Travel diary – Munich

Hallo hallo. I’m writing from Munich, Germany on the 26th of June. It is almost 7 pm, and I have just come home to my room. I am on a 2-week German-course, in order to get better at German, and I have already improved. I came to my host family yesterday, and they are really nice. Monika and Andy have two boys (12 and 15), and there are three other girls staying with them. I have met two of them: Cindy from Switzerland and Ella from South Korea. They are both very nice, but they have known each other for two months already and live in the same room, so they mostly talk to each other. The three other girls are staying in the attic, and I am staying in the basement. My room has a bed, a fridge, a microwave, a table, a toilet, a sink and a shower all in one… It is a bit weird, but it works.

I am so confused with languages right now, because I have been switching between three languages all day. I can handle two languages, but three is hard.

I made friends with two Norwegian girls, and I am going to have classes with them. I can speak Danish to them. There are many people who are not very good at German, so I have to speak English to them. And then I also made a friend from Switzerland called Andreina. She speaks Italian, French and German (In that order), but not very much English. That is a good friend to have, because I have to speak German with her. Which I good, because we actually managed to have a conversation going for over an hour – in German! I am very pleased with myself.

I have to make myself breakfast and be out of the house by 8, but we get dinner served every night at 7:30. Last night, I went to bed straight after dinner, and it looks like I am going to have to do the same thing today, because I am so exhausted. My body is exhausted and my head is so confused. I even get confused when I think, because I can’t decide what language I should ”think in”. Sometimes I think about something in German, but then I am missing some words – and then I realize that I could have just thought that exact same thing in Danish… It is strange. I can’t even spell in English anymore L

Another thing is, that they don’t have WiFi at my host family, so I am writing this in Word, and will try to get it uploaded later (perhaps when I get home…).

I am too tired to do anything right now, but dinner is in 20 minutes, so I will survive. After speaking German and writing in English, I will now try to read in my Danish book 🙂

Wednesday the 28th of June was my second school day. Yesterday I had classes in the morning, and then I spent the afternoon by myself (and had Knödel for dinner!), but today I had afternoon classes. Gosh, that was hard. This morning I went swimming in Dantebad, an outdoor swimming pool. There were surprisingly many people considering the rain and the time of day, but I must say that most of the other people were a lot older than me… I had school from 2 pm to 6 pm, and it was so exhausting. The internet did not work at school today, either.

Word of the day: empfehlen (anbefale). Important difference: wann (hvornår) and wenn (når). A good “saying”: ohne fleiss gibt es keinen Preis.

It is very different to be in a class with people from other countries. For example: Italians are generally much more outgoing than Scandinavians, people who doesn’t speak Danish don’t necessarily understand words like “peinlich”, “sauer” and “neugierig” which are words that are fairly easy for a Dane because they are so similar to Danish, and lastly, we just don’t find the same things hard or easy. I, for one, have learnt it all before but have forgotten about most of it. I also don’t shout the answers out loud, and need time to think, so therefore I seem to be worse at German than I really am. Other people just speak, and pick up new things easily, and will instantly use their new skills. I think, that because some of the German language is easy to me because of my mother language, I forget to think of the grammar and using the correct words. Does that make sense? I have always been told to just talk, and then I would learn the grammar afterwards, so I have never gotten used to using the correct grammar (except from some of the very important things). I might have started German five years ago, but in those five years, I have had six different teachers and every teacher has started from the bottom again.

Tomorrow, I am going to meet up with Andreina for lunch, and also after school. I am very excited because she is really friendly and “easy” to talk to (easy being relative, while we talk to each other in German) 🙂

Friday the 30th and I am sitting in my room. It is only 9:15 and I don’t have school until 12. Today we have a test, which everyone apparently has every Friday. Normally, they use these tests to see if someone are good enough to go to the “next level”, but I don’t know if they do with people like me who only are here for two weeks.

Though I think, I could also do okay in a harder class… There are the following levels:

A1-1, A1-2, A2-1, A2-2, B1-1, B1-2, B2-1, B2-2, C1-1, C1-2, C2-1, C2-2

Where A is beginner and C is advanced. I am only at level A2-2, and they say that you need level C2 to go to university in Germany. In Denmark, I would only need to have one more year of German in order to go to a German university, so I might be in the wrong class. Does this make sense? I might ask my teacher after today’s class.

