Velkommen til Danmark

I have done the unthinkable. I have signed a contract to be an Au Pair for yet another year. What is even crazier is that I will be an Au Pair for four children that I am unable to verbally communicate with.

I packed up my bags, said “Auf Wiedersehen” to Deutschland and moved further North to Copenhagen, Denmark. I am technically living in a city called Søllerød (something like Su-la-rul + some sort of throwing-up noise), but it is literally impossible (and I mean literally) for a native English speaker to pronouce correctly, so I have settled upon saying that I live in Holte. Søllerød is a part of Holte and it’s much easier to pronouce so that’s that. Holte is on the metro line in the greater Copenhagen area and it only takes me about 20 minutes to get to the city center.

The family I am staying with have 4 children; 3 girls and 1 boy. Their ages are 9,7,5, and 2 ½. It really sounds like a handful, but all of the children leave promptly at 7:30 every weekday morning and don’t come home until anywhere between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. This means I have all of that time by myself in the house because the parents also work all day out of the house. During the day I must also perform a wide variety of housekeeping chores, which somehow keeps me busy almost all day. Soon, I will also begin to take Danish lessons during my free time.

The surrounding area here is absolutely amazing. There are 3 large forests within a 5km radius and very easily accessible for running. I’ve been running in the forests for the last couple of weeks and I’m still finding new paths and even prettier nature each time. It’s really a runner’s dream to be running here, especially a runner that loves hills. I’ve even come across 3 deer during one of my runs.

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Copenhagen is a truly great city to be living in as I can see so far. It’s a very international city so English is spoken practically everywhere and there are always lots of different ethnicities around. They are very environmentally friendly here so there are always lots of people biking and lots of public transportation possibilities. The downside is, of course, that public transportation is ridiculously expensive. I think I will spend most of my monthly stipend on just that. There are always things going on, though and lots of people to meet so it should be worth it to pay for the trains to get there.

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Throughout my past year as an Au Pair in Germany I was able to really get to know the German people and the German way of life. It was so interesting to really notice some key cultural characteristics and I can’t wait to find out the same things for the Danish culture. I have already noticed that Danish people, although environmentally friendly in most aspects, don’t care too much for recycling or composting as much as the Germans do. They also are much more careless about throwing out food, which really angers me. It’s things like that when I start to miss the German ways.

I will start to post more blogs about my adventures and also about the Danish culture and my family experiences. I hope to learn and take part in more activities soon.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. lianna
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 21:21:22

    throwing up noise, huh?

    Reply

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