BISCUITS & SUMMER BERRIES
OUR TOP 5 SUMMER SPOTS
JUNE EVENTS AROUND DENMARK
THE CONSTANT TRAVELLER
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LONDON TO COPENHAGEN PAPER
BARBARA SHARES HER INSPIRING STORY
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WARM DAYS & LONG NIGHTS AS THE SUN STARTS TO SET LATER IN THE EVENINGS, EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. WHETHER YOU ARE ENJOYING FESTIVALS, GRADUATION CEREMONIES, OR JUST SIMPLY SPENDING TIME TOGETHER. MAKE IT YOUR BEST SUMMER YET!
I LOVE THE feeling of summer when it starts to creep into Denmark. There are obvious changes to watch out for: clothing gets shorter, colours get brighter, the excitement amongst the young adults as they prep for their final exams and endless drinking, the raps fields blossom, the festivals start popping up around the country, and last but not least, the smiles on the faces that greet me as the sun starts to set later in the evening - it seems to put everyone in a great mood throughout Denmark. As parents we start to prepare for the end of yet another school year, and look forward to a well deserved summer vacation! If you have no plans to leave Danish shores for the summer, now is the perfect opportunity to explore the country! In this issue, with its new travel and tourism section I'd like to introduce our latest team member Erin - she will be focusing on top things to do in Copenhagen this summer (page 14-15). We are also excited to be distributing our newspaper to tourists coming in from the cruise liners from around the world - very proud to show them our adopted country from an international's point of view. Another new addition to our team is Karin, our writer who will be focusing on coaching our internationals through
some of the challenges that they will face once moving to Denmark (page 25). Last but by no means least, I would like to welcome Stella, our new gem of a sub-editor. Stella comes from an impressive background, and the whole team is looking forward to work-
ing with her for many issues to come. This issue has been jammed packed with all your favourites. Take advantage of the Danish summer (sometimes it's a hit and miss), and enjoy the events happening all around the country. To highlight my personal favourites is tough, but here are some that shouldn't be missed: International Day of Yoga (21 June), hosted by our very own writer Heather Gartside; Copenhagen Carnival Parade (8 June), not to be missed - colourful and full of energy; The Treetop Experience at Camp Adventure take a slow or fast walk (depending how fit you are) to the top of this amazing observation tower. This impressive architectual structure is 145 meters above sea level - now that's high - and you certainly have to be brave to stand up there! Finally the biggest music and arts festival in Northern Europe - Roskilde Festival 29 June - 6 July). So, whether you're staying in Denmark, or visiting home, from everyone here at The International team - have a great summer!
"This summer, put your phone away for a few days. Make some memories that no-one knows about. Make some memories that are just yours."
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WHAT’S ON IN JUNE
IN THE DEPTHS OF WINTER, IT WAS HARD TO FIND EVENTS TO CELEBRATE, AND NEVER A PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN SIGHT. BUT FROM ‘MAD MAY’ TO A BUSY MONTH OF JUNE, THE FUN CONTINUES AND CULMINATES IN THE START OF THE SUMMER VACATION. We begin with Grundlovsdag (Constitution Day) on 5 June which celebrates the signing of the Danish constitution in 1849, there’s Pinsedag & anden Pinsedag (Pentecost) on 8 and 9 June, and the bizarre sight of drunken teenagers exuberantly celebrating ending their studies at Gymnasium (high school, not a sports club) and driving around in specially decorated farmers’ trucks known as Studenter vogne. (Student Wagons). June 16 is Father’s Day, the U.N. recognised International Day of Yoga on 21 June and the quintessentially nordic Sankt Hans Aften (Midsummer's Eve) on 23 June. PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS
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It is the goal and purpose of Aarhus Pride to make a day of celebration and fight for all who can stand behind a diverse Aarhus and a diverse world, put love between humans in front and who want a future with equality for all. We celebrate the progress made in Denmark and our part of the world. The diversity of human kind and the unity within the LGBTQIA+ community and all our allies. We fight for equality for everyone, both in Denmark and in the rest of the world, where the reality of humans, who are not considered “right” in their part of the world, is quite different than here in Aarhus. At Aarhus Pride, and all events made in collaboration with others, everyone should be able to feel safe enough to speak for themselves. We believe in a healthy debate, where all opinions are welcome, are listened to, and respected. Transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, or any kind of phobia against LGBTQIA+ humans are not tolerated at this event.
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA Friday 21 June is International Yoga Day. The fifth annual U.N recognised celebration when yogis the world over raise both money for charity and awareness about the benefits of Yoga, all while sending positive energy to those who need it most. One important aspect of the two-hour yoga session is that it must take place precisely from 11 am to 1 pm local time, so that the result will be a 24-hour yoga marathon all over the world. The @kindenmark caring community in conjunction with yoga teachers from ElenaYoga and Marcello Real, QuietZone.dk meditation centre and The INTERNATIONAL Denmark’s English language newspaper, will be holding an open-air yoga event in the lovely Kongens Have (the park by Rosenborg Palace) on this special day. There will be two 45-minute sessions of yoga in English, a meditation, and a chance to relax and meet like-minded people from all over the world after the event.
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GLADSAXE AFRICAN VILLAGE
AALBORG SPISER SAMMEN
AALBORG COMMUNAL SUPPER
COPENHAGEN CARNIVAL PARADE
Get to know the locals and bring your friends and family to a big communal supper at Strandvejen 19 in Aalborg. Long tables will be decorated for all the guests, the doors will open at 17:00 and supper begins at 17:30. The menu costs 100DKK, children age 3 –12 half price while those under 3 are free. Drinks available at the bar.
In a colour explosion of magic, gleaming sequences and happy samba rythms, we welcome you to Copenhagen Carnival. The big traditional samba parade takes place on Strøget on Saturday, with great enthusiasm for both artists and audiences. The festival continues throughout the weekend in Fælledparken, with lots of activities and entertainment for both children and adults, featuring spectacular stage shows, dance classes, drum workshops, kids carnival, and exciting shopping areas and a delicious food market from all over the world.
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African Village, part of the "Gladsaxe Loves Culture 2019" festival is on 8 June from 10:00 – 16:00 and is packed full of free events for the whole family. There’s a chance to sample foods from 9 African countries, live music, dancing, competitions and a concert from Tamala Band.
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AROS AARHUS ART MUSEUM
FILM – TOMORROW
INDIAN HOME COOKED FOOD FESTIVAL
IRON KIDS DAY
The screening of a timely environmental documentary from 2015 called. “I morgen” (Tomorrow). The film focuses on global warming and climate change, with footage of activists and their visions for going greener and safeguarding the planet for future generations. The event is free but paid entry to Aros art gallery is still necessary.
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Come and sample the delicious diversity of the Indian sub-continent at the Indian vegetarian and vegan regional food festival in Copenhagen. Many enthusiastic cooks with be vying to tantalize your taste buds at this event from 11:00 – 17:00 at Østerbrohuset, Århusgade 103, 2100 Copenhagen.
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A day of sporty fun, exercise, bouncy castles, face painting, yummy food, and competitions to find Esbjergs very own "Iron Kids" at Jerne Stadion.
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PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH
THE PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH FREE DANCE The 2019 Elections for Parliament are coming closer, and the People’s Climate March Copenhagen is taking to the streets again. On 17 June from 13:00 – 16:00, people will come together to demand climate justice and meaningful action by politicians. With every day environmental distress becoming harder to solve, this march will show support to politicians who are willing to make the difficult decisions no matter what their party affiliations are. The People’s Climate March is an inclusive and diverse event that unites people across generations, background, political affiliations. The march is supported by a growing coalition of organizations and networks at the forefront of fighting for responsible climate action and social justice.
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A chance to come and unwind from the pressures of daily life and to dance freely in whichever style, rhythm and tempo you desire from 18:30 pm. Just an hour and a half to be totally and uniquely you! Some may wish to play, some exercise, some may find a medative calm, a few may just wish to lie on their back and listen to an eclectic blend of music with differing styles, tempos and cultures. Price: 30DKK.