I don’t know what to do right now. It is a shame that I can’t sleep longer, because I don’t really feel like doing anything before class today, I am too exhausted. I guess I will watch some more TV, read in my book or go on with my knitting.

Sunday the 2nd of July. Yesterday I went to Schloss Neuschwanstei with EF, and it was really pretty, but a bit small. Google for pictures…

Today I went “hiking” in the alps, also with EF. It rained the entire day, which was a shame, but we managed to have fun anyway. Most of the people who had come on the trip were Italians, and they mostly talk to each other in Italian. I talked with a Norwegian girl, and also a bit with the girl who arranged the trip. Italians are loud, mostly, and people looked at us when we walked around. I was definitely not dressed for hiking (long raincoat and converse), but at least I hadn’t brought an umbrella.

As soon as we got home, the sky cleared up and the sun came out. Of course. But I got home for dinner, and I had some sort of rice pudding because Monika wasn’t expecting me to be home for dinner.

Monday the 3rd of July. Today we got our tests back, and I got 57/60 points, but that is probably because this course is a bit too easy for me. I am not going to level up, because I am staying here for so short, and I have just gotten to know my classmates. The first half of the day was really good, we did a lot of talking and listening and hardly any grammar. After lunch, however, we had 80 minutes of intense grammar and we were all so tired afterwards.

Vegan or vegetarian lunch or dinner recommendations in Munich: Dean & David has lots of sandwiches and wraps to-go, and also salads. I have tried their sandwiches and smoothies, and they were really good. Siggi’s is also very good, this place only serve vegan food and it is very tasty. They both have a restaurant and food to-go, and there are always “packed” with people there since it is such a small place. I have tried one of their sandwiches though it almost looked like a burger. It had a very delicious chickpea filling, and loads of spices. This place is definitely more fancy and real, whereas Dean & David are more hip and fast.

After school I went to Englischer Garten one more time, and started walking. I had bought a German book (wish me luck) so I sat down to read, do my homework and listen to music. The weather is good again after the rainy and cold weekend, so it was very peaceful and nice. I also went to my two favorite stores, both located in the same street: Gudrun Sjöden and HessNatur. It was really nice to see something familiar, and I always love a good browse in colorful stores.

I have also found that Biomarkts are so amazing. Whole supermarkets with only organic foods, and I am in heaven. Something must have gone wrong in my upbringing, because most teenagers try to find discount products because they don’t have a lot of money. I on the other hand loooooove organic stuff, vegan food and fair-trade clothes. I guess it is good, well obviously, it is good to buy these things, but it is not cheap. Never mind. I found this store, and I had to buy something. BUT! Upstairs, they had a giant beauty and clothes department, with EVERYTHING you could ever want. It was not good, because I can’t resist pretty looking packages with lovely organic shampoos and lotions. I might go back there another day…

Saturday the 8th of July, and the day of me going home. What amazing two weeks it has been. I am now sitting in the airport and thinking about all that has happened these last weeks. They have gone by so fast! Thursday it was over 30 degrees outside, and not a cloud was in sight. I spent the first half of the day in Dantebad, an outdoor swimming pool. It was so good. I jumped in the water, then I got out and sat in the sun until that got too hot, and then I jumped in the water again. The second half of the day was miserable. I had school from 14 to 20, and it was still incredibly hot out. I couldn’t think…

Friday, the weather was equally good. School was in the morning, so it was not as hot. My last class was “projekt”, a class that happens every Friday, and where you have to go out on the street and talk with strangers. We went to an outside library and had to ask people about their reading habits. The purpose is to speak German with Germans, and it works. It wasn’t scary at all, they were all really nice. Last Friday I went with another girl, but this Friday I went up to people and talked to them all by myself. Considering my usual introversion, I am pretty proud of myself.

And there we go. My travels are over. I have heard the word “sondern” a million times, said “ja” and nodded too many times (because I didn’t know what else to say) and travelled by the U-bahn for several hours. And: I have traveled all by myself for the first time.

Amsterdam adventures

I gave my sister a trip to Amsterdam for her 18th birthday. Win-win situation for me, as I got to go with her. We went away this Monday, and came back yesterday. We have done so much, and yet so little. We have seen a lot of tourist attractions, but far from all of them. But I took some pictures (and my sister did as well) to show here.

