December 31, 2013

Highlights of 2013 and a Happy New Year!

Go ahead and take a look at a few of the things that happened to me in 2013
video
This video made me SO happy!
  When I watched it, I felt as if I had really accomplished something great this year. 
2013 has by far been the most eventful year of my life. I won't go into details but THIS post sums up a lot of it. If it's not enough, you can always take a look at some of my other posts from this year.


In September 2012, I pressed the "reset" button of my life. 2013 was a new beginning. 
I learnt many important life lessons in 2013. So many that I have lost count. I can't tell what they are though, they have already become a natural part of me and it is hard to remember how I was before. 
2013 made me a much better person. I found out what I wanted to do with my life and I learnt what a real friend was. I have met so many amazing people from all around the world and every one of them has added some sort of extra value to my life
My personality changed and I became the person I wanted to be, not whom society had labelled me as.

Tonight I can say that I will end the year with a feeling of fulfillment. Mistakes and bad choices were made, but in the end, everything went better than expected and it is with my arms wide open and a smile on my face that I will welcome the year of 2014.

On a final note, I want to wish all of my friends and readers across the time zones a Happy New Year!
Be safe out there tonight!
See you next year! ^o^ 

December 6, 2013

"Bodil"

At first it seemed like a storm. My city is used to it and we always take these warnings lightly as the medias tend to always blow up the news and make a huge deal out of a bit of wind, especially because the news stations are near the capital, where people think that a bit of headwind should be considered a storm.

Now the storm has been raging for many hours and is going on its 26th hour as I'm typing this. Meteologists have described "her" as atmospheric bomb and compared her to the only huge storm we've had during my lifetime, the hurricane of 1999!
What started out as a storm has been classified a legit hurricane- and a pretty strong one at that!

Outside is pitch black and I can see how my windows bend inwards when the wind punches against them. A few occasional lightnings came by to say hello yesterday but it is the sound of the wind and the sight of flying furniture outside that leaves the impression of a good ol' hurricane. My cats are freaking out!

The police has warned against going outside almost all over the country and almost every single bride, connecting us, has been closed. Ferries stopped sailing from 12pm or so. Some airports have cancelled or delayed a couple of flights while some have closed down completely. AND for the first time EVER in Danish history, not even one single train is moving.
The hurricane has paralyzed us.

Yesterday at school, we gathered in the aula/cafeteria and were informed by the principal that all classes after 2nd period were going to be cancelled so that we could all get home to safety before the storm would really set in at 12pm.
Classmates are constantly updating each others about the storm and traffic and so on. So far, 1st period has been cancelled for all students and now I'm awaiting more info about later today.

After the last storm (bad headwind) we had in October, meteologists have decided that it's time we began naming our weather phenomenoms, just like in America and Asia. 
So what have they named this monster? This atmospheric BOMB (which is an actual term)? These unthinkable powers released by our own Mother Earth? This wrath that has been laid upon us!!?

Bodil.

And as if giving a hurricane the name of an old lady isn't bad enough, the Swedes have turned her into a man and called her "Sven".

... I- I just can't..
I completely lost it right there. I can't take a hurricane like that serious with such a name.

If you happen to be one of my Danish readers, stay safe and stay indoor!

Have a great storm!

December 4, 2013

Decorating school for Christmas

After some really stressful days, things are finally starting to calm down. 
I only have 3 assignments left before going on Christmas Break on December 20th and homework has suddenly become much easier now that I have more time to work on it. 

Also, I'm extra happy these days as Christmas has finally come upon us!  
One of my favorite things about the Danish Christmas, is our handmade ornaments; decorations made out of colourful paper and carton. 
And here is yet a reason I love my school..
Every year, we have a day on which the office cancels the period so we can decorate the place!

All the students gathered up in the cafeteria where the school had provided us with "æbleskiver", "pebbernødder", koolaid, and material. We sat down with our own classes and then the fun began. 
The products of our hard work; "musetrapper" and "julehjerter"
(I left some videos at the end of the post in case you want to make some yourself)

See the girl standing up? She's hanging up guirlandes. Those are all over the place.. really, ALL OVER! 
I haven't gotten a chance to take a picture of it yet, but I will soon!
We decorated every corner of the cafeteria! Not even the elevator was left alone!
Cool, eh?
The atmosphere around school is much more christmas'y right now and we love it! 
Day after day we can just feel how Christmas is getting closer. 
O' how I love it 

November 21, 2013

Just keep swimming~

Hey people!

