About: 2017

I have lived in Denmark since summer 2008. I came to see how schools work in another country and to learn another language. I applied to a lot of different countries. I did not know anything about Denmark when I applied.

This is blog about what integration in Denmark feels like and how the culture and politics of Denmark affects me (and the people I feel affinity with).

I started out in a small town called Fredericia (or F-town, to keep google robots off my lawn), worked in a normal public school. Once I had comprehensively decided that I wanted to leave and go try another country, I met and eventually fell in love with a Danish guy. We moved to a suburb of Aarhus in the summer of 2014 and I now work in a private school. We are expecting our first child early in 2017.



14 thoughts on “About: 2017

  1. Hi! Thanks for your comments on my blog. I just finally had the chance to check your blog out. I love that you’re teaching Danish kids in English. Fascinating. I am thinking of going into teaching – I think it is what I really want to do, though I have done other things in my professional life thus far. Would love to talk to you more about it.


  2. Hi, my first visit to your blog. I like it already- finally some truths about “happy” Denmark. Refreshing!


  3. Hi, young lady…First, you are a very effective writer. Clear, cogent and compelling. I now make it a point to read your thoughts. Don’t stop writing.

    Second, I have lived in Denmark since 2001. Unlike you, I have to be here — three kids from a failed marriage to a Danish woman. You have already in your short time zeroed in on some of the Orwellian, Kafkaesque aspects to this homogeneous culture. Very good insights.

    Keep writing!


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  5. Thank you for sharing your experience!

    I’m a 30-something American who is currently in the dreamer phase of moving to Copenhagen with my partner. We love it there but it’s a whole other game when you consider making a life in a new country instead of a vacation slide show (a slide show, btw, we love and share a little too zealously with captive friends).

    Your blog is a wonderful glimpse into your experiences of really making the full spectrum of relocating to Denmark happen. I’m grateful to have found it and wish you the best. If we ever make it, I’ll make it a point to say hello and pick your brain for coffee recommendations besides The Coffee Collective, where I banged my head on an ill-placed, low-hanging light fixture twice in one morning and for the first time reconsidered the whole “living in Copenhagen” thing. (Of course, with resolve that’s so easily tested, perhaps it’s best for now to live vicariously through expat blogs…)

    Thank you for sharing your story!


  6. This is the only place I could find to that would allow me to comment. But I read your piece on banks.. I had to get a bank account in London as an adult dane and it was hell. It took weeks and many letters from my employer etc. And I could totally forget about getting a visa card..I have lived in a number of countries and England was the worst in terms of getting a bank account. Germany was the easiest.


    1. My Swedish friend said a similar thing. I am NOT looking forward to the shit I need to go through with banks and houses and the authorities when I finally return. It’s going to be horrible.


  7. Thanks for the advice on how to survive the tough season in a foreign country. I realise I am Jon trying to become Varys sort of striving to be Catherine.

    Being a born and bread Dane I have 30 something years of experience with the Danish weather so though my expat being is in the UAE, some of your comments on culture chok and getting through the bad season are simply spot on.

    For 6 months from May to November we struggle with the bad weather. It is too hot during the Day, it is too hot during the Night. You stay indoors and run from your car to your cooled down home. The Outside is a hostile environment and the children are getting more and more pale. By september people are starting to get apatic.

    Then finally November arrives, the nights become bearable and you build up expectations for the next 6 months. People become more relaxed and talk about camping and exploring and you will be looking forward to wearing that nice decorative jumper. But if you were expecting a lovely cool ”winter” you will be disappointed it is always a bit too hot and a bit too sunny – all year round.

    Cheers Hav Frue


    1. I did. I don’t know how to feel about it. I am glad that hygge-racism isn’t allowed in the UK because it makes people feel uncomfortable and hurts… but it WAS a mistake and he did apologise. Seems like an official warning would have been more appropriate.

      ETA, it’s not like firing him has solved racism, if you see what I mean.


  8. thanks for stopping by my blog. as a member of the great floating tribe I always enjoy reading about expat experiences. I enjoy your blog – you have a fun way of describing the things you observe. happy blogging


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