Border Run

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A Brit, Aussie, American, and Korean walk into a mall… haha! No, not a bad joke, just time for another Billund to border run for turkey, booze, and over the counter meds.

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We hit up Citti-Park in hopes of finding just the right snow boots, turkey for American Thanksgiving, cut-rate alcohol, possibly stocking stuffers, and more. We did well. Thankfully, the turkey we came for was purchased. Sadly we didn’t find the cute snowboots half of us were after.

I do recall several flats of Christmas Beer and an obscene amount of nutella.

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Here we are, headed down the escalator with our goods. Had to check the top floor and try out more boots.

Oh geeze! Look at the time! We have to leave Germany and get back to school to pick up the kids!

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I had a fun day with the gals. Racing and riding carts through the parking garage may or may not have happened with cheers and squeals. Looking forward to another girls day shopping no matter which country we’re in.

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American Section at (some of) the Shops

American section have recently appeared in some of the markets around the area. It’s generally a funny combination of American and British staples, and although we have embraced Danish products and food, we are still happy to see them.

Generally, the sections include American pancake mix (ours are thicker), cake mix (Betty Crocker in boxes we’ve never seen before!), Dr. Pepper (OMG YESSSS!), and mac ‘n cheese. There is usually BBQ sauce too, but Stubbs (one of our favorites) seems to be everywhere now anyway. so it’s not “new” here. The funny thing is, both American and British products are mixed on the shelves. Grab your cake mix and lemon custard, or McDonalds ketchup (I’m really tempted to buy it now since local ketchup is so different), or try some of the UK’s breakfast treat – baked beans… no thanks.

Someone on the Americans in Denmark page posted this photo:

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See that? Left side, 4th row down?! Libby’s Pumpkin!!!!!! Yay! I’m guessing this shop was near Copenhagen, but maybe by November, the passion for pumpkin will spread to Jutland. Let’s hope so! Our local Super Brugsen has a similar endcap (maybe a tad smaller?) I plan to scout it out regularly to watch for pumpkin!

What would YOU stock on the American section shelves? Given this selection, what would you buy? I’m so curious because the U.S. is so big and the tastes are regional.

I’m looking forward to be overwhelmed by choices when I’m in the U.S. this fall. Happy shopping y’all!

Egg Decorating & Silly Spring Roll

Today, the boys and I decorated eggs for Easter. They are eagerly anticipating the Easter Bunny’s arrival, and we were joining a few others for a Silly Spring Roll at the park near our house.

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They did a nice job with dyes, craypas, watercolors and the like. Each boy then selected an egg to cart up the hill to use in the Silly Spring Roll. I had no idea what to expect, and wasn’t sure how excited the boys would be about an egg in the grass. I’m sure glad we went despite the cold wind and the rain. It sure was fun!

A few families gathered on the sled hill in town. Kids and adults showed off the eggs they had dipped, dyed, stickered, and sculpted. Once we got a good peek at the fun designs, the roll commenced. It was more of a launch than a roll, and was a lot of fun watching the participants pitching their eggs down the hill – then racing down after them to inspect for damage, collecting them and then clambering back up the hill for more. Many eggs were able to withstand multiple throws before bursting to bits in the grass.

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Happy Spring!

How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators

As we begin our Danish journey… This could be helpful!
How many languages do you know? I actually got pretty excited running into people that speak Spanish!- I know a little…

TED Blog

Learning_a_languageBy Krystian Aparta

They say that children learn languages the best. But that doesn’t mean that adults should give up. We asked some of the polyglots in TED’s Open Translation Project to share their secrets to mastering a foreign language. Their best strategies distill into seven basic principles:

  1. Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German translator Judith Matz suggests: “Pick up 50 words of a language and start using them on people — and then slowly start picking up grammar.”
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  2. Make language-learning a lifestyle change. Elisabeth Buffard, who in her 27 years of teaching English has always seen consistency as what separates the most successful students from the rest. Find a language habit that you can follow even when you’re tired, sick or madly in love.
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  3. Play house with the language. The more you invite…

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CPR Cards

Blargh. I typed this out once and it vanished. Bummer too, because there were funny bits. Now it’s going to be dry and cut to the chase. Boo. That’s no fun!

On Monday, our relocation specialist assisted us in applying for our CPR cards. I would have to Google that to know what it stands for, but I’m certain it’s in Danish and I don’t know any of that yet… Yet. Oh wait, yes I do. TAK! (That means thanks!)

Anyway, without your “yellow card,” there is very little you can do here. ‘What do you mean?’, you might ask. Well, without your yellow card, you cannot open a bank account, see a doctor, buy a monthly bus pass, or set up a legit phone line, just to name a few. The yellow card is tied in with a lot of the country’s technology for tracking and services – most of which are paid for by the high tax rate. (Technology in Europe should be another post, by the way… Credit cards with chips/pins and less snail mail.)

So, back to our relo specialist. This is the same kind fellow that showed us around town in August. This time, he collected the four of us with our official papers in hand, and took us to the library. With budget cuts, municipal offices were closed and were all moved into libraries. (See that folks? Library hours weren’t slashed. Libraries added government offices.) There, we filled out our papers and the clerk apologized for the long lines. There were 2 people ahead of us. Obviously, she’s never waited in a DMV…

Our relo guy also explained that by the end of the month, all Danish citizens will need to register for digital mail, and those without computers or internet service will need to go to the library in person for a special registration. Lots of older folks here who probably need to learn how to use it all!

Our permits, passports, and marriage license were photocopied (thanks to the gal in AZ that signed our official marriage license with a huge smiley face, by the way), and we were on our merry way.

Now we wait for our paperwork to go through and watch for our CPR cards. Then we can move forward with setting up our bank account this week and a “legit” non-prepaid phone account. You take for granted the things you set up and established as a kid and now have to start over doing as an adult. It’s pretty strange!

Anyway, cross your fingers that we get yellow carded ASAP!

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