Monday, August 13, 2007

You know you'v been in Danmark too long if...

- You can say rød grød med fløde, Blåbærsyltetøj, and Angstskrig.
- You love salt lakrids.
- You think there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.
- You cannot understand why not every type of meat can be put together on top of bread.
- You think it’s impolite to sit next to someone in a bus if there is a seat you can sit on by yourself.
- You honestly believe that the distance between Copenhagen and Aalborg is long.
- You can tell the difference between a Grøn Tuborg and a Carlsberg beer.
- The first thing you do on entering a bank/post office/pharmacy etc. is take a number. You accept that you will have to wait and take a number.
- When a stranger on the street smiles at you, you assume that:a. he is drunk;b. he is insane;c. he is an American;d. he is all of the above.
- It no longer seems excessive to spend 800 kr. on alcohol in a single night.
- You know that “religious holiday” means “let’s get pissed”.
- You use “Mmmm” as conversation filler.
- The word “yes” is an intake of breath.
- Traditional dinners may not necessarily mean a cooked meal.
- You forget how to open canned beer.
- You can’t remember when to say “please” and “excuse me”.
- Your wardrobe no longer has suits… but blue shirts, mustard colored sports jackets, and lots of denim.
- You don’t mind paying the same for a 200-metre bus ride as you do for going 10 kms.
- You don’t look twice at businessmen in dark suits wearing white sport socks.
- You start to believe that if it weren’t for Denmark’s efforts, the world would probably collapse.
- You find yourself more interested in the alcohol content than the name of the wine.
- You know the meaning of life has something to do with the word “hyggelig”.
- You wouldn’t dream of coming even 10 minutes early to a party.
- You find yourself lighting candles when you have guests - even if it is bright and sunny outside and 20 degrees C.

I came across this article on the internet and saved it to post it sometime when I leave Denmark.

Well folks, its goodbye Denmark. Saturday I flew back to India. The onsite deputation which was supposed to be for 6 months, lasted for 26 months. In the
course of time I came across many new people, visited many new places, learnt many new things. Whatever time was spent there was amazing and will probably be
remembered for a long time.

The weather was exceptionally good the last week that I spent in Denmark. On the 4th of August I went to Skagen with a few friends and we cycled, walked,
played football on the beach, dived in the sea and had a great time. (Will put up a post about it later). Thursday was a lovely farewell party by some
friends in Aalborg. Friday was another farewell party at office. Though I regret not being able to meet most of the client people since they were away on vacations.

With this comes the end of a long & lovely chapter in my life.


Venusallure said...

You lived my dream...:D
Denmark still lives somewhere in the corner of my mind.

And the shero-shayari which greets the reader up front is more than amazing...i have a way with words in english or i so want to but cannot add to the urdu verse...

But would say this much awaara sajde kahin ache hain begainon se
gar baigaine karen sajde toh apni hasti hi awaara hui jaati hai...

Sakshi said...

Well, now plan on coming down here!

It is evident that you miss Denmark eventhough you lived in a small goan..heheheh
now soak up some Des ki mitti and get to blogging!!

~ | | OM | | ~ said...

welcome back to the country of variety my friend !!!

Hope you enjoy your stay in India as well :)

Lalit Singh said...

It was an amazing time.. I am sure u had a great time as well. Well I would ove to visit the country again.

Aapka hukum sar aankhon pe.
agla post likh diya haub

Thx bhai:)
tu bhi aa ja fatafat n then milte hain

Chitrangada said...

its not abt Denmark sweety its abt memories ....:)

so keep them in closet of heart n start collecting new ones in ur own land ..


webbie :)

Gaurav said...

one from my experience:
you have to remember that "cucumber" is the english word for "agurk"

Marlee said...

Weird as this might seem, it was only at the time of leaving the Uk that I wanted to stay back some more. You really must miss Denmark! But then again, theres nothing better than to be back home in the lap of home comforts!