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ALL SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE Denmark’s largest treetop adventure park, Camp Adventure Park, opens its long-anticipated and spectacular new observation tower. The Treetop Experience consists of a tower with a 600m internal spiral ramp, which will take visitors from the forest floor through the treetops, culminating in an amazing 360° view of the hilly landscape characteristic of Zealand. If you're scared of heights, this might be just stunning enough to help you overcome that phobia! The tower reaches 145 meters above sea level, and is the highest point available on Zealand. In clear weather you will be able to see more than 25 km beyond the beautiful South Zealand nature. When the weather is clear you can also see the Øresund Bridge, Turning Torso in Malmö and parts of the Copenhagen skyline including Bella Sky and Ørsted Works.
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22 JUN - 22 SEP NORTH COAST ART TRIENNIAL The North Coast Art Triennial is a site-specific art and cultural event, which via new site-specific art comments on and puts into perspective the attractions, history, landscapes and public gathering places in the Municipality of Gribskov. The inspiration for the 2019 Triennial is the newly-established Kongernes Nordsjælland (Royal North Sjælland) National Park. It seeks to uncover the invisible layers of the area through art and cultural events based on historical events, lives that have been lived and outside forces that have had a major influence on the identity of the area. The North Coast Art Triennial is held every three years. The organization behind the Triennial is the independent institution Art House Without Walls – a unique collaboration between Rudolph Tegner Museum & Statue Park, Museum Nordsjælland, Esrum Abbey & Millfarm, Gribskov Art School and Munkeruphus.
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ALL SUMMER THE SIX FORGOTTEN GIANTS Scattered around lush forests, meadows and by calm waters in suburbia Copenhagen, you'll meet the tall, quirky-looking wooden sculptures which are pretty far from your typical tourist attraction. The six municipalities of the greater Copenhagen region which are homes to the impressive art pieces are definitely off the beaten track. And that's exactly why artist, Thomas Dambo opted for these scenic settings locations for his sculptures built from recycled woods; to get locals out discovering and enjoying nature. You are of course invited to do the same. Perfect for families who want to go beyond the usual touristy sights and attractions to enjoy nature, finding your way to the giants are a fun activity for older kids. Especially if you or your kids like that treasure hunt feeling.
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GEOCENTER MØNS KLINT
27 JUN - 22 SEP
GEOCENTER MØNS KLINT
This magnificent scenery makes a great destination for an excursion. The sand dune was formed at the west coast (Råbjerg Stene) in the 16th century during the great sand migration. The dune consists of a 1000-m long and 1000-m wide mound containing approximately 4 million m3 of sand with its highest point some 40 m above sea level. The dune continues to migrate east-northeast towards Kattegat at a rate of more than 15 m a year. Raabjerg Mile can be reached with car from Kandestedvej and on bike from Vestkyststien (The westcoast route). Raabjerg Stene can be reached by footpath from Raabjerg Kirke (Church).
Only few places offer such diverse nature and well-preserved cultural heritage on a space of 450 squarekilometres as Møn, the surrounding islands and waters. From the chalk cliffs of Møns Klint, the peninsula Ulvshale and Nyord meadows to the Baltic Sea with bays, fjords to the starry sky, where on clear nights one can look through the milky way to the next galaxy. All this is part of the Møn Biosphere Reserve and Dark Sky Park. Enjoy your stay, experience nature, explore the culture and be inspired by the engaged people in the Møn Biosphere area. A UNESCO biosphere reserve is internationally recognized and characterized by a rare wealth of landscapes and species, including many particularly vulnerable animals and plants. It offers you knowledge and ideas to contribute to nature protection and you can help us to register species by sharing your photos and discoveries with us.
Taking up themes of exile and expatriation, Louisiana museum over the summer is presenting a number of exceptional international artists, whose work speaks directly to our conflict-ridden times. Hailing from countries as diverse as Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Algeria and Kosovo, the artists work from their own stories and experiences, which they examine and treat in art that is both topical and timeless, universal and highly personal.
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29 JUN - 6 JUL
CITY ROOFTOP PARTY
THE WILD HORSES
Come and join City Rooftop Party to create one of the greatest memories of your life. All you have to do is save your energy, dress-up, turn-up and you will then be provided with great vibes and a beautiful crowd. Ticket sale, location and list of DJs line up coming soon. So, stay tuned!!
It is amazing to watch a flock of wild horses, a flock of up to 80 horses, consisting of stallions and mares of all ages. You can see foals and pairings all through the summer. The area where the horses graze is fenced in, but admittance is allowed as long as you observe the admittance regulations posted at the entrances. The flock of horses is usually to be seen from the hat shaped hill called ‘Ørnehøj’ situated in walking distance from the parking area at Gulstav Mose on Gulstavvej. Smaller herds of horses can be seen by Klise Nor in Bagenkop and Flådet in Tranekær.
Roskilde Festival is the largest music and arts festival in Northern Europe. It's also one of the oldest, dating back to 1971. We are who we are because of the volunteers. During the festival the number of volunteers increases to about 30,000. The volunteers provide camping security, build stages, staff the festival stalls etc.
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CALLING AARHUS HOME HOW CANA DIAN -BO R N K Y L E IS E M BR AC I N G BE I N G A DAD AND BU ILDIN G A S U C C E S S FU L BU S IN E S S I N D E N M A R K PHOTOGRAPHS JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN / ISTOCK PHOTO
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“IT IS NO SECRET THAT MOVING ABROAD COMES WITH A MYRIAD OF CHALLENGES – LIMITED WORK OPPORTUNITIES, REDUCED PERSONAL SUPPORT NETWORK, LOSS IN PERSONAL INCOME, LANGUAGE BARRIERS – THAT TEST EVEN THE HEALTHIEST RELATIONSHIPS.”
more than ten years since I completed a BA in business administration and computer networking,” Kyle confesses with a smile. Kyle admits that the first two years in Denmark were the hardest, testing their relationship, and his identity in ways he never imagined. “But things got easier as we chose to focus on the positive aspects of life, take one day at a time, communicate, and make healthy compromises,” he adds.
JUDY WANJIKU JØRGENSEN JOURNALIST, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER
BEARD BOSS BIB - BORN OUT OF NECESSITY
AARHUS’ BOTANICAL GARDEN dome
is a warm haven that stands in contrast to the indecisive May weather. I have agreed to meet here with Kyle, a Canadian, and his Danish wife, Maria. It is the perfect spot because the dome is warm enough for the couple’s newborn baby girl, Nova. The couple seated side by side stare adoringly at their bundle of joy, exuding a palpable aura of new parental bliss. On the table in front sit two tall glasses of latte. “Nova hasn’t been sleeping much. She wakes up every hour, and we are quite sleep deprived at the moment.” Maria says. I am not one to give unsolicited parental advice, but I assure them the sleeping rhythm will get better once Nova gets used to the scary experiences outside the womb.
LOVE BREWED IN A BANANA FARM As with every foreigner married to a Dane, I am curious to hear the genesis of Kyle’s and Maria’s love story. “I left Canada in 2014 on a backpacking trip through Australia. It was there while working on a banana farm that I met Maria who was working as a tractor driver on the same farm. We later got married in Canada and moved to Aarhus in the summer of 2015,” Kyle explains, adding that they chose to settle in Aarhus, because Maria could pursue her MA in journalism for free and get paid for going to school, unlike in Canada where they would have to obtain a student loan. “I am still paying off my student loans, even though it’s been
Speaking of compromises, Kyle wears a well-groomed trendy beard, which to him requires regular manicuring. It is out of this necessity that he created the Beard Boss bib, as a side gig to his regular part-time job at UPS. “The idea for a Beard Boss bib came from always leaving beard trimmings in the bathroom and getting into arguments over the mess.” Maria and I agree that clean-up is the most irritating part of shaving, especially when your partner’s hair follicles are all over the bathroom; sink, toilet, floor, and every corner they can hide. The Beard Boss bib is easy to use. It attaches to the mirror with suction caps, creating a perfect cradle for the wayward trimmings. “Beard Boss gives you the power to be the boss of your beard,” Kyle explains. In essence: the man bib is a marriage-saver. Kyle’s ambition is to expand the Beard Boss brand on an e-commerce platform in Denmark, find more distributors and make the business sustainable. Stories of entrepreneurs who brokeeven on their startup dreams are easy to romanticize. However, not everyone can afford to quit their day job to pursue their passion. “Entrepreneurship demands resilience, more so in a foreign country,” Kyle muses. Not only does this Canadian-Danish couple uphold shared values about life but also a passion for helping others. “We have the same dream to help people and thereby make a difference to humanity, either through a business that meets this goal or by working somewhere in the world where help is needed. “We are so fortunate to build our family in Denmark. We saw, and appreciated, the magnitude of our privilege while backpacking in South East Asia.” You can follow Kyle’s Beard Boss Instagram @beardbossdk. Our Editor's son and sub-editor's husband agree: these beard bibs really do work! They are a fantastic invention. THE-INTL
Judy is a Kenyan, and mother of two Afro-Viking boys. She first moved to Denmark for her MA in journalism at Aarhus University. After completing her studies, Judy found herself back in Aarhus, this time for love. When she is not working on her writing and photography craft, Judy likes to bring people together through food. You can follow more of Judy’s experiences on her blog ‘Memoirs of a Kenyan mom abroad’.