We flew to Amsterdam from Copenhagen on Monday morning. It was a short flight, so we arrived around 10:30 at the central station in Amsterdam. After dumping our baggage at our AirBnB place, we took of to the zoo. We were still totally lost, and while walking along the zoo outside the fences, I was sure we could not get in. But of course we did. The place is called ARTIS, and is apparently both a zoo, a botanical garden and an aquarium. No complaints there. The part about the botanical garden made the place so much prettier than the average zoo, and they somehow managed to make even the fences look pretty. One of the reasons may have been, that the fence in many cases was water. Water instead of fences, is funny enough not a surprise in a city like Amsterdam, as it is basically made of canals. Sadly enough, I forgot to bring my camera to the zoo. I did have my phone though, and managed to snap a few pictures, which was extremely necessary as we bought poffertjes (Google it).

Artis pumpkins

As the two spoiled kids we are, we bought pizza for dinner that day. The explanation was how tired we both were, which definitely was true. We went to bed at 8 pm every day on that trip… It did cause some good though, as we needed the energy for the next day. We rented bikes as soon as the store opened at 10 am. We both love riding bikes, so it got the mood on a whole different level. The bikes were yellow, which was also a plus.

Yellow bike

We went into the biggest park in Amsterdam, called Vondelpark. I think we drove around for a couple of hours, because suddenly it was lunch time. Well, it probably wasn’t a surprise it took us that long, as we are easily distracted. By trees. And ducks. And flowers. We are pretty silly most of the time on holidays, and this was no exception. We were quite healthy in our choice of lunch (salad), which we ate on a wet bench. We tried to make it a cute little “oh we are just eating this delicious salad”-setting, but really we were just cold and wet. But that does not matter if the company is good right?

That day, we also went to the Albert Cuyp Market, as you can see in the background of the picture below. In front of it is a cute café, where we didn’t actually eat. This was just moments before it started raining. And it did rain a lot. We dried ourselves in Starbucks, because they have WiFi…


That day we also went shopping, and handed in the bikes early. Dinner was consumed at a nice Italian place, where the waiter called us ladies, and captured my heart just like that. Oh boy, I love to be called a lady.

The next day was also meant for shopping, but that was all right with us. We spent the first half of the day spending money, and went on as we ate lunch. We had Dutch pancakes, one savory and one sweet. To share. I think the savory was with salmon and avocado (yes please) and the sweet was with apple crumble and ice cream. This might be the reason, why we walked all the way to the Rijksmuseum afterwards. Both that museum and the modern art museum was free for children (18 and below) which was great.

Beside the pancakes

Oh yeah, that day we also went in a Ferris wheel, and saw Amsterdam from above. That was amazing. We also had Italian for dinner once more.

Ferris wheel view

The last day, we had to carry all of our stuff around, which made it quite hard to get anything done. I had ordered an Open Boat Tour, which apparently was a private tour in a little boat. Just me, my sister and a lovely Dutch lady. It lasted for 75 minutes, and she told us a lot about the city. For example that the houses are so narrow because when they were build, you payed for the piece facing outwards. They also lean forward a bit and have a hook just below the roof, to make it easier to move stuff in and out. If they lean to the sides however, it is the result of building houses on a swamp. On wooden poles. She also told us the names of the canals, but I have forgotten those. We also talked about the drug laws in Holland, the politics and also the history. It was all really interesting.

Boat tour

The rest of the day was spent waiting for our flight home. We had loads of fun, and giggled most of the times. We also had tiny sisterly discussions, but that was nothing compared to the amount of new exciting stuff we did. Go to Amsterdam if you like water, rain, unique shops, beautiful houses, umbrellas and friendly people. As the lady in the boat said, please don’t do it just for the drugs. That is not fun for the people living there. Instead, embrace all the little cute places and open your eyes for the city’s culture.

Hope you enjoyed the little insight in our trip to Amsterdam, and that it inspired you a bit.

Going home

Week 5: Mildura

Monday morning I woke up still in Colignan, so the clock said 6:30. It was freezing cold that morning, and the first bus was also cold. After two buses in total, we got to the school which was the same as usual. We bought Lunch from the Cafe across the street, but everything else was quite ordinary. We had dinner without Mark, who had stayed in Colignan, and Maaike went back there after dinner. Maddie baked cookies for the three of us, which we ate and went to bed. A very nice and quiet day, which I enjoyed all the little aspects of.

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Today was another school day. I read a book Emma had lent me called “every day”, and it is pretty good. I have already read half of it. Today I was pretty tired, so I pretty much layed on my bed until it was dinnertime. We had a very delicious stew, and me and Emma made chocolate pudding afterwards. I went to bed early.