I want to apologize for my absence.
I've had a bunch of stuff to do. Well no, not a bunch. I've been literally DROWNING in assignments the past two weeks, but I'm working hard on them. My days right now consist of:

  • Wake up
  • Shower
  • Go to school
  • Go home
  • Work on different assignments until dinner
  • Dinner
  • Continue working
  • Go to sleep
  • Repeat
I've been doing make-up in the car because I lack sleep so bad that I NEED that extra half hour in the morning- and a mom that I have to fight with constantly isn't exactly helping either. I lack energy because I put so much work into my school right now.. but how can I not? Our grades for the semester are coming out today at 3.15pm and, even though they don't count, I want them to be good. I want to be one of the best even though I really lack motivation right now. We'll see how it goes. 

Anyhow, I have a TON of ideas for new blog posts (although mainly on my beauty blog) and I will get back to blogging as soon as possible. 
Until then, enjoy yourselves and stay tuned, and...


  Just keep swimming.
Just keep swimming.
Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.
What do we do?
We swim, swim...

November 19, 2013

Voting for the municipal election

Today is one of those few days when reality hits me and I am reminded that I am, in fact, 18 years old no matter how hard I try to hide it. 

Today I get to feel like a grown-up.
Today I get to be responsible for people around me!
TODAY I GET TO VOTE FOR THE VERY
                    FIRST TIME! ...for the municipal election

The past few weeks we've been bombed with campaigns. People would hand out roses and candy downtown. Election posters have been (f)lying around since the big storm. Political debates have been all over the news and we've spent at least 15-20 min. talking about the election in every Politics class.
.... Yet people don't care.

I mean some do... but not THAT many and it has left the politicians in a state that looks pretty similar to desperate.
Quite desperate if you ask me. It has come so far that the Parliament put up this video on YouTube, explaining to young people how to vote since we are *ahem* the future of the country! (I know it's in Danish but.. just by listening to the voices you should be able to see and hear how ridiculous this has gotten)

Valg 2013
Even Google is trying to seduce us!
C'mon!

People are discussing whether it makes sense or not and that's, I think, is also the main reason many don't want to vote. We just don't believe in it. Why does it matter whom the head of our country is, if all the big and important decisions are being made by some ignorant old people, sitting on their butts somewhere in the capital? (Well they're not all old).
Anyhow.. my vote may not count much now, but I'm still not going to be one of those people who stay at home and complain. I will use my right as a citizen of Denmark and share my beliefs complain about the system!
(And then complaining about them afterwards will seem much more reasonable)

Another reason many people might not want to vote could be that it's so confusing! Some places, people can run for the election with just 25 signatures, and then they create parties like The Sunshine Party - Promising sunshine every day, all day! Or the woman from the Natures Parti who, in her election video, is standing in full body paint and wearing that weird cat. What the heck...

Even though many seem to not care, they WILL care if you ask them who they're going to vote for. Even married people tend to not want to tell each other. Why is that? Are we afraid others will judge us because of our twisted beliefs? Perhaps it's just how our culture is.. 
Is it the same in your country? Would you vote at a municipal election or would you wait for the "real deal"?


So who am I going to vote for?
                                             ................ I have no idea

November 8, 2013

Mortens Aften

Heyooo!
I hope you all had a nice Halloween (if you happen to celebrate that)!

In my country it's not really a thing yet.. I mean it's coming but if kids go trick-or-treating they'll, most times, be met by angry people who will think the kids are just begging. The kids don't know what to say when people finally open the doors and the adults have no idea what to do either.
"Candy? I have none, why would you come to my house and ask for that?" 
Halloween is causing a lot of awkward situations here..

Most people here don't even know the story about Halloween. Why do we celebrate it? What is there to celebrate? Why do people dress up? Isn't it an American thing? Why would we celebrate that?

I see their point. I mean, I have never heard of people celebrating Chinese New Year here either. That belongs to other countries. Don't all countries have those weird days that nobody else really celebrate? Imagine of your home country suddenly celebrated every possible holiday/festival in the world! What a mess! Every single day would be filled with strange traditions and songs and people dressed in all sorts of exotic costumes. I love holidays and those strange traditional days, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I think we should just stick to the dates that actually mean something to us; days that are part of our history, our culture, and who we are.
What do you think?

