tirsdag, august 7
someone also told me that my english is deteriorating quickly. i guess the faults are slowly being replaced by danish. good, i say. i need danish more than english here. continue on with the dying!
ran around through the rain today trying to find grub in the gammel (old) part of Copenhagen. Apartments with faded blue, yellow, salmon colored facades and vacuum stores. And castles. The scenery is wonderful and very european, but its damn hard to find anything but knickknacks and accountants there. we finally settled on a pizza place run by some turkish guys. i had a nice wonderful VEGETARIAN pizza..... but was sick afterwards.
fell asleep on the train again. it's nice. but i feel weird writing about what i had for lunch. so i leave you.. godnat.
mandag, august 6
I learned a lot about languages today. it was such a good introduction to a language course. his name was Torben? yeah he started off with a map and all these language families. and he proceeded to tell us that in a way, the danish and english-speakers alike are just speaking a dialect of german. its funny how much gets lost along the path of a language. all the complicated he/she/neutral genders, all the old words somehow find their way out of people's mouths. there is a girl from japan named Akiko. And when she writes her name it looks like art. I admire so much that they are taught aesthetics in their writing. my writing is like chickenscratches compared to that. She sits there and barely understands a word because although she came here to learn Danish, she's ending up learning to speak English too. I cannot imagine how hard it must be for her. I could stay her my whole year and not speak a word of Danish. When she was about to leave the language camp, she was crying silently into her hands, but when she looked up at us, she smiled. We build our world on description and nouns. We want to be able to call things by their "name" and be able to describe things into categories. What would we do without our names for things. But I looked at her and I could not describe how it felt. I just felt like some people are so noble. And I am in admiration of so many things here. And so many people.
Sometimes I look at the sky, and there are a thousand nameless thoughts mixing with a thousand nameless urges. And I know there is a dormant place in my body. A place that could hold those sacred things if only it knew how.
i don't like shopping much, and that's what we did. and i was very tired by the end of it all. we made our way back to the train station and we proceeded to fall asleep, hoping we would not miss our stop and end up in some town whose name we cannot even pronounce.
søndag, august 5
I am trying to write one letter a day. So tonight I spent about an hour on good old Vintermægårs letter. Made a little collage on the back of a postcard. It was that or watch Danish people impersonate the likes of Britney Spears and Abba on TV.. so I opted for the cut + paste.
Today was my relaxing day before the crazy day. I took a bike ride to Snostrup Kirke, this wonderful church that I know I will be spending a lot of time at. There is a cemetary outside where about 50 people are buried, but it doesn't look like an American cemetary at all. When you walk in the gate, there is a shelter where there is a water spicket and watering cans. Then you look around and there are all these nicely trimmed hedges surrounding graves with wonderful inscriptions and little flowers growing up out of the ground. I wish I had those pictures so I could show you right now. It makes me so damn happy and I don't know why. That and getting an e-mail from my granddad who must have spent 20 minutes writing out, "We love you and we miss you. Happy Birthday on the 14th." Because I have watched him type and he just pecks at the letters. He is 80 now and he lived through a time when his house didn't have a telephone, so I doubt he gives a damn about typing.
And I don't give a damn about writing anything more, so godnat og sov godt min amerikanske venner.