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Back to school, back to school to prove to dad that I’m not a fool. Oh gotta love Billy Madison! Naesgaard Efterskole, my final stop in Denmark. Anders and Line, Lasse’s other sister and her family, graciously opened up their home to me for five nights.

Naesgaard Efterskole

Naesgaard Efterskole

I had a wonderful time staying with them along with their two kids Marius and Kirstine. Oh and cant forget the loving dog Kibu (wanted to take him with me). Since Anders is head of a boarding school for students who want an extra year before deciding on a path to study in university, they live on the school grounds. This gave quite a few opportunities for us to enjoy some pleasant meals with the students. I had a really good time talking with the students even though it usually took them a little while to open up. All of them were really nice and had great english as well.

Dinner time at the school. Everyone eats together.

Dinner time at the school. Everyone eats together.

Frikadelle-The #1 Danish Pork Dish. Boy was it YUMMY!!!!

Frikadelle-The #1 Danish Pork Dish. Boy was it YUMMY!!!!

In the morning, the house was empty providing some time to relax and take the dog for a walk. Yea, might have found the dog I want once the time comes to settle down (still a long ways away), a Rhodesian Ridgeback. We enjoyed several pleasant walks down and along the beach.

The view to the ocean from the back porch

The view to the ocean from the back porch

Heading out for a lovely sunny walk!

Heading out for a lovely sunny walk!

Gotta love this

Gotta love this

Enjoying the Beach and Scenery with Kibu

Enjoying the Beach and Scenery with Kibu

Just and old lighthouse on my walk

Just and old lighthouse on my walk

The teachers would also get together in the morning for some coffee, bread, cheese, and meat. It was so cool meeting more people and learning about their lives and work. As the afternoon would swing around, the kids would arrive home from school and it was time to hang out and have some fun! I enjoyed going to gymnastics with Kirstine and Marius Thursday afternoon. Turns out I am a gymnastics junky and no matter where I go I always tend to end back up in a gym at some point. Seeing how different programs operate is always intriguing and especially in Denmark where the clubs are not privately owned like in the states.

Gymnastics time! A lot of focus here on teaching kids how to flip

Gymnastics time! A lot of focus here on teaching kids how to flip

Since Marius and Kirstine are younger, they haven’t had much if any english yet. But it wasn’t a problem that some toys, stone tossing, and sports couldn’t take care of. We still enjoyed having a good time and figuring out ways to communicate. Several hours were spent in the school gymnasium flipping off of the mini tramp as well as playing futbol.

Playing with the bunnies!

Playing with the bunnies!

So many hours spent in here playing and having fun

So many hours spent in here playing and having fun

Just doing what kids do best! Climbing stuff

Just doing what kids do best! Climbing stuff

As the weekend came, Line took us to visit Mons Klint. An enormous chalk wall cliff that is a unique worldwide natural area. It was beautiful and has become a favorite of mine.

Lots of stairs down to the bottom of Mons Klint

Lots of stairs down to the bottom of Mons Klint

Mons Klint! Stunning!

Mons Klint! Stunning!

Line and I

Line and I

Mermaid???

Mermaid???

oh we had some fun together!

oh we had some fun together!

The riding school that Kirstine goes to was celebrating 35 years in business so of coarse we had to stop by for some coffee and cake! I also got suckered into riding a horse, something I haven’t done in who knows how many years. Not going to lie, it was great and I loved it.

Kirstine riding like a champ

Kirstine riding like a champ

Marius didn't have fun at all..he only had to try out every horse!

Marius didn’t have fun at all..he only had to try out every horse!

The picture says it all! Thanks Line for this!

The picture says it all! Thanks Line for this!

Still think my bicycle is better. But it was great fun!

Still think my bicycle is better. But it was great fun!

Line getting a little running jaunt in

Line getting a little running jaunt in

Kirstine and I. She's so sweet

Kirstine and I. She’s so sweet

What a great school!

What a great school!

It was a big weekend for the school and Sunday was spent hanging out and seeing all of the cool activities that were offered. Prospective students and parents showed up for the open house and were escorted around the grounds by student led tours. Anyone that comes to the school has to decide a path to take either sports, nature, art and design, or music on top of normal classes. It was incredible everything that was set up and on display. This also provided ample opportunities for me to talk with the students, teachers, and parents as I wandered around.

The Nature Line

The Nature Line

Grinding the apples

Grinding the apples

Fresh squeezed apple juice anyone? Marius is working away

Fresh squeezed apple juice anyone? Marius is working away

Denmark Likes Bikes! Pretty cool idea to attract attention

Denmark Likes Bikes! Pretty cool idea to attract attention

Just doing some tree climbing. Part of the Nature line at the school

Just doing some tree climbing. Part of the Nature line at the school

Showing off the Music line with live performance

Showing off the Music line with live performance

Even had a drummer to play as vehicles came and went

Even had a drummer to play as vehicles came and went

My favorite part about this school is that every student is required to run. Some students join the school that have never run before and by the end of the year each student participates in either a half or full marathon. It is such an excellent idea and helps the students grow tremendously.

I can’t describe what an amazing time I had with Anders, Line, Marius, Kirstine, and Kibu. They were all really good to me and took me in like family. It is never easy leaving and this time was no exception. Such a great family and I am going to miss the valuable time spent with them. It was wonderful making some new great memories that I wont forget! Thanks Anders for the new shirt as well! It’ll get a lot of use!

Marius, Anders, Me, Kirstine. Such a great family and I had a wonderful time!

Marius, Anders, Me, Kirstine. Such a great family and I had a wonderful time!

A great ride through the forest and along the coast to the ferry

A great ride through the forest and along the coast to the ferry

Well the time came Monday morning to say our good byes as we headed off separate ways. My journey took me along the coast, through the forest, and to the ferry harbor. A short ride of 45km (27mi) brings me to the end of this chapter in Denmark.

Thatched Roof with Thatched Walls

Thatched Roof with Thatched Walls

Enjoyed some food and relaxation along the ride

Enjoyed some food and relaxation along the ride

I have to say of all the countries I’ve been to, the list is very short for the ones I want to return to. After this trip through Denmark, meeting Lasse’s family and friends, I couldn’t have asked for a better time! It is most definitely on the list as one of the four countries I need to visit again. I can’t thank Lars, Vera, Henrik, Lotte, Silas, Isabella, Ulrik, Line, Anders, Line, Marius, and Kirstine enough for showing me such great hospitality, Danish culture, and several different sights! I really appreciate the time you guys took while I was with each of you!

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