A Chain of New Experiences

Last week, I traveled to Denmark with three of my friends because one of their families owns a farm there and I thought it would be an interesting experience. I was right. I have to call last week's experience “A Chain of New Experiences”, if I were to give it a name that is. The first new thing I experienced was hitchhiking 400 km. Because it was the four of us, we split up into two teams and then decided to have a race to see who would arrive in Denmark first. Some of it was how I imagined and some of it wasn't. We did stand on the side of the road with our thumbs up, but we also went to gas stations to ask people to give us a ride when they were filling up their tanks. Well, I should say Tau asked people at gas stations; I still have the problem of approaching strangers in those kind of situations. Hitchhiking took the whole day, I thought we had to sleep at a gas station, but in the end it worked out and we arrived around midnight. The people who picked us up were all very nice and all had previously hitchhiked themselves, all of them men. I assume women are too afraid to pick up hitchhikers.

The second new thing I experienced was being on a farm. It's actually quite ridiculous for my not being on a farm before knowing that California has many farms and that Cerritos used to be one as well, but it's true. The family also raised pigs and the smell was noticeable right when I got out of the car. Luckily enough, I saw my friend and his family loading pigs into a big truck the next morning. I looked through the window of one of the pig stables and didn't think it was very brutal, but I haven't done any research on animal farming. They said that it's illegal to give the pigs hormones in Denmark which makes me think the farming laws in Denmark are pretty strict. In addition, I spoke with my friend's dad about agriculture and organic farming. It turns out that farmers in Denmark are like doctors, they have to go to school for 6 years. Another new thing I experienced that belongs in this section was riding a tractor. I woke up early in the morning because they said one of their employees was going to plow the field and I wanted to sit in the tractor with him. It was very interesting even though it lasted for only 10 minutes. I always thought that there was a machine that turned when farmers plowed their fields, but instead there's just this crescent shaped metal thing that's dragged through the soil and the momentum from the tractor is enough so that the soil turns over.

The third new thing I did was hug a wind turbine. Actually, as we were on the road towards Denmark, I saw many wind farms, which was amazing to me; they're much larger than people think. So there was a wind turbine near my friend's farm and he said we could actually walk up to it and touch it. One of the things that I wanted to do before I die was hug a wind turbine, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity. The next evening we walked to it; it took about 10 minutes and it was just in the middle of a field. The wind turbine makes a little noise when it spins and when we were standing right below the rotor blades, I heard some sort of swoosh noise which I assume is produced from the blades cutting through the air.

In short, I learned and experienced many new things during the trip, which is surprising because it was only a few days. I realize now even more that I'm too disconnected with nature. I have no idea where food comes from; I am completely disconnected from the process.