Days one and two

Meeting my dad at the Minneapolis airport before our flight to Amsterdam.
84 Attemosevej, 2840 Holte. This was my childhood home in Denmark.
Vangeboskole, Holte. This was my elementary school in Denmark.
A farmhouse that sits adjacent to Vangeboskole, my old school, and shares the road to the school forest.
A horse grazing in the pasture just beside the school grounds.
Me standing in Copenhagen on our second day in Denmark, in the rain.
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, one of the harbors where sailors used to stop in the old days to get drunk and get into a fight. Now it is a charming section of town filled with lovely cafes and shops.
A row of bikes in Copenhagen, where there are more bicyclists than drivers in cars. This is a typical bike ridden by Danes, with a basket in front and a cargo rack in the back.
A beautiful ship in the harbor near Amalieborg Slot.  Beautiful ships and boats made of wood are abundant in the harbors of Denmark.
A traditional Danish hot dog, or pølse, with toasted onions and pickles. Although I was not able to eat more than 3/4 of it, it was incredible.
Our little rental car, a Corsa Eco. It ran on diesel fuel and had incredible gas mileage. A little car like this is typical in Copenhagen and around Denmark.

Photos of my Denmark trip

Grasses in Skagen, the northernmost portion of Denmark.
This is the school forest at Vangeboskole, which is just as magical now as it was when I was 7 years old.
The famous scuplture based on HC Andersen’s fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, sits on Langelinie in Copenhagen.
A typical Danish mailbox
The little village where HC Andersen was born in Odense, on the island of Fyn. His original house is now a museum and the rest is a real village where people still live today. It’s a real-life fairy tale!
Guards are Amalieborg Slot, the home of Denmark’s royalty.
A street on the island of Aeroe, a tiny island in Denmark. This part of town has been preserved to maintain its original appearance from 1680. People really live here, and it’s a little fairy tale town. It’s an absolutely lovely place to visit.
Egeskov Slot, a castle that is privately owned by a family who has owned it since the 1600’s. People live there, and it is passed down each generation.  Its grounds are magnificent.
Lavender grows abundantly in Denmark, thanks to its mild climate. The scent is incredible, and bumble bees cover the shrubs from morning till night. This shrub sat just outside of our B&B in Aeroe.
Fish soup, made with the day’s catch. Restaurants and fisheries are abundant in harbor towns, and the fish is absolutely fresh and delicious.


More to follow….

I went to Denmark!

I arrived home yesterday evening in Minnesota time, which is in the middle of the night Denmark time.  Seeing the sweet faces of my girls and husband was better than all of my wonderful experiences combined.  There truly is no place like home.

I have had a wonderful 12 days.  There has been a lot of travel from place to place and lots of visiting and exploring, and I can easily say that my curiosity is satisfied, at least for now.  I have met family that I haven’t seen since I was a little kid; I have met family I never knew I had.  I’ve met my cousins’ children and I’ve seen my grandparents’ grave.  I’ve seen where I grew up and where my dad grew up. I’ve seen where I come from and where a part of me belongs, and it feels good.  It makes me feel grounded and at peace.

I spoke and listened to Danish for 12 days, and it was a good exercise.  I caught on quickly and learned that your native tongue does not disappear, even if it becomes rusty with time.  I haven’t spoken much Danish in probably 20 years, but it’s still in there somewhere.

I intend to return to Denmark, but next time with my own family.  I intend to return to Finland, too, where the other half of my extended family lives. It’s important to connect with our roots from time to time. It’s good to be reminded of who we are and where we come from.

Pictures to follow.

New Moon in Leo

Today is new moon in Leo, and since I am into astrology lately I thought I’d make a list of wishes today.  New moons are good times to do this, and Leo’s qualities of fun and happiness seem rather fitting now.

My wishes for the new moon in Leo:

I have a wonderful trip to Denmark that is light, fun, safe, and special.  I pick up my Danish quickly and can have good conversations in Danish. I have a great time with my dad, time goes quickly and smoothly, and my family is having a good time here at home.

I find time for my inner child, seek out fun and creative things in my life.

I complete my responsibilities with ease and with light and playfulness.

I get my FAFSA completed and get ready to start school!

I get the office cleaned and organized into a lovely study space.

I use the principles of Feng Shui to make our home into a cozy and lovely place to be, and I do it easily and frugally within our budget.

I attract good health, harmony, and peace in all areas of my life.

I have confidence in my abilities and I follow my heart’s desire with ease and comfort.

I have patience and understanding for all people, especially my children and husband.

I complete our photo albums and have fun doing it.

I hang photos on our walls, and I have fun doing it.

I make creative and healthy meals for my family that fit into our budget.  I am organized with meal planning and preparation.

I keep up on my housework and do a little every day.

I do well in school and balance my studies with my family life with ease.

I maintain healthy boundaries and honor my own needs.  I am able to help others when they are in tough times, without it affecting me personally.

Thank you.