Saturday, May 23, 2009

At være en udlændinge i DK ... Being a foreigner in DK rigtig godt hvis du har "blogger veninder" som jeg har! great if you have "blogger girlfriends" like I have!

Jeg blevet interviewet i går af en af Århus univerisitet journalism elev som undersøger hvordan Danmark "tager hånd" om deres udlændinger. Vi mødte på Århus togstation hvor han spurgde mig om min tanker om "livet som en udlænding i Danmark." gode ting, de ikke så gode ting og de ting som overrasket mig efter jeg ankom.

I was interviewed yesterday by an Århus university journalism student who is researching how Denmark "takes care" of its foreigners. We met in the Århus train station where he asked me about my thoughts on "life as a foreigner in Denmark"....the good, the not-so-good, and the surprises after I arrived.

Han fandt mig igennem min blog og ville gerne vide om vores "blog verden" og hvor vigtig det er for os. Jeg fortalte ham om alle de venner jeg har fundet igennem min blog-- om hvordan vi støtter hinanden og opmundtrer hinanden i vores nye hjem.

He found me through my blog and wanted to know more about our "blog world" and how important it is to us. I told him about all the friends I have found through the blog and how we support each other and encourage each other in our new homes.

Faktisk fortalte jeg ham om 2 meget specielle "blog" dage jeg havde i denne uge... I torsdags kørte Monica og jeg til Århus for at møde Tara og Ingrid. Vi havde en meget dejlig dag, snakkede med hinanden i Taras meget "amerikanske" køkken imens børnene lavede "sukker småkage". Vi snakkede (på engelsk, selvfølgelig) om forskellerne vi har fundet i Danmark sammenlignede med vores hjemlande (Texas, California, Michigan og Sverige) og hvordan vi har lært at værdsætte dem! Jeg nød vores dag rigtig meget og ser fremtil den næste gang at jeg kan besøge begge damerne igen. (Det var sjovt at se Taras nye ismaskine hun købt efter hun læst om min!)

In fact I told him about 2 special blogger days that I had this week... On Thursday Monica and I drove to Århus to meet Tara og Ingrid. We had a wonderful day, chatting with each other in Tara´s very "American" kitchn while the children made and decorated sugar cookies. We chatted (in English, of course) about the differnces we have found in Denmark compared to our homelands (Texas, California, Michigan and Sweden) and how we haev learned to appreciate them! I enjoyed myself so much and look forward to the next time I can visit both ladies again! (It was also fun to see Tara´s new ice maker that she bought after she read about mine!!)

Ingrid, Monica, Tara & Andrea
I går havde jeg anden speciel dag for mange grunde. Fire af os mødes hos Paula, Thomas og Sally Kat for en fantatisk Thai frokost. Jeg har mødt Paula 2 gange før men det var min første gang at møde de andre 3 damer. Vi havde en vidunderlig dag og snakkede ligesom vi havde været veninder i mange år.

Yesterday I had another special day for many reasons. Four of us met at the home of
Paula, Thomas og Sally Cat for a fantastic Thai lunch. I have met Paula twice before but it was the first time to meet the other three ladies. We had a wonderful day and chatted like we had been friends for many years!

Vi spiste så mange lækre ting at Paula har lavet fordi hun er en rigtig god Thai kok! Vi spiste også muslinger som Thomas og Paula har plukket fra stranden dagen før. Det var meget hyggeligt at sidde sammen og snakke for 3 timer imens Thomas serverede os og Sally Kat underholdede os!

We ate so many delicious things that Paula had made because she is an amazing Thai cook! We even had clams that she and Thomas had picked up at the beach the day before. It was so cozy to sit together and talk for three hours while Thomas waited on us and Sally Cat entertained us!

En meget speciel ting i dag var muligheden at møde Rachel...endelig! Rachel og jeg har snakket sammen i næsten 2 år. Hun bor i Washington DC og har en dansk kæreste og vi snakkede på skype mange gang før jeg flyttede. Men vi fik aldrig chancen at mødes! Rachel er i København denne måned for at besøge sin kæreste og hun er hovedårsagen at Paula planlagde vores frokost--så alle kunne møde hinanden imens Rachel er i Danmark! Så efter 2 år, var det meget specielt at møde min veninde Rachel.... og jeg håber at hun blive en Expat i Danmark med os meget snart!

