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streeturchin
« on: May 06, 2005 03:39:33 PM »

I'm traveling to Denmark with school this summer and I wanted to make my host a gift, and something for her family as well. The problem is all I know about her is that she's a girl about the age of 16, and I know nothing about her family. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2005 07:57:52 PM »

What about making her a bag and fill it with things she and her family would enjoy. Candy (if customs will let food across), cool pens and/pencils, stationary (you could make an interesting note pads or cards and envelopes), embroider a dishcloth, or add nice hand lotion and/or soap to the bag.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2005 10:48:20 PM »

maybe you could do something (a blanket for example?) that incorporates both yours and her countries' flags? i don't know what denmark's looks like...but that could be cool.

i'm not full of ideas, but that's so cool that you're studying abroad! that sounds like such an amazine experience.  Smiley
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streeturchin
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2005 07:43:23 AM »

thanks to you both, those are both great ideas! i was actually thinking about weaving a bag (but now perhaps making a blanket) with the danish flag on it (it's red with a white cross pushed to the left side, i think like england's only reversed colors). the candy part is also a great idea, when they come over here they always bring their licorice for us.
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2005 03:35:27 PM »

Hi, I live in Denmark! Which city are you going to?
Well, I would say bring them special AMERICAN stuff, stuff they can't get here.
I think they'd appreciate things that's special about the US that we can't get here - I don't know if I'd tell you to go for "international" stuff, candy and so - 'cause we might also have it here.
Have you ever seen the girl? her style and so, do you know if she has siblings?

You can always ask if there's anything Smiley
- malle
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2005 03:44:49 PM »

Bring food or gifts that are special to your home.  I live in New England and have brough chocolate covered cranberries, locally made chocolates, or Boston Red Sox shirts to overseas hosts.  As some others have suggested, put all this in a blanket or tote that you make.

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2005 03:40:27 AM »

thanks for more ideas! i just got home yesterday from my trip. i ended up giving my host a keep lousiville weird shirt and her parents a derby cookbook (i decided closer to time there was no way i had time to make things). i did end up bringing them food- a five lb. jar of peanut butter (our teacher said they didn't have a lot there, and it's a staple in my american household) and packets of kool aid. they loved it.

malle- i was with a school near (in?) roskilde in tgerup but stayed in sengelse. other kids stayed in copenhagen, vaddelev (i think that was the name), roskilde, jyllinge, and a few other places. i'm glad i brought kool aid, because apparently they've never had it. and her host family bought marshmellows and i showed them how to roast it one night (i'm not sure if it's just her family or many danish families that had never done it before). and i'd just like to say that you are crazy lucky to live in such a cool country. and to have access to chocolate sandwiches for breakfast (one of our favorite parts of the trip, all of the food)! where in denmark do you live?
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2005 09:03:44 AM »

Hi!
Great, for how long did you stay there?
Yeah, I actually have never tasted peanutbutter or seen it any stores except when they have American themes and so... What's kool aid?
Marshmallow-roasting Huh is common yeah..hehe!
Chocolate sandwiches? hahahahahahahaha.... okay. I stick to cereals though  Grin

Did you taste rugbrd (rye bread, I think it's called in Eng.?)
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streeturchin
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2005 11:33:55 AM »

i was there for three great weeks. koolaid is a powder that you put in water and add sugar to. it's a really sugary fake juice. i tasted a lot of bread, i don't think any rye unless it's that danish bread with seeds adn stuff in it that's a dark brown. where in DK do you live?
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