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.


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.


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!


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.




Morning Hike

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Life has been busy in the way that it was busy back home. Normal life things fill up time, but with an expat twist. The kids are in a school routine, then come home to play LEGO or enjoy time with friends. Jordan goes to a job he loves. I scoot everyone around to their events, grocery shop, and find time with friends. It’s all fairly similar – but not.

Some things are easier, and many are harder, though Jordan’s commute has been cut down to next to nothing. You can’t even call it a commute, really. 5 minutes and he’s home, plus work lets out at 4pm. It’s a drastic change from San Francisco and Phoenix, where commutes, work schedules, or both kept him away from home for long hours. We are able to spend more time as a family and the boys LOVE having him around to play LEGO and Minecraft.

The boys go to school and play, but here their friends speak Icelandic, Korean, German, and Danish on top of English. They have loads of unstructured time and they love it. They miss old friends and old activities, but seem pretty happy with what they’ve got and who they get to do it with.

Me? I get to meet new friends from Iceland, Australia, South Korea, the UK and more! It’s such a fun mix of outgoing and friendly people. We are all going through the same experiences and yet differently in some ways, because we come from different places. Though it seems Australia, Iceland, and South Korea have loads of shopping and dining out experiences like the US so we are all dealing with the reduced choices here.

Various activities have kept me busy, and I’ve been forever trying to get back into regular walks and such. This morning, three of us gals finally were able to get in a nice hike on a path I’d not yet tried. One of the things I love about Denmark is the ability to find a trail through nature just about anywhere. Today’s hike started at the golf clubhouse. I’d have never guessed you could hike out of a golf course, but here its possible!

We got in a good hour’s hike. Hopefully in time we can add in more jogging and exercises. Today we were uncertain about the path, its distance and such. Walking briskly through the trees was nice on a cold and cloudy day. I think the zipline was the highlight!. Weeeeeee!

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Gatherings at Home

Friday night was my turn to host Book Club. I had the pleasure and privilege to share my home with 11 women from all over the world (S. Korea, Iceland, England, America, New Zealand…) for a festive Mexican potluck.

Since I had borrowed some extra chairs for Book Club and we still plenty of leftovers from dinner, I had a couple of the women come back the next night with their families. They brought a few ingredients and their happy selves. J cooked the taco meat and made guacamole, and I poured margaritas. We enjoyed (another) a nice night of food & company. I’d say spring break is off to a festive start!

I’m loving our little international town and finding friends from all over the world. We are truly fortunate to be able to live in such a small cozy town with an international school, airport, theme park, indoor water park… all within biking distance. And we can enjoy those places with kind folks that are locals and internationals. It’s truly a fun experience.

Belated post on our First Thanksgiving in Denmark

(originally written around Nov 28th) Oops! Time flies when you’re having fun!

Last weekend, I went to do some shopping on the German border with two other American gals. We had a wonderful day and found TURKEY for our Thanksgiving feast. It is common for Danes to go shopping in Germany for soda, beer, and candy. You could compare these trips to an American “Costco run,” except that we drive 1 1/2 hours and cross into another country. I now understand why SO MANY Danes have hitches on their cars and pull little trailers behind them.

2 Turkeys, a turkey breast, wine… and more wine…


were purchased in Germany as well as cranberries, Advent calendars, St. Nicholas goodies. I honestly can’t remember what all we got now, but the car was completely full and weighted down in the back.

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Flash forward to this week. Thanksgiving is obviously not celebrated in Denmark… So it’s business as usual. While our family and friends were posting their travels, shopping, and decorating, we were still working, schooling and such. Which is fine, that’s the case for many Americans too – business as usual, but it was a bit harder to realize it is Thanksgiving. So thanks to those that work on holidays! Wednesday, I made pumpkin cookies and lots of fluffy kugel topped with fresh Indonesian cinnamon that friends sent from their local shop in Seattle. YUM! Incredible.

Thursday, I took the family to school and work as usual, and then headed back home to get ready & load the car. I picked up the key to the “Big House” at the LEGO apartments in town, and unloaded my gear and got to work setting up with Leah. We got tables arranged & decorated and commenced with the cooking -some there, and some cooking done back at our houses.

Lars and Leah arrived with the grill and turkeys, and then things really started to get busy with preparing the birds. We also had the challenge of figuring out that the only way the cook top would work was with the magic pots that go to the cook top. Interesting. Then there was the usual sorting out of what to heat and when, and all of the details that go into preparing a feast for 24 people and hoping it was all choreographed well.

We had a lovely evening with many of our new friends, as well as a Danish nanny for one of the families, and also Julie and Michelle, who were here on business over Thanksgiving from the US.

We are thankful for such an open, welcoming and active expat community, and the cooking talents they share. Thanks guys!

Love to our families and friends in the US celebrating Thanksgiving and starting the Holiday season.

October 16, 2014…


It’s a countdown at this point.. though the end date is variable.

J is on the phone with the travel desk in the US seeing if we can book our flights while folks in Denmark are on their vacations. This week appears to be a fall break for schools. I remember them mentioning that on our tour and wondered if it would be an issue for us down the line. Just a blip.

Today I’m washing and sorting clothes. Removing any warm weather stuff they are likely to outgrow before summer in Denmark comes around and making room for the snow and rain gear that needs to get packed up. All while making sure that jackets and such are handy upon arrival. While packing isn’t fun I do enjoy making sure things are sorted just so. Sure makes the unpacking more pleasant!



Hours have passed. Our flight is scheduled for next Thursday! Exciting! It feels much better having a date with flights scheduled.

Not much pre-packing happened today because I went with Mom and E to run errands but I did get to spend the afternoon with a long time Dallas friend that popped down to say hello! yay! We get to hang out a bit more tomorrow. Yay again!

The boys’ biggest concern about leaving next week is that the date is before Halloween. E carved his pumpkin today and made another ghost for the foyer. He has a great memory and told Ghee (Grammy) what items he needed for making it and even helped write out the shopping list! M has adjusted to his temporary school like a champ and has been reading an “I Survived” book with gusto. He hopes to carve his pumpkin in the next day or two. We usually wait until Halloween… but we have to squeeze it all in quick! M also had his first Skype call with one of his California buddies. I hope we can make that a regular thing with lots of friends and family.

More updates as they come!