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Wednesday was yet another school day. I finished the book Emma lent me. For dinner we had pies, which Maaike and I had made. I don’t think I ever mentioned it again, but yes: the moons phases are different in the southern hemisphere! When I last saw the moon, it told me that it was about to be new, but later it was full! So by a little bit of observation, I conclude that the moons phases are opposite down under. Instead of going from D to O to C, it goes from C to O to D – which makes sense to me…

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Today I did not go to school. I woke up a bit before 8 and had my breakfast. A bit later, I did yoga with Maaike and Maddie which was fun (especially when I fell over during a very daring headstand). I did hindbærsnitter once more, and we all had lunch. Afterwards, I made kammerjunkere, which we are going to have tomorrow along with homemade koldskål. Very proud of myself.



We brought the hindbærsnitter to Venturers, where we had an international night. Everyone brought food from different countries (Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, England, Spain, China, Japan and Turkey) and we ate those in between games. We played a danish game (enlig mor fra Høje Taastrup), and some other games involving languages. It was a very good night, and we all laughed a lot.

International spread

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Emma had no school on Friday, so we went with Maaike to Mildura. We went in a couple of “op shops”, looking for a dress for Emma. We didn’t find one, but we did try on some old-school wedding dresses and had a bit of a laugh. We had a cup of tea and a bagel on a little café, went in a book store, and finally we picked up Maddie from the Arts center. After some afternoon tea, we went to Colignan.

Sunset at Colignan

Rie and her host family came over for dinner, and we sat around the campfire. Ries host mother, Denise, had made something with bread and dip and stuff, and it was really delicious. For dinner we had a lot of different meat cooked on the barbecue, potatoes, couscous and salad. For dessert we had koldskål with kammerjunkere and afterwards we had self-saucing pudding. We went back out to the campfire, and looked at the stars. They pointed out the scorpio, the southern cross, a couple of galaxies that can’t be seen from the northern hemisphere, and some planets. I also saw a shooting star, and was very happy with the ending of that lovely day.

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Before lunch, we went out to see Ries host family’s paddleboat, Impulse. It was build in ’83, but it sank four years ago so now it is being restored.

Afterwards, we went on a little Australian safari. We drove out past the vineyards and citrus trees, to a property belonging to some of the family’s friends. They have a huge area, where they have made the landscape as natural as possible, after having sheep on it for years. We saw a couple more kangaroos, and also a confused emu. Then we went to some sand dunes, a bit into the wild. Maaike showed us all some stones that the indigenous people had been using, so you could see the sharp edges on them. She also said, that if you walked barefoot in the sand dunes, you would be sure to return to Australia. So that is what we did.


In the afternoon, me and Emma went sailing on the river in a kayak with pedals. We only went for about an hour, but it was a very nice and peaceful trip.

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Sunday the 31st of July was National Tree Planting Day. So after going for a walk with the dog, we planted a tree in the garden. I planted a Gold Dust Wattle. The rest of the day was spent crocheting and making a fire for the camp oven that night.

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International Scarf Day today, so we wore our scarfs to school. The teacher in Enviromental Science is some sort of wildlife saver, so she takes care of little joeys. Because I was there, she went home in the middle of class to get them. She came back with four little ones, and we got to cuddle them. So now I have seen kangaroos in the zoo, in the wild and in a box.

We got lunch at the café again, and it was pretty good. We also got a little raw cake-thing, not really sure what it was but it was very good. We had Dutch pancakes for dinner tonight, some with apple and some with bacon. It is my last night of my entire exchange, and I can’t believe that it is already coming to an end. I am insanely grateful for everything that I have seen and experienced on this trip, and for the people who has made it even more interesting by telling me the stories you wouldn’t normally hear as a tourist.

And now I realize how lucky I have been, to have experienced both the city and the countryside of this fascinating country.

I might do an update on how I am feeling about being home again, but let me know if there is something else I should rather write about. Thanks for reading all of my rambling posts!

Week 4: Mildura

I left Sydney Monday morning at around 12. It was a very small plane, with about 23 people in it. Only a few got of at Mildura, and some continued in the same plane. When I first got out, it was very quiet. My plane was the only one there, and I only had to walk a few meters to get my baggage (which only took a few minutes to get there). I was greeted by Emma (and now it gets confusing. This is another Emma, the one I will be staying with now. From now on she is the Emma I am mentioning) and her parents. We drove over to pick up their guinea pig, because they had just come home from holiday. I got to meet Rie, the other danish scout staying in Mildura. Afterwards we drove to their town house. They have two houses, one in the town and one on the countryside.