Speaking of strange dates, we actually have one coming up; it is called "Mortens Aften" which, I believe, would translate to something like "The night of Morten" or "Martini" (Don't hang me up on it). I never quite understood it before I went to America and actually had to research it to be able to explain it to my American family.

The story goes like this:
Saint Morten (or Martin as he's called in Germany) was a very holy and also pious man. People had decided that he should be a bishop now but Morten didn't like that. One night he tried to flee from those people (whoever they were) and decided to hide in a shed with geese. The geese began to .. well make whatever sound a goose makes. Then they began to yell: "He's here! He's hiding in the shed!" so loud that he was found out. Saint Morten was made a bishop and legend says that he, as a revenge, created a law saying that once every November 10th, we should eat geese for dinner to punish them for giving him away.

Strange tradition indeed. Geese, however, are pretty huge and also quite pricey so nowadays we eat ducks instead.
Do you have anything like this in your country?

October 28, 2013

Just a storm

Iiiiiif you live in England, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden or wherever it hit, you probably have figured that we had a storm today!

I won't go into many details but... this storm is (at least when it comes to Denmark) the worst in 11 years o__O I'd heard a lot about it in the news and heard how people had prepared for it but the medias tend to always exaggerate stuff! I hadn't expected this one to be bad and honestly.. I still don't think it was as big and bad as everyone said it was -.- 

I live on the west coast of Denmark so we were going to be the first ones to get hit and it was also going to stay here for the longest period of time. It was going to hit us at 2pm so around 1pm it was announced that 4th period had been cancelled for the entire school and now teachers were telling students to go home as I was walking to the door. They even added a little box saying "storm" and had the entire school attend. 

So you know how some American schools decide to give their students snow-free for a day or two? 
I guess you can say I had storm-free .____.

It's odd. This morning as I was walking towards my class, I looked at a tree and thought "I wonder if it's going to fall..." and lookie here! It certainly did. 
My school posted this picture on their Facebook page short after everybody had gone home, and wished us a "happy storm". Here on the west coast we don't take storms that seriously. I mean, the emergency services had prepared but normal people like you and I wouldn't do much. It's not that we buy a lot of food and go hide in a basement. No. We simply go outside, move the furniture in our garden, move our garden trampolines, put on a pair of rubber boots and a warm jacket and live on. 

Soooooome people were a little too carefree though...
This is a picture I found on my facebook short time ago

I guess tomorrow we will hear how many have been injured and how much it's all going to cost. Just like every other storm..

Oh well, happy storm everybody!

October 23, 2013

Not really an update

Have you ever heard the saying: 
"Say something nice or don't say anything at all!"

I like the thought of it; just think of how amazing a world we would live in if those negative people would stop pointing out flaws in everything and everyone around them. Of course it wouldn't always be as good an idea when it comes to certain objects. Like food. 

"Hey Harold, how do you like your soup?"
"Oh it's just great! It really has an amazing flavah!" 
"Wow really?"
"Yes yes, you should try it, bud"

And then it turns out what was supposed to taste like a sweet strawberry shortcake tastes like garlic mixed with half a durian boiled in a pair of 2 year old gym socks.
No. Let's be critical when it comes to certain things.

But those people telling what they think about you? 
Do you think I care about you calling me weird? What are you trying to achieve? Yes. Silence is indeed golden and I wish more people would follow his saying. Some of them really needs to just SHATH APP!

Anyhow, my point was that, usually, I like to follow this. Negativity isn't going to help anything so better just keep it to myself and that's why I skipped a few days of blogging. 
Today my mood is much better so I thought I'd update you guys a little :)

I've been discussing with my parents if I could go overseas this year for Christmas. 
And... being an 18 year old girl alone in the world.. my mom wasn't exactly a fan of the idea. I asked what her concerns were and answered them so she no longer has any good arguments against it (convincing her is no big deal) but my dear dad is the problem!
I was an exchange student last year and I already left in September. I wasn't allowed to go home for Christmas and my family wasn't allowed to visit me because "it could cause homesickness and it would ruin their program", so instead we had a Skype Christmas which is described further in THIS post. 
Aaaand now this year he wants me home for Christmas... well I hope I can go though. He said he needed some time to think about it in so... we'll see. I'll keep you updated! 

October 11, 2013

Fall break has begun + Christmas overseas?

