Foreigner in Denmark...(silent scream)
So, in case you don't know it (which mostly you won't), this is my NEW Website, and so I decided to actually also upload my old posts from my previous Website. This is my very FIRST post and it was made right after I started my freshman year in college (currently finishing my 2nd year) and moved to Denmark.
I find it endearing to my past self to read things I wrote a while ago and see what has changed. So, there you have it. My first post:
I know the title is a little ominous, but it's actually not that bad. For everything I'm about to say to make some sort of sense, I have to start from the beginning.
I'm a Romanian girl who has always dreamed about learning new things and writing or just getting my creativity going. If this happens to make people forget their worries and being entertained by my fabulous mind, then all for the better. And so I went, in my high-school days, on this quest of finding the pace where I can grow to make that dream a reality. Let me tell you it was tough work. I didn't want to put too much stress, financially, on my loving mom, and so America (for now) was a bye-bye.
I started to get more focused on Europe and the amount of schools which were able to provide a degree in creative writing/screenwriting amounted to only a few. I felt a little discouraged, but pushed on anyway. I then had to filter those for the English-taught schools and, you guessed it, the schools subsided at only 3. Strangely enough, this schools kept showing up everywhere I searched and after all this struggle I decided to check it out. You know, there are things in our lives we cannot explain and only after some time are we able to see that it was a big step for our future selves. This was my big step and even now I still don't see the full effect it will have on my future, but I'm on the right path. Anyhow, I checked the school out and I was struck: this was it. The school, ladies and gentlemen, is The South Gate Society School of Creative Writing in Aalborg, Denmark.
I'm that type of person that doesn't care what has to do for her dreams to happen. Thus, it was no problem for me to even think about moving from my home-country (which, one day, I was planning to do anyway) and go north into unknown waters, because I've traveled in my 19-year life to some amazing countries, but never to Denmark. To add that I would be alone, into this new country, well, it was something. My family supported me like always and so I came to be here, living in Aalborg with a Romanian roommate and her 4-year-old kid (isn't that prone for some good nights?). But you came here, on this post, to know about the life in Denmark, so let's talk about that for a second.
Aalborg is a beautiful and charismatic city. It has something for everyone. I love the body of water that goes around the city and the parks here are peaceful and perfect for strolls. People here are relaxed for the most part (a lot more relaxed than Romanians at least and I can say this because I've been to Bucharest to visit my sister) and polite. A thing I've noticed, though, when I sort of ran a lot back and forth to get my paperwork done (which I still have to finish; no bank account yet without the actual CPR-card and NEM-id) is that they don't really like to explain things. They just answer your questions and that's it. Also, most of the common house-maintaining things have to be done online and cannot be done in person, which is a little weird and inconvenient at times. I learnt my way with the buses (being twice made to walk some stops because I took the wrong bus or I haven't pushed the stop button to exit at the right time) and walked my way around the center until I knew where everything was. I even became less of a hermit and now, each Sunday, I go for a run and enjoy the parks.
You see, the place is important for us to feel good and welcome and it's nice that Aalborg is interesting, but the people make it come to life. For now, I'm starting to develop some friendships, but these things take time. Other than that, I shared smiles with random people and exchanged some words here and there. Slowly but surely, I get accustomed with the language and now I can confidently say a couple words (it's a little better with written texts).
Schools is, well, school. I love what we are taught (especially how) and it's fully engaging and interesting. I also noticed some changes in my writing style, which is great. I think what I want to learn most, though, is confidence. I want to fully commit to my most confident self and be less of an internal critic on everything I do or say and how. It all starts with the intention of change.
In the end, we can't see the future, albeit it would've been awesome, but no, no superpower like that. Because of that, we can only live how we feel and think fit and hope for the best, still dreaming about the possibilities. Only when we look back can we see the dots connecting from one thing to another and really appreciate our journey. So, the conclusion is that we should do what we want and feel we have to and simply live our lives to the fullest, no regrets left behind. For now, this is enough.
This is it from the foreigner in Denmark...for now.