Tag Archive: Denmark


I came across this website which I found had a great brief description about Denmark and how the country it is situated in terms of landmass, nature conservation, etc. I have traveled a great deal throughout the country since coming here in August because of soccer. Unfortunately most of this travel is via Fortuna’s bus, restricting me to views from the highway, and sets me down at the entrance to all the soccer clubs in the country! I usually don’t know where I am or where exactly we are going. Because we are from the North Jutland, pretty much the northern most part of Denmark, our bus trips are anywhere from 2 hours to 5 hours. We have 2 teams from Copenhagen area in our league which is the farthest away, but fortunately we are able to fly to these games. Yesterday we flew from Aalborg to Copenhagen leaving at 11am, playing at 2, and then departing at 7pm and making it home by 8:30. I was so thankful to not have to sit on the bus the entire day.

Today I have the privilege of riding on the bus for 5 hours to reach Esbjerg. You can see the distance on the map I am inserting. Look for Hjorring in the very northern part and you’ll find Esbjerg on the south west part of the country on the coast line. denmark-mapI am assuming it is close to the German border, then again I really don’t know where I am now. I am ecstatic because I discovered the power strip on the bus, and with my mobilt bredband (mobile broadband) I am able to have an internet connection the entire way. It gives me lots of time to just relax, listen to music, read, write, and pretty much do anything I would normally do  sitting in my apartment.

I am really looking forward to playing today! Albeit it is pretty cold outside, the sun is shining and I am filled with Joy to be given another day to play the game I love.

(ok so I realize it is a little difficult to read the names of the cities so I’ll explain better what you are looking at. Take your eyes to the north. The name at the very top reads Hjorring. Then follows down the country along the west coast until you see the words North Sea. Go to the right and ever so slighty up. The dot and unreadable city is Esbjerg. I’m glad I’ve figured out where I am going at least)

Whenever we have long road trips like this we always stop at the highest point in Denmark which is about 2 hours from where we start out. There is a gas station, rest area, and low and behold a 7-Eleven! This is the place where I can find all the great American junk food. Today I found, but didn’t buy because the prices are absurd, Beef Jerkey, Reeses, magazines, and 3 dollar candy bars! It is fun just seeing familiar things and watching as the Danes look in wonder at what this stuff is. Today my teammates claimed to have never had a reeses peanut butter cup. They also don’t eat peanut butter here like we do back in the States, so it is understandable. They thought the combination of chocolate and peanut butter sounded repulsive.

There will probably be more updates throughout the day today because I have the time to put down what’s going through my head. Hope you are enjoying the updates, learning about Denmark, the life of a soccer player, and anything else that I am writing about!

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Up!

Last night I experienced my first full-length featured film all in Danish. That’s right, no subtitles, no English, just Danish. It was Disney’s animated film titled UP! I usually like good animated films and this one was amazing. The sad story line caught me off guard, but I had fun piecing everything together since it was in a different language. I am really amazed at how much the human brain picks up of a new language after a short 2.5 months with no previous exposure. I walked away from the theater having understood what had happened in the movie.

As successful as the movie watching was that I did with Myanna, Emily, and Noah, who are 3 of the 5 members of my Danish family, I had struggled a few nights before as Myanna began to teach me how to properly say 2 basic words: Bread and Green. Her and I spent an hour one night sitting on the couch as I tried to produce the correct sounds. It was completely unsuccessful. That night I ended up dreaming about these ridiculously hard words. Maybe come June I will be able to say them.

I start Danish school next Monday, November 19! I will be attending classes with other international people who are living in the area and who need to learn the language just like me. I will have class on M,T,W,F from 8:45-13.10 and Wednesday I have to spend an extra 1.5 hours in the language lab. It looks like I suddenly have a full schedule. I am really looking forward to going back to school and hopefully meeting some new people.

Last week my team traveled to Verona, Italy for the 2nd leg of Champions League. I will post next about that trip. For now I have to go meet the team bus to travel to Arhus for a match this afternoon. I played 55 minutes on Sunday at home in center-midfield, and was told I’ll be playing up top today. We’ll see what really happens.

