Denmark, the birthplace of the tale of The Little Mermaid and one of the oldest kingdoms in the world, is a beautiful country. I was born in The Netherlands to a Danish mother, Helle, and American father, Ron. When I was only 3 years old, I moved to the United States of America and have done nothing but constantly move from state-to-state because my father was in the Air Force. Aside from all the moving, I have had a few times out of the years where I have traveled to Denmark with my family. The first time I traveled there was to visit my relatives when I was about 11 years old. I enjoy visiting my Danish relatives because they are a joy and wonderful company. Unfortunately, back then, I did not really pay attention to this strange country and even wrinkled my nose at the food. However, that all changed on my next travel experience. When I was 17 years old, I signed up to study abroad for the Danish language. My grandfather, Robert, had come over to visit our family for a week before I had to leave for Denmark. My parents were not coming along this time, so, my grandfather was asked to be my escort to Denmark. When the day had finally come, my bags were packed and I was on my way there. Because I was much older and more open to try new things, I had realized just how blind I had been to the prior experience there. I stayed at the Danes Worldwide Summer School in Roskilde. It was an amazing experience. We all stayed in dorms with a room mate. My room mate was Maria Rixen, a very funny and sweet American girl just like me, learning the Danish language. The school set up field trips which sent us to the country's capital, København, as well as a few different beaches and absorbing the Danish castles. I absolutely love this country. I love the way you can just take a train, a bus, bicycle, or walk anywhere you please and be absolutely safe. I also love all of the beautiful, old buildings and the vast walking streets. The food is also out-of-this-world delicious. Because they do not use pesticides or give their animals growth hormones, all of their food is a thousand times better than any food you might find in America. Personally, I hate hotdogs. It was not until traveling to Denmark and building up enough courage to try their hotdogs that I fell in love with them. No where else will I eat them. That is saying a lot because I'm craving them all the time and I cannot have one in America! I can say that this little country has had a HUGE impact on such a small girl. For the first time in my life, I did not want to go back home. I felt that I was already home. That is why, one day, I plan to live there and that is a dream I will never let burn. Never.
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