(Cliquez ici pour lire cet article en français.) Earlier this month, on January 6th, the Frustrated Nester family enthusiastically took part in one of our favourite traditions: la Galette des Rois. Our Galette des Rois: puff pastry with a frangipane filling. A bean (fève) is hidden inside - whoever finds it wears the crown. You’ve… Continue reading Re-Bonjour to my Version Française
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
That's the Christmas decorations packed away. Will they be on the same top shelf in the same wardrobe next year? Probably. But you never know... We keep things compact, just one box, always ready to fit in a shipment. I'm not a big fan of ornaments for ornaments' sake anyway, or seasonal tat that we… Continue reading Expat Life: Making Space for Stories
Pop open some bubbles and raise a glass with me! Today is my 10-year expativersary! You can't go through a decade of non-stop transitions and culture shock without learning a thing or two.
Read on to find out why I relish expat goodbyes, and for a big announcement!
I hope by now you've seen my building excitement for #MayontheMove2019 over on Instagram. It's building slowly, but I can't wait to see what connections will emerge! If you're still not quite sure what it's all about, read on for a primer and some inspiration. Depending on what you choose to follow, you might well… Continue reading #MayontheMove2019 Inspiration
Something brewing... If you’ve been following me on Instagram you know there’s been something brewing. It’s finally time for me to stop with the Big Talk and take action. Before I started using Instagram, back in 2015, I figured I certainly had more than enough social media in my life with the pernicious Facebook. But… Continue reading Announcing #MayontheMove2019!
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