More soon! I’m back to staying on top of this!Lonstrup LighthouseThis picture is from a town called Lonstrup about 15 km from where I live. I was out here in September, hence the beautiful weather. The lighthouse has been over taken and partly destroyed by the massive migrating dunes that you can see surrounding the structure. It was really fascinating to see and it was fun playing on the dunes. The coast line is also GORGEOUS!

A Day in the Life of Megan

I have decided that over the next few days I will create entries that give you a sense of what each day living and playing fodbold (again…I am getting accustomed to referring to soccer as fodbold so that people here don’t look at me funny when I talk about it. Also, I think it sounds cool! ha) in Denmark is like. I would say that I don’t have a typical daily schedule that I follow or anything. It is more what I choose to fill my day with- apart from the mandatory practice every night. I am also going to create a time chart to follow like they would typically write it here in Denmark so you can get a little taste of a small part of the culture/language.

Thursday October 1, 2009

  • kl 6.00 Alarm goes off. Unfortunately I stayed up way too late chatting with some friends online and I really did not want to roll out of my warm bed. Every morning I wake up to the wind howling and it sounds like the weather should be pretty nasty outside. I have my usual bowl of either oats, almonds, banana and milk or my musli with berry yogurt. Then, I start the layering process so that I don’t freeze on my bike ride to the gym.
  • kl 6.25 I leave my apartment with the lights on my bike turned on because it is still dark outside (there is a 500 dkk, which is equal to $100 USD, fine if you get caught at certain hours without lights). The ride to the gym is fairly easy with the wind at my bike pushing me along. It only takes me 5 minutes max to reach the gym.
  • kl 6.30 I meet my teammate Portia at the gym next door to the clubhouse to lift weights, stretch, and spin on the bike.
  • kl. 7.30 Leave the gym and head across the street to Fortuna where I unlock all the doors and set out the clothes for the girls and boys when they come to get ready for training. Portia and I go out to the field, set up the training session, talk about life, and wait for the eleven 12-year-old girls to wipe the sleep from their eyes and join us for practice.
  • kl 8.00 Portia and I run the girls through a training session focused on their technique. Today we worked on footwork, little touches on the ball, and passing. Today was the first day out of the past 5 weeks where we had to add punishment into practice. We found ourselves having to repeat the same instructions over and over way too many times. Every time they didn’t listen they had a little bit of running to do. The strategy seemed to work well :).
  • kl 9.15 Girls head back to school for the day and Portia, Julie (another teammate), and I hang out talking in the locker room for a while (all in English mind you- Portia doesn’t speak Danish and Julie has really good english so it works well). Julie and Me Julie and Me before the game last night
  • kl 10.00 I head out to the field to do some speed work and to get some touches on the ball. Since I am finally feeling healthy enough to do extra work I decide to take advantage of the sunshine  in the morning. I run through some ladder work (the agility ladders that you put on the ground and do different exercises in and out of the rungs), do some L-drills and dribble through cones. It felt good to get my legs moving after lifting this morning.
  • kl 11.00 Get on my bike and head home.
  • kl 12.00 After getting ready for the day and realizing, wow I’ve already done a lot today, I have to go into the city to go to the bank. Yesterday was my first official payday and seeing that I had zero dkk (the abbreviation for danish kroner) it was a must that I stopped in. I also had to figure out how to activate my debit card that I got in the mail because all the instructions are in Danish. The people at the bank were really helpful and I was on my way in no time at all.

**I need to add a little note about banks here in Denmark. It is a bit different of an experience than going to a bank back in the States. The bank that I go to here is a very inviting place. When you walk in you have to take a number and wait until it pops up on a reader board to approach the counter. When you are waiting, you don’t stand in line. Instead, there are tons of comfy chairs to sit in, a complimentary coffee machine with a variety of drinks that it dispenses, computers to use if need be, and lots to look at. I am looking forward to the next time I have to go back. Maybe I will go everyday to get free coffee (I am laughing as I write this because it is something my dad would say!). **

