As a student I rarely have any proper holidays, as my “study free” periods are often used to prepare for exams and to write essays, this year’s Christmas holiday included but it was worth the hard work to be able to hold a real holiday with the boyfriend two weeks ago; my first since Easter last year. And my first vacation in London as a non-tourist since I came to live here.
Now, this didn’t mean that some touristy activities didn’t take place but it was accompanied by lazy hours of chocolate eating, watching Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, walking in the park and a trip to the cinema to see American Hustle.
I’m so excited about being home for Christmas. I am back in the house where I grew up and me and the family had begun the Christmas preparation of decorating the house, baking and wrapping up the many presents that were already lying around waiting for us to rip that glittery Christmas paper off, when I came home the 17th. Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, even though I hate the cold and the dark of this season. For me, Christmas makes up for all of that and I have longed to get a break from uni and to go home to spend a traditional Christmas with my family.
Now, in Denmark there are some things you need in order to properly celebrate in true Danish fashion. When it comes to the food, you can’t have a Danish Christmas without eating huge amounts of treats such as Pepernødder (Peppar Nuts – a spicy, peppery biscuit). This also includes baking your own treats, usually Vaniliekranse, Brunkager and Havegrynskugler (Vanilla biscuits, Ginger Biscuits and small balls of oat & chocolate).
The last time I posted I was home on holiday during reading week. Now that I am home again for my Christmas break I’ve realized that nothing has been posted since.
I have been so busy writing essays and keeping up with my studies that I have hardly had any time to myself, let alone to blog. Things are done differently in the UK and after 2 years of university studies I’ve had to start all over again, learn everything from scratch. It has been a stressful challenge, one that has sometimes made me think: “Why am I even doing this in the first place? Why did I move to London when studying at home would have been so much easier?”
Living in London is an absolutely amazing experience and I feel lucky every single day when I wake up and realise I’m still here. The city is a lively, noisy, busy, exciting and inspiring place to be. Nevertheless I was excited about getting a little break from London last weekend, as me and a friend went on a little trip to Kent.
A few stops on the tube, a short ride on the train and an hour long car drive later and I found myself having left London and it’s never ceasing noise far behind me. It was so lovely to be somewhere with nature, greenery and trees, seeing herds of cows and sheep grazing on fields where no tall houses obstructed the view of the horizon. As we drove into the lovely sea town of Whitstable I was practically jumping in my seat and squealing with delight as the sea came into my view.