On Saturday I finally arrived in København and moved in with my host family living in Roskilde. I found it quite interesting that the rails I traveled on were all electric powered train lines that had an average speed of approximately 120 mph. Having done Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from San Luis Obispo to Seattle, where cars were passing the train at speed, it was a welcoming sight to pass cars at double their speed. The trains from Amsterdam had English announcements after the Dutch, but as I traveled through Germany and Denmark, English was phased out for all native language announcements.
My host family has four young kids, ages one, four, nine, and eleven. In just these three days, the house has been busy and chaotic. My host mother Marie and host father Henrik have been gracious to bring me into their family.
Today I started my orientation at DIS, where we started with a performance, by a Royal Danish Academy of Music student, of a scene in La Boheme. The concert hall we were in was gorgeous. After getting off at the wrong station and getting lost in København, I finally found DIS to tour the facilities. I am looking forward to the year to come!
This evening, my host family and I went to a local farm to help care for 20 sheep, 2 cows, and 2 goats. In the states, when I try and pet sheep they run off fairly quickly, though these sheep seemed content to stay put and eat the carrots out of my hands… Apparently come late October / early November, we will get fresh lamb and beef in our freezer.