My first steps in Dänemark

Dänemark, as it is called in German, is only 42 minutes away from my home. That’s a shorter drive than I would sometimes take to go out to eat or see a concert back in the US. Ever since I’ve come to Germany, it’s been tantalizingly close and an ever-present subject on my to-do list. A few weeks before Christmas, wanting to take a trip with another exchange that’s going back home soon, my host parents planned a trip for us and planned to only to tell us the location once we got in the car. Once packed and in the car, she turned around and gave me a handful of coins. “This should tell you where you are going”. If you didn’t know, Denmark has its own currency called the krone. This may lead to some shock for you if you go to Denmark and see that an ice cream costs 75 Krones, as happened to me in the town of Tønder. This town and specific cafe was our first stop in Denmark.

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After eating fresh waffles with ice cream in a Café that also allowed Molly admittance, we headed into the city to experience their Christmas Market. In November. Keep that in mind when you look at the photos.

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There is a statue of this figure in the town, and I still don’t know why he is significant
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Do you see the second cat?

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You could take a ride for a price
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This Christmas market was very similar to German ones

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Can you see Santa Clause and reindeer on the top of the buildings? And on the side of one? Santa Clause is a huge theme in Denmark

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Denmark was incredibly charming, as the Danish people have a culture of coziness (or in German, Gemütlichkeit) and everything from their Christmas markets, fashion, houses, and food reflects that. The Christmas market we visited felt warm and welcoming, with stands of food and a house turned into a giant Christmas decoration store, which was, saying the least, extensive.

In the market we came upon a children’s slide and tapping into my inner exchange student- open to all opportunities, no matter how strange seeming- I went down it. The Danish and German children around me gave me strange looks, though.

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After we had explored enough of the Christmas market, we made our way to our next stop, the town of Rebe. Both towns were very picturesque, but the second was just a little bit more.

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The church in the town was very large and beautiful, the inside featuring many ships to signify the importance of the ocean in the town’s culture.

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Our main attraction was the town’s viking museum (There are tons of them in Northern Germany and Denmark), which featured viking-era artifacts, recreations of a viking town, and a medieval play room for children.

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Some more finds in the town:

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Viewing the many swans in the town

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A “hospital” for smartphone and tablets

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A store that reminded me of my mother, who I am sure would love Denmark
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A very large Santa Clause cookie (Denmark is famous for its pastries)
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A second-hand purse I bought

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My host family and I are planning another trip to Denmark the first week of July, where we will camp on a Danish beach in northern Denmark. I very much look forward to writing that post, although it will signify the end of my exchange. A bitter-sweet moment.

Until next time,

Abby

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