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AN EYELASH! WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT THOSE TINY LASHES AT THE ENDS OF OUR EYES COULD BE SO FASCINATING? TO BARBARA MENSAH (WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO OUR BEAUTY PAGE FOR A WHILE NOW) THEY ARE NOT ONLY FASCINATING, THEY ARE ALSO HER LIFE’S WORK. WELL THAT, AND BY FINDING SO MUCH JOY IN MAKING PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL. "SEEING THEIR REACTION WHEN THEY LOOK INTO THE MIRROR IS EVERYTHING. SOMETIMES IT’S SHRIEKS OF EXCITEMENT, OR TEARS OF JOY, AND HUGE THANKFUL HUGS FROM HOW HAPPY THEY ARE WITH MY WORK."
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BEFORE COMING TO Denmark, she lived with her Danish boyfriend in Stockholm, Sweden, where she’d been part of the transit group to-ing and fro-ing from Scandinavia to London most weeks. After five plus years she was glad to marry and settle, she thought, in Stockholm. Was it an ultimate? ‘Ha-ha,’ she replies eyeing me: ‘obviously he chose to commit.’ Her son was born there about a year later. But when her husband was offered a job in Copenhagen, they upped sticks with their nine-month old and found a permanent base here. Getting her yellow card was a nightmare as she needed so many documents. “I think we went to offices four or five times before they agreed to give me a yellow card” (a cpr number). A necessary item to do anything in Denmark. “I thought it would be easy having a British passport.” With a nine-month old, no friends and no family to help, moving here was very scary for Barbara. “I had visited Copenhagen quite a few times but more for super fun weekend trips, partying, drinking and sampling all the great restaurant, bars and clubs the city had to offer and at a time when we had not a care in the world.”
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Reality hit home when having moved here she had no furniture. “All we had was two blow-up mattresses and a bed for the baby.” That apparently was how it was for the first two years here. “I realised that things take time to get organised here, especially if you're a foreigner. And it is even worse if you are unable to speak the language.” In London, where she was born and grew up Barbara became a freelance makeup artist, working for tv, magazines, weddings, fashion shows and making music videos. She’d been a makeup artist for eleven years and it had been one of the most fulfilling things she’d ever done. “I travelled, met different people from all walks of life. Luckily, it’s one of the few jobs where you can pretty much do in any part of the world.” Now though, she wasn't just looking out for herself; there was the baby. Her husband’s family lived far away, and Barbara’s parents are based in Ghana (and London), also far away. With her husband working long hours she often felt like a "single mum raising a son in foreign country with zero friends and no idea”. She didn’t know what numbers to di-
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“I HAD FINALLY FOUND SOME 'MAMAS' WHO WERE IN THE SAME SITUATION, HAD BABIES, AND WERE MARRIED TO DANES.”
al if there was emergency, how to even get to the nearest doctor or even a shopping centre. Under these circumstances’ confidence declines quickly. For a long time, she really hated being here. She was very lonely and began to feel everything was not quite working out. She was frustrated because she didn't know the language and couldn't even order a meal from a menu or read the local newspaper. Danish classes were started, and stopped, three times. Often due to her son being sick and, with her husband away, she’d have to miss class. She also felt so frustrated that as an adult, and a university graduate, she’d had to sit in a classroom several times a week.
LUCKILY EVERYONE SPEAKS ENGLISH HERE Eventually she plucked up enough courage to put up a post asking where a good place was to take an infant to play and meet other parents. Amongst the few responses she got, two other mothers had boys the same age of her son. They met, connected and ended up meeting almost every week with the boys to play, go out, and to eat together. Her first summer in Denmark was spent with all of them in the parks. And that was when things started to turn around for her. She had finally found some ‘mamas’ as she calls them, who were in the same situation, had babies, and were married to Danes. “You can imagine how we bonded and shared our stories, cried and laughed together. Our stories and backgrounds were different, but we all shared the same reason as to why we were in Denmark – we had husbands, we’d fallen in love and we had babies.” Now all she had to do was figure out how to shape her future. They
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advised each other, and finally she had people to call if had any questions. “These ladies became my sisters,” she says smiling broadly. It was at this point that she started to think of ideas for going back to work. In her second summer in Denmark, she found that long lost courage again and applied to a salon which was close to her apartment. She could use her skills as a Makeup artist and Lash Extension stylist. She could choose her hours and that meant she could drop her son to Vuggestue (crèche) in the morning and finish in time to pick him up. “After working at the Salon near my apartment for roughly five months I decided to take the plunge and start my own home-based studio where I would provide makeup services for weddings, special occasions, photoshoots. I could also give Makeup Master classes where I could teach clients how to apply makeup.” This has now evolved into a super professional clinic dedicated to all the needs of the clients often experts in their own right and coming from many different parts of the world. Her Master classes run when groups or individuals book her to teach them how to do their makeup. Either specific trends, or simply how to use their own makeup kit in the most effective way. She teaches how to achieve that ‘perfect day’ look, ‘perfect night look’ or
just the ‘glamorous’ look. The master classes are tailor-made classes based on what the individual or group would like to learn. And for that fascinating Eyelash extension knowledge? “That is always done at my studio. Clients can book in for different types of extensions which include, classic, hybrid, Eclipse flat, and Volume. I also offer lash lift and lash Lifts with colour.” Not being exactly knowledgeable with what classic, hybrid, Eclipse, flat, and volume really mean in this magical world of make-up, I’m going to have to book into a course to find out. Barbara finds being a makeup artist is so rewarding and fun. Her clients are all some of the most “strongest, sweetest, successful and kind-hearted people” she’s ever known. “And when you're in a foreign country making your passion your career, nothing beats that.” She feels now she has a real purpose and a drive to achieve even more in the field. She also loves the flexibility of having her own hours. It means she can juggle that perennial thorn for all working mums: being able to be a mum, a wife, and have a career, plus – and this is perhaps the most wonderful thing – she can “take time off without having to ask the boss.” Not being brought up in Denmark, many non-Danish women find it so hard to ask for time off for “family reasons”. She also loves how her clients often confide in her especially when doing Eyelash extensions as they are often laying down for up to a couple of hours. “As you can imagine I get to know my clients very well as we gossip about life, husbands, kids and things that are going on in our lives in general. I find myself often feeling like a therapist. But then having studied Psychology (and Fine Art) at University of Roehampton she is well placed to play this role.
AND SO, WHAT NOW? “Although I still miss UK every day, and would go back in heartbeat, I now accept that I have kid and that I'm married. Since starting my own business, I have sloooowly,” she draws the word out as if feeling the end of that long dark tunnel may be insight, “become more chilled with the thought that I will be living in Denmark for the long term. Also, since starting my business I've been going to London less and less. I'm occupied by clients and obliged to be available for their needs.” What does she still miss? Barbara is very family oriented and misses her family helping raise her son. “We can’t just call my Mum, or brother, or aunties, to babysit if we want a date-night” and with her husband travelling so much she still often feels like a single Mum. And her Danish? How’s that going? “I’ve recently hired a private tutor who I see once week. This seems to work best for me. It’s at a relaxed pace, and I don't feel the pressure of having to learn Danish.” But at least when she does so it is as an adult. Integration has begun! THE-INTL
BARBARA'S HOME STUDIO/CLINIC IS BASED IN COPENHAGEN. OPEN FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY 09.00 -16.30 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. YOU CAN CHECK OUT HER WEBSITE: WWW.BARBARAMENSAH.DK OR CONTACT HER DIRECTLY ON +45 53 56 45 04 TO DISCUSS ANY BOOKINGS AND COLLABORATIONS RELATED TO MAKEUP AND EYELASHES EXTENSIONS.
and a business owner.