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We got up at seven this morning, to catch the bus for school. Emma goes to a school called Mildura Senior College, so I went with her. In her school they don’t wear uniforms, and call the teachers by their first name. This is of course not different from Denmark, but it is quite unusual in Australia. School started at 9 (I think), and first lesson was psychology. It was easy to follow, and I found the topic (operant conditioning) quite interesting. The next lesson was English, where I read a book while the class talked about the book. They had read it beforehand, but obviously I hadn’t. In maths me and Emma were a bit lost, but I feel like it got better with time. I am hoping that I will understand it after a few lessons, because I have had about that particular topic before (logarithms). We ended the day with, a lunch break, and then chemistry. Chemistry was probably the best topic of the day, because 1) the teacher had brought brownies, and 2) we have had about bases and acids dozens of times so I actually knew what was going on.

When we got home, we had “afternoon tea” consisting of fruit, juice and chips. Emma’s little sister, Maddie, came home from camp so I got to meet her.

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Another school day today. A bit longer and not as exciting, but it was okay. I did some grocery shopping with Maaike after school. For dinner we had kangaroo meatballs.

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I am really liking the chemistry classes. I got to read my book a lot today though, because there was a few lessons I couldn’t participate properly in. After school we went back home, and for dinner we had hamburgers. After dinner me and Emma went to the venturer scout meeting. We went on a dump hike, so we got dumped of in the other end of Mildura, and walked back to the scout hall.

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Friday we packed up our bags and went to Colignan, were the family have another house. It is even further away from everything, but it is still a nice place. That night it was very windy and rainy, so we just went inside. After dinner, we all went into the living room, and watched music videos on YouTube.

The farm house

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Saturday morning after breakfast, I walked down to the river with Emma and their dog. Then we started packing our stuff, to go on a camp tonight. Mark gave me a tour of the farm, and we drove around to see all the citrus trees and vineyards.

In the afternoon we packed up our stuff in the car, and went to Kings Billabong to meet the other scouts and go camping. There were only three other scouts and a leader, but it was a nice little crowd. We sat around and made a campfire, and eventually we had our dinner. I tried sleeping in a swag – a tiny “tent” as pictured below.


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The next morning, we got up early (not on purpose) and saw the last bit of the sunrise.


After breakfast, we packed up some of our stuff and went for a hike. We walked out to a place called psyche pumps and back. I don’t really know how far we walked, but I am guessing it was between 10 and 15 kilometers. While walking, we saw a group of about seven kangaroos! They were not far away, and I also saw them jumping (which sounds weird to mention, but it looks really cool). I didn’t manage to get a picture of them, but I thought the experience would be better if I didn’t waste the time looking through my bag for my camera.


Back at the farm we had afternoon tea and I had a shower. For dinner we had lamb and vegetables made on a campfire in the garden, which the family does every Sunday. This Sunday was no exception, even though the weather was miserable.

Week 3: Sydney & Kiama

On Monday I went with Emma to Newtown – another of Sydney’s many suburbs. This one is enjoyed by both locals and tourists, as it is home to several stores, café’s and restaurants. We got there by train, and walked down the road to the left. We did a bit of shopping, Emma showed me a couple of nice, authentic stores, and then we went to have lunch. We had our lunch at a place called ‘Italian bowl’, and I had ravioli with pesto. It was very good, and definitely needed after a cold and windy morning. Apparently Newtown has a few alternative restaurants – which we didn’t go to. Emma told me about one where you pay what you think the food is worth, and one where you have to catch your food in your bowl. I would recommend this place, and I would also recommend doing a bit of research to make sure you make the most of it. Because the place is filled with interesting things, some of the best places might hide.

We went back to Central, to get some postcards. Afterwards, we walked through China Town, and got to the Chinese Gardens. It did cost $3 to enter the gardens, but it was a pretty and peaceful place. It would probably be more beautiful in the summer, or if you had a purpose there (such as meditation or drawing).

Chinese Garden

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The next day, I went out with Helen and Emma. We went to Symbio, a wildlife zoo with mostly native animals. I got to pet a kangaroo and feed an emu, so I think it was a pretty successful day! On the way home, we stopped at a café to get lunch, and watch the view (below).

