The Family Bornhardtís trip to Canada
Denmark visits Virden, by Elizabeth Hipwell, Virden, Manitoba.
Interview of Peter in The VC EYE, Springbreak 1997
In the story we have made some supplements. Calgary Flame in Saddledome

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Peter in the tropic garden in Drumheller.
Peter playing succer when he was 6 years old.
Winther on Malurtvej 10, Viborg, Denmark, January 1996.
Peter behind the wheel in the car in front of Virden & District Community Recreation Centre.
Peter's father and his opposite neighboor with their Satterday snaps.
Peter, his sister and brother on the Saddledome Sunday the 6th. April, Calgary, Alberta.

Please Note: The VC EYE is School News from Virden Collegiate Institute, Virden, Manitoba. They have the slogan: "You be tha judge!"

Peter in the tropic garden in Drumheller, 4th. April 1997:

Imagine being an 18 year old in a new country many miles from home. That is what it is like for Peter Bornhardt.
Peter is from Viborg, a community of 50,000 citizens in the middle of Denmark.
Did you know that LEGO is made in Denmark?

Peter is part of a 10 month exchange program and he is living with the Alstons.

You can read more about Peter on Peter's home-page

Peter has played soccer all his life and 2 years ago he started playing roller skate hockey. Here in Canada he plays football, hockey, and badminton and he might play soccer and baseball. In Canada, we play sports with the school. In Denmark, you play on your own time with no connection to the school.

The Guy to the left on the picture is Peter playing succer when he was 6 years old.

One of he other differences Peter has noticed here in Canada is the weather. He says the weather is not bad but he gets tired of the cold. (Can you blame him?). In Denmark, there has not been snow this winter.
That is not correct. See the winter pictures from Peter's home January 1996. (The date on the pictures is not correct)
In Canada, the calss go to the teacher. In Denmark it is the opposite. You stay in the same classroom and different teachers come to you to teach with the exception of gym, etc. Their classes are also shorter than ours being only 45 minutes each with about 5 or 6 a day. School in Denmark is grades K-9. You can go on to higher levels of grade 10. If you take grade 10, you go on more trips.
Peter went to France to pick grapes for 2 weeks. That would be a unique field trip!

To get a drivers license in Denmark you must be 18 years old. For your first license you can pay up to $2500 and after 10 years you renew for about $50.
There is no "Learners License" which Peter finds sad because he likes the idea.

It is Peter behind the wheel in the car in front of Virden & District Community Recreation Centre.
While we were in Virden Anne-Sofie, Kristian and Peter were playing Hockey in this hall. We called it "Virden Saddledome".

The legal age to buy alcohol at bars is 18 years. But when you are 12 or 14 you can go to the supermarket and buy a 24 of beer and just say it is for your dad! Now wouldnít that be nice! You can get into Discos when you are 14, they donít care too much.

The Picture to the left: Peter's father and their opposite neighboor with their Satterday snaps.

Peterís mum, Grethe, runs a nursery school for kids aged 4 & up. Knud-Erik, his dad, is an engineer. He is the manager of a division in the company called Hedeselskabet. Peterís brother (Kristian) and his sister (Anne-Sofie) are 14 and in grade 8 (they are twins).

The typical Saturday night in Denmark is something like this. You start off drinking at say Peterís house. Then you play computer games, usually soccer. There are normally 22 players, but you may see 44! At about midnight you go to the bars and discos. You hang out there until you eventually make it home. Sunday you sleep all day.

Peter still hopes to attend a NHL game before he leaves in July. His biggest goal however, is to participate in the graduation ceremonies.

The picture to the left: Peter, his sister and brother on the Saddledome Sunday the 6th. April, Calgary, Alberta.

Before the game started all the doors to the hall was closed and a singer sang the National Anthem for US and after that the National Anthem for Canada.

It was a special experience to watch the public totally silent while the anthem for US was singing. Most of the public were singing together with the singer when he sang the Canadian National Anthem, but it was difficult to hear for the speakers.
After this ceremony the doors was opened again and the rest of the public could enter their seats.

In the middle of the hall there were two places from where firecrackers flew out in the room when Calgary Flames scored.

It happened only once when we were there - The result was 1-2 - Chicago was the winner. But after the match when they nominated the players of the fight there was one guy from the Calgary Flames, and then the firecracker came.

In the first period the players made shows with fighting and so on. In the second period they mixed show and fight. But in the third period they made a real fight.

On the picture to the left you see a mascot. This mascot dressed like a bear ran around in the hall and tried to get the public in the right mood.

Time has gone so fast for Peter that he hasnít had time to be homesick. He is looking forward to seeing his family when they come to visit at Spring Break. Through his trip Peter has learned that he loves his family especially his little brother.

He gives this advice to any one going on this type of trip, "Keep in contact with your best friend. You donít have time to write to everyone."

Best of luck in the future Peter and we hope you enjoy the remainder of your stay.

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The Family Bornhardt
26. April 1998