Before long, you’ll belong Settling into a new country can be challenging – especially for the nonworking spouse. We know, from studies and from experience, that a successful posting depends on the happiness of the entire family – and our school is home to a very active, warm and welcoming community. Our PTA offers a wide range of opportunities: newcomers network, Spring Fair, Halloween, Yoga, Activities Fair, Wine and Cheese Evening, Dads’ Club and Ladies’ Night Out. Dedicated parents coach our sports teams, run our boy scouts and serve on the school Board.
Celine received her diploma in Photography in 2005. Photography has never been a job, it is a lifestyle. Living as an expat in Denmark has allowed her to make one of her big dreams come true and start
At CIS the whole family finds a place to grow roots and make friends. So to quote one of our parents: “I came for the job, but we stayed for the school.”
her own photography business. Celine specialises in portrait, fashion and lifestyle photography. "My goal is to create a beautiful portrait that will be treasured for life."
ABOUT OUR PHOTOGRAPHER
CÉLINE MARTIN-PEDERSEN Celine was born and raised in the French part of Belgium. She has always been curious about life abroad and when the opportunity presented itself she jumped at the chance of living in Florence, Italy. However, the journey continued and love brought Celine to Denmark 3 years ago. She is a wife, mom to 3 fantastic children (1 of them a lovely bonus daughter)
www.celinephotograph.com email@example.com @celine_portrait_photography www.facebook.com/celinem photograph/@celinemphotograph www.linkedin.com/in/célinemartin-pedersen-60566458
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OUR TOP FIVE FUN INSIDER TIPS TO ENJOY COPENHAGEN SUSTAINABLY THIS SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHS ERIN GUSTAFSON
TEXT ERIN GUSTAFSON
IT’S EASY BEING GREEN IN COPENHAGEN. AWARDED EUROPEAN GREEN CAPITAL 2014, COPENHAGEN IS NOW DEDICATED TO BECOMING THE WORLD’S FIRST CARBON-NEUTRAL CAPITAL BY 2025. CHARMING AND CLEAN, THIS TOWN TAKES SUSTAINABILITY SERIOUSLY AND IT SHOWS - A BENEFIT FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE. SHARING FIVE SUPER FUN WAYS TO DO SUMMER LIKE AN INSIDER AND KEEP YOUR EXPLORING SUSTAINABLE.
JUMP ON A GREEN BIKE TOUR
Everywhere in this city, you will see bicycles. More bikes than people in fact, with 50 percent of the population riding to work or school. Easy to do with dedicated bridges and roads built specifically for bicycles, just part of how Copenhagen plans to achieve its carbon neutral goals. Even locals who live here can learn more about Danish sustainability innovations on a Green Bike Tour. From city design to energy use, the Danes' green development is inspiring. And don’t worry if the idea of touring on two wheels seems terrifying, they do walking tours as well. Want to navigate those cool bicycle bridges all on your own? Brush up on the rules of the road and download the Donkey Republic Bike App to unlock your own wheels on demand.
FOR MORE INFO: www.greenbiketours.dk, www.donkeyrepublic.com
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ENJOY THE CHARM AT TIVOLI GARDENS AMUSEMENT PARK TOUR
Not only one of the oldest amusement parks in the world, Tivoli Gardens is also one of the most sustainable. Give a nod to your inner child on historic and modern rides, knowing that much of this pretty park is powered by alternative energy. Even if you don’t like rollercoasters, charming Tivoli is worth a wander around knowing the twinkly lit lanes are fed by green LED lighting. Beautiful gardens and trees feed the city’s honeybees, contribute to biodiversity, and keep the air clean. A deposit system for cups puts single-use plastic in its place. All this helps Tivoli keep it positive for the city and makes it super fun for you.
FOR MORE INFO: www.tivoli.dk/en
CRUISE THE CANALS IN AN ELECTRIC PICNIC BOAT
In summer, everyone in Copenhagen takes to the canals. The city places a high priority on maintaining a clear and clean harbour for all to enjoy. And while you can enjoy the water from anywhere along the edge, getting out on the water is a fantastisk (that’s Danish for fantastic) way to see more of the city. Rent an electric picnic boat from Friendships in Christianshavn - a quick walk across the bridge at Nyhavn canal. Or try Go Boats in Islands Brygge. Pick up some local treats to eat as you putter along.
ERIN GUSTAFSON WRITER & BLOGGER
FOR MORE INFO: www.en.goboat.dk/, www.friendships.dk
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 focuses on sustainable travel for
TRY THE LOCAL DANISH 'NEW NORDIC CUISINE'
the whole family. With a background in graphic design, photogra-
Denmark is the birthplace of ‘New Nordic Cuisine,’ best known
phy and art history, Erin
for a healthy reliance on locally sourced and in-season food.
has a creative way of see-
Lucky for you the concept has trickled down from Michelin
ing a destination and be-
starred menus to more affordable fare now offered in restaurants and food markets all about town. The newest ad-
lieves that travel choices
dition, Boltens Food Court, sits hidden in a historic courtyard
can have positive impacts
near Kongens Nytorv. With three floors of culinary options to
for both the traveller and
choose from, when in Denmark you must try the smørrebrød. (Open Sandwiches). These traditional and delicious openfaced sandwiches come without tops at Hygge Taste of Den-
the communities visited. A local in Denmark since
mark. But a scandal they are not, authentic and tasty for a fair
2014, Erin has embraced
price. And when you are asked if you would like your sand-
the green city of Copenha-
wich “the Danish way?” Say yes!"
FOR MORE INFO: www.boltensfoodcourt.com/, www.hyggetasteofdenmark.dk
gen and loves to share her insider tips. For more Scandinavian travel inspiration and Copenhagen cul-
DON'T MISS OUR NEXT ISSUE:
FOR MORE INFO: www.kulturtaarnet.dk/english
the world here: oregongirl
CATCH LOCAL CULTURE WITH A VIEW ATOP AN ARCHITECTURAL ICON
Step inside one of the iconic green watchtowers that sit at the Knippels Bridge in the center of town. A great example of how the city renovates and reuses existing structures, the Kulturtårnet, (Culture Tower), is a café and exhibition space. Here you’ll find rotating art displays and cosy nooks where you can enjoy a coffee, tea, local beer or natural wines on offer. Take your drink to one of the tiny tables that encircle the balcony up top. It is truly one of the most unique places to survey the scene on the harbour below.
ture, follow Erin around
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B e s t BEAUTY BUYS
EXPENSIVE, BUT WORTH EVERY KRONER! EDITOR’S FAVORITE EXPENSIVE HIDDEN BEAUTY PRODUCTS! Skincare and makeup is one of those areas where it’s difficult to decide whether to splurge or not. If you can afford it, then definitely splurge out. Consider always the ingredients when spending money on luxury products. Some of the ingredients used often effect the pricier brands as they use harder to come by ingredients from exotic foreign locations. The innovations and research may be costlier than the usual affordable brands. Organic products are also always priced higher. Packaging is often a big part in the high-end brand pricing. Typically, if the packaging itself is of intricate or flamboyant design, the price will reflect this. The ultimate goal of these brands is to make a brand statement. Choose wisely and try to get as much for your money as possible.
TO SPLURGE OR NOT TO SPLURGE? DECIDE EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE WILLING TO PAY.
LE SOIN NOIR CRÈME 50 ML - 2,543.20DKK WWW.FEELUNIQUE.COM THIS POT OF BLACK MAGIC IS IN ITS OWN LEAGUE. IT’S PACKED FULL OF IMPRESSIVE GOODNESS, NOTHING HAS BEEN SPARED OR COMPROMISED. IT TARGETS AREAS THAT ARE LACKING IN FIRMNESS, PROMINENT WRINKLE ZONES AND DIMINISHES EXCESSIVE DRYNESS.
READ REVIEWS, DO SOME RESEARCH. THE INTERNET IS YOUR BEST FRIEND. IT’S ESPECIALLY USEFUL WHEN YOU’RE ABOUT TO PART WITH YOUR HARD-EARNED MONEY.
ALWAYS TEST OUT BEFORE YOU BUY.
