it’s been two years since i moved to CPH. one more year, and then gonna be evaluated if i deserve to stay here more. i feel like i am home, which i think is the best measure for one’s integration level. but unfortunately, immigration office is not that poetic. we will see how it goes…
anyways, but i feel like i have to do some work on these to feel more integrated :
- have black clothes, a leather bag, and a couple of Apple products
- wear buttoned up shirts
- increase the number of beers you can consume in a row (recommended number is 20) and still don’t get drunk
- learn all sorts of bicycle tricks, especially the one that you do to get on the bike.
- well, master the Danish language, better start talking!
- don’t feel gross to spit on the ground wherever and whenever you need to
- don’t feel embarrassed to pee on the street when you need to
- ask personal questions inappropriately early in the conversation, such as “are you muslim?”
- be fine with being politically incorrect
- say “tak for sidst (meaning thanks for the last time) when you see someone later on after you have done sth together or sth like that.
- master the traditional Danish dance which is characterized with feet firmly attached to the ground and moving upper body, that is supposed to be performed after consuming the minimum amount of beer to start dancing (equaling 20 bottles of grøn tuborg)
- go crazy about Christmas; shop, shop and shop
- get a pair of nerd glasses
- walk properly on high hills on cobble stone streets.
- love Bob Dylan
but i have taken a great way on these:
- be slow and take your time
- say “nej” with all the passion you have and of course loud
- volunteer somewhere
- love drinking
- have the motivation to go out when you see it is sunny
- bitch about weather
- bike to everywhere, and carry all sorts of things on it
- look cold, but when someone asks you a question just don’t ever stop talking, because they should click on the button again which made you start talking in the first place.
- forget the retarded fashion rules in your country and just wear whatever you want
- be the master of “one time grill”
- be in the mood to chill, chill and chill whole summer
- be fine with tucking your pants into your socks before biking, which would be one of the most uncool things to do in Turkey.
- believe in yourself, and be aware that only 5 million people live here, so competition is lower compared to your overcrowded country, and despite the high level of discrimination and racism still talent is appreciated better than in Turkey.