Tag Archive: Travel


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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Italy

A week ago I was basking in the sun in Verona, Italy. Today, I am thankful that the sun came out even though it is 8 degrees outside in Hjorring, Denmark! We, my team and I, flew into an airport in Milan late last Monday night, got on the team’s bus and had a two hour trip to Verona. We stayed in a very nice, top notch hotel all the way until we left Thursday morning. I roomed with Stephanie. We basically had the 2nd floor of the hotel just for our team. There was entire room where our physio-therapist set up the massage table and had all the extra water and anything else we might need. Our days in Verona weren’t too exciting. Tuesday we slept in, ate breakfast, trained, ate lunch, hung out, slept, ate again, went to the stadium in the city to train, ate dinner and went to bed. Wednesday was game day, but they allowed us to go into the city if we wanted to for 1 hour. The bus ride took about 30 minutes and then we ended up at the exact place I had been back in 2005 when I went to Italy with my club team from IMG in Florida. I walked by the coliseum, found the balcony of Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, ate some pistachio and chocolate gelato from the same place I did 4.5 years ago, and walked the skinny streets looking in all the windows. We quickly made our way back to the bus and made it to the hotel in time for a tactical field session followed by yet more food. We spent the rest of the afternoon sleeping and preparing for the game. One more meal before leaving and it was off to the stadium. They actually had the Champions League theme song playing this time (last game at home we were very disappointed when we didn’t hear the song!), the field was pretty nice, and the stadium was so big! We had these huge comfy racecar-like seats to sit in on the sideline. We ended up playing very poorly and lost 2-1 against Bardolino who we had beat 4-0 one week earlier! We returned to the hotel fairly late, but still had to have another meal! Wow…talk about lots of food! We got up at 530 the next morning and headed back to the airport to fly home. It was a long day traveling followed by a very cold training session with the 2nd team an hour after getting home! I was a bit tired by the time I got home. A week later and I finally feel well rested.

Even though we lost in Italy, we still move on to the round of 16 in the Champions League. We will be playing a very good team from Lyons, France. We play home first on the 5th of November and play in Lyons on the 11th. We haven’t been playing very well as a team since Italy, so hopefully we are able to step it up here in the next couple weeks so we are ready for the big matches!

I don’t have pictures yet from the trip. Our photographer is making us CDs from the trip and all the pictures he took. I have a few on my camera of the stadium but not much else. I have yet to download them to my computer. Once I do, I’ll be sure to put them up for you to see.

Saturday we will be traveling by plane to Copenhagen, which would normally be a 5.5+hr bus ride so I am really happy about that! It is only a 45 minutes bus ride to the airport and then a 45 min flight to Copenhagen. We leave at 10, play at 1 and then return after that.

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!