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A FOOD HUG FOR THE MONTH OF LOVE

DO WE LIVE IN AN OPEN HAVEN?

VISITING HOME AGAIN

FEBRUARY EVENTS IN DENMARK

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COMEDIAN SIMON TALBOT

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LEARNING TO LOVE YOURSELF... CAN YOU HONESTLY SAY THAT YOU LOVE YOURSELF? IT IS SO EASY TO FOCUS ON YOUR FAULTS, AND EVERYONE CAN DWELL ON THEIR INSECURITIES INSTEAD OF THE THINGS ABOUT THEMSELVES THAT THEY ARE HAPPY WITH.

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AS WE CELEBRATE February as the month

ter ourselves sometimes, so that’s why it is good to say no. Focus on yourself when you can, or if you are overwhelmed.

of love (note to partners not to forget Valentine's day flowers), I'd like to talk to you about accepting and loving yourself and why it helps, especially as you negotiate the cultural mismatches living in Denmark. It’s good to find the best ways for you personally to love yourself, as you will most likely learn new things about yourself and start trying new things in the process. I've put together some simple steps for you to follow, and I believe you will feel so much happier and can truly say that you love and accept who you are when putting them into practice. Here are my top seven selflove tips you can try today to discover how to love yourself and own your confidence!

#1 Forgive yourself for your mistakes Reflecting on your mistakes can help you to forgive and forget. If you can look back at some poor choices you may have made, and forgive yourself, you can start to move on and forget about the past. Loving yourself despite any mistakes you made in the past is great for your self-worth.

#2 Surprise yourself Try things out of your control, and say yes to things you would not normally say yes to. This will also help you with getting to know yourself. You may find out that you enjoy things you never realised or tried before. Try and get out of your comfort zone and see what happens (it will most likely be positive!).

#5 Make a vision board Visualising your goals is a good way to feel motivated and excited about your future. You can focus on your dreams and start to love your life and yourself. If you are unsure of how to make a vision board, take a look at our guide on how to visualise.

My top picks for February Pages 10-13 Funny man Simon Talbot invites us

#6 Give yourself credit

into his comedic world of stand-up!

Just like when you list your accomplishments, it’s good to actually celebrate your achievements. Tell others about what you have done, share your experience, and be proud of what you have done. Give yourself the credit you deserve.

#3 Start a journal To all you wannabe bloggers out there! If you can write down your thoughts and feelings, you can go back at a later date and see how you coped with certain situations. This is also a positive way for you to get rid of any negative experiences and feelings, helping you to focus on the good things and learn from the bad.

#4 Learn how to love yourself by saying no to others Sometimes we do too much for people, we like to please other people, so we tend to stretch ourselves too thin and commit to everything we can. We can forget to look af-

Pages 26-27 Erin cooks us up the perfect 'food hug' recipe. Try your hand at making these giant cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven!

#7 Take care of yourself This one probably seems obvious, but taking care of yourself plays a big part in learning how to love yourself, and a lot of people do not do it. If you take care of yourself, you will be the best version of yourself. You can use the Law Of Attraction to start to work towards the life that you want to live, which includes loving yourself.

Page 30 How are you finding your first visit home? Has it been difficult? Bailey gives us her take on this.

Don' t forget! Remember to keep an eye on social media for upcoming "International Day Denmark"

Love,

events around the country during this year. Come hang out with members of our team,

LYNDSAY JENSEN - EDITOR & FOUNDER

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CAR DISTRIBUTION (SEALAND) CONNOR is taking a gap year before continuing his studies in education. Born in South Africa and moving to Denmark at a young age, he realtes to internationl life. He enjoys meeting new cultures, music and hanging out with his family and friends.

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EDITOR & FOUNDER LYNDSAY JENSEN has twenty years' experience in the advertising and publishing industry, and holds degrees in Business and Desktop Publishing (print and repro). Born in the UK, and brought up in South Africa, she has the ability to understand different cultures, and is passionate about networking. She is a wife of twenty two years and mother to two boys aged 21 and 15. She loves travel, photography and art. lyndsay@the-intl.com

MANAGING DIRECTOR & PARTNER

to leave her tourism job to explore the world. Landing in

KENNETH MACALPINE is a Nordic Financial Manager in the Transport industry. His degree is in Finance and business obtained in the UK. Born in Norway he moved to Denmark at the age of 22. He is of Danish Scottish ancestry and lives in southern Denmark with his large multi-national family consisting of Danish, Irish and Brazilian heritage. He is always interested in new challenges and loves to live life to the fullest. kenneth@the-intl.com

Danish cold weather. See you around the city!

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DO WE REALLY LIVE IN AN

OPEN HAVEN

OPINION

PIECE

CONRAD EGBERT

JANUARY MARKED SIX MONTHS SINCE WE MOVED TO KØBENHAVN. SIX MONTHS, WHICH HAVE FLOWN BY AND NOW COUNT AMONG OUR FONDEST MEMORIES. FROM THE LOVELY PEOPLE WE’VE MET, AND THE AMAZING EXPERIENCES WE’VE HAD, TO OUR HEALTHY CYCLE-EVERYWHERE LIFESTYLE AND EVEN A TRIP TO THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, EVERY BIT OF OUR JOURNEY THUS FAR HAS BEEN NOTHING LESS THAN SUPERFOOD FOR THE SOUL.

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Conrad has 20 years’ experience as a journalist and editor. He is also an aspiring author on the hunt for a suitable publisher. He moved to Copenhagen from France in 2019 and

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well imagine my shock, when at a festive julefrokost last December, a Danish friend told me, forget Denmark, even lovely København, wasn’t so lovely after all and that I needed to take off my rose-tinted glasses. “You know we don’t like foreigners, right?” he asked. The world around me ground to a halt. Was he joking, or was he trying to elicit some sort of reaction from me? Why would we even be friends if this were true? That evening I was schooled in Danish politics, the reclusive Viking culture and how Danes only pretend to be open. The next few days were spent fact-checking, researching (including the curious case of American professor Brooke Harrington) and speaking to various expats and Danes across all ages and persuasions. While I encountered some exaggerations, possible misinterpretations and a whole lot of preconceived notions, everyone was unanimous in their belief that København is xenophobic - “Danes are cold; it’s impossible to break into their circles; they’re clannish, cliquish and unsociable.” It broke my heart, not because of the sad stories I heard, but because I seemed to be the only one with an entirely opposite experience. An experience, therefore, I must document here for the sake of us all – for those with hope that things will change, for those who believe all Danes are not xenophobic and especially, for those evolved Danes who continue to make København

TEXT CONRAD EGBERT

loves to schmooze; he believes a good chat is far more healing than homeopathy. He’s of

a warm and welcoming place for us all. To them, I say, go forth and multiply! For it’s you who will help København regain its title as the happiest city in the world.

HAPPY KØBENHAVN I’ve moved countries more times than I care to remember, but the kindness of a Danish shop owner on our second day here will stick with me forever. We were looking for a mop and a bucket, as one does on their first week here. We didn’t yet, have mobile numbers, data or cycles, so we just legged it through the inner streets of Kongens Nytorv, hunting. Finally, we gave up and walked into the first store we thought would have them. But it didn’t. It was called Carls Køkken. Not only did the smiling lady happily write down the name of the shop where we’d find them, but googled its exact location for us and checked the shop’s timings too. This happened to me on two more occasions believe it or not – once at the Waterfront Mall in Hellerup where a young Danish girl helped me google the nearest cash machine and one more time at Nørreport

WO R D O F M O U T H I S SUPREME, AND A COUNT RY ’ S M O S T F O R M I DA B L E A M BA S S A D O R S A R E I T S F O R E I G N E R S.

Station (on my bicycle this time) when yet another Danish girl asked if I needed help because evidently I ‘looked lost.’ But the finest example of Danish coldness yet was on a night out last November when a Danish bartender plied us with free schnapps all evening while entertaining us with hilarious stories of him growing up. That same night we elbowed our way through a jam-packed Centralhjørnet to a shared table and sat down across a random Danish couple. By the end of the night, we’d bought each other drinks, exchanged numbers and even got invited home for dinner.

mixed Indian and English her-

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

a mean curry. You can catch

I truly hope more of us have many of these irreplaceable experiences, especially for Denmark. Word of mouth is supreme, and a country’s most formidable ambassadors are its foreigners. I’ve learned that the Danish foreign ministry is actively working towards our betterment, hospitals now have interpreters and the International House has never been busier helping us ease into life here. I’ve also decided to keep my rose-tinted glasses firmly on because the law of attraction is very real, and in the end, what we think is what we attract. And I certainly wouldn’t want to attract any of the stories I’ve heard so far. THE-INTL

itage and has worked across the Middle East, India and Europe. Earth is currently home and he considers himself a citizen of it. In winter, he loves coffee, croissants, candles and gin, but come summer, hawkers in Free-town Christiana are reduced to tears with his intrepid bargaining. He’s friendly and funny and cooks him at embassy parties or stirring up controversy at various hyggelig watering holes around the city. He’ll be your friend if you have a light. egbertconrad@gmail.com @kingegbert @egbertconrad Conrad Egbert www.linkedin.com/in/ conradegbert

Rosy Feb to all!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING

COPENHAGEN

COPING IN COPENHAGEN SIMON TALBOT Meet popular Danish stand-up comedian Simon who is breaking the mold and branching out into English comedy. Simon will talk about his duo-cultural upbringing and how he has to defend the fact that he's a Danish guy trapped in an Irish accent.

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COPENHAGEN LIGHT FESTIVAL

JAZZ – BIG BANDS It is said that jazz was born in the early 1900's in New Orleans and Chicago, these were the epicenters of jazz as a style, and where musicians lived. During the early 1920s many musicians moved to New York, which quickly became the world's jazz metropolis. In New York, everything is bigger - also the venues and dance halls, as they were called. In order to perform in dance halls, orchestras started to grow in size, concept and style – this when was when Big Band was born. Librarian Per Hesselbjerg paints a historical overview of "the great orchestras" accompanied by selected sound samples.

Copenhagen Light Festival lights up Copenhagen again during February's darkness. For the second year in a row, Copenhagen is filled with beautiful light installations as the light festival takes over the city and harbour. City spaces are lit up by great light fixtures from Nordhavn to Ørestad. There will be illuminations on dark drifting clouds, beautiful old buildings, architectural squares, the city's canals, and other city spaces. You can experience the many light installations for yourself or join one of the festival’s guided tours by Segway, in canal boats, kayaks, as well as regular guided walks.

TRENT COELLI FOUNDER OF GLOCAL Trent returns to the show giving us his unique perspective on Danes and their quirks and culture.

RAINE'S REVIEWS Raine Cole who has a degree in contemporary theater reviews from the Danish film television theatre. Everything you need to keep coping in Copenhagen Raine will review it.