ABSOLUE L’ EXTRAIT ELIXIR YEAUX - 2,308.00DKK WWW.CPH.DK STUNNING PACKAGING AS EVER. IT’S THICK AND CREAMY IN TEXTURE AND, OF COURSE, EXTREMELY MOISTURIZING AND SOOTHING AROUND THE EYES. COMES WITH A CONTOUR TOOL WHICH HELPS TO DEPUFF AROUND THE EYES.
#3 LA PRAIRIE
READ THE LABELS. AND THEN CONSIDER THE AMOUNT VERSUS THE PRICE.
HAVE A MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM CAP IN MIND AND TRY TO STICK TO IT. DON’T BE TOO EASILY SWAYED.
MOST BEAUTY COUNTERS WILL BE HAPPY TO GIVE YOU A SAMPLE TO TRY IF YOU ASK NICELY AND SEEM GENUINE ABOUT BUYING THE PRODUCT IN THE FUTURE. BE PERSISTENT IF THEY REFUSE AS YOU ARE WITHIN YOUR RIGHTS TO ASK TO SAMPLE BEFORE BUYING. WHEN YOU DO TRY IT, KEEP IN MIND HOW IT FEELS ON YOUR SKIN. HOW DOES YOUR SKIN REACT TO IT?
SKIN CAVIAR CONCEALER AND FOUNDATION SUNSCREEN - 1,699.00DKK WWW.MATAS.DK AN AMAZING FOUNDATION WITH GREAT COVERAGE. TICKS ALL THE BOXES WHEN LOOKING FOR A FOUNDATION. AND ACTS A SUNSCREEN. IT APPLIES VERY SMOOTHLY. YOU CAN FEEL THE QUALITY INSTANTLY. CAN BE APPLIED WITH A BRUSH OR BEAUTY BLENDER AND AS A BONUS COMES WITH AN IMPECCABLY MATCHED CONCEALER.
#4 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN VELVET MATTE LIPSTICK - 608.33DKK WWW.NET-A-PORTER.COM A SHOWSTOPPER WHEN IT COMES TO PACKAGING. ITS GLAMOROUS, ITS ECCENTRIC AND ITS VERY EXPENSIVE AS FAR AS LIPSTICKS GO. DESPITE BEING A MATTE LIPSTICK, IT GLIDES ON BEAUTIFULLY WITHOUT DRAGGING ON THE LIPS AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, DOES NOT FEEL DRY. IN THIS CASE, YOU ARE CERTAINLY PAYING FOR THE QUALITY.
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BARBARA MENSAH BEAUTY EDITOR & MAKEUP ARTIST Barbara was born in England, London and relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2017. She has been a professional International Makeup Artist for 11 years and a professional Lash Stylist for 3 years. After moving to Copenhagen, Denmark, Barbara became the owner of Barbara Mensah Beauty Studio. Her stylish, cosy and chic studio provides a welcoming, comfortable space for clients to spend their time getting glammed and pampered for those special moments and occasions. All bookings for Lash Extension and Makeup can be made via her social media or tel: +45 53564504 barbaramensah. firstname.lastname@example.org @barbaramensahbeauty @barbara.mensah. beauty
LIVIN G U P TO B E IN G
AN OLD SOUL “You're such an Old Soul,” a friend recently remarked after I'd been talking about some of the weird things that have occurred in my life. I blinked and was glad that it wasn't a similar sounding word, I then pretended that I knew what he was talking about.
PHOTOGRAPHS HEATHER GARTSIDE / ISTOCK.COM
‘OLD SOULS – HUMANS that keep coming back.’ Apparently. And I’ve got about ninety-nine more times to go before I get it right! After a spate of googling many flaky New Age sites I’ve tried to define what it is to be an Old Soul – And one WITH A JOB!
OLD SOUL SEARCHING Allow this Old Soul to introduce herself. I’m that kid in your class at school who was often found staring out of the window, lost in daydreams, marching to the tune of her own drummer. I was the one who was good at art, lousy at maths. I was the life and soul of the party but preferred to spend time alone in remote places. I was the quirky outsider who secretly wanted to be: A Jack Russell dog.
IT’S A DOG’S LIFE These days I’m no longer a canine wannabe, and instead of chasing rabbits (which I’d also loved) I’m an author, an event organizer, a photographer, a public speaker, art teacher, cook, and historian. I spend journeys with squinted eyes travelling back in time, I study people and buildings, reflections, the curve of a hill, the outline of old lettering on a building, and the big skies of Denmark.
STAND-UP SCANDI TOURS It’s hard, though, to make a living as a watcher and storyteller, so in-between times I work as a tour guide, shepherding coachloads of jetlagged tourists around. After getting over my fear of public speaking at my local Toastmasters International club, I find that I’m now spookily at home when in charge of the microphone. I’m a ‘stand-up’ tour guide, and find that my captive audience warms to my stories and laughs at the right moments when I launch into my ‘Hyacinth Bucket’ repartee - pointing out when ‘Daisy’ is
TEXT HEATHER GARTSIDE
at home at Amalienborg (her royal pennant will be flying), or why the Danes are so tall (lots of dairy products in their diet), and the significance of the herring which was fishy gold in the middle ages. I offer them a salte fiske (salty fish) candy and watch their poor faces contort and tell them how Denmark have the lowest life expectancy and highest risk of heart attacks in the Nordics, but they do love to cycle!
TIME TRAVELLING IN COPENHAGEN (PART-TIME) Being an Old Soul provides a handy portal to use in my other parttime job, as an Airbnb tour guide for my ‘Time Travelling’ experiences in Copenhagen and Helsingør. I’m very approachable and meet my tourists on a blind date outside Tivoli; guiding them through the cobbled streets, urging them to squint and imagine the rattle of carriage wheels and horses snorting, the air heady with the aroma of refuse, wood smoke and, erhm…poo. One of my favourite tricks is to give the doors to old hidden courtyards a nudge, then usher my startled guests into amazing places that with a little sawdust, foliage and barrels could easily pass for the past. We stand hushed, then the shriek of a child, a bell tolling in a church tower, and we can all travel back in time together. My tourists love it and forgive me my fuzzy dates and frequent use of the confusing array of King Frederiks and King Christians. Back in the present, we take a river taxi up past the new Opera building and I feel a sense of pride in my adopted land as we survey the clean and confident vista, the water below us sparkling in the cold sunlight. But I know what lies beneath and around us, and, never a slave for the over-blown hygge (cosiness) frenzy, I feed my guests only well-honed snapshots of yesterday, today and tomorrow. THE-INTL
HEATHER GARTSIDE EVENT ORGANISER Heather wears many hats; published author, photographer, tour guide, artist, public-speaker, mother of three, yogi, and events organiser. All this multi-tasking still leaves her time to laugh-out-loud when her washing machine says SLUT, and happily go and create her latest venture, K.I.N.D. (Keep International Networks Denmark) A community celebrating the wonderful diversity of people from all over the world living in Denmark, bringing more balance, harmony … and fun. K.I.N.D. also organises events; Heather previously helped to arrange and decorate glitzy extravaganzas for luxury brands in Paris, but K.I.N.D. has a mission to add a little extra loving-kindness to this rocky world, not to take heedlessly from it. Heather hopes to achieve this by contributing to the richness of the community through sharing the joy of social occasions, celebrating minorities, championing causes, arranging internationally observed events in Denmark, and helping girls in rural India with scholarships. timetravellingin copenhagen.com @gartsideheather
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BISCUITS & BERRIES Biscuits or scones? Scones or biscuits? These two quick breads have both been around for centuries and are quite similar in texture and method. Yet different.
PHOTOGRAPHS ERIN CHAPMAN
TEXT ERIN CHAPMAN, THE AMERICAN PIE COMPANY
SO, WHAT IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCE? BRITISH SCONES ARE USUALLY SLIGHTLY SWEETER, MADE WITH CREAM AND THE ADDITION OF AN EGG, WHICH LEADS TO A RICHER, MORE DENSE TEXTURE, WHERE AS AMERICAN-STYLE BISCUITS ARE LIGHTER AND FLAKIER. BISCUITS ARE A TRADITIONAL STAPLE OF HISTORICAL U.S. CUISINE, FIRST INTRODUCED TO AMERICA BY EARLY SETTLERS WHO NEEDED TO MAKE SHORT BREADS THAT WERE MADE WITH INEXPENSIVE INGREDIENTS AND COULD BE STORED FOR SEVERAL DAYS. BOTH RECIPES ARE AMAZINGLY SIMPLE (AND FAST!) TO MAKE AND A PERFECT WAY TO ENJOY ALL THOSE SUMMER BERRIES.