  • kl 12.30-18.30 I have free to do whatever I like. Today I made my way to one of my favorite places called Cafe Ciffy. Since it was payday I decided to indulge a little and get the delicious Laks (salmon) Sandwhich and a warm drink called Colombine, which combines Hot Cocoa (varm kako) and coffee…so I guess like a mocha but o so much better! The cafe is a very old cozy bar like place with wood beams lining the ceiling and also old wood beams extending down to the floor supporting much of the upstairs section. There is an old grand piano at the entrance and numerous tables to sit at downstairs as well as a bar. There are stairs off to the side which take you to the second floor where you find tables following the layout in the shape of a large rectangle. The middle of the rectangle is open, therefore allowing you to look down over the main floor. Three old looking chandeliers hang down in the open space creating a very antique feeling to the cafe. I wish I had my camera with me to take a picture so you could see what I am trying to explain. Oh well. I plan on staying here for a bit  just relaxing, reading, and writing. We’ll see where the rest of the day takes me. More to come at the end of the night.
  • kl 18.30-20.00 Time to train. The majority of practice took place under the lights since it likes to get dark here so early. I had a blast at practice tonight and had ZERO pain!!! Woohoo!!! Afterwards I enjoyed a massage from the physio therapist to help loosen up the hip more.
  • kl 20:30 Dinner in the clubhouse. Each Thursday a parent of one of the players from the club makes dinner for the first and second teams and whoever else wants to eat I guess. Tonight we had chicken pot pie Danish style (I’m not sure what that means ha, just felt like writing it). It only cost 10dkk so about $2 for a hot home-cooked meal. I always look forward to Thursday!
  • kl 21.00 I get on my bike for one last time today…in the pouring down rain…and pedal my way home. I arrive to my place in about 5 minutes soaking wet, a bit cold, but feeling good.

I would have to go with Thursday as being my favorite day of the week. Maybe it is because I feel like I get a lot done or just the fact that I am around a lot of different people throughout the day.

Part II of Interview

click here to read Part II of Interview with Topdrawersoccer.com

A Little Taste of Denmark

I have thought a lot lately about how y’all (a little shout out to my fam in the south) understand what life is like living in a small city in Denmark. After being here for the past month and a half the way of life is becoming familiar and I forget that a lot of the little things that are a part of my daily life couldn’t happen back home in the States.

I was so excited the other day when I walked less than five minutes down the road from my house and stepped into a quaint local bakery to buy some freshly baked rugbrød,which is a Danish favorite, and then entered the butcher shop next door to get some meat for the week. Apparently rugbrød is healthier than the bread we eat in America. When I first moved here I really thought it was tasteless, dry, and quite disgusting. While I was living at the club house I didn’t have many other options for lunch than to eat the rugbrød because everyday. We would eat the famous Danish open sandwich smørrebrød which consists of the rugbrød, maybe some canned mackerel in tomato puree, or some salami and cheese, add a little horseradish, a little cucumber, and call it a lunch.

Today I walked about 20 paces from my house, landed at a bustling little flower shop and bought myself a bouquet of Blomstermy favorite flowers to brighten up my apartment.

Being that I have so much time on my hands everyday, I find myself wandering around the many grocery shops taking everything in. There is always something different and interesting to look at or to try to figure out what different foods actually are. Whenever I need to go to the store to pick up produce or the basics, I end up spending way longer than planned because I get so distracted by everything going on. Now these “grocery stores” aren’t your typical American grocery stores (obviously). I can choose between Super Best, Kvickly, Netto, Rema 1000, or Fotex [foo-tex]. They are all located really close to where I am living and also really close to one another. Basically side-by-side. Every week my mailbox is stuffed to the brim with Ads from all these stores. It is rather ridiculous. These stores not only have any grocery item I might want, but they are also jam packed with clothes, toys, electronics, bikes, and anything imaginable. I would describe them as mini Targets or Wal-Marts.

Basically: grocery stores= a challenge and a distraction in my daily life.

Oh yea, you also have to pay for bags if you forget to bring your own to the store to put your purchased items in! Fortunately for me my mom had already taught me to bring my own bags to the store, so it isn’t much of a change for me.

While I think it is great that so many people here re-use bags so well, it makes it difficult to have a supply of handy trash bags around when needed!