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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!


FlagsSignFortuna Hjorring (4) vs Bardolino Verona (0)

Excitement buzzed around the table as we ate our pre-game meal together of chicken and vegetable pasta salad and continued as we transferred ourselves down the street to the stadium.

It was a lively evening at Hjorring staddion. The crowd numbered 1,326. The little girls from the club were sporting the all green faces with white stripes forming a cross going from the middle of the forehead down the nose to the bottom of the chin and then likewise from cheek to cheek. Fans were chanting supporting songs in Danish probably saying “Go Fortuna, Go!”

Our opponent, Bardolino Verona from Verona, Italy arrived late Monday night. We saw them for the first time when we were walking around looking at the field. They were dressed in their warm-ups and long winter coats and it looked like it felt really cold to them here. After coming from South Carolina, I would have to agree with them. The seasons are definitely changing and it is to the point where I can say good bye to the shorts and t-shirts and pull out the hats, gloves, and long-johns!

The day had been off and on with bouts of rain, but as we came out onto the field to warm-up a rainbow stretched from one end of the field to the other. The field looked exquisite, although they put a ton of sand on it causing the girls to get some pretty brutal wounds during the game, the flags flew proudly, and the fans steadily filled up the stands and all the standing room.

Pre-game Rainbow

We ended up earning a comfortable victory at home with a score of 4-0. It could have easily been by more but we had a handful of some very beautiful shots that unfortunately deflected off the cross bar. Our team really pulled it together for this game and we looked in control of the entire match.

I was sitting next to my teammate Stephanie, who is from Jordan, most of the game and we were just sitting, laughing, enjoying ourselves, and talking about how we couldn’t believe we were playing in the Champions League. It was an awesome night and I was so proud of my team! We hit the road (sky more so) on Monday to Verona, Italy where we will play the second leg of the first round. We have a great chance of securing another victory, thus prolonging our play in the Champions League. I am excited to see how things turn out.

Steph and Me

As for my hip, I am still feeling encouraged about my current progress. I will play again with the second team on Saturday in Aalborg and see how I am really feeling. Then there is another match Sunday with the first team and hopefully I will get some minutes with them as well. Overall, I am happy here, am still enjoying myself, and always look forward to training and matches. Even though soccer has technically turned into my full-time job, I wake up each morning excited about improving and working my way into the line up!

Part II of Interview

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