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Returning to Denmark to live has given me some time to reflect on things that must really stand out if you are either a foreigner or visitor to Denmark. On the road 1/ Cup holders on bikes – yes, we use bicycles that much. Either this says something about how much time we actually spend … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Quintessentially, unashamedly Danish to the core
As Easter is approaching it occurred to me how differently it is celebrated around the world. It’s yet another festive season originally rooted in religion – crucifixion, Lent and suchlike – which a lot of people clearly no longer relate to as they stuff their faces with chocolate, get legless on Easter brew and enjoy … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Surviving the Danish Easter
Perched on the deck of the world’s oldest fully-rigged sailing ship still in operation, I watch a bunch of 16 to 20-years-olds crawling like monkeys up the ship’s towering masts and through the rigging, setting the sails as we wave goodbye to the island of Bequia in the Caribbean Sea. Following a successful sail-powered exit … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Learning about life at the ‘aboard’ing school
Fresh from being roped into participating in a random, medieval-themed, open-air play on the island of Langeland – complete with live horses, evil brethren and noble king’s men – I am reminded of how frequently historical activities, particularly of the Middle Ages kind, are a part of everyday life in Denmark. Having lived in a … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: History draws a crowd
So, my forever evolving journey as a ‘global citizen’ has yet again taken me north of the equator. This recent change has invoked fresh impressions of how utterly quickly and deeply your life can alter by simply changing your geographical location. I find this notion incredibly exhilarating. Life or university skills? Years ago when I … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: New territory, new possibilities
Living 17,500 odd kilometres away from your birth country and close relatives, as I do, can make it challenging to see any positives about that distance: arduous long-haul flights, obnoxious time differences, a lack of regular catch-up time with loved ones, and quality time being replaced by Skype calls. Yet, as they say: everything comes … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: The upside of separation
Summer has landed! Kind of. When the Danish summer rolls out her red (albeit underused!) carpet – it really is incredibly lovely. Perfect mild temperatures. Of course there’s always the chance that the Danish summer only seems that much better because two weeks prior it was 10 degrees and hailing. Homegrown goodness Denmark produces some … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: The taste of summer
So, as summer is supposedly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, winter is supposedly approaching in the Southern Hemisphere. It appears, though, that we are getting to a point where neither winter nor summer is anything like what they used to be – regardless of where in the world you reside. Heatwave … again Not many … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Global roasting, global stupidity
Twelve years ago, trends and social currents between countries appeared to have more variation. Information didn’t travel as fast as it does now, and it showed. I remember calling Denmark (via dial-up) from New Zealand in the early 2000s, laughing as I recounted how Kiwis didn’t rake up their garden leaves – they used a … Continue reading A Dane abroad: Same same… and no different
So, after years of living abroad, you decide to return ‘home’. You (and everyone else) assume this is going to be easy breezy because you are just going home, right? Only that years of living differently has most likely led to a fair bit of personal evolvement at your end. And nothing like ‘going home’ … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Sometimes coming home’s the hardest thing to do
I was reminded of the relaxed attitude to nudity in Denmark following a recent trip to the local pool. Naked truth Changing rooms are communal spaces where people often take time to have a chat in the nude as if it is nothing. I saw this carefree attitude further demonstrated whilst watching a Danish comedy … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Call this a ‘naked’ civil service!
As the dark days of December grow darker, the lights of Copenhagen grow brighter! The cold environment can feel hostile, yet every season has positive notes worth appreciating! For a Dane who has spent many a Christmas in bright sunny places with plastic trees, summer salads and sunnie-clad Santas, Christmas in this corner of the … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Rocking that wet raccoon look
I thought my English was good when I first moved to New Zealand. But it turns out there’s a big difference between writing essays at school and having real-life interactions in another language. Eek! Nevertheless, once you get over the initial pitfalls, and past a few awkward situations, there’s light at the end of the … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Fluency takes time, but it’s worth the effort!
Years of absence from Denmark filled my head with dreamy images of biking: flowy dresses, the sun shining and ‘gentle breezes playing with my hair’ kind of stuff. But however cruisy the biking appears in Denmark, it takes practice and inside knowledge to join the two-wheeler club successfully. Ready, not-so-steady, go Unlike a country such … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: The cycling’s never quite how you remembered it!
In other stories, there’s a bomb scare at Copenhagen Airport, bison return to Denmark and Forum get ready to host a beer, whisky, gin and rum festival