Last autumn holidays I was lucky to visit the most colorful country I had ever seen –
Denmark. The main idea of my journey was visiting my pen friend from Hoerup. I had
corresponded with the girl for two months before my journey. Her name was Ditte. So, I
looked forward to seeing her.
The beginning of my journey was Copenhagen. And I was impressed by its unusual
architecture (a good start isn’t it?). The place of our destination was Sonderburg.
“Wow! It is a really long trip!” - I thought and our train started.
During the trip I looked out of the window without stopping. Yellow, red, brown trees and
bushes, green lawns, clear lakes sped past me. But the windmills delighted me most of all.
I saw them for the first time. We don’t have them in Russia and I was greatly impressed!
They were both on the land and in the water.
Four hours later we arrived in Sonderburg. There were a lot of people on the platform.
First of all, we met the teacher from Hoerup School who had invited us. She started
introducing us to our families. My only thought was: “Which of the girls is Ditte?”
But I need not have been so nervous. We recognized each other.
The next day we went to school by car. It took us 7 minutes to get there. On the way to
school I saw a lot of pupils going to school by bicycles. It turned out that the bicycle is
a very popular transport in Denmark.
All the pupils were very friendly and we chatted with them about everything. I am sure that
we found some common interests. I even can say that Danish pupils are more responsive
than English ones.
We had such a good time with Danish girls and our Russian students! It was fun to go
bowling and to eat ice-cream in Sonderburg, to take pictures of the North Sea with Ditte
and Louise, to watch Ditte and Catherine taking part in a handball match, to visit Louise’s
singing lesson and just have a perfect time at home.
Now I want to say “Thank you very much!” to all of them. I will never forget Denmark!
And, of course, I look forward to seeing our Danish friends in Zhukovsky next May. I am
sure that I will be able to show them all the charm of our town.
Lera Fenutina (15 years old)
One day Valentina Mikhailovna brought some letters to school. They were from Danish
children, who wanted to have pen-friends in our school.
I liked Eskild at first glance: he had a friendly look in the picture. He wrote to me about his
home, parents and his country.
The Danish students invited us to visit their school in our autumn holidays and,
of course, we accepted the invitation.
When we came to Sonderborg Eskild and his father met us at the station and brought us
home. There were candles in every room! Eskild's mother had cooked a duck and several
desserts for us. Everything was so tasty!
I stayed at Escild's home with Grisha and Nikita. The next morning we all together went to
Eskild’s school by the School bus. Everybody got a packed lunch.
The Danish school differs from ours a lot. They have 4 lessons every day. The lessons last 75
minutes each and there are 40 minute brakes between them. They start learning English in
the 5th form. And they don't have marks until they are Year 9 students! The school is so
clean that the pupils walk barefooted. They don't get homework! You can run outside
during breaks: the school has a huge territory. Boys and girls have separate P.E. lessons.
The boys have a male teacher and the girls – a female one.
After school Eskild's father showed us the island. We saw the North Sea, the
Danish-German border, the tree under which Andersen had written some of his fairy tales
and the tree where one famous military doctor, who had saved many lives, was buried
Also, we visited Eskild’ grandmother. She was a very kind woman, who had baked very
delicious pies for us and presented us with some articles about Andersen and one of his
stories in English.
The next day we moved to Grisha and Nikita’s pen pals, whose names were Soeren and
Nicklas. We also liked them very much. Soeren played PSP with us and Nicklas had many
funny pets: 2 ponies, a dog, a hamster and a guinea pig.
Before our departure our new friends arranged a concert and a disco for us. We prepared
food for the party ourselves and then we cleaned the kitchen. The boys made a presentation
about Andersen and the girls read some pages from his novels.
We were also on the stage singing Russian songs and dancing. We had a lot of fun in a
special Disco room. We didn't want to leave.
The last day of our stay in Denmark we spent in Copenhagen. We walked a lot in the very
heart of the city and enjoyed the planetarium.
Now I look forward to seeing Eskild with his friends in Zhukovsky.
I hope he will like our place too. I will do my best.
Maxim Nemirovsky (11 years old)
This autumn I had a chance to visit Denmark and it was amazing. Firstly, I was lucky to stay
only with one family for 5 days. My family live in Kegnaes, it is an island, so their house is
near to the beach. There are four of them in the family: father Henry, mother Birgitte, my
pen pel Kathrine (she is 13) and her elder sister Astrid (she is16). But, unfortunately, I didn’t
see Astrid because she was in the boarding school. It is a kind of school where you can decide
what you want to do in the future if you do not know yet. But not everybody can afford such
Well, my family was so kind, hospitable, and attentive to me and very interested in my life in
Russia. Of course, the parents had many questions to me but I answered all of them with
great pleasure. They told me so much about their country, style of life, their traditions, food
and politics. We spoke to each other only in English. In spite of the fact that they are Danish
their English was nice. Actually, I was surprised that every passer-by knew English when we
asked them about direction. It turned out that my Danish parents and Katherine are
Christians and we have much in common. Even the food was like in Russia so I did not feel
I‘d like to tell you about the way we spent our holidays in Denmark. As Danish pupils start at
8 o'clock I had to get up very early, about 6: 30. Then I washed and we had breakfast. There
were 2 variants: cereals (mueslis) or toasts with butter which taste in a different way (a bit
salty). Then Birgitte drove us to school. It took us 25 minutes to get to school. While going
there I could admire the scenery. One more thing: as we went to another island on both sides
of the road I could see much water. It was an incredible view. I could see many pupils going
by bicycle. The school was very big with long corridors and halls. I came to the conclusion
that it is not so popular to have high buildings and houses in Denmark. So the school was
modern, with all technical equipment.
We visited lessons of Danish, English, PE, Chemistry and many others. They were very
interesting but it was so difficult for us to study for 75 minutes as we are used to have 45
minute lessons. The same about the breaks: they seemed endless to me and, moreover, I felt
constantly cold as all the pupils had to spend their breaks outside to fresh their brains, and
the weather was windy, sometimes rainy. In that school every class has their own section.
How huge and beautiful their sport grounds are. What really surprised me was when the
teacher said:" Lunch now", everybody took their packed food out of their school bags. Of
course, we had lunch too. And all the pupils started eating, except the teacher. I can add (I
found it out from my family) that if you want to work as a teacher you need to know at least
3 subjects. I think it is a high paid job. So, after school we went home by bus. Every pupil has
their own travel cards which make their trip home free. Isn't it wonderful?
During the whole week we visited different places: Sonderborg where we went shopping,
Dubbol (a historical museum) where we learnt about the Danish-German war of 1864. We
also went bowling together with our pen pals and it was awesome. In the evening we talked
for hours exchanging the information, discussing problems. When our Danish friends visited
us we played table tennis in the activity room of our house, and had much fun.
I am so grateful to my Danish family for the warm welcome. After leaving our families we set
out to the capital of Denmark - Copenhagen. It's a pity we couldn't see the famous Little
Mermaid but we visited the Planetarium. It was marvellous. Huge stars were above our
heads like in the night and they seemed to be so close. Then we enjoyed a 3d video about sea
monsters and it was amazing. After that we returned to our hotel PARK INN. The next
morning we went to the swimming pool and to the sauna to be fresh and energetic for the
rest of the day.
Such a nice trip we had. I think Denmark is a green country with splendid fields. It is also a
place where the government thinks about their people and, what is more
important, helps them. It has a high level of life.
In conclusion, I want to say that it was a great opportunity for me to see Denmark, a modern
European kingdom. But for my teacher of British Studies my dream to visit this country
would not have come true. I thank her very much.
Nastya Chekareva (17 years old)