Efterårsferie, autumn holiday, as mentioned in my previous post has come and gone.
We started it off with a trip to Egeskov Slot and the rest of the week was just the girls and I. So here’s a brief summary of how it went…
Monday, I had Danish lessons. I’ve been taking them over Skype so the time is more flexible and more one on one. This time the girls had to sit in. Our girls seem to have this switch. As soon as video chat comes on, they go into hyper-drive. Everything must be louder, toilet jokes every other sentence and all around silliness. Happens EVERY. TIME. WE. VIDEO. CHAT.
My Danish instructor was very understanding. He was able to get Claire involved by having her draw a picture of herself and have her help me name body parts in Danish. Claire’s attention span only lasted an hour so my meeting was cut a little shorter than usual. Avery (the shy one) did not like being asked questions by him so she quickly sulked away to color and play.
Tuesday brought us to Lego House and Legoland. These are absolute must sees if you have children and come to Denmark. In fact, if you’ve ever played with Legos, go experience it! It is 100% worth the money.
Lego House involves many different aspects. First, you get a wristband that has a special chip in it. It gives you access to the house. It will also be used to store all your memories/Lego creations online for you to download later. A few examples below:
There are so many different areas. We cruised the Lego creations made by people around the world, we made our own Lego figures, we made critter creations, a stop-motion movie, saved the mammoths, dived into a Duplo pit, etc. So so so many adventures. This time of year the Lego house is also dressed up for Halloween so the girls loved pointing out the Lego Jack O’Lanterns or black cats.
They also got to “shake the rats” out of an exhibit. It pretty much involved them removing pieces that had been in a spot for too long. They loved being given that responsibility.
We spent most of the day at Lego House so we made it to Legoland pretty late. Most of the rides were closing down but we were able to ride a few and spend the rest of the time in Duplo Playground.
The reason I was okay with us being late to Legoland was that there were going to be fireworks just after sunset. Since we had missed the 4th of July fireworks, I figured this could be a good substitute.
When the banging started, Avery started screaming. She and I slipped into a hallway while Claire watched the fireworks outside. They were loud but Claire was having a great time. While covering Avery’s ears, I tried to watch the fireworks. Next year, I’m bringing sound earmuffs for her.
The next day was again another Danish lesson then a trip to a friend’s house. She was someone I had been in contact with before the move and I couldn’t wait to actually meet her in person. It’s just hard to make the time work with us both having busy families and our own schudels. Luckily, Wednesday worked out and we were able to meet up.
Our kids had a fun time playing together and it was so nice to talk face to face instead of through chat. She has been so extremely helpful. So very lucky to have someone answer all my questions no matter how silly they may be! When we left their house, Claire was asking when we can come back or invite them to our house. We had a great Wednesday!
Thursday was a trip to Kolding. They have a cute little park where I figured the girls could run around and let out some energy. But I did forget we were in Denmark (sarcasm) and that it rains a lot and had been raining a lot. It was a muddy mess. While I did make the girls wear their waterproof gear, they both refused to listen to me about wearing their boots. So let’s just say we didn’t play on the equipment as much as we would have like.
BUT we did get to ride around the lake in a paddle boat. We had rowed around the lake before but Claire really wanted to try the paddle boat. The park offers life jackets for free so we put them on and had a great time.
Friday came with a new experience. Claire got sick. Fever, sore throat and chills. I noticed some sores in her throat and immediately thought strep. I was nervous calling the doctors office. In Denmark, you are assigned an office. You can change but there is a fee. I had seen a doctor once for my driver’s license but this was a new ballgame, I had a sick child. I called the office first and was connected to a message, in Danish. I waited a bit to see if it would connect to another line but then hung up. Was I suppose to enter Claire’s CPR number (special number given to every resident of Denmark, think SS#)? What did it say? This was the first moment I really felt like a foreigner.
After a few deep breaths and a venting phone call to my husband, I tried again and was connect to someone on the other line.
Me: Taler du engelsk?
Answer: Ja? Yes?
I explained my daughter’s symptoms and was told to come ASAP.
No waiting line. Swiped her CPR card at the front and headed for the waiting room. We were seen in ten minutes (just at closing I may add).
There was no nurse. No weighing, checking of blood pressure, complete history work up. Nothing like what I experience in the states.
Claire was in tears because 1) she was tired and sick 2) she hates being sick. The doctor spoke to us in English and told Claire it was going to be ok. She was as kind as possible to Claire. She looked at Claire’s mouth and ears. She then did a swab to check for strep. And she did the test right in front of us.
No lab here. The lab was right on the table and it just involved a few drops of some liquid and the swab.
Happily, Claire tested negative for strep and the doctor told us it was likely viral. Rest and liquids were what we were told to do. And that was that. No copay or additional forms. Probably one of the quickest doctor visits I’ve been to.
Claire did “rest” all weekend (as much as a kid can) and was fever free all weekend too. She has been her happy self all week.
I, on the other hand, caught food poisoning Friday night. I was preparing seafood and must not have cleaned my hands well enough as I was the only one who worshiped the porcelain throne most of the night (TMI?).
So when the husband went oyster hunting Sunday, I was less than enthused to cook seafood so soon.
He had a great time though and learned some valuable facts about oysters. He learned that the oyster they hunted for (Pacific oyster) has become an invasive species after being introduced to the area in the mid nineties after the European oyster died out over 100 years ago. Therefore, oyster picking is not really regulated in Denmark. He learned where and when to hunt for oysters. That oysters are good in the fridge for one week. If an oyster shell is open, don’t eat it.
He brought home two buckets and set to work cleaning them and shucking some. He was brave enough to fry some up while I watched (still a bit queasy).
It was fun watching him schuck them and try something we likely would never have experienced in Iowa.
When Monday started, we were ready. Claire was so excited to go back to school. Avery was a bit hesitate but after some bribing was willing to let me leave at drop off. I was happy to have a couple hours to myself again at home, even if it was to catch up on laundry and wash dishes. Mom life.