One very special thing today was the opportunity to meet
Rachel...finally! Rachel and I have talked together for almost two years. She lives in Washington DC and has a Danish boyfriend and we chatted on skype many times before I moved, but we never got the chance to meet in person! Rachel is in Copenhagen this month to visit her sweetheart and she is the main reason Paula planned our luncheon--so everyone could meet each other while Rachel is in Denmark! So after 2 years, it was really special to meet my friend, Rachel....and I hope she becomes an Expat in Denmark very soon!

I mit interview i går, fortalte jeg manden om vigtigheden af en positiv indstilling når du flytter til et nyt land.... at se efter de gode ting i stedet for tingene som du ikke kan lide.... og jeg tror at en positiv indstilling kommer nemmere når du har en forbløffende netværk af blogger veninder ligesom jeg har!

In my interview yesterday I told the man about the importance of a positive attitude when you move to a new country.... to seek out the good things instead of focusing on the things you do not like... and I believe that a positive attitude comes more easily when you have an amazing network of blogger friends like I do!


Unknown said...

Ahhh.. I am so jealous! I keep meaning to send you a message on facebook.. The weekend you are going to Amy's is the weekend we should be getting back from Holiday.. I really want to hook up with y'all ... I will find out how far Amy is from me to see if I can swing a "drive by"! are you driving or taking the ferry into Oslo?

LadyFi said...

Oh, lucky you! I only know a few Swedish bloggers and only one is an expat like me!

Anonymous said...

So cool. I just discovered Rachel's blog not long ago - will have to follow her more closely! Sounds like you've been spoiled rotten these past days! Lucky you :.) Have a great trip back home!

May said...

Positive attitude is so important when trying to adjust to a new country, also the ability to accept that some things are just different from what you're used to.

I had just a few expat friends when living in Switzerland, but it was nice to get feed-back and realize that sometimes it wasn't just me who struggled with certain issues.

HOLMES said...

Great post. If you'd moved to DK ten years ago, I wonder if the adjustment would have been as easy... blogging really didn't come into its own until the early 2000's. So thankful you have that network of people!!

Nichole said...

What a nice couple of days for you! You certainly do have a nice little network set up between all you Expat bloggers. That's awesome! :)

Archaeogoddess said...

It was SO awesome to meet! And to feast on fantastic food made by two genius chefs! I sat for hours on the couch after I got home, happily digesting lunch and the joy of meeting old friends for the first time.

Ellen and Sharon said...

We really enjoyed this post because it is how life should be tackled, no matter what. Have fun visiting your family back in Texas.

BABS said...

I am working on my positive attitude! It falters often, but your positive blog posts often show me the way!

Rachel said...

Kelli... it was awesome to meet you, as well as the other bloggers. Paula & Thomas were so welcoming inviting us to all meet @ their house. And Sally Cat was a perfect host, too. The food & spirit were top drawer! :-)

Paula said...

It was lovely to have you over. We should do this more often! Thanks for the compliments :)

HOLMES said...

Also, I think Sally Cat RULES!

Skogkjerring said...

First of all- LOVE Sally Cat- cool name also!! Second, the icing on those sugar cookies looks wonderful- recipie someone...
Third, I think it's great you get to hook up with some Americans...that was important for me also in the beginning- even though I never really found any- Blogging wasn't really big 14 years I don't find the same NEED to seek out Americans but it's always fun when they "show up" It will be interesting to see if you "miss" Denmark when you are back in Texas. I know when I'm back I get overwhelmed by supermarkets and such...hahaha...the choices are endless!! :-))

nettielouise said...

It is really amazing how sometimes you find a niche online and it creates a whole new social world for you. That is what happened with me and my whole "Ten Tenor" world. The Ten Tenors were the commonality that we shared that brought us all together talking, but we created our own online "neighborhood" through the Ten Tenors forum, personal websites, blogs, and chat. Now, almost five years later, I'm heading to Berlin again to have time with "meine maedels" as I call them. It is the coolest thing ever!