I have to admit, like most blogs, this one has gone a bit neglected, as my life has somehow gotten crazier and busier by the day. Not sure how it happens, but in an instant, life just takes off.
Right now everything is right with the world because my Mom is visiting, which is AWESOME! Life is so much better when your Mom is around. Well…at least MY life is better when my Mom is around. She is my best friend, so it’s nice to have her to talk to and confide in.
There are so many things I want to talk about, and so many nights I ride home on my bike, and I think, “Oh this could be a good thing, or this could be a good thing.” It really depends on the day, and my mood and what I am going through.
The most common question I get from my friends in the stares is, of course, how are you? How is life? Are you happy? And it’s such a complicated answer; I never know where to start or where to end. I have to admit that I am pretty sure I have filled the gamut with every emotion in the last four months. I have felt happiness, fear, sadness, love, hate, sickness, and consciousness on every level.
On the tour guiding front: The tours are going great. It’s a good thing I enjoy it, and frankly, that’s the only reason why we all do it is because we all love it. Otherwise, it’s not for the money because it can fluxuate so much. It’s like acting for me. It is my personal three-hour one-woman show that promotes my favorite city. I love it, and get a high from my live audience, so it fulfills the actress in me, which is great. I have taken a brief hiatus from it while my Mom is here, so that is nice, but I will go back to giving the free tours, the occasional pub crawl, (which I STILL can’t believe they pay me for) and possibly learning the Harbor Tour, but we will see….
On the school front: We are on summer break, which is awesome! Waking up at 7:30 three days a week is slowly eating away at my soul…don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my class, and my classmates are gold! But as most of you know, I have not been…and will NEVER be…a morning person. Whatever happened to noon classes?? But in seriousness, my Danish is coming along slow and steady. I force myself to use it, while enduring the occasional teasing and tormenting from my Danish friends with my butchered translations, but it doesn’t stop me from trying…especially when I’ve had a bit of wine…
On the Bedstemor front: I am experiencing a relationship I have never had before…and it’s amazing. We talk every day about everything....from little stuff to big stuff. We have our moments where we may not totally understand each other, but we muddle through it, and become closer because of it. We have this funny bond, and on some days we giggle like two high school friends next to our lockers.
Mom with Bedste
On the bartending front: I love my job…I really do. Some nights I am just having such a blast, and also think how lucky am I that I am getting paid for this. But I also have those nights where I can’t deal because I only work 4 days a week, but the nights are long…sometimes 12 hours. And then waiting for the night bus, and then coming home on my bike, just renders an exhausting evening where it takes me 3 days to recover anyway.
My partner in crime and coworker
On the acting front: I think I have booked my first job! I don't wanna jinx it, but I got a script so I should be recording voiceover for my friend's video game!!! SO exciting! Details to come for sure!!!
On the family front: It is fantastic to spend time with them. I am hanging out more with my cousins, which is nice, and we have made two trips down to Lolland, another island in Denmark, where my uncle’s summerhouse is. (It used to be my bedstefar’s.) It’s amazing to think it’s been in the family for over 40 years. That’s a long time! I feel like I am making up for lost time.
My cousin Catrine and me!
As for the friend front: This one is a bit tricky. I am still in transition mode, and the only thing I can compare it to, is that all your senses are on high alert and is feeling everything to the extreme. I went from living in a city where I had a big community of actors, friends and acquaintances, to here, where it obviously is much less. However, from this, I have realized the value of quality vs. quantity. In LA, you can have 300 “friends” but in actuality, you only have 10. Here, I have maybe 15 people I would consider friends, and I talk to on a semi regular basis.Yet they really are friends. I really trust those people, and they have proved already that they help me in tough situations, and protect me and count me as one of their group. That is a feeling that you cannot put a price tag on, and it makes me smile when I think of the memories I have already had, and the history we are slowly creating together!
As most people know about me, I am an emotional individual. If I am happy, you know, and if I’m upset you know. I wear my heart on my sleeve a lot, which some people see as a bit different, and others maybe as crazy J In my line of work, I am learning the value of that too. Every day I meet new people from all over, and sometimes you make great connections with people. The problem is, they leave again…and THAT is something I am trying to come to terms with. If you meet cool people, you want to keep them around, and keep having great times, but for my coworkers, and me that isn’t really an option. Thus, you learn to meet cool people, enjoy the brief time you have with them, maybe exchange info, and then say goodbye. I would like to think I am getting better at this, but at times it’s tough. I am not good at goodbyes, but I am hoping maybe this is all part of the journey. Some people are meant to be around for a long time, and others are not. Sometimes it is hard to understand, but in the end it all works out the way it’s suppose to, doesn’t it? Life lessons that I continue to learn every day, On the plus side, I hope this will enable me to embark on a world tour full of fun-filled stops and happy reunions at some point!
But all in all, I CANNOT complain. I still pinch myself on some days, looking down the cobble stone streets, sharing a glass of wine with a friend in Nyhavn, or sitting at my summerhouse with my Mom, bedstemor and Uncle. I think I was dealt a good hand this round. People keep asking me how long I plan on staying. It’s kinda like…the tip of the iceberg has just been discovered, and there is so much more to the rest, including an exciting mystery surrounding it. Anyone would be crazy to put a time stamp on it or stop exploring now….
The song I am LOVING right now
More yummy Danish food!! I love my food pictures!!