TIME: 16:30-18:00 ADDRESS: HØJBJERG BIBLIOTEK; ODDERVEJ 74; 8270 HØJBJERG FOR MORE INFO: WWW.AAKB.DK/ARRANGEMENTER/ MUSIK-OG-FILM/LYT-TIL-JAZZ-BIG-BANDS

CPH LIGHT FESTIVAL FB PAGE

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TO LISTEN TO THE COPING IN COPENHAGEN PODCAST, VISIT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE: THE CIC SHOW PODCAST OR SEARCH FOR THEM ON SPOTIFY

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COPENHAGEN

VISIT COPENHAGEN - DINING WEEK

COPENHAGEN

SMK FRIDAYS

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BEER AND LINGERIE

SMK FRIDAYS

DINING WEEK

Bring your partner along, and enjoy a his and her evening: - Fashion show with catwalk in the visitor room - Tour and beer tasting at the brewery - Gin & Tonic, beer and snacks ad libitum - Delicious surprises and gifts - 20% discount on lingerie and beer purchased on the day - The ticket is valid for two people (couple)

Copenhagen’s cultural Friday bar at SMK. Seven Fridays a year, SMK invites you to an after hours event where you can take in the exhibitions in a new, informal way. Here, you can kick back with a drink and experience art talks, music, art, and performance. Each event comes with a specific theme that sets the stage for the night.

Dining Week is the first original restaurant festival in Denmark and has since the beginning spread from Copenhagen to the rest of the country. Price and quality often go hand in hand, but during Dining Week, you can jump headfirst into Copenhagen’s many gastronomic adventures and enjoy high-quality cooking of all kinds at a low price.

ADDRESS: AARHUS BRYGHUS; GUNNAR CLAUSENS VEJ 26; 8260 VIBY J FOR MORE INFO: WWW.AARHUSBRYGHUS.BILLETEXPRESSEN.DK

TIME: 16:00-22:00 ADDRESS: SØLVGADE 48-50, 1307 COPENHAGEN K FOR MORE INFO: WWW.SMK.DK/EN/ARTICLE/SMK-FRIDAYS

ADDRESS: DRONNINGENS TVÆRGADE 8A, 1302 COPENHAGEN K FOR MORE INFO: WWW.DININGWEEK.DK

Speak Hellerup Bernstorffsvej 20C 2900 Hellerup Speak Lyngby Klampenborgvej 221 2800 Kgs. Lyngby

hello@speakspeak.dk +45 3946 3050

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Learning Danish is expanding your horizon

Speak Frederiksberg Lindevangs Allé 8-12 2000 Frederiksberg

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VADEHAVSCENTRET

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BRYAN ADAMS TRIBUTE BAND

AALBORG

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13 FEBRUARY

BRYAN ADAMS TRIBUTE

SEARCHING FOR SEA EAGLES

Time to fetch your sunglasses and rock on to the sound of summer of 69 when great BRYAN ADAMS TRIBUTE performs in Skraaen, Aalborg , with the New Years' first show in Jutland. After 10 years, BRYAN ADAMS TRIBUTE is referred to as one of the best tribute-shows that exist -both in Denmark and worldwide. The five musicians from Northen Jutland expanded their tour in 2019 with both Switzerland and Austria as their destinations, which indicates the enthusiasm of the European audiences. The band is now coming to Aalborg, where they will play two jubilee concerts at Skraaen. "We hope for listeners who are ready for 'Summer of 69', 'Cuts Like A Knife,' 'Heaven,' 'Run To You,' 'Everything I Do'" and many other Adams classics," says the lead vocalist Claus Hassing. The band is playing for only two days in this part of the world, so if you want to avoid disappointment head to the website, tickets sell out quickly when playing on their home turf!

Join us as we search for Northern Europe's largest bird of prey, the sea eagle, as it hovers over the shore looking for prey. Although the sea eagle is pretty hard to find, we are sure to see some of the many other bird species of the Wadden Sea, as up to 15 million. migratory birds fly by the Wadden Sea every year. We experience large flocks of grouse and other exciting bird species such as Spoonbill on our trip around the Wadden Sea National Park. Transportation is with your own car as we drive around and visit some of the Wadden Sea's best birding locations. After the tour you can experience the Wadden Sea Center's exhibition "The migratory Wadden Sea".

COOKING WITH THE WADDEN SEA Join us in the Wadden Sea's pantry, where we gather delicacies that we cook over bonfires. On a trip beyond the seabed, we gather a selection of seasonal animals and plant life. It can be anything from shrimp and beach crabs to clams and oysters, and even sea lettuce and other edible seaweeds. Depending on the season, we can make for a real Wadden Sea meal. On the way, the nature guide describes the hidden life on the seabed and what to find all the different animals. Time allowing the guide will tell you about the birds and other animals we encounter in the Wadden Sea National Park - part of UNESCO's World Heritage. The tour ends by making bonfires and cooking the ingredients we found on the trip.

ADDRESS: VADEHAVSCENTRET; OKHOLMVEJ 5, VESTER VEDSTED; 6760 RIBE FOR MORE INFO: WWW.VADEHAVSCENTRET.SAFETICKET.DK

ADDRESS: VADEHAVSCENTRET; OKHOLMVEJ 5, VESTER VEDSTED; 6760 RIBE FOR MORE INFO: WWW.VADEHAVSCENTRET.SAFETICKET.DK

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BRYAN ADAMS TRIBUTE BAND

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VADEHAVSCENTRET

ADDRESS: KJELLERUPS TORV 5; 9000 AALBORG FOR MORE INFO: WWW.SKRAAEN.DK/SPILLESTED/BRYAN-ADAMS-TRIBUTE


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COPENHAGEN DRUMMERS

AALBORG

15 FEBRUARY COPENHAGEN DRUMMERS Copenhagen Drummers are so excited to perform in Aalborg! It will be a bang of a party when the drummers perform their completely new drumming show at Skraaen. Copenhagen Drummers have been known for their drumming show since they won the TV show TALENT in 2010. They have performed with water, fire, and trash cans and only their imagination sets the boundaries when the drummers compose a show of immense enthusiasm. In 2020, Copenhagen Drummers will celebrate their 10th anniversary. It will of course, be with their largest tour to date called THE GRAND TOUR. You can expect a fascinating light show with innovative and unique drumming spiced with visual effects, fire, and water.

A focus on learning

ADDRESS: KJELLERUPS TORV 5; 9000 AALBORG FOR MORE INFO: WWW.SKRAAEN.DK/SPILLESTED/COPENHAGEN-DRUMMERS

ODENSE

M.A. MACKENZIE - WORLD TØLT

I  nternational S  chool for students ages 3–16 21, 22 FEBRUARY WORLD CUP 2020 TÖLT TÖLT is the world's largest indoor event for Icelandic horses with fiery stallions, magical fair atmosphere and uncomparable equestrians. Enjoy gait competitions, shows and exhibitors on Friday and Saturday in Arena Fyn! The exhibition area offers everything your heart desires, and there is something for everyone, when you need a break from the arena excitement. Trailers, saddles, food, and horse care is just a small selection of the weekend's temptations.

ADDRESS: ØRBÆKVEJ 350; 5220 ODENSE SØ FOR MORE INFO: WWW.2013.WORLDTOLT.DK

nis-ngg.dk Phone: +45 45 57 26 16 Email: nis@ngg.dk Cirkelhuset, Christianshusvej 16 DK, 2970 Hørsholm

Cambridge International School

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BILLUND

TEDDY BEAR ART MUSEUM

ODENSE

VISIT ODENSE

HAUGHUS GODS

JELLING

22, 23 FEBRUARY ALL YEAR ROUND ALL YEAR ROUND HAUGHUS ESTATE, ANTIQUES & APPLIANCES MARKET Enjoy a lovely weekend and this beautiful setting with family and friends. We are open every weekend from 10:00-16:00. We have three halls filled with delicious goodies, and a café in the main building.

ADDRESS: HAUGHUS GODS; VEJLEVEJ 50; 7300 JELLING FOR MORE INFO: WWW.HAUGHUS.DK

BIWEEKLY FARMER'S MARKET

TEDDY BEAR ART MUSEUM

All year round you will find a vegetable and fresh produce market every Wednesday and Saturday morning in the city centre on Sorte Brødre Torv (Black Friar's Square) in the historic quarter. This market supplies everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to fresh fish and freshly smoked cheese (Funen style).

The Teddy Bear Art Museum is housed in the LEGO family's former private home in downtown Billund. The museum is an architectural gem from 1959 of 776 m2 and is today home to over 1,200 teddy bears. Enjoy the visit to the teddy bear universe and discover that teddy bears are not just toys but also art. The museum has many different exhibits that show the charm and diversity of the teddy bears.

ADDRESS: SORTEBRØDRE TORV 1; 5000 ODENSE C

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ADDRESS: HANS JENSENSVEJ 3; 7190 BILLUND FOR MORE INFO: WWW.TEDDYBEARARTMUSEUM.DK


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NYKØBING FALSTER

ROSKILDE

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MUSEUM LOLLAND FALSTER

BINDEBALLE KOBMANDSGAARD

RANDBØL

ALL YEAR ROUND 27 FEBRUARY

28 FEBRUARY

BINDEBALLE GROCERY STORE

GHOSTLY MUSEUM OBSCURUM

INTERNATIONAL DAY DENMARK

Do you believe in aparitions and ghosts? What is the difference between these two concepts? Has a ghost always been the way we think of it today? “Tonight's Theme Quarter will focus on what you generally call aparitions and ghosts. Ghosts are probably not the same being when you look at the phenomenon spread over time and geography. For example a modern description of a ghost can typically be: "a hazy human figure slipping through a room". But ghosts have not always looked like that. "The description was quite different." says Leif Plith Lauritsen, archaeologist and building manager at the Museum Lolland-Falster. There is a guarantee of horror and disgust when you are guided through the award-winning exhibition during the tour. An exhibition that houses several real ghost objects and located in a house where those who work there can tell of mysterious sounds that may have originated from the building's own ghost.

The International is growing, and we are two years old this year! We have already celebrated our first International Day Denmark event in Copenhagen, and there are many more to come throughout Denmark during 2020. We are so excited we get the chance to visit a lot more of our readers and followers. Our event in Roskilde will be held at the Roskilde Library. So, please come out and say hello, grab a free copy of the latest issue, and meet some of our team members and other like-minded internationals. Keep an eye on our SoMe and website as we announce new International Day Denmark events throughout the year!

Bindeballe is an old grocery store that today houses a store and museum. Both inside and out will display signs, exhibits and fixtures reminiscent of what once was. The store was founded in 1897, when the Vejle-Vandel Railway was opened. The grocery store is in full operation in the original buildings as a mixture of country shop with a personal touch. You can buy specialties like Bindeballe Bjesk, bitter, spirits etc. The store also houses Denmark's largest grocery museum with an exhibition of old goods, signs, furniture and more. The collection contains more than 5,000 different items. The oldest are more than 100 years old.

ADDRESS: BINDEBALLEVEJ 100; 7183 RANDBØL FOR MORE INFO: WWW.BINDEBALLEKOEBMANDSGAARD.DK

TIME: 16:00 - 19:00 ADDRESS: ROSKILDE LIBRARY; DRONNING MARGRETHES VEJ 14, 4000 ROSKILDE PLEASE NOTE: YOU CAN PURCHASE DRINKS AT THE BAR - CASH AND MOBILEPAY ONLY.