A view

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On Wednesday me and Emma got on a ferry to Manly. It is an island near Sydney, and it took us about half an hour to get there. I was a bit surprised to see that Manly looked very different to the Sydney. It had more of an island-vibe to it, mainly because every other shop sold either swimwear or seafood. The houses reminded me a bit of what you would see along the coast in southern Europe. We had fish & chips at the beach, and afterwards we went for a little walk along the coast. Because of the very windy weather, we got pretty cold. That is when Max Brennner saved us with hot chocolate. If you have never heard of that place – because I hadn’t – it is basically a café that serves chocolate in every possible way. Very good, and very needed. We took the ferry home. After dinner we baked a honey cake (honningkage a’la Christiansfeld, opskrift her). It was really good, and they all liked it.



The ferry to Manly

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We got up early Thursday morning, to catch a train to Kiama. We saw a ‘blowhole’, and had a delicious picnic with sandwiches, dip and scones. Afterwards, we went to the beach. We didn’t really do much, but it was a very relaxing and nice day.I collected some shells at the beach, and me and Emma talked about the moon. I was wondering if the phases of the moon would be the same on the other side of the moon, but she didn’t know that. Though she did know, that when you look at the moon in Australia you will see a rabbit, which you can’t in Denmark. That could mean that it is only tilted a bit, but I will definitely keep an eye on it, to see if it does what I want it to do (it is half-moon now, and according to what I learned in physics it will soon be new-moon).

We took the train home, and had soup and lasagna for dinner.

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We walked to Aldi to get food this morning. I had lunch and did washing today as well, but that is not very exciting. I am starting to realize that my stay in Sydney is coming to an end, but I really don’t want it to. At the same time, I am kind of excited about going to Mildura, especially to meet even more new people. I also got my plane tickets today – finally!

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Today is Saturday, and we had a lazy morning. Around lunchtime, Helen, Emma and I went to a farm to pick mandarins. There were a lot of people, and a lot of mandarin trees. They tasted much better than the ones you buy in the store, and I don’t think it was because we picked them ourselves. Not only because of that. Emma and Helen said that they had never properly picked fruit from a tree, which surprised me a bit. I thought most people had done that, because I have done it so many times.

We went to have a late lunch, and had some surprisingly good croissants with avocado and chicken. And of course we had a pear pie to go with that. We went home filled with croissants and pie, and with two bags full of mandarins.

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Today I went out with Helen, James and Emma. We parked the car, and started a hike towards the Figure 8 Pools. The Figure 8 Pools are rock pools shaped as the number 8. To get there, you have to walk down a steep hill until you reach the beach, and from there you have to walk on big rocks along the coast. The last bit can only be done at low tide, because there can be unexpected high waves crashing into the wall on the other side – which leaves you with no way to get away. We didn’t walk the last bit, because we got soaked from a huge wave. All it did was make us wet, but we thought it would be better to turn around. Helen and James had gone another way, so me and Emma headed back to the car. We waited for them for about half an hour, not knowing where they were. But they came back, and we could all drive back home. It was an about 7 km long hike.


Beach near figure 8 pools

We went out for dinner. When we came home, we had a cake Helen had bought. They put in 19 candles, one for every day I had stayed with them. They were once again so nice, and had also gotten me a gift. I am very thankful. I am very sad to leave now, but I know that I couldn’t stay here forever, so I try to just be glad that I had the time I had. And of course I am also very excited for another adventure, and feel more ready than ever.


Week 2: Sydney & Blue Mountains

We went to the Blue Mountains Monday morning. We made a stop in Katoomba, and had lunch at a cute little place with loads of teapots, as shown below. I had a cauliflower soup, and we all had scones and tea afterwards.


Scones and tea

When we had had our lunch, we went to see the three sisters. There were a lot of (other) tourists, but for a reason. It was an amazing view. Below is a picture of the three sisters, followed by a picture of three girls. As you can probably tell, it was pretty windy.

The three sisters

The three girls

From the three sisters, we went to Blackheath, where we had a house for two nights. It had three bedrooms, and a living room with four couches. They were so comfortable, and we spend the night watching a movie and having dinner. We had some leftover chocolate cake for dessert. Yum.

