Rotary International Distrikt 1440 Danmark
Group Study Exchange Team 2008 fra Distrikt 6890 Florida, USA
Senest opdateret den 07. november 2008
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|21. august 2008||11. september 2008||19. september 2008||26. september 2008||2. oktober 2008|
2. oktober 2008
Last week in Danmark
Sept 28 to Oct 4, 2008- Fjerritslev and Nykobing
26. september 2008
During the third week of our trip the diversity of this amazing country really became more apparent. We went from farms to cities to castles to beaches all in a single week. The Danes have talked about how September weather is cold and rainy but I'm not sure what they are talking about, I'm sitting here wishing I had packed shorts. It's another beautiful day in Denmark - as it has been this entire trip. Three weeks in, I've seen one raining day.
Our time in Hobro came far too quickly, as the town was beautiful and the people were friendly and generous. All the GSE members and host families came together at Cathie's host family to enjoy a amazing dinner and tour their farm as a final farewell. Next morning started very early as we were headed back to Aalborg for the district conference. At the district conference we met other fellow travelers, both outbound as well as inbound students. We saw amazing speakers and presenters and even had the opportunity to give a presentation ourselves.
After the conference, our next stop was the beautiful town of Aars. After all of us got together for a quick drink at my host family's house, we got to spend some quality time with our new hosts. The next day featured a tour of the town, lunch with the mayor, tour of a dairy farm and finished with an awesome bus tour of the area. During the bus tour we had a wonderful stop at the summer house of my host family and dinner that featured fish bigger than the plates on which they were served. While in Aars we also visited a company that produced energy from incinerating waste and a metal casting company. To top the trip in Aars off, we were joined by Finn Munk who led a tour through Rebild.
Our trip to Rønde started with an excellent lunch before heading over to an organic farm (Kalø). The mayor joined us to give us a guided tour of the ruins of a castle. What a beautiful sunset! The next morning was a vocational day where I spent time in a small bank. The others went to businesses related to their fields and, of course, Fred went golfing. The Rønde rotary meeting went much as the entire trip in Rønde - featuring a lot of laughing, smiling and good friends. We've read that the Danish are the happiest people on earth and Rønde folks are the happiest people in Denmark. To top things off in Rønde, we became vikings for a few hours and learned axe throwing and archery and cooked meat in earth ovens and vegetables over a fire. Now we are relaxing in a summer house that sits on Begtrup Vig/Århus Bugt.
And its another beautiful day in Denmark!
Kindest regards and best wishes,
FL District 6890 GSE Team Member
19. september 2008
continues in this beautiful country of Denmark.
11. September 2008
6 days into
the trip and we are overwhelmed by both the beauty of Denmark and
the generosity of our hosts! It has been a whirlwind thus far and we
have seen everything from monasteries to castles and received
educations in accounting, aquavit, whiskey and windmills! And in
between it all, we manage to squeeze in a few Rotary meetings and
spend time getting to know our wonderful hosts.
21. august 2008
The team is preparing for their big tour to Denmark in just a few weeks, and Fred sent me these words, and some new pictures
First, let me express our gratitude to the Rotary International Foundation for continuing to sponsor this wonderful program. Without their support, this opportunity to explore our cultural differences would not be possible.
Second, a special Thank You to the District 6890 GSE selection team for offering to each of us this most unique opportunity. We are humbled by their confidence and energized by their support.
Third, and most importantly, we thank Beverly and Finn for their friendship! Without that we would not be able to experience the people and the land of Denmark. This is going to be a great trip! Tusind tak!
Now some observations.
Melinda Montgomery: "The final count down has begun! With less than 3 weeks to go, I am busy making arrangements at work, thinking about what to pack, finalizing dog sitter arrangements, pulling together a photo album and practicing Danish! I am excited, anxious and nervous about this life changing experience I'm about to embark upon! I can't wait to meet my host families, see the sights and learn about the wonderful culture in Northern Denmark. I have recently spoken with some people who have spent time in Denmark and have heard such wonderful things about the people and country -- I can't wait!"
Ginger Le: "As I prepare for our adventure in Denmark, I hear from several friends and associates that Denmark is a very friendly country with nice people, full of culture and history. I am very excited about meeting everyone in the Rotary "family" and to see the country. As I am wrapping up my work here, I am working on the Danish language. It is probably the most difficult part of this preparation. See you soon."
Cathie Gharing: "I am excited about learning the Danish culture. In our postmodern era, I'm most interested in learning the issues most important to them. How do everyday decisions affect the long-tern goals of the country? America's ideology is built on individualism, democracy, and capitalism, but what new perspectives can the Danish culture provide to Americans in order for us to "look" outside this American ideology?"
Fred Oeters: "As a long-time Rotarian (27 years), I see this as one of the crown jewels of my Rotary experience. It has been my privilege to host many exchange visitors, but to be the team leader of a visitation team is the ultimate achievement. Now, as I frantically make my final preparations, I am even more excited! I look forward to meeting fellow Rotarians in Denmark, to spending time with my host families and to learning about your country and its people. And, if time allows, to play a little golf on native Danish soil."
Med venlig hilsen,