Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Little mini-update

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 03:16
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Scenery - Sundown)
I've been to Denmark for the day today. "Denmark" in this case means Brønderslev, Hjørring, and Hirtshals. This means that I had to get up at 6am, and I'm only going to bed now, probably around 03:30am when I finish this post. Yes, I'm exhausted, thanks for asking.

The trip was nice, though. It's always nice to spend a day traveling, and I also got to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant I had not been to before. Delicious food + good prices + friendly waiter is a good combination. It might be worth visiting Brønderslev again later just for this, really.

Other than that, the day was spent doing the kind of regular everyday shopping that is simply a lot cheaper in Denmark, so there's nothing much to tell about that.

Danes and numbers, though... They literally say "three times twenty" when they mean 60. "Four times twenty" is 80, of course. The real madness comes between the numbers that can be divided in full twenties. 50 and 70 are literally said as "half three times twenty" and "half four times twenty", respectively.

How does this even make sense? Do they honestly expect "half three times twenty" to compute in a foreigner's brain as "three times twenty minus half a twenty"? Because yes, that's how their numbers work.

Even though I've known about this from a young age, it's still not automatic to me. Whenever Danes say a number greater than 50 to me, I feel momentarily lost until I've had a second to work out what the heck that was, again.

Now it's bedtime, though. I guess I'm going to fall asleep rather quickly... Good night!
zimena: Cross-country skier Johannes Høsflot Klæbo looking even more gorgeous than usual. (Default)
Look what I found! This is such a unique videoclip, honestly. (Okay, maybe I shouldn't claim that I "found" it, because I got a tip from someone on Tumblr that it existed... and I'll be honest and admit that I would probably never have come across this by myself).

Johannes, in a video from 2011. If the video was made around the same time it was uploaded to Youtube, he's 15 years old here. What's more, he's trying to speak English, and filling in with Norwegian words when the English ones escape him. Look:

(Apparently you need to click in the video area for the video to load properly, I don't know why, but please do :))

I think what I love most here, apart from the fact that this clip still exists online, is seeing that he apparently had this interest in filming things and making videos for a long time. So, in a way it makes what he's doing now with his vlog even more wonderful, because it's so clearly something he enjoys - not a PR stunt or making a good image for himself or anything like that - just something he genuinely likes doing, because he did similar things even at 15. Again, a little fact that gives me the impression that he's very open about his personality, very honest and unposed and real.

Also, one more thing I like here is the fact that I can recognise something about his current behaviour and speaking style even in this clip. Sure, he's younger here, so there are a lot of differences, but something about the general tone in the video is still the same now. I don't know if I can even explain why that feeling is so clear to me, but it is, and it's great to see.

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