Hello hello hello!  \(-^〇^-)/


Last night I went out to celebrate my friend Sushi's birthday with Søren, Signe, Karoline, and of course the birthday girl herself who was turning 18! Woooh!!
Both Søren and Susanne only had one class today and they even had to meet late for it and could therefore say out longer than Signe and I who had two classes each but still had to meet at 8am. I didn't get to sleep before... 3.30 I think and surprisingly I wasn't the least tired when I went to school. It might have been because I was excited. In my excited state I am never tired!

Why was I excited you ask? 
Because after having my two classes today, my fall break started!!
9 days of.... doing nothing... - - Well at least that'll give me more time to work on my Halloween stuff.
Yeah, as you might have seen of my beauty blog (shame on you if you haven't!) I put up a make-up tutorial for Halloween and I had actually expected a couple of my friends to have rather negative reactions but, so far, all I've got has been a lot of positive feedback! That sure was a pleasant surprise ^o^
I had a LOT (and I'm not exaggerating) of troubles making the video but it sure turned out to be worth it!
There are a couple of things now that I know I could have done better, so there's a slight possibility I might make a new version later on. Much later on.
Hopefully I will get to make a 1, 2, or maybe even 3 more of these before October 31st. We'll see.


Here is a link to the blog post about my video. You can view pictures or go to the video on YouTube from there ----->  Halloween Tutorial - Broken Porcelain Doll

Something else that has been taking up a lot of my time has been my travel plan. 
Some time ago, my friend Ann-Kathrine (AK) and I had been talking about going to Singapore, just the two of us, and celebrate Christmas.
AK has, ever since I was 6, been one of my best friends. This year she returned from having lived with her family in Qatar for 4 years now and while she was there, she attended an American High School. Many international workers go to Qatar and while she was there, she made a good friend who now resides in France. Just a few weeks ago AK passed me up and told me that her friend had invited her down for Christmas and since we didn't have any actual plans yet, I wouldn't stop her.
But I'm also that type of person who, once I've set up my mind for something, finds it hard to cancel plans. 

~Well.. I guess I could always go somewhere by myself?~ I thought. 
So I contacted some people here and there and... it seems like I'll be aiming for Christmas + New Years in Malaysia instead!
Since I wasn't home last year to celebrate either of these days with my family (because I was an exchange student in California), my parents didn't like the thought of it that much. My mom was worried about me going alone and my dad.. he's more sensitive than you'd think when it comes to his little girl. But my parents will never stop me if it's something I really really want to do. They proved that when they sent me to America.
What I'm currently doing is that I took all their concerns and questions...
"When?"          "Where will you be staying?"          "Do you need any vaccines?"          "Is it safe?"
                "Who'll pick you up?"          "How will you get away from the airport?"
                           "How much are the plane tickets?"             "How will you get around?"            "How will you avoid being roasted in the sun?"          Does the insurance cover you?"
                                   "How can we still celebrate Christmas together then?"

...and wrote them down on a piece of paper so I can figure one thing at the time. 

My main concerns right now are the plane tickets; I won't have enough money for the tickets that I want before November. Until then, I can't afford to spend much and my concern right now is that the tickets I want might already be sold out if I have to wait until next month :/ What if that happens and I'll be forced to pay more in order to get tickets? I might not be able to afford the others...
I can't just buy any tickets... there are some countries I would really NOT like to be alone in > <

But this is my new project and I really want to do it! 
The word has already spread around the place and all of my friends there are already super excited to see me. I need to make this happen. I must!

October 3, 2013

Non-ambitious people

I'm sitting in class and letting time pass. About a quater ago, a woman came in and told us our Danish teacher was sick and therefore had cancelled class. Well, the bus is quite pricy here so I decided to just stay at school with the rest of the poor lazy people and wait for history class to begin. Then it hit me...

It's been some time since I last blogged. Actually, it's been a couple of days since I last checked out the blogosphere.

Before October, a good friend of mine and I decided to make a little Halloween project. I happen to be a super ambitious person and 90% of the time, people can't follow me. Like, they just don't get my ideas. If I ask people to help me with stuff, I often end up getting the same answer:

"You want to do what? How? That's like... impossible! You can't do that"

And every time I prove them wrong. It's such an amazing feeling hahah

Anyhow, this time my friend agreed with me and we both really wanted our little project to happen. We bought the stuff we needed and found the stuff we already had but... in the end.. I'm afraid it might not turn out how I wanted it. I'm glad she is just as crazy as me and supports such a crazy idea but.. we'll see.
So what is this Secret Halloween Project? Well... as I'm still not sure if I can really make it work out, I won't tell you yet :P All I can tell is that it includes recording and fast computers... which I have had several troubles with the past few days -____-

I'll work hard though! Can't just give up without fighting!

