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September 26, 2013

Denmark meeting expectations

Hej! My name is Max Ofer, and I am in Denmark through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. I live in a small town called Hjallerup, consisting of 3000 people, in the northern part of Jutland, the main peninsula of Denmark. 

 I arrived on Aug. 11 and I have been here for 6 weeks. I have been enjoying all of it. I have made many friends and I have experienced some amazing things. I am currently living with a family of five. They are all very kind to me, even though I do not see the two eldest children very often, as they have moved away from home. My family has been very helpful to me, and they have done many things to make me feel as though I am at home. They are constantly telling me about Denmark and teaching me Danish. I feel like a part of their family. I am very happy to be with them.

The language is not similar anything I know. Danish is very hard and there are rules for everything. The problem is that there are many exceptions to the rules, making the rules apply to about half the words. I have not learned the language, and I am not able to have a full conversation with someone. I just know a little bit of Danish. It is very hard because the words look very different from the way they are pronounced. It is true that the language sounds as though the people have a potato in their mouth.

I have not traveled to Copenhagen, but I have traveled to some other large cities in Denmark. I live near Aalborg, the sixth biggest city, and I have traveled to Aarhus, south of where I live, and some smaller cities up near the tip of Denmark. I have been to a cool modern art museum, the ARoS, which seems to be based off of the Guggenheim on the interior. I have also seen the sea on the east and on the west side of Denmark.

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