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A fairytale journey
SOUTHLANDERS' TALES --- STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
Libby Davis, who swapped school at James
Hargest College for a year abroad in Denmark,
talks to reporter Louise Berwick.
Southlanders are a globe trotting bunch, so we have started a new
series called Southlanders' Tales. We're looking for Southlanders
overseas doing interesting things, or living in interesting places. We'd
also look at former Southlanders achieving real success elsewhere in
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Dreaming of Denmark: Exchange student Libby Davis, 16, from Invercargill, is
spending a year in Denmark.
Where are you?
I am living in north west
Denmark in a place called
What are you doing there? Iam
an AFS exchange student, so I am
studying at high school here for a
Why did you choose to go
I chose to go to Denmark because
it is a beautiful country. Two of
my friends came here on
exchange and I had heard nothing
but good things. Also Danish
people enjoy a good standard of
How long have you been living
I have been living here for three
months, I will return home in
What is your favourite thing
My favourite thing about
Glyngøre is that the beach is just
a couple of steps away from my
back door. With 406 islands in
Denmark, you don't have to go far
to find water.
What is the weirdest or coolest
thing, you have seen while you
have been in Glyngøre?
The coolest thing I have seen in
Denmark so far was the house of
Hans Christian Andersen, who
was a Danish author and poet. He
wrote many famous fairy tales,
including The Little Mermaid and
The Princess and the Pea. I found
this very interesting because I
had grown up with these kinds of
books and didn't know he was
What is the worst and best
thing you have eaten?
The worst thing I have eaten is
leverpostej (liver paste). It is very
popular in Denmark and is often
served as a spread for Rugbrød
(rye bread). The best thing I have
eaten would have to be frikadeller
(Danish meatball) which is
another very traditional Danish
What does your typical day
My typical day involves going to
school because that is one of the
perks of being an exchange
student and studying abroad.
School is very different over here.
All your work is done on your
own laptop instead of pen and
I also train in judo, go to the gym
and Danish language classes,
hang out with friends and I am
learning how to cook Danish food
from my host mum.
What do you miss about
The thing I miss about Southland
would have to be watching the
Stags. Go the mighty Stags!
What don't you miss about
I don't miss the constant wind and
rain that Southland is so famous
What was the hardest thing to
get used to in Denmark?
I think one of the hardest things
was the cultural and language
differences. Also, the fact that
they have communal showers in
the school changing rooms after
Can you speak the language
Since I have been here I have
learnt a lot and can understand a
lot of Danish, but I am still
learning more and more of the
language and the grammar every
What advice do you have for
other Southland teenagers?
Get out there and don't let fear of
going outside of your comfort
zone and leaving everyone behind
prevent you from following your
dreams and goals. Your point of
view on the world certainly
changes once you have been given
the opportunity to go out on your
own and experience it all.
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