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May 3, 2014

Teenhood Today: Experience hyggeligt through traveling

As I’m writing this, I am sitting in Denmark. 

It’s OK to be jealous. It’s a modern country with such luxuries as working plumbing, wi-fi, coffee shops, and trains available. There are, however, some differences.

I thought maybe I’d take some time to share a few things I’ve learned about this fabulous country in case you ever decide to visit.

1. Hyggeligt. I don’t know much Danish (I’m working on that as well), but I do know one of the most important words in this culture: hyggeligt. I’d love to present to you the English translation on this silver platter of a newspaper column, but in truth, there isn’t one. There actually is no English translation, but it’s basically when you experience a warm fuzzy feeling or that feeling itself. For example, when you’re sitting at a bonfire with a bunch of friends, singing and roasting marshmallows — that is hyggeligt.

2. The food is amazing! Everywhere we go I am told that I “absolutely need to try this” or “will spend the rest of my life drowning in my own tears if I pass up the chance to eat that.” I love food, and I have yet reject the opportunity to try something new. And let me tell you, all of the food I’ve tried here has most definitely been absolutely necessary to my existence.

When I arrived, my friend had a variety of candy laid out on my bed for me to try. Among them were a few different lakrids flavored candies. What is lakrids, you ask? It’s pretty much licorice flavoring except it’s intensified about 100 times. And it’s added to EVERYTHING! You can have it in your coffee, in your candy, in your cough drops, and even in your McDonald’s McFlurry. 

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