Calling all expats, repats, immigrants, internationals, and global nomads! Last year I put the #MayontheMove Instagram challenge out into the world for the first time, and I was so chuffed with how it turned out! I made new connections, built a community, and told parts of my story in a whole new way. At that… Continue reading Announcing #MayontheMove2020!
For the last few weeks, rails in Danish shops have been fully stocked with children's costumes, alongside stacked pyramids of wooden barrels, while in supermarkets there are corners packed with colourful sweets. Roll out the barrel... Exchange the wooden barrels for orange and black decorations, and you'd think it was Halloween-in-early-spring. In fact, the event… Continue reading Fastelavn and Other Frolicking Feasts
Does the term 'bucket list' raise your hackles? Bear with me, and I'd love to hear what you think in the comments. I was chatting to a friend in Congo who was what some might call a 'lifer' in the expat context; others would say immigrant. She was settled in the country for the foreseeable… Continue reading My Jutland Bucket List
Just north of Esbjerg there’s an unassuming car park, surrounded by anti-tank barricades* littered on the sand. There’s a utilitarian sign with distinctive-looking yellow lettering, which seems only to mark the dune on which it stands. But a path cuts through the dune. The only hint of where you're going is a sliver of eerie… Continue reading Esbjerg Days Out: Tirpitz
I learned something important the first time I stayed at the Paris Ritz. The first time?? Okay, there was just that one time. But it taught me everything about the meaning of luxury travel. That weekend really marked the beginning of our expat adventure. MT had already started his job in southern France while I… Continue reading Comfortable Luxury at Henne Kirkeby Kro
We’re not quite in the habit yet, though the mornings are light again. There’s always ‘something’: someone’s sick, or I have to drive straight off to an appointment, or there’s a bulky planet costume to take with us, or we have to drop MT at work, or, more truthfully, two out of three of us… Continue reading Denmark Sketch: The School Run on Two Wheels
A few weeks ago (before end-of-winter illnesses and school holidays) we were invited to Esbjerg's rådhus - city hall - for a welcome event with the mayor. I went along with the kids, despite somehow thinking that after 6 months of living here I barely felt like a welcome was necessary. (Only a serial expat would… Continue reading Esbjerg: What Do You Know?
Back in October people kept asking me what we would do for Christmas. It was a matter of days since we'd moved into our house, I'd had no routine for months, and boxes were still piled in barely-furnished rooms. I would have been quite happy pretending that Christmas wasn't going to be a thing until… Continue reading Our Danish-ish Christmas
'Are you coming or not?' MT has promised the kids a visit to the pool this rainy Sunday. 7 yo is very keen, but 5 yo is resisting. I bring up pictures from the pool's website, showing splash pools surrounded by brightly coloured fountains and play areas, and he agrees to go along, although still… Continue reading Denmark Sketch: At the Pool
It's a month since we arrived in Denmark and if you're following on Instagram or Facebook you know that we've already done a lot of exploring round these parts. Meanwhile we've also been getting our heads around our new life and lifestyle; although we've yet to fully settle in, we're already getting a sense of… Continue reading Family Life and Fitting In – A Month of Danish Living