BLUEBERRY SCONES WITH LEMON GLAZE
flour mixture, then add the blueberries. Gently stir until all ingredients are
MAKES 8 SCONES
mixed and moistened.
ly floured surface and, using your
250 g flour
hands, briefly knead the dough un-
100 g sugar
til it comes together into a ball. (If it
2½ teaspoons baking powder
feels a little too sticky sprinkle on a bit
1 teaspoon ground ginger
of flour). Form the dough into a ca.
1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 120 g cold butter, cut into small pieces 120 ml cream + extra for brushing 1 egg 150 g blueberries, fresh or frozen* Raw or pearl sugar
5. Pour the dough onto a light-
20 cm. disc. 6. Using a large knife or bench scraper, cut the dough into 8 wedges and place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops with a bit of cream and sprinkle with raw or pearl sugar. 7. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until deep golden brown and crisp on
100 g powdered sugar
the edges. Remove from oven and
1-2 tablespoons milk or cream
allow to cool.
1-2 teaspoons lemon zest
GLAZE 1. Preheat oven to 2000C (4000F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. 3. Using a fork, fingertips, or a pastry blender, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resemTHIS IS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE SCONE RECIPES WITH BLUEBERRIES, A TOUCH OF GINGER AND TART LEMON GLAZE – PERFECT FOR A WEEKEND BRUNCH OR TEATIME! FEEL FREE TO SUBSTITUTE WITH OTHER BERRIES LIKE STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES, OR BLACKBERRIES.
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bles a coarse meal (with a few larg-
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon of the milk until smooth. Add a tiny bit more milk if the glaze is too stiff or feels dry. 2. Add finely grated lemon zest and stir until smooth. 3. Drizzle over the cooled scones and serve!
er pea-sized clumps of butter). 4. In a small bowl, whisk together
* If using frozen berries, do not thaw
the cream and egg. Drizzle into the
them before stirring into the dough.
BUTTERMILK BISCUITS MAKES 6-8 BISCUITS OFTEN ENJOYED AS A SIDE TO BREAKFAST OR DINNER, THIS HEARTY, FLAKY LITTLE BISCUIT IS SO VERSATILE THAT IF YOU ADD A
THE NAME “SHORTCAKE” IS DERIVED FROM AN OLD ENGLISH COOKING DEFINITION OF “SHORT” WHICH REFERRED TO SOMETHING MADE CRISP WITH THE ADDITION OF FAT. SWEET BUTTERMILK BISCUITS ARE PERFECT TO USE FOR A “SHORTCAKE” RECIPE AS THEY ARE BASICALLY THE SAME: SIMPLE, CRISP AND CRUMBLY CAKE ROUNDS MADE FROM COLD BUTTER. THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO ENJOY SUMMER STRAWBERRIES.
BIT OF SUGAR, SOME STRAWBER-
RIES AND WHIPPED CREAM, THEY MAGICALLY BECOME DESSERT.
CO-OWNER, THE AMERICAN
(SEE NEXT RECIPE!) FOR A MORE
SAVORY BISCUIT TO ENJOY AS A SIDE FOR MEATS AND VEGETA-
With over 20 years’ experience in
BLES, YOU CAN OMIT THE 3 TABLE-
the advertising industry, work-
SPOONS OF SUGAR AND, WHEN BRUSHING THE TOP OF THE BIS-
ing both in Denmark and USA, Er-
CUIT BEFORE BAKING, SPRINKLE
in has specialised in brand build-
ON A BIT OF FLAKE SALT.
ing and image development for lifestyle, food and fashion clien-
tele at both national and interna-
280 g flour 3 tablespoons sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 125 g cold butter, cut into small pieces 175 ml buttermilk (kærnemælk)
tional level. Erin attended DIS, Denmark’s Study Abroad programme in 1996 and made a connection with Copenhagen. She moved to Denmark permanently in 1998 with two suitcases and a pocketful of
METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 2000C (4000F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl. 3. Using fingertips or a pastry blender, work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles a coarse meal (with a few larger peasized clumps of butter). 4. Add buttermilk and stir until large clumps form. Then, using your hands, briefly knead the mixture until it binds together.
TO FORM THE BISCUIT ROUNDS 1. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and pat, or roll, out until about 3 cm (1 inch) in thickness. Do not make any thicker, or the biscuits could rise too high, tip over and fall while baking. 2. Using a round cookie cutter or drinking glass with a ca. 5-6 cm diameter, press straight down into the dough to cut the biscuits. 3. Transfer to the baking sheet, spacing each biscuit about 5 cm (2 inches) apart. Brush with a bit of milk, cream or egg wash and sprinkle with raw sugar. 4. Bake until biscuits are golden brown on top, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with butter, jam or honey – or – use for Strawberry Shortcakes.
change. Working in the advertising industry she worked her way
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE MAKES 6 SERVINGS
PREPARE THE CAKES 1. Follow the Buttermilk Biscuit recipe as directed. Allow to cool com-
up as a senior creative, as well as a voiceover artist, and then began her own brand and design business in 2006. Merging her love for food and
art direction, she began food styl-
2. Split each biscuit in half so that you have a top and bottom piece.
ing and cookbook design for oth-
3. Transfer each biscuit to a dessert place and set aside.
er authors, and then proceeded
PREPARE THE BERRIES 450 g fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced 3 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1. Wash and dry the berries. Remove the tops and cut into thin slices. 2. Place in a medium sized bowl, add sugar and lemon zest. Stir so
to continue with recipe development, publishing two cookbooks in Denmark. While living in Los Angeles, Erin worked with several US brands on image and recipe development and upon returning to Denmark,
that berries are thoroughly coated in sugar and zest. Place bowl in
she partnered with Dorte Prip in
refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and let their juices develop a syrup.
2015 to introduce The American Pie Company in Copenhagen.
PREPARE THE WHIPPED CREAM
Erin is happily married to her Dan-
480 ml whipping cream
ish husband and is the mother of
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
a sassy seven year old daughter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
who speaks fluent “Danglish”.
1. Using a mixer, whip together the cream, sugar and vanilla until light
and fluffy peaks begin to form. 2. Place in refrigerator until ready to assemble cakes.
TO ASSEMBLE THE CAKES Fill and top split biscuits with berries, berry juices and whipped cream by layering. Alternate layers of berries and whip cream starting with berries and ending with berries.
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GET TO KNOW THE WILD FOOD AROUND YOU While you're out enjoying the Danish landscape this summer, remember to look down. You're almost always standing on salad!
PHOTOGRAPHS GINA LORUBBIO / ISTOCK PHOTO
TEXT GINA LORUBBIO
O ONCE YOU KNOW
what to look for, you’ll learn that we are surrounded by food. Foraging can be a tasty, rewarding way to get to know the flora and fauna of our adopted country. Last year, I took a workshop with Lene Ejlersen, author and wild food educator from Møn. She showed us how accessible wild food is — it grows everywhere from parking lots to forests, it’s free, and you just need these few items to get started:
ARTIST & WRITER
Bring a book (like Lene’s Vildnis), an app (like Vild Mad or Byhøst), a website (like fugleognatur.dk), or start with a tour (check vildmad.dk or your library). Pack a notebook to record the locations and seasons in which you’ll find foods.
2. A BAG You may want a plastic one to keep green leafy things fresh or a porous basket to give items like mushrooms the chance to spread their spores while you walk.
3. SCISSORS Lene reminded us to “always do it beautifully.” When harvesting wild food, use sharp scissors and pick goodies from the back of a bush, so the blossoms and branches remain on the front for others to enjoy. Even with these items in hand, wild food can still be overwhelming. This became clear on the foraging tour when Lene identified five species of edibles all within a span of two metres. And this wasn't in the middle of a dense forest; we were at a park at the heart of our city. She calmed our beginners’ nerves by saying, “Don't learn hundreds in one day. Pick a few and go after them. Slow by slow.”
