accent indearing, and almost none will understand most of the words in "Waltzing Matilda".
5. Australians really need to slow down and speak softer when they talk.
6. Never criticize any immigrant population for poor English speaking skills until you try learning a language as hard as Danish.
7. Australian's are obviously retarded for liking Vegemite, but then again, I kinda knew that already.
9. No one actually thinks we ride kangaroos to school.
10. Being able to walk out the door without having to put on ten different layers is God's gift to Australia.
11. Snow is actually one of the coolest things ever.
12. Contrary to previous beliefs, ice on the ocean is not a sign of the coming Apocalypse, even when the ice is moving.
13. Cheese in Australia is the scuff on the floor of the factory where Danish cheese is made.
14. Not every household has the same rules as you.
15. You will never understand the European traffic system. Don't even try.
16. Riding a bike isn't such a terrible thing.
17. Your family are infinitely more important than you think they are.
18. People change.
19. Trying new things is never a bad thing. Unless you're trying jumping off a building or something. Then again, if you've got a parachute and its high enough...
20. Not everyone finds your jokes funny. But that's just their problem.
21. Unlike Australia, not every country is full of retarded animals.
22. Australia is not as insignificant as you think.
23. The people worth holding onto are the ones who don't pull away.
24. It is possible to cross a country in under a day.
25. The beach, blue skies and hot sunshine are sacred.
26. Skype is the best thing in the world.
27. Our public transport is ridiculously cheap.
28. Our fashion is ridiculously lame.
29. Castles aren't just in fairy tales.
30. When someone says 'old building' they're talking way more than 50 yrs old.
31. What its like to live in an ancient culture that wasn't totally destoryed by England.
32. AFL players are more hardcore than you give them credit for.
33. People that love you don't stop loving you just because you're gone.
34. Stupid dramas can follow you thousands of miles.
35. No one cares as much about your clothes as you do.
36. Sometimes it's acceptable to paint yourself blue.
37. You like curry more than you think you do.
38. Crying isn't always a bad thing.
39. Smiling at strangers is not always considered normal, but do it anyway.
40. Talk to everyone, because someone is bound to be interested in what you have to say. Unless you're a politician... in which case why are you reading my blog?
41. Homesickness is one of the most random striking and painful things ever.
42. Don't eat the bread that's on the bench. It's their for the birds.
43. One of the things Australians are famous for are their sense of humour. Judging by this blog, the world has been grossly mislead.
44. Steve Irwin caused a huge setback in the way of Australia ever being taken seriously by the rest of the world.
45. Not all strangers are out to get you.
46. People don't always have to change to suit you.
47. Doing nice things for people isn't so hard.
48. It's far easier to be happy than upset.
49. Your mother is amazing. Never ever ever ever take that woman for granted, ever.
50. There is a huge difference between your house and your home.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

only about 1.5 months late but... part 2

So basically I still have a lot of things that I forgot to tell you yesterday, and some questions people ask me that I forgot to answer, and rather than lose sleep over it I thought I'd be needy and write another passage in my blog.
Right now I'm in the part of school that I hate, Biology. It's taught in Danish, but not that that matters too much as I probably wouldn't understand it in English either. I don't personally mind biology, except on Tuesdays I have three lessons in a row of it, so its 2 hours and 15 minutes of watching a guy write on the blackboard words I don't understand, and then pointing at them until I nod unconvincingly. It's a blast. So I thought I might as well kill some time.
One of the things I forgot to talk about is Copenhagen, and the fact that it is amazing. The whole place is like a minimum of 400 years old. Just so you all know, the oldest building in Australia is 200 years old, and Australia was only settled by Captain Cook in 1770... So most of these people's houses were built before Australia was even a colony. So most of the buildings tend to look somewhat like this

Yeah, that cute.

The only downside is most of the shopping is ridiculously expensive, for an exchange student anyway. The upside is so many shops are just so fricken adorable.
Snow is something I have trouble getting over. It's really really really awesome. For those of you who've never seen it properly, like me before I got here, it reminds me of seriously cold coconut that melts when you touch it, and is a lot prettier and less annoying to get all over your fingers. However, its incredibly irritating when it gets in you're eyes when you're riding your bike to school.
As for the language... Trying to speak Danish reminds me of watching a Lady Gaga video. You know there is a concept, but it just happens to allude you. There is a lot of stuff that shouldn't be there at all, and you eventually decide that the entire thing was purposely meant to screw with your mind as much as possible, and it does an excellent job. Also, you can't help but be turned on in a strange, unsettling way. No, just kidding, Danish, in reality, is an incredibly unsexy language. So like Lady Gaga again, when she takes her glasses off.

I had some form of cold for the first 5 weeks or so, but I'm over that now, thank God. There's only so many tissues you can use before you think of investing in a forest plantation or something.
An interesting thing about Denmark is Skittles are exceedingly rare, you can only really buy them at the airport, and TimTams are actually illegal. So feel free to send me some ASAP.
They play European Handball, as it was invented in Denmark, and to me it looks like like people playing soccer, only instead of kicking a big ball around they throw a tennis ball. It's alright, but I lost total respect for the sport when I saw one player who had to sit out because he bit his tongue. Like seriously, you are a sports player, man up a lil. No one has heard of AFL except people who play American Football, and they argue that it is a pussy sport... Until I tell them they play with no padding whatsoever. I don't bother to defend cricket.
I don't have to do any exams or test this year, which is absolutely awesome considering if I was at home I'd have to do 30 hours of exams throughout the course of the year... I think. Oh, and I only have two hours of math a week. Which is awesome.
Ok I'm pretty sure thats all I have to say... this post is going to end as awkwardly and abruptly as it started. So probably about now.