September 27, 2013

Dat Friday Song!

Every Friday morning, the local radio station plays a song that they have, so creatively, named "The Friday Song" and with such a weird song and the 3 radio hosts screaming in the background, one cannot start their Friday with a smile. With THAT song they make it possible for all their listeners to get through that one last day of the week before going home and enjoying time with their friends and family.

I can't start my Friday without singing out loud to this song and the fact that I can't sing Portuguese.. or speak Portuguese... or sing at all shall not stop me. It's Friday!

But what happened today?
We left home earlier than usual and got to my school before they played the song... and I didn't get my song..
but as I'm walking towards the building, my sister calls and puts it on speaker mode as they're blasting the song in the background!

THAT, people, is love!
Have a nice weekend <3 




September 19, 2013

"So where are you going after school?"

"So what are you going to do when you finish school?"

Have you gotten that question before?
Recently I've been getting it a lot and it freaks me out!
(Warning: It often comes after the "So how old were you again?". In case you get this question, don't even deal with it, just run. Run out of the room crying "I DON'T WANNA GROW UP!!" while flaring your arms like a maniac)

Have you gotten it before? How does it feel? How do you react?
Me? Every time I get the question I freeze and the little Lucy up there just completely shuts down.
I have NO idea what to say.
"What do I even want to be?! I might be 18 and "mature" but how the heck am I supposed to, within seconds, tell people about my plans for the rest of my life?! That's impossible!"
I can't! I just can't!

I hate how all the grown-ups in our lives, with their family, homes, and secure incomes, keep telling us to pick a good career that we can be in for the next 40 years. It's for our own good but it almost has a negative effect. Whenever I get the question, I wish I could stop the time and never grow older. Never will I have to worry about the future again...
What if I make the wrong choice?! My uncle already made his so of course he can sit there all calm and tell me what to do... because I'm the one who's got something to lose :OO
So if I make the wrong choice... those years I've spent, trying to become something that I never really wanted to, will be gone. Just gone! And I will be even older when I try to get into the next career..

The thing is; I don't want to spend all my young years studying, I want to get out and work while I'm still under 30 and.. that's actually harder than it sounds (If you want a good steady career here).

But then today at school we had some sort of career period (not an entire day, just half a period) and I walked over to this super sweet woman who, like myself, wanted to work overseas. After I'd had a chit-chat with her and gotten a lot of information, I could suddenly see myself in her position. Can you guess what she was? A Shipping Trainee!

No... I had never expected myself to like a job like that either but I didn't just see myself in her position, I saw an older version of me in her. A future me! (sound weird huh?)
Well it has exactly what I want...

  • I can get to work overseas (NY, Singapore, Brazil, etc.)
  • Having studied 1 year overseas will be a plus
  • There's math in it and the level of math I'm taking already is enough!
  • I can go from being a student to a trainee within months..  = no university needed! (which is 4 years)
  • I can use my 2½ languages
  • The pay is average in the beginning and will rise
  • It's a very social job meaning it's all about networking and there are a lot of events to go to. 

Actually... shipping doesn't seem bad at all! 


September 12, 2013

One year ago

One year ago...


Exactly a year ago I was a completely different person.
At this time, on September 12th 2012, I was sitting on a plane heading for LA. I had been on the plane for only about 2 hours and I still had 9 more to go. I was already tired but had also told myself to not fall asleep under any circumstances as I'm always a little slow right when I wake up.
The plane was very very hot and a thick scent of sweat was flowing around the cabin. At first it was overwhelming, but the noise from the other passengers kept me distracted. I had been placed in the middle of a big group of French people. None of them were my age and none of them spoke English.. at all! It was doomed to be a quiet flight. It was okay though. The man beside me would occasionally smile and that was all I needed to not feel alone. 

What kind of mess was this anyways?

Slowly the thoughts of my family, friends, and the life I had left behind, appeared in my mind. My life now was good. I had friends. I liked my school even though it was hard at first getting enough sleep. I had a loving family (even though I would have at least one fight with my mom every day). I had a best friend, whom I had left in tears, not knowing how her life would now be. I had my rabbit. I had the girl friends whom I would talk about boys with and discuss the latest fashion and how cute that dress that we saw a few days ago was. I had the guy friends that would be there when the girls became too much. I had people to cheer me up when I was down. I had everything but myself. 

