Martyna: Martyna Papartyna
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Denmark, etc.
My name is Martyna and I am from Lithuania. I moved to Denmark in August 2010 just after my graduation in university, I packed my suitcase, parents gave me 1000 euro and said when money finish and I will not have a job I will come back to home. It’s my second year when I live in Denmark and it looks that it worked out.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I always liked writing my thoughts about everything what is around me. When I went to Holland as exchange student I created this blog “Martyna-Papartyna” it was easier to keep my family and friends on the loop what I am doing so my first posts in this blog was in Lithuanian language. When I moved to Denmark again I wanted my family and friends to see what I see so I started writing again in Lithuanian, when one day my non-Lithuanian friend asked to write in English so this is how it started English version of my blog.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
It is really hard to decide as all the posts I am writing with a great passion and inspiration. The post about public transportation was very angry post I just typed it and left without any pictures which I always like to add; post about how to meet a Man in Copenhagen was one of the most funny stories so it came as suggestion for single ladies; and of course I could not forget the post about Danish winter and stereotypes of Danes. This one was fun to write because it is just so true.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Denmark differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Before coming to Denmark I thought that it will be easy to adapt because Lithuania and Denmark is not so far from each other and the climate is similar but of course if I am still writing about the things which surprises or annoys me that means it is so different what I used to. I can say I became am a bit Danish too. I am biking everywhere and Danes are more relaxed so do I become more relaxed. And of course I still do miss Lithuanian food. And I could say that now I am Lithuanian with some Danish habits.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Denmark? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Of course I was not prepared at all I just bought a ticket and came without any clue about anything. Even though if someone would said that it is so extremely hard to find a place to live I would think “it cannot be so hard as they say that doesn’t make any sense and I will figure out everything when I am there”. And I am really grateful for people which I know that let me to stay with them for a longer time than I expected because it was really hard to find where to live.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Every week I experience something crazy, funny and exciting. Some of those stories you can find in my blog. But most memorable story was how in swimming pool guardian lady didn’t let me go into swimming pool with dry hair. Because I can lose hair in swimming pool and it can stuck into filters. That did not make sense for me as I had my hair in high bun and the reason for bun was that I didn’t want to get them wet while swimming. But lady insisted me to wet them. I looked with desperate face to the swimming pool and saw many ladies swimming with a loose hair. I tried to explain her why I don’t want to do it but she said it is a rule. The situation looked too chaotic. And I never came back to that swimming pool again.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Denmark?
- Bring as much money as you can. The life is expensive here; rent and food prices are really high. When you will get a job it will be much easier.
- Buy a bike. Public transportation is also pricy. So a bike will become your best friend, with a nice bike have and a good lock. It is nice to bike around and experience the city.
- Don’t expect to find Danish friends quickly; it requires time and patience to become a friend of a Dane.
How is the expat community in Denmark? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Most of the people with whom I am friends with are not Danes; mostly they are Lithuanians and other nationality people. And there are plenty expect communities just need to search in the internet or ask some friends.
How would you summarize your expat life in Denmark in a single, catchy sentence?
Crazy, wild, liquorices taste and wind blowing.