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Horsens: a few thoughts about leaving home

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The time has come for another adventure, after almost 6 months of being a poor couch potato. Is it weird to have mixed feelings about it? I have serious Traveller’s Guilt. I don’t want to leave my friends behind, now that I’ve finally gotten them back from their exchange programs. I don’t want to miss out on yet another Danish summer and the big events happening in my loved ones lives. I don’t want to spend all my money. But I am going, and it’s exciting to me in a whole new way. For one, I am moving to a country I have never even been to. I don’t know when I will see my family again. I am going to do some travelling by myself for the first time ever. I am even going to travel for a month with a person I have never met. So while I sit in a pile of clothes on the floor, teary-eyed and nauseous from nerves, I am also certain that this experience will not only be amazing – it will be life changing.

Even though I am heading to what are arguably more stunning surroundings, I am really going to miss my home, the town of Horsens. This is where I grew up, and I still think of it as the small prison town it once was, despite it now being the 8th largest city in Denmark and one of the cultural capitals. I wanted a post just for myself, so I have something to look at when I am missing home, so here are some pictures of my home, a place I am truly going to miss.

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IMG_5279The European Medieval Festival 2014

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Pictures from Lunden (“The Grove“):SONY DSC SONY DSCFriluftsscenen (“Open Air Stage”)

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IMG_5828-2Menneskemuren (“The Human Wall”) by Horsens Art Museum 

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IMG_5881-2Klosterkirken (“Abbey Church”)

DSC09427 SONY DSCHorsens State Prison, now mostly a concert venue

DSC09431 Triton Water Fountain by the train station

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150708-09-02Blue Diamond Water Tower

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I’ll end this post with one of my favorite songs, sung by Pretty Maids,our local pride.

The 9 stages of going on a new adventure

A true story told in GIFs:

Life as an Inbetweener – a term I just made up for when you’ve returned home from a trip, doing nothing until you go travelling again – is rough. You were once that person; the one with the great tan, amazing Instagram pictures of exotic landscapes, and you always seemed to have a big group of new friends around you. People at home envied you, kept asking you when you would be home so you could hang out again. Then you were finally back in your own bed, cooking your own food, speaking your own language. Everything that you had missed while away was right there for you to enjoy. Then your tan faded. People who were so eager to hang out once you got home were suddenly too busy with their lives. You started to miss the fresh street food, being around like-minded people and living out of a backpack. So you decided it was time to plan a new adventure. And this is how it (by default) is gonna go:

  1. You are bored with everything
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    “Can it stop raining already? Why am I doing laundry on a Saturday night? I hate it here and I need some pad thai.”
  2. People at home stress you out
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    So your friends all have awesome careers now and they just moved in with their significant other and have no time for you, and you’re living off your savings account and the only thing you’ve accomplished lately is your high score in Candy Crush.
  3. You can’t stand looking at your travelling friends online having a good time 
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    Of course this is just because you’re super jealous.
  4. You decide to do go on a new adventure, but planning is overwhelming
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    The world is big, and there are so many cool things to see everywhere. Where do you even begin!?
  5. You finally pick your adventure, book a flight and cannot contain your excitement
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    This is the most relieved you’ve felt in a long time.
  6. You have a lot of things to get done before you leave and it stresses you out
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    Plan stuff, do some paperwork, save money, cry.
  7. You share your plans with EVERYONE
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    You’re not trying to brag – you’re genuinely happy to have a purpose in life again. Some people will be happy for you. Some will roll their eyes and be like “AGAIN? Are you ever going to get back to real life?”
  8. Graduation goggles
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    The day of your departure is approaching, and suddenly leaving seems so difficult. You’re going to miss home and your friends so so so much. All the things you’ll miss out on while away, like mom’s birthday and your best friend’s first blind date!
  9. You jump into your adventure and it’s everything you hoped it would be
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    After an emotional whirlwind, you’re where you want to be, and you finally feel whole again. Plus, your tan looks amazing.

So pack your bags and go chase your dream! Your adventure is waiting for you.

#WanderlustWednesday

22 things: the conclusion

Today is my 23rd birthday. This marks the end of my 22 things list, and of course I didn’t even make it to 20. I will cry into my cake later. Just kidding, I already ate it.

So, my birthday started with a night out. I asked out a few of my former colleagues, and we ended up getting pretty drunk, as it was Tequila Thursday, a very honoured tradition by Nanna and me. Nanna and Mikkel were not only nice enough to come out with me, they even bought me a super considerate present:

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That’s right, stickers and a giant brown dildo. We tried out a few names, so I’m not sure if it’s Bruno Mars of Chocolate Bent. I might do a poll later. Well, at least I didn’t go home completely alone. EDIT: He now goes by the name Spank Ocean.

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I was clearly very excited about my present, just as much as every guy around me. I swear to God this giant Twix bar was only in my possession for 1/3 of the night. This takes me back to the days at The Pink Palace with Aga’s strap-on. Guys will always act disgusted when they first see a giant dildo, but after a few minutes, they’re all about waving it in the air and trying to see if they can stick it to an unlikely surface.

I was home at 2 at night and I started feeling sick. I woke up, hugging 3 full water bottles, because I kept getting up at night to get something to drink, would take one sip and take it to bed with me. I am not very smart when I am drunk.

I took a shower, went out to buy food, watched some Geordie Shore and then went out shopping, where I randomly bumped into some friends. Then my mom picked me up and we went back to her place, where I cooked for my mom’s side of the family. I had a great time, although I was still dealing with nausea and stomach cramps.

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Cake <3

Back to the list. If you don’t remember, or have never heard of it before, here it is, with the achieved goals crossed out:

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I decided to compile all the photos into one collage, so you can get a feeling of what I’ve been doing with my life the past year. Pretty good stuff.IMG_6126.JPG