CÉLINE MARTIN-PEDERSEN

MUSEUM LOLLAND FALSTER

BINDEBALLE KOBMANDSGAARD

ADDRESS: FÆRGESTRÆDE 1A; 4800 NYKØBING FALSTER FOR MORE INFO: WWW.AABNE-SAMLINGER.DK/FALSTERSMINDER/FALSTERS-MINDER/

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SIMON TALBOT THE SERIOUSLY WITTY STAND-UP COMEDIAN

SIMON TALBOT IS A DANISH STAND-UP COMEDIAN WITH AN IRISH ACCENT WHO GREW UP AS JEHOVAH’S WITNESS. A DYNAMIC UPBRINGING OF WHICH HE JOKES ABOUT IN HIS SKETCH ON THE RUSSELL HOWARD HOUR, “I HAVE TO DEFEND THE FACT THAT I AM A DANISH GUY TRAPPED IN AN IRISH ACCENT. I AM TRANS-DANISH. I IDENTIFY AS A HUMBLE-RYE-EATING DANISH PERSON, BUT I SOUND LIKE I AM GOING TO F**KING BATTER YA!”

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THE FIRST TIME Simon Talbot did stand-up, it wasn’t to a packed theatre hall or an open mic event in a hippie club – it was in front of his mirror. He was 14 and aching to make people laugh, but his jokes were too lame even to make him laugh. Within a few years, he would find himself leaving his hometown of Skanderborg for Copenhagen, where he would go on to become one of Denmark’s top comedians. Simon’s stand-up career ascent has been intense and rapid - he is only 33 - but in many ways his rise to comedy stardom isn’t surprising given his natural funny bone, passion, persistence, and originality. In 2007, after arriving in Copenhagen when he was only 21, Simon spent much of his time visiting comedy clubs to practice his jokes. After a stint of unskilled jobs and corporate gigs, both of which tested his tenacity, he would later, in the same year, emerge winner of the Danish Championship for Stand-up Comedy. This win, together with his televised participation on the Comedy Fight Club, was the launching pad he needed to make headways in the small but competitive Copenhagen standup scene. “I had it a pretty good start in my comedy acts when I started performing. Because organisers would put me on a ‘sweet spot’ and rally the audience to support my act, since I was new and young,” explains Simon as we chat amid bursts of laughter via Skype.

A FUNNY BONE BORN OUT OF A DANISH-IRISH UPBRINGING Understanding Simon Talbot cannot be done without unpacking bits of his religious, bi-

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TEXT JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN

cultural and bilingual upbringing, all of which is a total sum of who he is today; personally and professionally. Simon was born in Skanderborg, the son of an Irish father and a Danish, Jehovah's Witness, mother. As a child, Simon spent countless hours either in bible study or doing what Jehovah’s Witnesses do best, door-to-door preaching. His early encounters with one-sided human interactions (Witnesses aren’t known for receiving a warm welcome in Denmark when they randomly knock on strangers doors) would in hindsight, afford him the ability to perform his monologues. His parents divorced when he was three. Simon grew up in his mother’s house where there were strict rules to be followed and would spend some weekends with his father whose approach to life was nonchalant: His dad's philosophy was 'you only live once, and rules are made to be broken'. The contrasts between his parent’s beliefs and approach to parenting led him to feel like he was living a “split personality childhood,” Simon jokes. Life meant playing the role of a performer at an early age, becoming fluid in his interaction with his church and school peers, and learning to accept that he could be a freethinker. An awareness that drove him to leave Jehovah’s Witnesses when he was only 14-years old. Something that perfectly encapsulates Simon’s view of stepping outside his comfort zone. In retrospect, he reconciles that he inherited structure and discipline from his moth-


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"FOR ME STAND-UP COMEDY IS ABOUT EMPATHY: IT IS ABOUT ENTERTAINING, SPREADING POSITIVITY AND BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER" er, and the ability to laugh and make light of situations from his father. “I have always had a knack for performance since I was a small kid,” he says, “humour was a great way to get attention and make people feel better. My mother was quite funny, and so was my father, but for him to it was more important to be funny. He didn’t care about work but drinking and having a laugh.” By his 20’s, Simon was making a comfortable living from his hourlong one-man gigs as well as hosting comedy on Danish TV. He had a loyal fanbase, ticket sales were steady, and he was engaged to his then long-time girlfriend-now wife- actress and jewellery designer, Katrine Køhler. Life was good; Simon should have been basking in the glory of his hard-earned home success. Yet he felt unsettled. He wanted to spread his wings further into International stand-up, or at least try.

BREAKING THE LAW OF JANTE IN PURSUIT OF ENGLISH STAND-UP In 2017, Simon left Denmark, where he was at the top of his comedy act, for Los Angeles, where he was just another comedian jostling for 10 minutes of mic time at the Flappers Comedy Club in Los Angeles. He went from The Simon Talbot to a Danish guy with a funny Irish accent. And yet taking the risk to try his hand at English stand-up was a lifelong dream that he could no longer ignore. It is in his DNA. “From the very first time I began doing stand-up, I always wanted to do it in English, but I was afraid of jeopardising my career in Denmark,” Simon admits, acknowledging that a break from comedy is akin to career suicide. However, it was his wife, Katrine’s, resolve to pursue her acting career full throttle that motivated him to leap into English stand-up. “The average Dane is risk-averse, unlike Americans who are driven by the ‘you can do it’ mentality. In Denmark, jantelove (law of jante) dictates a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. But I knew that I wanted to look back at my life and realise I gave English comedy a shot,” Simon says, pausing. “Because I know regret is worse than failure.” In the year he spent in Los Angeles, Simon had to contend with the uncomfortable reality of starting over as a foreigner. “It was brutal starting because the comedy scene in America is so different from the Danish one. A complete contrast to when I started doing comedy in Copenhagen and got a lot of support and encouragement from people who knew I was new in the city,” says Simon. “But

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in America, no one cared. Americans are used to people claiming they are exceptional, so when I said I was doing ‘ok in Denmark,’ I got the dismissive response of ‘whatever,” he says. “Ultimately, this rough start got me what I wanted. It made my stand-up much better in English as it is in Danish. I learnt how funny you must become when no one knows who you are, and you must win over the audience, every, single, night. I am getting closer to being as natural with my English jokes as I am in Danish. Having Irish roots has given me an advantage,” He adds.

ON IMPRESSIONS AND INTERNATIONALISING HIS STAND-UP COMEDY His year in the USA felt like a baptism by fire, Simon received an abridged introduction in American culture, comedy and politics. Although he did not achieve stardom success in American, he used the time to hone his language skills. He slowly began to work his experiences, both pleasant and embarrassing, into new jokes for his autumn 2018 one-man show ‘Make Denmark Great Again,’ mak-


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Look out for Simon’s 2020 English speaking tour dates in Denmark, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, and England. More details can be found on his website, www.simontalbot.dk or on Facebook as Simon Talbot.

SETH NICOLAS & MAGNUS PACKNESS

ing it one of his most popular shows yet, with 50,000 tickets sold in Denmark and a cascade of positive reviews. “I was much funnier when I came back to Denmark because I had that one year of being unfunny. Being in the US allowed me to elevate the quality of my material.” Simon contends his experience in America taught him that one should not let the ego determine their goals. In the same vein, Simon believes that Danes can learn a thing or two from American life and culture, namely ambition, self-confidence, and positivity. In his case, he had to learn the American way of tooting his own horn. “I had to learn to sell myself, to say I am a great comedian. Something that was against the Danish way of letting one’s work speak for itself. I had to learn that the idea of your work speaks for itself works when you live in a small village, but not in a cosmopolitan like Los Angeles or New York. If you do good in your work as a comedian in Denmark, word will spread out fast.” Simon’s comedy, by admission, now encompasses a more culturally sensitive approach. “There are no rules in Denmark about what we can or cannot joke about, a joke is a joke. In the US, for example, they take their material seriously, and a joke is a matter of opinion,” adds Simon, citing that comedy has been around in the US for more than a hundred years compared to the three decades of existence in Denmark. There’s no doubt Simon is talented and puts a great deal of effort into his material. His next ambition is to sell his upcoming English summer tour to Netflix. And why not? His appearance on The Russell Howard Show has garnered over 870,000 views on YouTube and 890.000 views on Facebook. He has more than 200,000 followers on Facebook. And now, with his presence on the gaming channel, Twitch, Simon is proving that he can rock the English crowd as well as he does the Danish audience. Can he tackle Danish sarcasm, irony, casual misogyny, and inappropriate jokes and translate these to an international audience while retaining his authenticity? “I dreamt of doing an English comedy tour 13 years ago. I have worked on this vision from the end of 2016, and now everything feels like it’s coming to fruition at once. My belief as I go forward is that one can get around any topic in comedy, regardless of the language or culture, as long as you let people know of your intent.” He says with a confident smile. THE-INTL

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FALLING IN LOVE WITH DANISH

WITH THE HELP OF SPEAK

What is the point of learning Danish? Everybody speaks English anyway. It sounds really strange, and it’s probably a pain to actually learn to speak it.. PHOTOGRAPH SPEAK SCHOOL OF DANISH

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MAYBE YOU ARE having your doubts about whether or not you should learn the Danish language? Well, maybe this article can make you certain that it is worth learning Danish.

LEARNING DANISH IS EXPANDING YOUR HORIZON These are the words that greet you as you enter the main entrance at Speak’s department in Hellerup. “We believe that learning the Danish language is the key to understand Danish society and the Danes better. Speaking Danish makes it easier for you to participate in all kinds of social networks and to get the best out of your career in Denmark. And in spite of what you might have heard, it is easy to learn Danish,” says principal Lisbet Winther. Last but not least, learning Danish is also a chance to meet other expats who are in a situation similar to yours, and as a result of this, expand your Danish network.

SPEAK IN NUMBERS Expats with more than 120 nationalities are learning Danish every week at Speak School of Danish. The language school, formerly known as Hellerup Language Centre/ VUF, has departments centrally located in Hellerup, Frederiksberg, and Lyngby. This makes it one of the biggest language schools in Denmark with more than 2000 students. Speak has been teaching Danish for more than 25 years, and the teachers have an average of over 13 years of experience. All the teachers hold a university degree and have supplemented their qualifications with the programme Danish as a second language (as required by the Ministry of Education). Many of the teachers are also working with/for the Ministry of Education and have produced a large part of the learning material and the digital platform modultest.dk. (a learning tool that prepares for the module tests).

STATE-APPROVED COURSES The Danish courses at Speak are official courses (Danskuddannelse) approved by the Danish government. The courses are composed of modules and each module is concluded with a module test. The final module is concluded with a state-approved Danish exam (Danskprøve).

FLEXIBLE COURSES You can choose between a wide range of courses, which should make them compatible with your busy calendar. You can choose between day- evening- blended and purely online classes on weekdays or weekends. You can choose between classes centrally located in Hellerup, Frederiksberg, or Lyngby. If you at some point need to change your schedule or the location of your classes, due to work, travelling, leisure activities etc. you can easily shift class.

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FACILITIES Besides the scheduled Danish lessons, Speak offers the opportunity to use well-equipped study centres and language laboratories. These are good options if you want help with a specific assignment, or you want to work intensively with your pronunciation. There are also extra workshops that you can choose from without extra costs.