No, this is not yet one of those stupid stories about how people "found themselves and blablabla" but it ended up like that. 

You know how they say that a picture says more than a thousand words - How about 154? Sure all these pictures can tell a lot, but there will always be untold stories. There will always be stories about that lost friendship. The chance that was never taken. The bad choice that should have never been made. The people I'd wish I had never met. The people I should have treasured while I still had them. The things I'd wish to have never seen nor heard... but also the good things I saw. The people I met. The food I ate. The things I did. The chances I took. The embarrassment. The love stories. The friendships that I could never be without. The people I would never want to lose again. These pictures represent all the adventures and obstacles that I met over there. They represent a life in one year.

Although they only add up to a tiny tiny tiny percentage of the things I went through, I remember everything.

I went out into the big world as a small innocent girl... and I came back wiser. I found myself. I found out who to trust and whom I would kill in a second if I had the chance (noooo I'm joking!.. maybe). I found out how it was to lose something that I loved the most, and how to live with it. I learned a lot of things both about me but also the world that surrounds us. It was like a second chance at life and mine sure got a lot better. 
I was a new person. I had a new life and brought the best from my earlier life with me. One might say that a year isn't that long... but for me... 
For me.. 


... One year ago was in another life

September 5, 2013

School caught me

Hadn't realized it's been so "long" since I last blogged here!

...and I'm afraid I have nothing really interesting to blog about today. I'm just here to tell you all that I'm still alive and fine! My mom went to a check-up for cancer again today and she was all healthy so.. yeah.. I'm doing fine :)
Like I've probably mentioned earlier, they say that the second year at my school (which is the one I'm taking now) is the hardest and.. well I can't say that it's been harder than first year so far but it will come. I'm taking it slow, handling one day at the time and one assignment at the time!
I've spent a lot of time on my assignments and I can proudly say that I have finished 2 out of the current 4 that I have. But working for hours on my assignments take up so much energy that whenever I take a break (or have finished) I'm ready to just fall asleep on my floor!

Either I sleep or I treat myself for my "hard work"- and that led me to watch the movie Contagion. I saw my new friend Maiken watch it one day in class and it looked interesting so.. why not? I find watching a movie super effective on stressy days.

I'm also rather excited for tomorrow!
1) Because I joined a group at school called OD, who collect money for people in need in other countries and tomorrow is one of their baking sales! We all bring cakes and the money we earn tomorrow will go to our little fond.
aaand
2) Because tomorrow is the big Neptun Party! The first big party of the year (except for the one for the 1st graders) and I'm probably going to a pre-party with my new SUPER SWEET classmates. After that is the actual party and I'm not quite sure if I'm going to be with my best friend at that point.. she had planned for me to meet someone she knows but she might be busy with her own class. Aaaaand lastly I'll probably be going downtown with my old classmates (Sushi, Mette, Niaraki and all) afterwards. It'll be good to get some time off from the assignments and meet new people!

What do you do to stress down?
Do you know any good movie that you'd recommend? 

August 28, 2013

The Princess came!

My class was not impressed. Actually... I don't think ANY of our 1313 students were impressed when the Danish Princess Marie (and a bunch of other "important people" cut the red rope to inaugurate our school. Most didn't care and some (including two of my friends) simply skipped the whole thing.

"So why did she cut it? We don't need her to cut it. The school is already open and we've been here for 1½ week now! OMG they put out the red carpet?! I want a red carpet too! What makes her so special?! Oh. My. Gosh! LOOK AT THAT FOOD! I WANT THAT DELICIOUS-LOOKING FOOD!!!"
- Pretty much everybody I talked to that day

And I have to say that I agree with them at some points. 
Why this traditional ceremony? Is it really necessary?
"She isn't even a Royal kid, she just married into the family"

My school (the STX part) is a very old school and still has all its old traditions. I've always thought of myself as a very non-traditional person. I hated when I had to do things the way they had been done years of years ago. I wanted to do it my way! But then on the other hand... I love how my school still dances Les Lanciers. I love how we, once a year, has a day where the students sing themselves out of school (As in we all gather to sing old songs for the principal and when it's loud enough, he let's us out of school for the rest of the day. It's a tradition from WWII). So I guess I'm not so traditional again.

