Hej alle! Sorry this post is coming about 12 hours late, but I have a good excuse! Last night, Greg and I ventured out to watch the US vs. Belgium soccer match, and we made some new friends along the way. They were extremely friendly and inviting, and even invited us to go along with them some evening for a swim in the North Sea and a beach bonfire, which I expect is going to be super fun. 🙂 Hanging out with them gave me my first taste of “hygge”, which literally means coziness but also in my opinion, togetherness. As newcomers entered the room, our new friends welcomed them to join us, and there was an ease of communication and camaraderie that I found very refreshing. By the end of the evening, I was so glad we’d stuck around rather than returned directly home after the disappointing game. 😛
Yesterday was also a bit of landmark–I recorded the first interview for the Happiness Inquiry documentary! The participant’s name is Kristine, and I met her while having lunch at the restaurant where she works, Kähler Spisesalon. She is a 21 year-old Denmark native, and was incredibly open and honest in her interview. She talked about the value of doing something that really matters for a career, which was echoed by one of the fellas we met later that night. She said she’d rather plan her profession around something that she finds deeply interesting, and then find a way to make it pay the bills, rather than think the other way around. I know in the U.S. many of us feel the same way, but perhaps this approach is not as feasible? They both cited the supportive government and infrastructure here in Denmark as allowing for this self exploration.
Momentarily, I am headed to another yoga studio, Hamsa, for a vinyasa class, and more importantly, for interviews with two young women who work there and have offered to be a part of the film. I am so grateful that those who I’ve met who have been willing to share and participate in this project–yay for the kindness of strangers!
And since I can’t make a post without at least one photo, here’s one I took yesterday of my all-time favorite comic characters, Calvin and Hobbes, or as they are called here for some odd reason, Steen & Stoffer. Our airbnb host has one of the collections and it’s been fun stumbling through the strips to try and infer some new Danish words.