A CAREER IN DENMARK? If you are looking for a job or career in Denmark, Speak can also help you accomplish that. The school offers mentoring programmes, CV workshops, excursions to Danish companies etc. You can also have a chat with some of the many Danish volunteers that are weekly visitors at Speak and whose experience you can learn from.

GETTING STARTED Speak offers intensive Danish classes at all levels and start-ups, new classes every month. This ensures that you can get started quickly no matter which level you are assessed too. Before you start your Danish classes, you are required to come for an assessment interview with a language consultant. You might consider this as a strange measure if you are a beginner, but even beginners learn differently and at a different pace and the interview ensures that you start at the exact right level with classmates who have the same prerequisites as you. This ensures that you get the absolute most out of your Danish classes. The interview is also a chance to see the school’s facilities. You can book an interview online.

PRICE Danish education is substituted by the Danish government. This means that if you hold a Danish CPR number, the cost is DKK 2000 per module + a one-off deposit of DKK 1250. The price includes all teaching material and the final exam fee. So why not start learning Danish and experience the satisfaction of not having to change into English the next time you interact with a Dane…? THE-INTL


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THE POWER OF INVOLVEMENT THE REVOLUTION OF THE INVISIBLES IN DENMARK.

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THE INVOLVEMENT OF internationals in the 2013 local elections

THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE DANISH DEMOCRACY

in Aalborg has paved the way towards the city’s recognition as the safest in Denmark and the happiest in Europe. A true testimony to the power of diversity as the city can proudly count among its local citizens 155 ethnic groups. Until the 2021 local elections, you have the chance to organise and lead the internationals in your local society on the same path for the benefit of everyone. Tired of being invisible to the local society, I became the spark that led the first English-speaking political campaign in Denmark. One year of campaigning alongside candidate Lasse Frimand Jensen towards a group of people nobody paid much attention to before has been tough, yet rewarding. Tears of happiness were shed at the voting booths by internationals voting for the first time in their life. The confused faces of other candidates that had just found out about a right existing since 1995. The ideas born during the campaign that came to life afterward like the International House North Denmark. A few snapshots to offer an insight into the rewarding side of a campaign that represented a homage to the power of involvement. Back in 2013, we hoped we kickstarted a “revolution,” a political awakening of the internationals. Unfortunately, that was not reflected by the 2017 local elections, when only 32,1% have used their right to vote and the number of non-Danish citizen candidates could be counted on the fingers of one hand. Indeed, some ethnic group has been more involved than others, as it can be shown by the voting presences of the 5 biggest minorities (Polish – 13,5%; Romanian – 11,8%; Syrian – 49,5%; Turkish – 45,8%; German – 45,8%). However, the general problem remains valid. The absence of non-Danish citizen candidates; The low level of knowledge about the political rights and the functioning of the political system; The lack of bilingual campaigns that cover issues core to the heart of the internationals; Are amongst the identified issues for the low voting presence.

The beauty of the Danish society is the foundation built upon the principles of representative and participative democracy. The system is constructed in such a way that any group of citizens with a legitimate interest can influence it. It is very simple – you participate, you get represented, you become part of the democratic decision-making process. This also means that groups that have low participation in societies decision-making process aren’t represented and, more often than not, end up being the “losers” of the political negotiations. It is a competitive system, in which the better organized, the more driven, the deeper engaged, have an advantage.

CONNECT WITH THE DANISH SOCIETY You might say now – I belong to no group; I stand alone in this world. Not in Denmark, though. Nobody is alone here. The location of your house, the ethnic, sexual, political and religious preferences, the civil status, the ownership of certain assets, etc. You are connected with other citizens thanks to shared traits and interests and therefore, you are already part of several associations just waiting for you to become active. In a country where power is measured by the number of board member positions you hold, the involvement in associations is key to the much-spoken about integration. In the last quarter of 2019, it was recorded that 541494 non-Danish citizens call Denmark their home. This represents 9,29% of the total population in Denmark. Now the question is, how many are connected with the Danish system? How many are part of the democratic decision-making process? Although there are 22 months until the next local elections, the political parties have started to already look around for potential candidates. That candidate could be YOU, so make a step towards a deeper connection with Denmark and join a political party. THE-INTL

NARCIS GEORGE MATACHE POLITICIAN Born in 1990 in a village in the north-east of Romania, Narcis made Aalborg his new home since 2009. Smitten by the Danish model, he decided to get involved in the local community leading to him becoming a strong voice on the topic of usage of the local political rights by the internationals. In 2017, he became the first nonDanish citizen to run for regional elections and to represent Denmark in the Council of Europe. He holds or held leadership positions in European Youth Denmark, Europabevægelsen, Socialdemokratiet Nørresundby, DSU Aalborg,

THE EUROPEAN UNION CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND CANDIDATE FOR THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL ELECTIONS IN DENMARK FROM THE MOMENT THEY OBTAIN AN ADDRESS. THE CITIZENS FROM OUTSIDE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND CANDIDATE FOR THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL ELECTIONS IN DENMARK AFTER THREE YEARS OF CONTINUOUS LIVING HERE.

and Frit Forum International.

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MAKING A PLAN A BUSINESS PLAN PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK PHOTO / UNSPLASH.COM

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SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT vary, and personally, I tend to act first then plan. However, when starting my first business, I knew that writing a business plan was an important task, I just didn’t know exactly when or why it should be done. I’ve read in various articles over the years that success rates for entrepreneurs who plan are higher but getting the timing right is important. The real key to succeeding in business is being flexible and responsive to opportunities. It’s been observed that entrepreneurs will need to be dynamic and change course quite often, whether it’s due to a product or service being better suited to an alternative market than the one it was originally intended for. I’ve been flexible and have had to adapt as my business has developed over the years. Most start-up businesses write their first business plan because they are applying for a loan or seeking funding from investors. But, beyond needing to develop a plan that will impress the bank or your investors, you want to build a solid company. You want to develop a sound strategy that will help your business grow and be successful. Writing a Business Plan is a necessary evil. Not everyone has the knowledge or inclination to do it, but the word on the street is that the most successful entrepreneurs were those that wrote their business plan between six and twelve months after deciding to start a business. It will ensure that you pay attention to both the broad operational and financial objectives of your new business and the details, such as budgeting and market planning. It helps focus strategy, manage milestones, manage metrics, assign and track responsibilities and performance, and manage money using projections for sales, costs, expenses, and cash.

CHANGE IS INEVITABLE We can rarely stick to the plans we make when we start a new business. Things

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LAURA WINTEMUTE OWNER, HOMESTEAD Laura is Canadian. After years of living abroad and travelling the world, she moved to Denmark in

" T H I N G S C O M E U P T H AT F O RC E YO U T O C H A N G E COURSE. IT COULD BE AN OBSTACLE, OR IT COULD BE AN UNEXPECTED OPPORTUNITY." come up that force you to change course. It could be an obstacle, or it could be an unexpected opportunity. When I started Homestead, I knew I wanted to help every newcomer to Denmark, but how was I to make money when I offered a free Welcome Kit? Who was I selling to? Was it the actual newcomer or their hiring company? Who would pay me? Your business plan will change over time as your business grows, and you may end up having multiple business plans as your objectives change. By updating your business plan as you grow, you ensure to capture your full potential. Change is inevitable. Be flexible and be ready for it.

A YEAR LATE My daughter asked me what “procrastination means.” I told her I’d tell her later. I’ve always been a procrastinator who works very well under pressure. By the time I got around to writing my first business plan, I’d already been in business for a whole year. As it turns out,

this was the optimum time to write my business plan. I knew what I was selling and who I was selling it to. During that first year in business, I was invited by Connect Denmark @SPRINGBOARD to pitch Homestead. A videotaped pitch to a panel of 10 professional businessmen and women. Similar to “Løvenes hul” or Lion’s Den. One of their requirements was that I shared my business plan before the Springboard Pitch. Having to complete a business plan is well worth the time and effort as it allows one to really research your industry, market and competition. Having to present my Business Plan to a group of professionals enabled me to truly master my thirty-second elevator pitch. It was a massive kick start for Homestead. The more you know about your industry, your prospective customers, and the competition, the greater the likelihood that your business will succeed, and the best way to learn this is by sitting down and writing your business plan. So, don’t put it off another day! THE-INTL

2007 and started her new life as an expat living in Denmark. Laura’s experience working in the Danish relocation industry, encapsulating both her experience as an ex-pat and her desire for helping people, which is WHY she started Homestead. Homestead offers Settling in Services and Workshops focusing on the day to day challenges of expats, as well as the cultural differences in both their work and daily life. “In House” consultations for International employees are also one of Homestead’s specialties. Customized, personal consultations focusing on the individual employee. Homestead. We are You’re Settling in Experts. www.homesteaddenmark.com


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HARD MEN, HARDER WOMEN I love hanging out with the bad boys/girls; persons and actions abound, which I would never condone nor contemplate in real life! If a bit of bad goes a long way, then take a trip with these guys.

SUSAN JESSEN SPIELE LIBRARIAN Susan is a librarian at Roskilde Library, and in charge of the English section. She does English events all year; everything from expat dinners and pub quizzes, to karaoke nights and book talks. She is also busy with Roskilde Horror, a club dedicated to scaring the town.

SHAMELESSLY ADDICTIVE AND ACTION-PACKED

HORRIFYING, BRILLIANT AND EVOCATIVE

THE WEIRDEST KICKASS PROTAGONIST

REALISTIC, RELATABLE AND SYMPATHETIC

KILLING FLOOR BY LEE CHILD

EVERY DEAD THING BY JOHN CONNOLLY

TALKING TO THE DEAD BY HARRY BINGHAM

THE BURNING BY JANE CASEY

Jack Reacher is a for-

Charlie Parker is a for-

DC Fiona Griffiths is

A serial killer has beat-

mer NYPD Detective,

the strangest, youngest

en to death and burned

mer Army Police Officer who is wandering the US. After serving overseas for many years, he is without an address or family. One night in a small southern town he is arrested for a murder he hasn’t committed.

who is mentally unstable after the murder of his wife and daughter

detective in the South Wales Major Crimes Unit, with secrets of

by a serial killer named

her own. When a wom-

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an and her little daugh-

four young women, but DC Maeve Kerrigan has an odd feeling regarding the fifth victim. As

Taking on a 30-year-old

ter are killed with chill-

the only female on the

murder case brings him

ing brutality in a dingy

squad, she is up against

closer to the killer and

flat, it opens a path to

more than the killer

his own humanity.

her past.

and time is short.

DID YOU KNOW? Pub quizzes are great fun, and here at Roskilde Library, we have been doing them in English for years. The next one is Tuesday the 18th of February at 19 – 22, so bring friends or colleagues and set your own team. If you come alone, we will help you find a team. And of course, we have a bar!

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DISCOVER

THE HIDDEN GEMS OF LOLLAND PHOTOGRAPHS ERIN GUSTAFSON

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MANY INTERNATIONALS LIVING IN DENMARK MIGHT BE FAMILIAR WITH LOLLAND SIMPLY AS THE PLACE YOU PASS THROUGH TO CATCH THE FERRY AT RØDBY TO PUTTGARDEN AND ON TO ALL POINTS IN CONTINENTAL EUROPE. AND WHILE YOU CAN ZOOM THROUGH THE REGION TO CATCH YOUR SHIP WHEN NEEDED, YOU SHOULDN’T SKIP THIS LOVELY ISLAND.