Before I left for America I always thought that we should abolish the Royal Family and have a President... but when I got over there and heard how unique the Crown and their story is, I kind of changed my mind.
Now I'm stuck in the middle - I find them.. useless? I don't mean it that harsh though, but they don't exactly DO anything but representing our country and history whenever they visit other countries. But then again I don't want to get rid of them... BECAUSE they represent us in that way. The Royal Family has SUCH an important role in our history.. our country was build around the Warrior Kings.

And to screw up our minds even more... while most of us didn't like the thought of the Princess coming to cut the rope, many would have liked to see either our Queen or the Crown Princess / Prince. Weird huh?
What do you think about it? Would you like to see a member of the Royal family come to inaugurate YOUR school or workplace? 
Share your thoughts! :)
(My American friend seemed very excited when I told him about it. So maybe it's just my generation here in Denmark?)

We had been instructed to NOT take pictures of her(!) so if you're into that kind of stuff, here are some pictures from my local newspaper from the ceremony.
Photo: ugeavisen.dk/esbjerg
They really DID roll out the red carpet for her
Photo: ugeavisen.dk/esbjerg
Please don't misunderstand my post. We had nothing against her personally, just the thought of someone being so important that we had to lower our social status. The school is our home, so why do we have to change everything just to impress someone from a supposedly higher social class?
Marie (37) is super pretty. She seemed super sweet and was constantly smiling during the ceremony. Her nature made her stand out as a young person and she was actually a bit clumsy. Cute!
Photo: ugeavisen.dk/esbjerg
Aaaaall the "important people" were seated while the students had clumped up in the sides and, like me, stood on the balcony. 
Photo: ugeavisen.dk/esbjerg
A couple of people held speeches, including the princess. It was clear that she had been reciting the speech for a long time. Her pronunciation was terrible (she's French), but even though she doesn't master Danish, she's fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and English.
(Can you find my friend Maria in the background?)



Photo: ugeavisen.dk/esbjerg
Our very own students (and ex-students) provided some great music! The guy holding the guitar is my friend Mette's boyfriend, Mikkel.
(Can you find two of my earlier classmates sleeping in the background?)

After the ceremony, the school provided us students hotdogs outside while the "important people" and teachers had a banquet inside.

August 24, 2013

First Friday's Café of the year!

For them girlies, take a look at my very first OOTD post on my beauty blog  (╹◡╹) ♥

After having spent my first week in school, I decided that now was the time to treat myself! (Lol it's hard starting school again okay?!)

Both Thursday and Friday I was out early. 11.15am to be precise!
I had a lot of time to enjoy myself and I had found a really cute skirt on Gina Tricot's website that I wanted to get my hands on. Having friends around is nice but sometimes I also like to just be able to go where I want to go and take my time.

I caught the bus directly from school and went downtown where there, to my surprise, were a LOT of people. The reason for this was that there was an International Market going on! (Apparently..) I didn't know about this, but as soon as I saw all the little stands, I knew I had picked the right day to go.


Shops from all over the world were there! 
You could buy sweaters, plushies, hats, gloves, antlers etc. from Finland!
An Italian bread stand
A stand with Egyptian figures and antics
Italian cheese!
Pearls, birthstones, gems, jewelry, everything!
Dutch cheese!
There was also an AMAZING Dutch stand with waffles and cookies 
The French and Spanish food stands also attracted quite an amount of people. My lunchfast consisted of chicken paella from the Spanish booth!

Polish honey and honey figures (small yellow things in front of the costumer)
I love how the Russian stand stood out from the other shops that mostly sold food, clothes, or souvenirs... 
The Russians were like "нет! We sell hobby knives, lighters, and gas masks!"


25 degrees Celcius and sunny despite the skies. Perfect day for a market!
There was a big German wiener stand in the middle and they provided loud happy music for people to get in that international shopping mood

Nonetheless, my little peaceful bubble silently popped when my friend Søren caught my eye and .. well I found myself in a few different shops looking at ties with him. Here I was, happy-go-lucky and just letting the wind blow me into the next store when he showed up.
I don't mind spending time with him, but it confuses me why he wants to spend time with me. It's a free country, he could just .. you know nod, ignore me, say hi, do whatever and then go. He claims to hate pretty much my entire friend group, if it's all an act I can't tell, and always insults them in my presence. He says I'm one of them so why even bother with me? Psh, guys.

I thought it'd be fun to mess with him a little, so I released my inner girl and brought him near every shoe store I found. I'd pull an "uuuh" whenever I saw something shiny and smelled half the amount of lotions inside the Bodyshop store.

