One thing you must learn when coming to Denmark is the Danish feeling of hygge. An all-inclusive term difficult to translate, hyyge represents that warm, cozy feeling you get sitting around a wood fire in the midst of a winter storm. The Danes revel in this experience, and last night I experienced a very hygge dinner party.
After a day of lectures I head out to Gevning, a small town outside Roskilde. My good friends Lauren and Kaitlyn live here as does their neighbor Ava. The plan is dinner and a haircut, a trim I desperately need as I am beginning to resemble a Q-tip. As I arrive with my payment (a bottle of wine) I am surprised to find Ava’s host parents home. I thought this was just a student thing, but apparently it is more. Ca and Leonard, Lauren and Kaitlyn’s host parents, will come later and bring their son Simon. What a party!
We students started off doing the cooking, and Ava as the only decent cook in the kitchen surrounded by three goofs is a recipe for disaster (read fun). By the time we finish preparing everything we have lovingly teased each other and made quite the mess. By this point I am terribly hungry, and I am excited to sit down to eat. Ava rolls out dinner, a multi-course meal. There is an excellent bean casserole as the main dish, a salad, salsa and chips, and a still-baking pumpkin roll that fills the room with its luscious scent. Mmm, yummy! We toast with a glass of wine, and the feast begins.
Sadly we have class in the morning, and after finishing up dinner we quickly clean up and Ava gives me a quick haircut. By this time it’s late, and since I’ve missed the most recent bus I decide to crash on Ava’s floor.
A successful night indeed!