As the fourth largest island in Denmark, Lolland is a little bit country and not much rock and roll, but the rural landscape here offers a chance to slow down and explore the idyllic nature, lovely coastlines, charming harbour towns, stone-age history, and some seriously grand estates. Locals call Lolland “pandkageøen,” or the pancake island as the terrain here is truly flat, making it perfect for cyclists. Paths traverse the island, some part of the larger Baltic Sea cycle route that rolls for 820 kilometres across the southern part of the entire country. Much of Lolland’s stretch of this N8 route puts you along the water with lakeside stops inland at the Maribo Nature preserve. Farms knit like patchwork over the landscape, growing sugar beets and Danish cucumbers, and some of the country’s best apples. If you haven’t tasted Fejø apples yet, you’re in for a treat. Self-serve farm stands pop up often selling everything from flowers and gourds to potatoes and locally-made honey. Bring along some coins as modern MobilPay isn’t always an option for these honour system finds. For those who prefer to take a tour by car, Lolland is easily reachable from Sjælland down the E47. Coming from Fyn or Jylland, you can pop on the tiny ferry from Langeland, south of Svendborg. Wondering what to do when here? Check out these hidden gems to help you plot out your course.

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#1NYSTED HARBOUR

A classic Danish village complete with a charming little harbour, Nysted is a perfect stop to pause when in Lolland. Colourful half-timbered houses litter little lanes that take you right down to the water. In warmer months, you can find ice cream cones as big as your heart desires right at the harbour. Foodies may want to look into booking a table for dining week at Restaurant Ö serving creative locally sourced cuisine between February 8 to 15, 2020. Come summer, book a seal safari and take a tour of the surrounding nature preserve from the sea.

RESTAURANT Ö: Strandvejen 10, 4880 Nysted; www.restaurantoe.com


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#3DODEKALITTEN SCULPTURES

A modern monolithic circle of sculptured stones

by the sea, Dodekalitten is mesmerizing, if a bit bizarre. Each of the twelve pieces stands between 7-9 meters tall, weighing up to 45 tons. A work in progress, each carved face turns towards the centre of the 40-meter circle and invite you in. Take a seat on the sitting rocks and absorb the accompanying electronic music as it plays daily. Find the ferry to the little apple island of Fejø at Kragenæs close-by.

DODEKALITTEN: Kragenæsvej 62, 4943 Lolland; www.dodekalit.dk

ERIN GUSTAFSON WRITER & BLOGGER

Erin is a travel writer and culture hound exploring a life across borders in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the creator-in-chief at Oregon Girl Around the World, a blog that

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KRENKERUP BREWERY

for the whole family.

Near Sakskobing, head to the impressive Krenkerup Estate, home to the same Danish family since 1367. And while you can’t tour the house, you can enjoy the grounds and taste the craft beer being created next door. Follow the sign to Bryggeriet, the Brewery to sample some of the local beer being served up here. Housed in the 300-year-old grain storage building, inside, you’ll find bottles to bring home and evidence of the popularity of the adjacent polo fields. On sunnier days, step outside to the half-timbered courtyard for tapas and snacks. Tours of the Brewery in English happen come summer. For more information about events and what’s pouring, check here:

With a background in graphic design, photography and art history, Erin has a creative way of seeing a destination and believes that travel choices can have positive impacts for both the traveller and the communities vis-

KRENKERUP BREWERY: Krenkerupvej 33, 4990 Sakskøbing; www.krenkerupbryggeri.dk/en/visit-us/

ited. A local in Denmark since 2014, Erin has embraced the green city of Copenhagen and loves to share her insider tips. For more Scandinavian travel inspiration and Copenhagen culture, follow Erin around the world here: oregongirl

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GLENTEHØJ BURIAL MOUNDS

Across the road from Dodekalitten, you can step back into the real Stone Age and inside a well-preserved burial mound dating from 3200 BC. Instantly visible along the landscape, follow the path and crawl inside to see the huge stones that hold up the large tomb. While not completely dark with natural light sources streaming into some sections, bring along your own flashlight if you plan to venture further within. Pack a picnic or pick up some farm-fresh fare on your way and enjoy at the tables available with views of the water.

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GLENTEHØJ: Glentehøjvej 1, 4943 Lolland Falster; www.visitlolland-falster.dk

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PYT MED DET! A DANISH WAY OF

NOT SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF

PYT MED DET! IF YOU HAVE LIVED IN DENMARK, YOU HAVE PROBABLY HEARD OR READ THIS PHRASE SOMEWHERE. THE WORD PYT WAS IN 2018 VOTED AS DANES FAVOURITE WORD. YES, IT BEAT GOOD OLD HYGGE!

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THE FIRST TIME I heard the phrase pyt med det was in an email exchange between a client and myself. I was apologising for a mistake I had made in my work. The client replied with a single phrase, ‘Pyt med det.’ I was taken aback by his response. Was he dismissive? Passive-aggressive? What was I supposed to reply to that! The word pyt itself has no direct English translation. It turns out he wasn’t angry, he hired me for more work, but the word stayed on with me. Fast forward the years, I have been living in Denmark now for six years. I speak Danish and understand what pyt med det means. Learning a new language is more than grammar; it is about understanding cultural nuances. Why words matter and how we use them can shape our thoughts and reality.

JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN

INTERNALISE ‘PYT’ AS A CONFLICT RESOLUTION MECHANISM My oldest son recently started primary school, with this phase comes a new dimension of my integration into Denmark. Namely, AULA, which is a communication platform between teachers, students, and parents. AULA is the place where a teacher will give you a low-down on your child’s progress – good or not so good. I love AULA because it allows me to have an objective approach to what the teacher communicates: In a way, it enables me to be present – in the know. Recently, my son’s schoolteacher sent out a general email urging parents to help their children practice and internalise the word pyt as a conflict-resolution skill. At six years old, her students are facing different classroom and group dynamics than they ever did before in kindergarten. There has been a tendency, especially among the boys, to pick fights then run off to tell on each other to the teacher. As a non-Dane, teaching my Danish son how to contextualise “pyt ting” (ting means things) has been a learning curve. I have had to understand that pyt ting means moving forward past worrying about minor conflicts, irritations, frustrations, or mistakes. Instead, finding and focusing on what matters, as the wise saying goes, "charity begins at home." It is about talking, actively listening, validating feelings, and teaching him that pyt can cement friendships and build trust: both of which are a cornerstone of the Danish society.

PYT! A SMALL WORD WITH A SIGNIFICANT MEANING So now we are gaining a handle of the word pyt, which sounds flattering when my son says, ‘Mama, pyt med det.” He said this as I stood in his class, embarrassed because I had forgotten to pack an extra sandwich for his school trip. To make matters worse, I had volunteered, at the teacher’s behest, to accompany her and

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JOURNALIST, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER Judy is a journalist and writer, fuelled by a passion for bringing words to life. She has also been a photographer for 11 years.

"I HAVE HAD TO UNDERSTAND THAT PYT TING MEANS MOVING FORWARD PAST WORRYING ABOUT MINOR CONFLICTS, IRRITATIONS, FRUSTRATIONS, OR MISTAKES." the 23 pupils for a cinema trip in the city. For a moment there, I felt like a failure as a mother, but hearing those three words reminded me that I am human. In her classroom, there is a pyt button which the teacher uses in teachable ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ moments. I can see the effect this is having on my son’s social skills. He is a sore loser in sports and board games. I was afraid he would lose his marbles when he came 6th at the school’s swimming competition, yet again his response surprised me. “Pyt! Det er lige meget.” – It’s ok I came 6th, I did my best. Such a simple phrase is teaching him that it’s ok to lose. No one is perfect. Learning to summon the mental pyt button is an essential reminder of what to hold onto and what to let go. Pyt is about coping with stress, fears, anxieties, failures, uncertainties, overthinking, and other factors beyond your control. It is about being present, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones, and reminding yourself that you are human. Don’t beat yourself up. Be compassionate to yourself and to others. THE-INTL

Her hunger for knowledge first led her to Denmark on a scholarship for an MA in Journalism at Aarhus University. Love made her stay. She is now a mother of two AfroViking boys. She is currently working as a freelance journalist and photographer and is always interested in a challenge. Reach out on judysimon2002@yahoo.com www.judywanderi.net


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KNOW YOUR WHO! THE KEY TO RETENTION IS KNOWING YOUR AUDIENCE AND THEIR NEEDS.

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WHO ARE YOUR internationals employees and their Spouses/Partners? They are all different, and although there may be common threads running through the international stories, no two people or their international journeys are the same.

WHO IS WHO IN THE INTERNATIONAL SCHEME OF THINGS International Spouse/Partner is a general term. If we look a bit closer, we will see that spouses and partners fall into various sub-groups. The reason for relocating is often what differentiates them. Often the term Spouse/Partner is used as if it pertained to one type of person. Of course, there are similarities but no two people are the same. Their past, present, and future are also not identical. We need to start focusing on the individual, their needs and practice a human approach. To give you a general idea of the different International groups here are a few terms, according to business.internations.org

FOREIGN ASSIGNEES are usually sent abroad by their employers.

INTERNATIONAL HIRES often find a job on their own or are recruited internationally.

RELOCATING SPOUSES move abroad for their partner’s job. LOVE-PATS fall in love with someone who lives in a different country than their own and decide to move to be with them. RE-PATS return to their home country after having lived abroad. The reasons for moving are different for each group, as are the challenges.

YOU CAN’T TELL A BOOK BY ITS COVER An individual approach is what makes a difference, not cookie-cutter support. Each move, adjustment process, family, couple, is different. They may face similar challenges but not at the same time. Some people go through the cultural adjustment phases one by one, others skip certain

phases. The motivation for relocation varies as do the challenge. For example, foreign assignees are usually motivated by career development and senior positions to make a move to a different country. The relocating spouse is moving because of the family decisions that have been made due to professional opportunities for their husband or wife. For the spouse, professional networks, social net-works, and spousal support are very important. For some, easily available language classes are one of the most important support factors for others; it will be professional networks. Assumptions regarding what Internationals need basing on personal beliefs are not the best solution. To successfully work towards positive experiences for Internationals as well as locals, we need to engage in discussions, ask questions and most importantly, listen.

TO BE SEEN AND HEARD No one wants to be summed up by one word. We are all guilty of doing that, I

TEXT KATHY BORYS SIDDIQUI

know I am. We label, and we assume. We believe we know what is good for others, what they need. But, often, if we do not see the desired outcomes, we may be heading down the path that is not most beneficial. I have often heard and also used (yes, shame on me) “The Expats…” or “The Expats need this…” In reality, we are speaking of diverse groups, with very different motivations for relocation, multitudes of cultural knowledge and experience, various ages, expertise, skills, mindsets, education. Each story is different, behind each story is a person. Although there are similarities, not a single story of someone’s relocation experience is the same. Therefore, we can not assume that the same solutions will work for all. Gaining the important knowledge and awareness supported by collaborative solutions can make a difference. The only way to make progress is to open our eyes and ears. See and listen to what the needs, wants and must-haves are of the Internationals coming to and living in Denmark. THE-INTL

" N O O N E WA N T S T O B E S U M M E D U P B Y O N E W O R D. W E A R E A L L G U I LT Y O F D O I N G T H AT, I K N O W I A M . W E L A B E L , A N D W E A S S U M E ."