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On Tuesday we drove to the Jenolan Caves. On our way there, we saw a Wallaby but I didn’t manage to get a picture of it because we just drove by it. I am sure Google has some. At the caves we had a sandwich, and waited around until the tour we had booked started. We went into the Lucas Cave, a tour of 1½ hour with 900-something steps. The caves were discovered in 1838, and is made of limestone. Below is a picture from outside the cave, and inside.

Pool of water

Inside the Lucas Cave

On our way back to the car, we saw a wombat! That was so cool!


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We went out for breakfast the next morning. I got French toast with banana, bacon and maple syrup, as on the picture. It was very delicious.

French toast

We went back to the house, and packed up our stuff. Then we went to Katoomba again, and did some touristy things. We went to the Waradah Aboriginal Centre, a museum with a bit about the Australian history and Aboriginal paintings. It was really interesting, and I loved the colors on the paintings. Afterwards, we went out to have lunch. We went to Paragon, and I had a sandwich. On the way out we bought some chocolates to take home.


We drove back to Milperra. The girls’ cousin, Indigo, came over and we played games and watched a movie. When the movie was finished, it was late and I went to bed.

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We all got up kind of late on Thursday, and me and Emma went to Sydney. We had lunch at Peppers Lunch, a really cool place on George Street (go there). You get your food served on hot plates, and then you have to cook and mix it yourself. So cool!

Peppers Lunch


When we had had lunch, it was pouring outside. But we had brought an umbrella, so we walked anyway. We went to see Darling Harbor, and after that we went to the Contemporary Art Museum. They had some fun and inspirational stuff, involving lights, body parts, religion and refugees. Modern art should be experienced not explained. We went back home, and Emma went out for a birthday party. We had pizza for dinner, and after a bit of writing and reading, I went to bed.

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Me and Emma got up before 8 today (Friday). We were meeting up with some of the other scouts, to go mountain biking. We went to the Blue Mountains by car, and went a bit by train as well. I borrowed a bike and a helmet. We started out on a quite wide road, with a bit of stones on it and a lot of hills. At the end of that bit we had lunch (muesli-bars, because we didn’t expect it to be that late).


Then came a single track through more of a forest, which was pretty cool. It was very bumpy, went over huge stones and water puddles, but it was a lot of fun. It definitely inspired me to do more crazy stuff like that.


On our way home, we stopped at a Bakehouse in Glensbrook and had pies. It was very good, and filled me up a bit. Even though I had pie, I still had some more dinner when we came home. Emma, Lily, Indigo and I watched a movie, and I went to bed.

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I went to Sydney again on Saturday, this time with Helen and James. We went to the Blak Market at Barangaroo, a beautiful market made to celebrate the Aboriginals. This week was national Aboriginal week. We walked around there for a bit, and on our way to another market, we bumped into Petra and her host family. We talked for a bit, and then we walked back to the car. We came back home, and picked up Lily and Indigo and went out for Thai food.

Blak market

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Sunday was a relaxing day. We didn’t really do much, went up to the shops a couple of times and walked the dog. In the afternoon we made lamingtons and hindbærsnitter, and watched a movie.



Next week is my last week in Sydney. I will be going to Newtown, Kiama and on a hike near the Jenolan Caves.

Week 1: Sydney

Monday and Tuesday were my travel days. I flew to Dubai first. I didn’t really expect to experience anything special in Dubai, because I was only there for 2 hours. But I think I did. It was a very beautiful airport, with a big wall with water running down and colored lights shining on the water. Even though the airport is international, there were colorful and sparkly shops, and in the bathrooms you had the opportunity to wash instead of wipe. Not going to say anymore about that. Fascinating place.

Next I flew to Sydney – a loooong flight – and was greeted by Emma, Helen and James. Then we drove to their home, and talked a bit. I arrived at ten in the evening, so by the time we were there I went almost straight to bed. Slept the whole night, except at one point were I dropped one of my blankets and got cold.

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Today is Wednesday, and I got up at 10. Me, Emma and Helen went to Liverpool to get a sim-card for me and a couple of other things. We got back, and when we had had lunch, me and Emma took the train to Sydney. We got of right next to the Harbor Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. I liked the bridge a lot – because I like water – and the Opera House was quite pretty too. Maybe it is a bit overrated, but it was not too bad. After that we went to the Botanical Gardens, and looked at trees and bushes and flowers. It was all very different, but still the same (I mean, I have seen a tree before).  The most different thing was probably the birds. They all looked very exotic, and except for the pigeons I didn’t see any birds that I have seen before. One of them was an Ibis, which I have only heard of but never seen.