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Gina is a food illustrator and storyteller in Copenhagen. Upon arrival from the U.S., she made an art Consider starting with one of these easyto-identify, plentiful plants: Nælde (Stinging Nettle) People must learn how to identify it early, since one touch of its leaves will leave your skin with white welts. Heating, drying, or blending nettles removes their sting. Use them anywhere you’d use spinach, drop some into a smoothie, or hang small bunches upside down to dry for making a nourishing tea. Remember gloves when gathering these! Hyben (Rose Hips) If you’re near the coast this summer, look for these red-orange fruits. They grow rampantly near the sea on green bushes with pink flowers. You can eat them raw by splitting them in half and scooping out the seeds. If you harvest a bunch at once, you can de-stem, cut in half, and freeze them so you can scoop out the seeds more easily with a spoon. Once free of seeds, stew hyben down in-
to marmalade or ketchup. Hyldeblomst (Elderflower) Hyldeblomst was one of the first Danish words I learned, because when elderflower is in bloom, it’s magical. In June, you can spot them spilling out onto the sidewalks, growing next to the train tracks, or standing proudly in a park. We typically make hyldeblomst saft (elderflower cordial) with the blossoms, lemon, water, and sugar. You can mix the fragrant syrup with sparkling water (or cocktail ingredients). Freeze it as ice cubes to brighten drinks year-round. There is something so liberating and primal about plucking food directly from where it grows and eating it on the spot. The act peels away the complexity of our modern food system and leaves us with the simple feeling of being fed directly by nature. To get started, check out one of the resources listed in the ‘Knowledge’ section above. Happy foraging! THE-INTL
series called ‘How to Fall in Love with Denmark through Food in 100 Days.’ She’s now creating art in 2019 that inspires us on the adventure of everyday home-cooking. To buy artwork, commission an illustrated recipe, or follow her series, visit: www. HeirloomFood Project.com @heirloomfoodproject
BRITISH BREXIT MENTALITY
AND DANISH EXPORTS UNDERSTANDING THE BRITISH BREXIT MENTALITY AND CONSIDERING IF IT IS A RISK OR AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DANISH EXPORT.
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British BREXIT own goal, you need to look historically at British mentality and how it has developed since the establishment of Great Britain in 1707 to the present, split four nations now collectively known as the United Kingdom. Firstly, BREXIT is believed by many UK citizens to be a very serious challenge to the future of the four nation Union (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) – with Scotland as the loudest voice. It having already recently just missed out on an independence vote, this feeling is now resurfacing, exacerbated by Scotland’s determination to remain in the EU. Add to this that deconstructing the current Northern Irish Open Border, sealed in international law under the Good Friday agreement in 1998, raises fear of a new period of terror. It is noticeably clear that the four nations do not share the same vision of their future. Secondly, BREXIT is more about the internal divisions of the Conservative Party than about deep-rooted dissatisfaction with EU membership. Prime Minister David Cameron held a referendum in a naïve attempt to heal the wounds of division within his Party. He offered an ill-informed electorate a binary choice on an extraordinarily complex issue of profound constitutional importance without even the safeguard of a 60 per cent threshold for approval. The Leave campaign proceeded to seduce voters with ‘fake facts’ and bogus promises. They stoked the fires with fears, fuelled grievances and inflamed prejudices. They appealed to the lowest human impulses and unlocked the ugliest features of the British character – fear and distrust of anything foreign, aggressive nationalism, insularity and arrogance. The Leave campaign’s promise of a painless Brexit has proven impossible to fulfil. Prime Minister May has been stubborn, unimaginative, secretive and charmless. She pursued the hardest possible Brexit, claiming with no shred of evidence that this was what “the people” wanted. She completely ignored the 48 per cent who voted Remain, contemptuously dismissing them as “citizens of nowhere”.
She triggered Article 50 without any agreed negotiating strategy. She squandered her parliamentary majority with a needless general election, surviving in office only with a £1bn carrot to the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party. May never levelled with the British public about the conundrum at the heart of Brexit: namely, that to enjoy the benefits of EU membership you must abide by its rules. She never put the interests of the country first. Instead she pandered endlessly to the extreme right of her Party, even after it sought to oust her. Finally, as if the above were not enough, the Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, is a covert Leaver masquerading as a Remainer. The opposition leader refuses to lead. He seems to be the head not so much of a “government-in-waiting” but more or an “opposition in hiding” as one commentator put it. With a more moderate opposition leader, Britain would never have voted for Brexit. Although Corbyn and his far-left aides all profess to believe in “people power”, they continue to frustrate the overwhelming majority of Labour members who abhor Brexit. The Labour Party grass roots feel betrayed.
WHAT NOW? Britain will slink shamefully away – impoverished, marginalised and vastly diminished – from the greatest experiment in multinational co-operation the world has ever known. There will be no sense of joy, no national celebrations. As Britain lives with the consequences of BREXIT (retail shortages, rising prices, increase in unemployment and a weakened Pound), the Brexiteers will inevitably blame anyone but themselves. In 2015, GDP for the United Kingdom (at nearly 2.4%) was parallel to the EU average for 2015. Today, even the most optimistic forecasts predict a falling GDP for some time and as such will be well below the EU average.
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MARIANO ANTHONY DAVIES PRESIDENT & CEO BOSS CERTIFICATION UK LIMITED
RISK OR OPPORTUNITY? As the EU and the United Kingdom prepare to charter a new and unfamiliar course, the full effect of BREXIT is, of course, unknown. Nevertheless, when the dust settles, despite the present doom and gloom, the UK will continue to be a good market for innovative Danish companies looking for investment and opportunities to develop a global expansion strategy. It is also highly unlikely that London will cease to be the financial capital of Europe and although trade is likely to be challenged for a while, it will not be for an indefinite period and the UK will continue to be a springboard to global growth for innovative business opportunities. THE-INTL
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 42 years and has held over 100 official anti-Brexit speeches. He both speaks and writes Danish without difficulty. www.boss-register.com
WHEN THE DUST SETTLES, DESPITE THE PRESENT DOOM AND GLOOM, THE UK WILL CONTINUE TO BE A GOOD MARKET FOR INNOVATIVE DANISH COMPANIES LOOKING FOR INVESTMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVLOP A GLOBAL EXPANSION STRATEGY.
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THE CONSTANT TRAVELLER OUR DYNAMIC, MULTICULTURAL, INTERNATIONAL LIVES MAKE CHANGE A CONSTANT. WE ARE ON THE MOVE, TRANSITIONING, AND LIVING, IN BETWEEN CULTURES, HOME COUNTRIES, LANGUAGES, IDENTITIES. EVERY NEW MOVE OPENS A FLOOD GATE OF EXPERIENCES AND CHANGES US. PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCKPHOTO
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KATHY BORYS SIDDIQUI FOUNDER, ACTIVE ACTION Kathy was born in Poznań, Poland and has lived in four countries and on two continents. Growing up as an immigrant and a cross cultural child she was able to discover a multicultural world that shaped her into the person she is today. As an adult she ex-
HAVE YOU EVER noticed people "back home" saying to you with an undertone of negativity "You have changed"? Do you feel that it is difficult to pinpoint the place where you belong? The home country feels less homey and the host country is still not homey enough. Living as an International means that the way we change is much more visible to the people in our home country. Why? Because our change stands out and it tends not to fit the standard mould. For those that live in their home country fulltime and travel abroad on vacations once in a while, change is not as visible as it is when a family member who lives abroad comes back home. The differences are undeniable, from the way people dress, behave, down to a change in their core values. As Internationals we submerse ourselves in a host country. Of course, a lot depends on who makes up the closest circle. Some Internationals live in the "Expat bubble” while others are very closely connected to their countrymen, and others dive into the host country culture to get as much out of their experience as possible. Bottom line, no matter which way you go, living abroad will change you and you will not be the same person you were when you arrived. So, let's talk about change. Some embrace it, and others try to avoid it. For many, change is scary, it symbolises a shift, an upheaval in our lives. It means that life as we know it will be altered. Changes force us to embrace the positives and the negatives. When a new opportunity arises we have to pack up and get ready to start all over.