KATHY BORYS SIDDIQUI FOUNDER, ACTIVE ACTION Kathy was born in Poznań, Poland and has lived in 4 countries and on 2 continents. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross cultural kid she was able to discover a multicultural world that shaped her into the person she is today. As an adult she experienced life as a re-pat as well as an expat and she is not a stranger to the challenges and opportunities that life abroad offers. Just when she least expected it, she met her Danish husband and once again packed her life in boxes and set off to live the happily ever after in the land of the Vikings and Hygge. Over the span of 10 years she has lived on Fyn, in Jylland and currently in Nordsjælland. Kathy has a background in Cultural Studies and also a degree in American Studies. She has been able to combine her passion and profession as an Intercultural trainer, Personal Branding and Expat Spouse and Partner Specialist at Active Action. A firm believer that if you are lacking something - create it. She is the co-founder of #BeGreatCollaborate, a running enthusiast, speaker, active lifestyle advocate, wife and Mom. www.activeaction.dk kbs@activeaction.dk

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EXERCISING WITH YOUR DOG AND WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT One of the most important things you can give your dog is your time. Exercise is just as important for your dog's health as it is for yours, and not getting any can cause problems.

PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCK PHOTO / UNSPLASH.COM

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HOW MUCH EXERCISE

your dog needs varies from dog to dog, as it is dependent upon breed, age, and even overall health. After all, a young pup usually needs more activity than a senior dog.

EXERCISING YOUR PUPPY Puppies typically have more energy than adult dogs, and they often need multiple short bouts of activity to keep them wellexercised. Because your puppy is growing and developing, short stints of activity, such as going for a walk or playing fetch, are usually a safer choice than prolonged activity, which may be physically demanding for your puppy's growing body. Exercising your pup is also a great way to help train and socialize them.

EXERCISING YOUR ADULT DOG A dog’s breed will heavily influence how active it is and what kind of activities it needs. For example, a high- energy breed such as a Border Collie will generally need more exercise than a Bulldog. When you are looking at getting a new dog, the breed's exercise requirements are important to keep in mind, especially in light of the activities you already do. After all, a Yorkie is not likely to join you in training for a marathon, but a Goldendoodle might have the stamina to run with you for lengths of time. As your dog ages, it's important to keep medical conditions in mind when developing an exercise plan. Your veterinarian can help you determine appropriate activities for your older pup, especially if your pup has chronic health issues such as hip dysplasia or heart disease. For these dogs, exercise can help keep weight off, but it can cause more work for their joints or heart pumping. Overdoing it can lead to pain and discomfort.

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TAREK ABU SHAM OWNER, THE PET-AGREES

WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT GETTING A NEW DOG, THE BREED'S EXERCISE REQUIREMENTS ARE IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND, ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE ACTIVITIES YOU ALREADY DO.

OTHER REASONS TO EXERCISE YOUR DOG For younger or more active dogs, a healthy amount of activity can help keep them from developing destructive behaviors. When they don't have an activity outlet, they may become hyperactive when cooped up for long periods causing boredom, causing the urge to dig or chew in the house. You may come home and find that your new couch has been shredded by your puppy or that the remote has been chewed up, sending you on a hunt to find the batteries or going to the vet for X-rays to make sure your dog didn't eat them. Dogs that don't have a good outlet for their energy are also more prone to developing rough playing behaviors, including biting and predatory behaviors, which can be especially problematic if you have a small child at home or other small animals. There are many healthful benefits to

regularly exercising your dog. Especially when they are young, regular exercise builds socialization and helps your dog develop confidence and trust. Frequent walks will help housebreak your puppy and minimize the chance of them having accidents in the house. Regular mobility, especially in older dogs, will help minimize the possibility of digestive issues and helps to regulate their digestion, so they don't develop issues like constipation. Regular exercise is also useful as it promotes your dog being at a healthy weight, with increased agility.

LET US HELP YOU We will always be happy to make sure your dogs receive the daily exercise they deserve. By choosing us, you’ll have the advantage of having a veterinary-educated sitter look after your pet. Send us a message today! THE-INTL

Tarek was born in Amman, Jordan and from an early age has had a love for animals. He met his spouse in Amman and then soon embarked on an expat lifestyle that took him to Dubai, Prague, and now Copenhagen. Originally a veterinarian, Tarek reinvented himself professionally and decided to launch his own company. With The Pet-agrees, Tarek has combined his veterinary experience with his entrepreneurial spirit. The Pet-agrees cares for pets in the Copenhagen area, offering services including pet-sitting, walking, and more to come soon. www.thepetagrees.com


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LONG LIVE LADONIA! AN EXCURSION TO AN ECCENTRIC NATION WITHIN SWEDEN

PHOTOGRAPHS HEATHER GARTSIDE

TEXT HEATHER GARTSIDE

HEATHER GARTSIDE STORYTELLER AND TOUR GUIDE

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IT WAS 2002, I was returning alone to Denmark with small children. I was THAT parent on the plane, while my babes screamed for most of the flight and my non-empathic fellow passengers tutted and glared at us. In a moment of calm, I recall flicking through a SAS airline magazine with a fretting child and finding an article about a series of driftwood sculptures in southern Sweden. Intrigued and grateful for the escapist thoughts, I slipped the magazine in my bag and later poured over the sculptures constructed of 75 tonnes of smuggled driftwood. The seemingly random constructions were simply banged together by steel nails and set on a wild and isolated beach. I decided to make a journey to visit them - the first of many.

PROTEST ART

The Swedish artist, Lars Vilks started to build this provocative construction, named ‘Nimis’, in 1980. It became a huge secret project staffed by artists, hippies and free thinkers, but by 1982 it was discovered and consequently became a matter for the Swedish government and the police too. The trials (since 1982, approximately one trial every year) brought the work a lot of publicity. Lars Vilks was successful at standing his ground, and the authorities were not able to have the pieces removed as he sold them - first to the artist Joseph Beuys and, after Beuys’s death, to the conceptual artist, Christo. In the nineties, two other pieces were erected in concrete: Arx and Omfalos. As the area was more or less permanently occupied, the artist proclaimed a new country, Ladonia.

THE BIRTH OF A MICRONATION

The micronation of Ladonia was founded in June 1996. Ladonia became an area that couldn’t be controlled by Swedish authorities and has effectively got up their nose for more than forty years. As Nimis’s existence is not sanctioned by Sweden, it’s dif-

Heather is a successful storyteller; she’s also a tour guide, photographer, and mother of ficult to find – as there are no official sign posts, nor is it marked on maps. (See at the end of the article)

three. All these ingredients

FAR OUT MAN

er, with a pinch of sea salt, to

are carefully blended togeth-

Nimis means ‘too much‘ in Latin. Yet, to reach this amazing series of wooden sculptures you may find that there are ‘too few‘ signposts. On my first trip to Ladonia, after getting lost and mildly panicky in the forests of Kullaberg Nature Reserve for two hours, I eventually retraced my steps to an ”N” marker tree. After a peaceful hike through undulating beech forests, the heavily forested north face quickly became jagged, unforgiving and extremely steep. Cascades of massive boulders and scree poured down the hillside, violently jettisoned as the great ice sheets retreated northwards. It’s the secret feel of the location, and the decidedly dodgy signage that adds to the mystery of the place and the wonderful sense of discovery when you, sweating profusely, reach the first drawbridge-like structure which challenges and unsettles you immediately in its enormity, artistry and sheer nerve.

create her unique take on life

LONG LIVE LADONIA

a hit with travellers from all

Vilks acted as Chancellor of Ladonia until 1997 when the number of registered citizens exceeded one thousand. At this point, elections were held via the Internet. Ladonia became a ’remony,’ a republican monarchy with a president and queen (Queen Carolyn.) The number of registered citizens of Ladonia is now around 22,150. Most are from Sweden, the rest of the population is made up of people from 139 other countries, most notably the USA, Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, Brazil, and Spain. I too, was impressed by the irreverence and energy of Ladonia and the stunning isolated beauty of Nimis and became a citizen in 2014. Then, a member of the nobility with the title of Countess Erika von Risaulait, in honour of my first book – Rice Pudding in a Duvet.

BURNING ISSUE

in Denmark and around the world. You’ll find more vivid descriptions and bittersweet adventures in her novels, ‘Rice Pudding In A Duvet’ and ‘Middle Distance,’ which are available on Amazon. Heather’s original, entertaining, and off the beaten track walking tours of Copenhagen and Helsingør have become over the world throughout the year. More details on her website and on Airbnb Experiences. @timetravellingin copenhagen @gartsideheather @timetravellingin

In 2016 an arson attack burnt a significant part of the sculptures. But as Queen Carolyn put it, ”Nimis will be repaired, and grow to be even larger than before… rising like a Phoenix from the ashes.” Whereas Lars Vilks cleverly put it, ”The fire could be seen from Sweden” and ”the destruction of the sculpture was all part of the art.” THE-INTL

Amazon:

BLOG POST ON MY VISIT TO NIMIS:

LinkedIn:

https://heathergartside.com/2014/08/16/signpost-n-for-nimis/

@heather-gartside

FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/ladoniagov/

copenhagen

@heather-gartside/

DIRECTIONS:

Airbnb Experiences:

Nimis is just fifty minutes north of Helsingborg in Southwestern Sweden. Here are GPS coordinates for the place to park your car at Himmelstorpvågen, the rest is on foot, and not for the fainthearted or toddlers! Latitude: 56.27817. Longitude: Longitude: 12.54618 (WGS84: Decimal) Then follow the "N" for Nimis.

@wonderfulwonderfulwalksincopenhagen and @timetravellinginhelsingør

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JUTL AND

THE NEW DIMENSIONS OF INTERNATIONALISATION

AARHUS AND EASTERN JUTLAND IS HOME TO MANY INTERNATIONAL-MINDED COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ALL CONTRIBUTE TO THE INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THIS GEOGRAPHICAL AREA. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY WILL TAKE YOU BY THE HAND AND SHOW YOU THE DIVERSE SCENE ON WHICH INTERNATIONALIZATION IS BUILT. THIS MONTH WE GIVE THE FLOOR TO AARHUS UNIVERSITY.

currents around the globe might indicate otherwise - and it enriches us all professionally and personally. Aarhus University has staff and students from all over the world, and our collaboration with International Community has played a significant role in ensuring that Aarhus is a great place to work and live for our international researchers. The last ten years have demonstrated just how important collaboration across the city’s public and private actors is in attracting and retaining international staff. For Aarhus University, internationalization is as high a priority today as it was ten years ago. We remain committed to maintaining our position as an internationally renowned university. To do so, we need to attract and retain the most talented researchers; also, our international profile is dependent on the international profile of the city and region. The key to attracting the best researchers is an international research environment and a good collaboration with local companies who employ our students and collaborate with our researchers. Furthermore, our ability to welcome the entire family is imperative: good school and day-care offers for the children, job opportunities for accompanying partners and social and professional networking opportunities. International Community has been a key player in the collaborative endeavours to make Aarhus an internationally attractive base for international talents and accompanying families. The competition for the greatest talents is hard and global, so what lies ahead to manifest Aarhus’ position on the international labour market? Many of the initiatives developed over the last ten years are now integrated services that should be maintained, while we take internationalization to new levels and new contexts. The complexity of internationalization is only growing. How does internationalization affect the workplace when it becomes truly multicultural? This is a known challenge for large international companies, but how do we support companies in this respect? People have multiple employments across borders, and how do we handle this? How will digitalization affect internationalization? What are the benefits and challenges? How will this affect our views on culture and diversity?

