Sunday, August 26, 2012

Farewell Thoughts

I love the fact that I can go home alone in Copenhagen without getting into any dangerous situation at 3am in the morning - safest city, indeed! I am back in Copenhagen to give back my apartment to the landlord. My wonderful bed, armchair, bookshelves, table and chairs are all SOLD very quickly, surprisingly (I think my photo skills helped with the advertisement); hence, I'm sleeping and eating on the floor, hahahaahaha. It's not that bad, people! I threw a little get-together-evening last night, and me and my friends all shared three big pizzas on the floor. Everybody had a great time and it was one of my best nights. I really missed my friends in Copenhagen so much!


In midst, I couldn't believe that I was leaving Denmark for good.  So surreal. I registered myself out of Denmark at the Kommunen this week and as they acquired my yellow card (social security card), I was very hesitant to give it back. It was like someone snatching your favorite toy from your hands. Then it was official: I am no longer a citizen of Copenhagen! Facing this reality, I sucked it up, and looked at the wonderful weather Copenhagen was blessing me with my arrival. I knew that all I can do now is to enjoy my last days in Denmark (my student visa is expiring on August 31, 2012) and hygge mig along with loved ones.

No words can tell how calm I felt during my stay in Copenhagen. I wasn't too happy, but I wasn't too sad either. It was simply a reality: farewell. 

As I looked back at the times I've spent here, I've realized that I was too judgmental to Denmark, regarding its immigration laws and Folkeparti (hope I spelled it right). I had my worst and best times in Denmark, and I'm appreciating how much I've learned and grown from my mistakes and successes here. I am grateful that I've experienced such a wonderful Scandinavian education, culture, welfare system, and most importantly, friendship. Hence, I apologize for been to harsh on Denmark and I thank you now instead!

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Anyways, last night, I have discovered this smallest, but very nice gesture from my friends. I have realized that I was making 4 Danes speak English all night just because I was there. Even though they know that I understand Danish language a bit, they spoke English regardless, all night, from my place till Strøm music festival. I didn't even realize we were speaking English the whole time till this Danish stranger asked me if I had a lighter in Danish. I replied "ohhh nej, desværre" and I looked at my friends with open eyes: even though I wasn't in the conversation they kept on talking English! I never thought about this before, so it was a nice discovery.

I also discovered another thing. As I was describing my life back in Mongolia to my friends in Copenhagen - my job, love life, friends, family and mining boom. My girlfriend told that I have it all in Mongolia. I got silent for awhile and I didn't realize that I actually DID have it all in Ulaanbaatar. This made me think how ignorant and complaining person I have become, and made me feel bad a bit. But I was happy to realize it now at least! Appreciate what you have, people!

Whenever you are in one place you miss the other, and when you go to that place you miss the other back - crazy. We all need to learn to appreciate the moment and cherish what you have right now. I have had a wonderful life in Denmark, and I do have it all in UB. I am realizing it just now - so silly.

I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS MOMENT AND THANK EVERYONE WHO HAVE MADE MY STAY IN DENMARK A TRULY ADVENTUROUS AND A LIFE-TIME EXPERIENCE.

Don't repeat my mistake of being ignorant, people! Cherish your life whenever and wherever you are.

More later,
B.