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Final Blog Post: Lessons from Abroad

Parting is such sweet sorrow.  I’ve had a lot fun doing this blog.  As stressful as it was at times, there’s  a part of me that’s really going to miss uploading 5 minute segments of my life to the internet.  For my final video, I decided to reflect on the experiences I had abroad and offer some advice to anyone looking to travel in Europe.  Hope you enjoy.

-Chris

Thanksgiving Dinner

Finally, after several technical difficulties, I’ve finished the Thanksgiving in Denmark video.  The idea behind this video was to try and capture the epic-ness of the evening.  For 4 college kids with almost no idea how to cook to come together and make a dinner this awesome was a huge achievement that deserves recognition and celebration.

Thanksgiving in Denamrk

One of the hardest parts of going abroad is being apart from loved ones during the holidays.  Thanksgiving in Denmark (though this could apply to nearly anywhere outside the US) can be especially tough since no one else in the country will “get” what the big deal is about a holiday that celebrates overeating.  In order to feel a bit less homesick, some friends and I got together to try and make an authentic Thanksgiving dinner.  Only one problem: none of us knew how to cook.

There we were, four 20-something boy-men standing in a Danish supermarket trying to ask the clerk where to find ingredients for dishes they have never heard of (if you ever want to feel like a crazy person, try describing stuffing to a Dane).  On top of our vast lack of cooking experience, it turns out there are no turkeys in Denmark. Anywhere.  Not phased by these setbacks, we decided to get the next best bird: a whole chicken.

Although none of us wanted to admit it, I think we all had serious doubts about whether or not the dinner would ever get off the ground.  Surprisingly, and likely due in no small part to the numerous phone calls we made to our respective mothers, the dinner came out ok.  In fact, it was one of the best meals I’ve had since coming to Denmark (see photos below).  We had chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, baked sweet potatoes, salad, and even apple pie for desert.  After the meal, we all felt the warm, familiar Thanksgiving day feeling of an overfull stomach.  And thanks to the wonders of the internet, we were even able to sink into the couch at watch some American football after dinner.  Although its important to learn about other cultures while abroad, it can be just as important to celebrate your own which is exactly what we did that day. God bless Amurrica.

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Christiania Blog Post

Currently doing research for my next blog post about the free town of Christiania.  Christiania is a social experiment, a micro-nation within Denmark which is independent and self-governing.  Although Christiania is probably best known for Pusher Street, where the sale of marijuana and hash occurs openly, there is much more to the tiny free state.  I definitely have a lot of work ahead of me if I hope to do Christiania any justice in a blog post.  Here is a short video on Christiania just as a teaser:

London!

In London-town (and about to get down)

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Running out of Money

Today I finally broke down and got a haircut.  I’ve been putting it off because, although everything in Copenhagen is ridiculously over-priced, haircuts are perhaps the worst offenders.  For men, the cheapest you can find is about $30 USD and if you’re a girl its more like $50.

Its funny how being in another country changes your sense of value.  If I was in America, for example, I would scoff at having to pay $7 for a beer but here that’s a deal.  Sad to say my funds are starting to run pretty low even though my trip is just half-way over.  Luckily my food stipend is still holding though who knows how long that will last…