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In East Jutland, we have the knowledge, the experience, and the needs that empower a strong voice in the political debate about the benefits and challenges of internationalization and diversity. Together with International Community we want to play an active role in addressing internationalization in a broader context of diversity and contribute on a national level, local level and at the individual workplaces. Aarhus University is looking forward to exploring and meeting these challenges with our partners in International Community – we’re in it for the long run. THE-INTL

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY We offer a wide range of events, seminars and online activities that help internationals get settled in Denmark. Learn more on our website or follow us on: @internationalcommunityAarhus @internationalcommunityaarhus

www.erhvervaarhus.dk www.international community.dk

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THE IMPACT OF globalization continues to grow - even if political

TEXT AARHUS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

JESPER RAIS

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FOOD HUG! February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day falling on February 14th. Sure, you can buy heart-shaped chocolates or diamond rings to show your devotion. Or you can spoil your loved ones with what I like to call a “food hug”: warm, cozy, comfort food made from scratch. PHOTOGRAPHS ERIN CHAPMAN

TEXT ERIN CHAPMAN - THE AMERICAN PIE COMPANY

THE PERFECT FOOD-HUG-FARE? GIANT CINNAMON BUNS, FRESH OUT OF THE OVEN, OF COURSE! THESE OVERSIZED ROLLS ARE SQUISHY, FLAVORFUL, AND BOTH DECADENT AND HOMEY AT THE SAME TIME. THEY’RE EASIER TO MAKE THAN THEY LOOK, BUT ALLOW YOURSELF A FEW HOURS OF PREP TIME, AS THE DOUGH MUST RISE IN TWO STAGES. YOU CAN FOLLOW THE TIPS FOR PREPPING AHEAD AND BAKING LATER, AS WELL AS THE STEP-BY-STEP VISUALS FOR SMOOTH SAILING. HAPPY BAKING!

GIANT CINNAMON ROLLS MAKES 14-16 LARGE CINNAMON ROLLS

DOUGH: 2½ dl whole milk (sødmælk) ½ dl warm water 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 115 g butter, room temperature 2 eggs, room temperature, beaten 1

/4 teaspoon salt

115 g sugar 550 g flour 3 teaspoons (1x11g packet) dry yeast (tørgær)

CINNAMON FILLING: 150 g butter, softened to room temperature 75 g sugar 75 g brown sugar (muscovado or brunfarin) 3 tablespoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon cardamom (optional)

PRE-BAKE TOPPING: 1 dl cream 20 g butter

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: 100 g cream cheese 100 g butter, room temperature 100 g powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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STEP 1: MAKE THE DOUGH  Combine the milk and water and warm in a

STEP ONE

STEP TWO

saucepan until very warm, but not hot, to the touch. In a large bowl stirring with a wooden spoon, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, add the warm milk mixture, then all the ingredients from the “Dough” list, in the order given. Mix together until a soft dough forms. The dough will be sticky.

ERIN CHAPMAN

Place the dough on a generously floured surface and knead the dough until elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Lightly grease a large clean bowl with vegetable oil, place dough into the bowl and cover with

CO-OWNER, THE AMERICAN

STEP THREE

STEP FOUR

PIE COMPANY

plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled

With over 20 years’ experi-

in size (1-2 hours).

ence in the advertising industry, working both in Denmark

STEP 2: ASSEMBLE

and USA, Erin has special-

Make the cinnamon filling. In a medium bowl,

ised in brand building and im-

stir together the butter, sugar, brown sugar cinna-

age development for lifestyle,

mon and cardamom until thoroughly combined.

food and fashion clientele at

Set aside at room temperature.

both national and internation-

Assembling and baking the rolls. Grease a large baking or roasting pan (approx 30x38 cm, or 2

STEP FIVE

STEP SIX

al level. Erin attended DIS, Den-

smaller baking pans) on the bottom and sides. Set

mark’s Study Abroad pro-

aside.

gramme in 1996 and made a

After the dough has risen, it will be soft and airy.

connection with Copenhagen.

Place the dough on a floured surface, fold over

She moved to Denmark per-

twice, then roll out to a large rectangle shape

manently in 1998 with two

(approx. 40x60cm). Using a spoon or spatula, pour

suitcases and a pocketful of

spread the cinnamon filling mixture evenly onto the

change. Working in the adver-

rolled out dough and out to the very edges.

tising industry she worked her

Gently roll the dough into a log shape and cut into 4-5 cm wide sections. Place the pieces, cut side up, into the prepared pan, leaving space be-

STEP SEVEN

STEP EIGHT

way up as a senior creative, as well as a voiceover artist, and then began her own brand and design business in 2006.

tween each piece.

Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place

Merging her love for food

for 30-40 minutes or until doubled in size. The rolls

and art direction, she began

should be touching each other and the sides of

food styling and cookbook de-

the pan. If you’d like to freeze your rolls for future

sign for other authors, and

baking, see tips.

then proceeded to continue with recipe development,

STEP 3: BAKE & TOP Preheat oven to 175 C.  Pre-bake coating. Before baking, warm the

publishing two cookbooks in

STEP NINE

STEP TEN

Denmark. While living in Los Angeles, Erin worked with

cream and 20 g of butter until lukewarm (not hot)

several US brands on image

and gently pour or brush over all the rolls (it’s OK if

and recipe development and

there’s a little cream in the bottom of the pan). This

upon returning to Denmark,

step will make them extra soft and delicious. Bake

she partnered with Dorte

for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Prip in 2015 to introduce The

Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Make the cream cheese frosting. While the rolls

American Pie Company in Co-

are cooling, in a medium bowl using a mixer, blend

Erin is happily married to her

the cream cheese and butter until combined. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until smooth and creamy.

 Spread the frosting over the warm cinnamon rolls. Serve warm with loads of love. TIP 1: To speed up the rising process, you can preheat your oven to 75 C, then turn it off. Place the prepared dough in the oven with the door cracked. This provides a warm and cozy environment for the dough to rise. TIP 2: These are large rolls and will fill a roasting pan of about 30x38 cm in size. If you don’t have a large roasting pan, use 2 smaller baking pans and put 6-8 rolls in each. You can freeze one pan for later – see the next tip!

penhagen. TIP 3: **REFRIGERATING OR FREEZING UNBAKED CINNAMON ROLLS**

Danish husband and is the

Of course, baking and serving cinnamon rolls the same day is the BEST result, but there are make-ahead time savers, too. Read on! If you’d like to make the cinnamon rolls ahead of time or save half for another time, allow your rolls to rise 30-40 minutes for the 2nd rising stage. If refrigerating the night before, cover tightly and chill. In the morning, remove from the fridge and allow them to come to room temperature (about 30 min), then bake as directed in Step 3. If freezing, then partially bake for about 15 minutes at 170 C, until set, but not yet golden brown. Allow to cool completely, then cover tightly with plastic wrap and freeze. When you’re ready to bake and serve, allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight so they are ready to bake in the morning. Follow Step 3 “BAKE” instructions as directed and serve.

old daughter who speaks flu-

mother of a sassy seven year ent “Danglish”. www.theamericanpieco.com

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HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR

NETWORK IN DENMARK You have probably heard that having a network in Denmark is extremely important and not only when you are a job seeker. Having a network, though it is not enough – you should also maintain it.

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JUST AS YOU should be expanding your network continuously, you should also nourish the existing one, but how to do it? And how should you act after a coffee meeting? What about after a networking event or a job interview? What are go’s and what are no’s? Generally, a follow-up and a ‘nice reminder’ every now and then to your network is always a good idea, not only when you ‘need a job.’ I think we can both agree that getting a message, once a year from someone in your network, saying, “I need a job now, can you help” is not a way to do it. You should ‘massage’ your network and remind yourself to them every so often.

FOLLOW UP THE SAME DAY WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE

Let us say that you had a fruitful coffee meeting today or met an interesting person at a networking event. The conversation was flowing, you were curious about the other person and asked questions, and they did the same. Often, people say for example: “Let me know if there is anything I can help you with” or “You are welcome to check my Linkedin connections. Let me know if I can introduce you to someone relevant.” That is the moment when you should ‘grab the bull by the horn.’ After the event, on the same evening, write the person a short e-mail, for example: “Hi Kim. Thank you for today. It was inspiring to hear about your career as a consultant at CA A-kasse. I will go through your contacts on Linkedin and will get back to you, with whom I would like to get connected. Thank you for your time today and let me know if there is anything I can help you with, Kind regards, Greete.” Later, once you have written Kim again about the contacts, follow up with him again after 3-4 months to ask, how is work and what projects he is currently working on. Sometimes, things change fast in companies, and you never know if your skills might be needed. The more you meet people in different settings, the more you will also learn how and who you want to keep in touch with. You will learn about people’s preferences for communication, their tone of writing and frequency. For some people, it is more about the transactions; for others, it is about building relationships. I am definitely the second type – some of my coffee meetings have turned into new friendships.

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FOLLOW UP AFTER AN INTERVIEW

You had a great interview, everything went well, and you cannot wait to get the call for the second one. What is next? After 24 hours, if you feel that there is a good match between you and the company and that you would really like to get that job, then let them know. The company probably interviewed at least three, four other people, and they are busy with the whole recruitment process. It does not harm, if you write them a short, ‘reminding yourself to them’ e-mail, for example: “Dear Mette. Thank you for the interview yesterday - it was great meeting you and your colleagues. After our talk, I am confident that my skills and background could be a good fit for your team. I hope to meet you again, Kind regards, Greete.” People need nurturing, and so does your network. Remember to reach out to your connections, also when you do not need a favour from them. Sending short messages, thanking people for their time or wishing them happy holidays can sometimes make a difference! THE-INTL

THE MORE YOU MEET PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT SETTINGS, THE MORE YOU WILL ALSO LEARN HOW AND WHO YOU WANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH.

