Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Some final thoughts about Denmark

Last Monday, we defended our thesis projects and officially stopped being students. As our time in Denmark draws to a close, we thought that we would write one last blog (ignoring that we haven't written one in 9 months).

We're a bit short on time, so we're just going to reference an email that's been forwarded around recently:


  • You know the meaning of life has something to do with the word "hyggelig".
  • You don't think it strange that no one ever comes by to visit without being invited and you never show up at any one's place unannounced either.
  • You find yourself lighting candles when you have guests - even if it is brightly sunny outside and 20 degrees.
  • You go to the supermarket and buy three good beers and 10 not too good ones.
  • You can tell the difference between a Grøn Tuborg and a Carlsberg beer
  • You honestly believe that the distance between Copenhagen and Aalborg is long.
  • The first thing you do on entering a bank/post office/pharmacy etc. is to look for the queue number machine.
  • You accept that you will have to queue to take a queue number.
  • When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that: a) he is drunk; b) he is insane; c) he is a foreigner or d) he is all of the above.
  • The word "yes" is an intake of breath.
  • You can't remember when to say "please" and "excuse me".
  • You start to believe that if it weren't for Denmark's efforts, the world would probably collapse pretty soon.
  • You can open a beer bottle with almost anything.

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