We later met up with Sushi, his girlfriend and my friend, who had been walking around downtown with Mette for a while. Søren gladly told her how he had made a make-up artist "attack" me inside Bodyshop.. I guess that was payback for pulling him into so many different stores.

Friday we had the very first Friday's Café at school.

I was sitting with Mette and the other girls from our little group

There was a DJ and the bars were open to everyone. We have around.. 4-5 of those a year I guess, and it is a tradition that we dance Lanciers. Actually, Denmark is the only country in the world where dancing Lanciers is a tradition! To explain really quick... it's an old dance from the 1800s that was mostly used by the nobillity. The music is... different and the dance consists of 5 rounds. Each little group has 4 pairs, 8 people total and we take turns to do the steps. It's been 2 years since I last danced it and my 3.G friends weren't much better than me. 
It seemed like most of the others got an okay grip on it
I apologize for the bad pictures. It happened so fast!
Our little group screwed up completely but it's the tradition that matters! It was fun. I missed stuff like that in America.

Lanciers is the dance that ALL students dance once a year at our school's Spring Celebration (Our version of the American Prom) so eventually I will have to learn it again. Next one is in May so I've got time!
In this video you will find all 5 rounds of music that we dance to

I spent the evening babysitting my eight and ten year old grandcousins. 
Those girls  are some of the most adorable and well-raised kids you can find

I'm here getting a cola/fanta manicure from the youngest, Sofie

They are, no joke, my biggest fans EVAH and everything I do is just amazing to them. So when it's getting late and near their bedtime, will these fangirls go to sleep? HECK NO!
Therefore I shall share with you this little but useful piece of information
Tip for babysitters: Make them dance!

By the end of the night they were so tired that I almost didn't have to force them to bed. After 20 min. they were completely out!

August 15, 2013

Back to School Part II

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As you might have read in my latest post, I started school yesterday.

When I was a little kid, I'd always have trouble falling asleep the night before my birthday, Christmas, vacation etc. simply because they were big events and starting at my own Danish school was no exception!
My mind was filled with pure exciting but also fear. 
I HATE when I can't find my way around and this school would be HUUUUGE due to two of the big school in my city merging. 

My best friend Emilie literally lives right behind the school so we decided to have a minor sleepover as she used to go to the other school that had now merged with mine.

As we didn't have to show up before 10am, we used our extra time on some delicious breakfast
Strawberry smoothies, scrambled eggs, and bacon!

After a short introduction in the gym, the classes split out into our new classrooms and I got to chat a little with just a few of my new classmates. You see, the Danish school system differs from the American. Here we are not 500 students at the same age, attending different classes with all different people throughout the day. Here we STAY with our class. You have ONE class and that's it. In each class there's about 30 people and if you don't like them then too bad. You're stuck there for 3 years. On the other hand I feel that our schools are better because it kind of forces you into talking to people and building friendships. It's impossible not to talk to / make friends with at least a few from your class.

2nd period we were called to the assembly hall for a "surprise"
Turns out it was the Danish rock-band The Floor Is Made of Lava who came to play!
Why exactly them? Because two of them graduated from our school back in time
I got a nice floor seat with Mette!

Then today was the first REAL day of school. No welcoming or meeting late, just classes.
So many things are yet to be figured out. 

How do I get to school? (The bus plans have changed and totally crashed our perfectly-figured-out transportation plans)
.....Where's our class?
Where's our NEXT class?!
Uuuh is that the cute guy? Which class is he in?
and WHERE THE FLOP AM I?!

I paparazzi'd this picture today in math class.
Not many chose math on a higher level...
I was afraid that I'd be hard going back to my school's level of math after I had spent one semester in an Algebra I class filled with.. a bunch of very annoying kids... and then the other semester without any math at all! We started out pretty much where I left: powers and roots with arbitrary exponents!

Yesterday Monika and I arrived half an hour too late to gym class because we couldn't find the field where we were supposed to be playing soccer. Gladly our teacher was understanding and deleted our absence.

Getting lost like that can be expected from me but... this is the entire school!
It's so bad that I saw maps over the school hanging on the walls!
Not just did they do that, they also sent us pdf versions on our school website

Ground floor
1st floor
Aaaaand 2nd floor
See? HUUUUGE!

My class spent approximately 10 min. walking around searching for our biology room like a flock of confused people in a room filled with those flashy bright white lights that make everything seem like it's in slowmotion.
Yup. Those maps were badly needed.