GREETE ELURI JOB CONSULTANT Greete was born in Tallinn, Estonia and has lived in four countries and on four continents. After high school exchange year in the US, Greete caught a ‘travel bug’. Since 2010, Denmark has become her second home. Her background is within international marketing. Greete changed her career to work with her passion - to help international job seekers in Denmark. For the last two years, she has been actively creating content in Linkedin and organising different events for job seekers. Greete believes that with the right mindset, skills and tools you can be successful in the rigid Danish job market. www.linkedin.com/in/ greeteeluri/ greete.eluri@gmail.com


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EATING DANISHLY – AND GLOBALLY FIND YOUR FAVOURITE FEAST WITH MY RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS PHOTOGRAPHS LINDSEY SCAIFE / VARIOUS / CATRIONA TURNER

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record, that’s not a pricey Janteloven-baiting timepiece, but a tasty snack of rolled up chapati and omelette. Many in Esbjerg were disappointed when ‘our’ Street Food closed last year. But the good news is that it’s reopening next month. A new owner, Dan Lia Christensen, has a fresh start in mind. He invited me in for a sneak preview and told me, “Our mission is to make a space which brings people together…no matter their generation, background or culture.” There’s substantial refurbishment going on in that space too, so hopefully, we can look forward to more opportunities to eat globally in 2020! In the meantime, here are my personal favourites for eating out in Esbjerg. Bon appetit! THE-INTL

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CATRIONA TURNER

IN TOWN

WRITER AND BLOGGER

RANKIN PARK: Modern urban chic destination on Skolegade, with a

I LOVE TO be an advocate for the good life over here in Esbjerg.

focus on healthy homemade food in stylish surroundings.

Catriona is a writer and blog-

After ten years of moving around at the whim of a multinational company, I’ve learned how to focus on the positive wherever we land. If you’re a regular reader, you know that I’ve found plenty to love about living in Esbjerg. Still, when I mentioned to a friend that I was writing about eating out in Esbjerg, her response was, ‘That’ll be short then.’ And I knew where she was coming from. But there are some great options if you know where to look.

KAFFESMEDEN: The ultimate hyggelig nook for coffee, and the best

ger currently living in Esbjerg,

carrot cake in town. Find it hidden away on Smedegade and settle

Denmark. In the decade since

in for a cosy retreat!

leaving Scotland, she’s also

MAMMAS: Casual Italian eating on Kongensgade, with a wide range

lived in France, Uganda and

of good-value pizza and authentic pasta dishes.

the Republic of Congo.

THE SHIP INN AT HJERTING BADEHOTEL: Reliable and elegant

At her blog, The Frustrated

spot for Danish classics, or a plate of tapas at Friday’s happy hour.

Nester, she writes about Dan-

FOODIE CULTURE

NØRRE19: The cafe attached to Esbjerg library on Nørregade has re-

ish living, travel and the ex-

And I’ve looked hard. I know that for many Danes, the culture of eating out regularly is not a familiar one, especially in winter, when they get hyggelig and stay home. While my North American friends are used to dining out frequently and cheaply, I fall somewhere in the middle. I’m at a stage in my life where I try to cook as infrequently as I can get away with, especially given the impact of having to adapt to the shopping habits and ingredients available in different countries. One expectation I had of life in Denmark was shaped by its reputation as a foodies’ haven. The New Nordic movement put Danish cuisine on the map, and the Copenhagen restaurant Noma was often named the best in the world. In smaller towns, though, restaurants tend to rely on familiar Danish staples. Since coming to Denmark, I’ve acquired a taste for eating Danishly, and I love a hearty stjerneskud or a well-constructed smørrebrød. I can even enjoy a good homemade version of the ubiquitous remoulade.

cently had a makeover, with good-value lunches and snacks.

pat life. Her writing has also been published in the anthology Once Upon an Expat, and its follow-up Life on the Move,

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published in June 2019.

OUT OF TOWN

She’s currently working on a memoir of place and home, and is also a freelance copy-editor and proofreader. www.thefrustrated nester.com

HENNE KIRKEBY KRO: There’s double-Michelin-starred dining just

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half an hour away, combining homegrown ingredients and Danish

frustratednester

DIVERSE BITES

comfort food with an international influence.

@thefrustratednester

Another popular Danish foodie trend is the food hall. There are several in Copenhagen, and we loved the diversity of Aarhus Street Food, where we found a Ugandan kitchen, and I got nostalgic over a ‘rolex’ (having lived in Kampala for a year). For the

RUDBECKS FANØ: Hop on the ferry and take the short walk through gorgeous Nordby for lunch at this deli, where you can order the local Fanø beer to go with beautifully-presented smørrebrød.

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NOT SO FAST: VISITING HOME AGAIN YOUR FIRST VISIT HOME AFTER LIVING ABROAD CAN BE SURPRISINGLY DIFFICULT. IT CAN BE STARLING TO SUDDENLY RETURN TO YOUR OLD ENVIRONMENT, AS A RADICALLY DIFFERENT PERSON.

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TO NAVIGATE YOUR first visit home again, it’s important to anticipate reverse culture shock, acknowledge your changing values, and prepare for saying goodbye.

REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK Reverse culture shock is the difficulty of readjusting to the culture, norms, and values of your home country after living out of the country. After my first eleven months abroad in Denmark, I visited my home for the first time in the United States. Except for visiting England once, I had not been in a country with English as the first language for nearly a year. To put it simply, I became accustomed to not understanding Danish around me, so I unconsciously tuned out some of the outside noise, such as people talking to one another. During my first layover in the United States, I was shocked to understand countless conversations surrounding me. It felt like a switch went off in my head and I now had this superpower of understanding exactly what people were saying to me. Besides the more obvious contrasts of American and Danish cultures, I found myself deeply missing the place that I left and jumping at the chance to talk about

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF PREPARING TO GO BACK ABROAD AND SAYING GOODBYE.

BAILEY JENSEN BLOGGER & STUDENT where I was living. In the same instance, I would then get irrationally irritated at my home country. I began to get annoyed at everything, including why Montana does not have any public transportation? Why can’t you just drink a beer on the street? Why do all the shops close extremely early? One of my biggest annoyances coming back to North America was their lack of being upfront. American’s call their notorious lack of bluntness and forwardness as beating around the bush. I began to truly appreciate the Dane’s quality of being upfront about the truth and with one another. Now being in a country where that was no longer the norm, this took some adjusting.

A CHANGE OF VALUES Half-way through my year studying abroad in Denmark, I met my Danish husband Rune and quickly became accustomed to the Danish culture. I greatly underestimated how much I had changed as a person and how drastically my set of values changed. Thinking back, the changing of my values was natural, considering what I was exposed to. I quickly adapted to my new environment by taking on

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new habits like the natives in Denmark. While you may be a different person now, the core of your being will remain unchanged. This unique set of experiences and change can be quite isolating, for people will never truly understand what you have been through. Quit while you are ahead and take solace in the notion that while people may not know exactly about your experiences, they can always empathize and listen.

Bailey Ann Jensen is an

SAYING GOODBYE

ley is getting her bachelor’s

Do not underestimate the importance of preparing to go back abroad and saying goodbye. Begin preparing mentally a few days before your departure abroad again. When it comes to leaving, always leave with a potential return date to communicate with your friends and family. This helps the pain of leaving and leaves excitement for the future. Also, do not forget to bring small things back to Denmark that reminds you of home. Personally, I always bring back a different toy dinosaur to play with my nephew over video chat with. Leaving your loved ones with something tangible is a direct connection to them and becomes valuable. THE-INTL

American expat in Aarhus, Denmark since 2013 and is from Helena, Montana. She originally came to Denmark as an exchange student at Aarhus University for one year, where she met her Danish husband. Now living in Denmark permanently, Baidegree in political science and is an international nanny for families in Aarhus. In her free time, she makes sense of her multicultural life around her with her blog about becoming a Dane: Dane in Training. For frequent new blog posts, check out her website and daily pictures on Instagram www.daneintraining.com @daneintraining


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EASY, FAST, CONVENIENT! THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM IN DENMARK

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DENMARK’S CAPITAL COPENHAGEN

boasts a public transport network that operates 24 hours a day with special train, metro and bus services covering the night and early hours. Most ticket types can be used on all forms of public transport in and around the capital, including its Metro, rail, buses and harbour buses. Whether you are a tourist visiting Denmark’s capital or on a business trip, the driverless Metro or train services will take you from Copenhagen Airport to the city centre is just fifteen minutes. All local transport throughout Denmark runs on the same ticketing system, so transfers from train to bus are very easy. DSB is the official Danish national rail operator, but there are now other rail companies also operating. It's easy to travel by train beyond Copenhagen to the rest of Denmark. For example, a train from Copenhagen to Aarhus (the second largest city) will take just three hours, to Aalborg four hours and to Odense approximately ninety minutes. Wi t h e x p e n s i ve p r o j e c t s l i ke t h e Aarhus "Letbane" (Light Rail) and the new City Ring on the Copenhagen Metro grid, considerable finance is being allocated to public transport in Denmark. Recent surveys show that most people using local transport in Denmark agree that it is of a high standard. Nearly every town in Denmark supports a network of local buses. In smaller towns, the local bus terminal is often adjacent to the train station or long-distance bus terminal, making public transport very convenient for travellers.

BUS STOP TIPS Bus stops are marked by signs with the route numbers on them. Underneath the signs, you will see the timetable for each bus that stops there. You do not have to signal for it to stop. If you are standing next to the sign, a bus will stop. However, if there are several different bus routes stopping at the stop, you should stand near the sign, so that the driver knows you are waiting for the approaching bus. If you are standing on the sidewalk leaning against a wall and a bus is approaching, the driver may think that you are waiting for a different bus and may not stop. You should also be aware that buses are not like trains, they do not stop at all

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stops. They only stop if a passenger has hit the stop button or if someone is waiting at the bus stop to get on. You may also experience that a bus stands still at a bus stop for a minute or two as the bus driver will always try to arrive at bus stops on route at the advertised time. In the countryside, where the distance between bus stops is likely to be much further than in the cities, bus drivers are usually ready and willing to make unscheduled stops as an extra service to passengers. In remote areas, it is even possible to get a bus driver to make an unscheduled pick-up stop where distances between stops are quite significant.

TRAVELLING BY TRAIN With its extensive railway network, Denmark is ideally suited for exploring by train. If you are planning to travel between cities or to different regions of Denmark, the train is the obvious choice. The train is a perfect way to observe the beautiful Danish countryside and during the journey, you can relax, read a book, access the Internet, take a nap or plan

what you are going to see and explore when you arrive at your destination. Denmark has a reliable train system with reasonable fares and frequent services. The network extends to most corners of the country. In remote areas, a network of local buses connects towns with frequent services and long-distance trains on major routes operate at least hourly throughout the day. Local transport in Denmark is of a very high standard. Excellent trains, a Metro and buses service the capital, effective local bus networks cover larger towns and most small towns have bus connections to their regional hub. THE-INTL

WITH EXPENSIVE PROJECTS LIKE THE AARHUS “LETBANE” (LIGHT RAIL) AND THE NEW CITY RING ON THE COPENHAGEN METRO GRID, CONSIDERABLE FINANCE IS BEING ALLOCATED TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN DENMARK.

PRESIDENT & CEO BOSS CERTIFICATION OXFORD BUSINESS SERVICES Mariano has over 30 years' global experience as a business executive. He spent ten years with KPMG, twenty-one years with British Chambers of Commerce (while also running his own companies) and now BOSS Certification. He is a British citizen, who grew up in Kent, went to boarding school in Sussex and has a British university education. He has been married to a Dane for over 43 years and has held over 100 official anti-Brexit speeches. He both speaks and writes Danish without difficulty. www.boss-register.com www.oxford-business.com

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