According to a study done at the University of Leicester, Denmark is the happiest nation in the world. Countries with good health care and access to universities were more likely to be happy. We do not have to bust our butts — working two jobs while we are in school — and this definitely helps on the stress level.
As I am sitting here writing this article, I only have a short amount of time till I leave this country and go back to the Faroe Islands. It is a bittersweet feeling; on one side, I am so excited to see my family and friends again, and to start thinking and dreaming in my native language is going to be nice. On the other side, I have grown accustomed to many things here, everything being so convenient, and being able to get whatever your heart desires, like Splenda and frozen yogurt. These things will definitely be missed. After living in such a big place (by my standards) for a whole year, and now going back to a town with a population of 5000 people, it is going to take some adjusting.
Moving to a city with a population of close to 1.5 million, the changes have been too numerous to count. It was quite the culture shock. I arrived nervous, shy, and overthinking everything; now I just go with the flow. And, hey, after this, what could be scarier? Everything from meeting my first American (very friendly and loud, but not so easy to get to know as you might first have thought) to my first burrito.
I leave with an amazing experience, a broader perspective, and many funny memories, knowing that there are wonderful things beyond the shores of the Faroe Islands, where I will have no more Target or Walmart in which to lose myself (and my money) for hours, no more palm trees, no hot sun. Time to go back to rough weather, stunning mountains, my lovely family and friends.
Goodbye, San Diego. Thanks for an amazing year. ■