Sydney skyline

Sydney Opera House

After that we went to Hyde Park. From Hyde Park we went to a cathedral, it was really pretty. Right next to the cathedral there was a winter market, though it looked more like a christmas market (they had christmas trees). We walked through the park once more, and saw a War Memorial and the library of New South Wales.

Public Library of NSW

Then we went to (get excited) the Queen Victoria Building, once build in honor of Queen Victoria, now a shopping center. It had too many floors to count, and loads of fancy stores. We went out again, and walked back to the station. Helen picked us up and drove us back home.


In the evening I went to Oliver Brown Belgian Chocolate Cafe in Beverly Hills with Emma and her friend Michelle. We had hot chocolate, it was good.

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Today I got up at 11, because I had difficulty sleeping (jet-lag woke me up at 3 am). At 12 I went with Helen to pick up Emma, and we all went to Bondi Beach. Apparently it is a really famous beach, and it was indeed very pretty.  We had fish and chips, and walked along the coast. We drove home in the sunset, it was beautiful.



In the evening I went with Emma and Lily to a zumba class at the school nearby. I can definitely feel that it have been a while since I have done any exercise, because I have been so busy sleeping when I should be awake and be awake when I should be sleeping. Even though I feel alright, my body is really slow at getting into the new rhythm.

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Had a pretty relaxed Friday. After I got up, I went with Helen and Emma to vote. It was actually kind of interesting to see how it works here, because it is quite different. A while after we got back home again, two of Emma’s friends came to pick us up for the scout camp. On the way there we stopped at a Thai restaurant to get dinner. When we got to the camp we putted up our tents. I shared a tent with Lily and four of her friends. We made a campfire, and went to bed at around 11.

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Saturday morning we got bread with eggs and bacon. Quite unusual on a scout trip in my opinion, but it was pretty nice. Then there were a opening ceremony, which was also quite different. We all got in our uniforms in a circle (pretty normal), and then they had all sorts of weird signs to do a different thing (move your legs and so on), and I followed along one move behind the others. After the ceremony there were a couple of activities and games. For lunch we had toast with cheese (and an apple). When we had eaten, we all went on a scavenger hunt. We had a list of things we needed to take a photo of (such as ‘a team member doing exactly what the sign says’, ‘Entire team on a boat’ and ‘a team member shaking hands with a bus driver’) and then we need to follow some clues to get around. That was so much fun. At five o’clock everyone got out their snacks, candy, crackers or chips, and we all sat down and ate most of it. For dinner we had pulled pork burgers, and apple crumble for dessert. Afterwards, there was a disco and a campfire. Big surprise that I joined the campfire.

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The next morning we had pancakes and hash browns. We cleaned up the entire place, and went home.

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That was a week. Wow, I can’t believe that I have already been out and about for a week. So far I am really enjoying everything. This week, I have spent most of the time getting used to everything, but I have still had time to explore. I love how I can slowly do more and more, and talk more and more as time goes. Australia keeps surprising me, by being either so much like what I am used to and then suddenly so different.

Favorite things:

  • The birds! I love birds, and birds here are particularly beautiful.
  • Being able to experience a campfire so much like in Denmark, just on the other side of the earth.
  • In general exploring the cultures little interesting differences, and how people here look at those things. Not that they see it as differences, but that is exactly the point. They think it is completely normal, what I might think is totally strange.
  • Experiencing a winter so unlike the Danish. At night it is almost as cold as in Denmark, but in the day it gets almost spring-like. Not that I am at the point where I wish I had shorts for the middle of the day, but it is definitely not cold.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to leave a comment (English or Danish). This is what I have  experienced in a short description, but I figured that you would not want to read more anyways. I will try to have more pictures in the next post, which will be next Sunday.

Sneak-peak: Next week I will be going to the Blue Mountains.

Week 0: Excitement

Okay. Introduction. So this is where I will be posting my experiences in Sydney and Mildura. I will be leaving in less than 48 hours, and let’s just say that I am pretty excited. Don’t really have anything else to say. A lot of goodbyes, but really they are more ‘see you later’s.

Usually in a post like this I would include a lot of pictures and experiences, but all I have done today is pack. Well, the only thing travel-related. I have had a wonderful day with my family, of course, filled with pancakes, sun and smiles. Nothing to complain about, except maybe the fact that I had to say goodbye to my sweet sister.

I will talk to you again ‘down under’!