I’m Rosa from Denmark –the little country with the big ego!
My home university (Aalborg University) has an exchange program with Willamette University, which I am extremely thankful for, because without it, studying abroad would never have been possible for me. This Semester here at Willamette is something I have worked hard at to get to and I have been looking forward to it for so long! So when I finally got my acceptance letter I could hardly believe it –I am so thrilled to be here and I will do my very best to make it unforgettable! –which it already is!
Here are some Danish facts:
Danish ain’t that something you eat? Ha ha blah that’s the oldest joke ever.
Danmark (that’s how it’s originally spelled) is, besides Vikings, the home of renowned writers, philosophers, musicians, actors and architects such as; Hans Christian Andersen (author of the little mermaid and the ugly duckling), Jørgen Utzon (architect – Sidney Opera House), Victor Borge, Carl Theodor Dryer (film director – The Passion of Joan of Arc), Søren Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr, Tycho Brahe (Kepler’s law of planetary motion), Karen Blixen (aka. Isak Dinesen) and last but not least the drummer from Metallica – Lars Ulrich! And on top of all that Denmark is the oldest monarchy in existence (yes that’s right – older than the British!). Yep there is a lot to live up to! –and part of the ego tripping that’s going on
– Ohh, and just FYI Hamlet is an fictional character (someone actually asked me once, so that’s why I feel it is necessary to include it here).
Like Americans we Danes are proud of where we are from and we also enjoy showing off our beautiful flag as much as possible. And our two nation’s flags share the lovely colors Red and White (but not blue)!
Although I love my country I completely agree with my favorite fairytale author H.C. Andersen when he said “Traveling is living” and travel I have done. I have seen most of Europe, some of Thailand + a quick visit to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) and visited eight (8) beautiful American states; Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon (road trip!!). For some reason that I can’t quite explain America has always fascinated me and that is why I am here at Willamette for a semester so that I can experience the culture first hand – and to study of course.