STARTING OVER AGAIN… Always in between homes, languages, cultures, family, friends, and emotions. Starting over means we have to pack our life up, say goodbyes, learn to let go and get ready to rebuild our lives in a new place. Relationships such as family ties, friends, and networks, can all be put to the test. As Internationals we
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perienced life as a re-pat as well as an expat and she is not a stranger to the challenges and opportunities that life are of-ten putting ourselves out there when we try to make friends. Finding new friends when you have a fami-ly and are in your 30’s or 40’s can be a challenge. That is also when feelings of nostalgia and grief can emerge. When we move we have to let go of places and people we love. The relationships can continue - thanks to virtual connections - but it is not the same. We will miss out on birthday parties, baby showers, dinners, picnics and BBQ’s. Author Brene Brown puts it so well "we can't heal if we can't grieve". It is vital to take time to grieve our losses in order to move on. It is a process that can be painful but necessary to consciously enter into fulfilling relationships.
THE MOVERS AND THE SHAKERS How come some Internationals cope well when it comes to change? Is it because they have gone through it so many times? Can they adapt so easily? Being an International is being forever in transition and on a journey - physically, emotionally, or both. With experience, we can tame our feelings regarding the change.
HERE ARE SOME TIPS: An Action Plan: Listing what you would like to achieve for yourself during this move is a start. One of the most important aspects of living abroad is that everyone gains from it. Tapping into our wants and desires is a must. Making an action plan and reaching out to people to start building a network before the plane takes off the runway is a way to feel more grounded. Commit to a Habit: Creating rituals are a staple for Internationals. Journaling in the morning, a cup of tea in the afternoon, regular exercise, whatever brings you joy. The movers and the shakers are go-getters, they are the architects of their lives, they are bold and act. Go on, embrace change and shake things up. THE-INTL
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 life 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 a Cultural Transition and Expat Spouse and Partner Specialist at Active Action. A firm believer that if you are lacking something - create it. She is the founder of two International Mom Groups in Denmark, a running enthusiast, active lifestyle advocate, wife and mom. www.activeaction.dk email@example.com
A DANISH DRIVER’S LICENSE? A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE PHOTOGRAPHS UNSPLASH.COM
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T I P # 1 : DON’T GO OVER THE 90 DAY S . I F YO U D R I V E O N YO U R D R I V ER’S LICENSE LONGER, YOU RISK A FINE OF 5,000DKK. your license is not valid, you must take the theoretical and practical test before you can get a Danish license.
MUST I CONVERT MY LICENSE?
DRIVING IN DENMARK is quite like Canada except… for “the bike lanes” and “no right turns on red”, but when I arrived twelve years ago, the Canadian driver’s license wasn’t recognized or accepted so, even though I had been driving since I was fifteen, I needed to take both the written and driving tests again. IN DANISH! 13,000DKK and six months later, I got my Danish driver’s license. When the time came to take the driving test, I was pregnant, very pregnant. My belly almost not fitting between the seat and the steering wheel. My driving instructor then informed me I would have the strictest officer for my test. She recommended I didn’t make small talk (“make nice” as she put it) and that I should “just speak when spoken to!” Like I wasn’t a little nervous already; now I was super nervous. And when I’m nervous… I talk! The police officer looked at me sternly and I looked back with a big ass Canadian smile and said “Hi!” I passed. The most frustrating aspect of all is that in 2016 they changed the law and now Canadians can simply swap their license to a Danish one for only 280DKK!
The following countries can swop their license for a Danish one: ✓ Australia ✓ Capitol Territory (Australia) ✓ Brazil ✓ Canada ✓ Chile
✓ Bosnia-Herzegovina ✓ Serbia ✓ Isle of Man ✓ Japan ✓ Republic of Korea (South Korea) ✓ Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) ✓ Russia ✓ Switzerland ✓ Singapore ✓ USA ✓ Ukraine ✓ New Zealand Your foreign driving license is only valid for ninety (90) days after you have moved permanently to Denmark. If your foreign driving license is issued in a country outside the EU, and outside Iceland, Norway, Faroe Islands or Liechtenstein, you must swap it for a Danish driving license if you wish to drive a car in Denmark while living here. And you will need to take both a theoretical and a practical test before you can swap it.
If you have a valid license and yet don’t need to take the tests as described above, you still need to have it converted into a Danish license. To do this you must make an appointment with your local municipality and then, meet up in person with the following documents: Your current driving license. Residence Permit if you are from a non-EU country. Passport if you are a Nordic citizen. Yellow health card if you are a citizen in an EU country. A medical certificate issued by your own doctor no longer that 3 months ago in a sealed envelope. A photo that complies with the driving license photo requirements, which you can see on the Police website. A translation if the driving licence is not written in English or is not issued in accordance with the EU model. Cash, card, dankort/visa-dankort or Mobile pay for payment. THE-INTL
EU CITIZENS If you have a license from an EU country or from Iceland, Norway, Faroe Islands or Liechtenstein, you can use it in Denmark for as long as it is valid. If
LAURA WINTEMUTE OWNER, HOMESTEAD Laura is Canadian. After years of living abroad and travelling the world, she moved to Denmark in 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.
T I P # 2 : I F YO U R P R E S E N T L I C E N S E I S N OT I N E N G L I S H , F R E N C H O R G E R M A N , YO U M U S T H AV E A S TAT E C E R T I F I E D T R A N S L AT I O N ( I . E . , A T R A N S L AT I O N B Y A T R A N S L ATO R W H O H A S A N AU T H O R I Z E D S TA M P F R O M T H E I S S U I N G S TAT E ) W I T H YO U I N O R D E R TO P R O C E S S A N E W L I C E N S E . G E T I T D O N E I N A DVA N C E .
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IMMERSED IN THE PAST DENMARK’S VIKING ROOTS ARE VISIBLE EVERYWHERE, BUT AT LAST MONTH’S INTERNATIONAL VIKING MARKET AT THE RIBE VIKINGECENTER THERE WAS MORE TO IT THAN JUST A HISTORY LESSON. PHOTOGRAPHS JULIBEHRENDTBEXKENS.COM / LINDSEY SCAIFE / CATRIONA TURNER
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YOU TURN A corner around the stone-built longhouse, with its densely thatched roof, and smell the smoke emerging from the fire within. A young girl wears a pale green woollen dress, with a cape covering her shoulders and her hair loosely braided. She tosses hoops of rope towards stakes in the ground, humming a tune as she plays. She gathers the hoops, then skips back for another turn. You pass through a cluster of tents, buzzing with people. It’s market day, and you’re not the only traveller in town. A man browses the wares laid out on rickety tables – stone pots, hand-dyed yarn, woven fabrics and carved wooden weaponry. He wears a fur-lined cap, and on his back is a wicker basket with a hinged lid. Leather straps over his shoulders make it his traveller’s backpack.
CATRIONA TURNER WRITER AND BLOGGER Catriona is a writer and blogger currently living in Esbjerg. In the decade since leaving Scotland,
EMBRACING HISTORY You haven’t really stepped back 1000 years to the Viking market town, but you’d be forgiven for wondering, given the fascinating attention to detail on show. It’s not just on market day that you can experience Viking times. The Vikingecenter – among other Danish historical sites – is open throughout the summer. When I first visited, I was impressed when I realised it wasn’t just staffed by battle re-enactors. Families come and camp together, enjoying their holidays by living as Vikings. At times you wonder where the line is between immersive and intrusive, when you peer into a tent at a vignette of Viking life, only to realise it’s someone’s actual bed made up for the night, and their dirty laundry is in there waiting to be taken to the river. Of course, I knew the importance of Viking history before I lived here. There was a primary school history project with drawings of longboats and my name in runes. The history of Scotland is scat-
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tered with Viking influences; the northern isles of Orkney and Shetland sometimes feel more Nordic than Scottish.
THE MODERN VIKING But modern Danes embrace their Viking heritage and culture so whole-heartedly, it’s clear they are interested in more than historical re-enactment. There’s a craving for elements of Viking culture in the 21st century. It’s about recognising a time when the Danes were at their most powerful and influential in the world. Nowadays, they dominate the fields of crime thrillers, brick-based toys, happiness and hygge (cosiness), but 1000 years ago they held territories in Europe and beyond and were the expert seafarers of their time. That’s certainly something to stir up patriotic pride in your average flagwaving Dane. For some, however, the goal is to just take time out of modern life by embracing ancient rituals and crafts. Many of the items at the market are made using
the same tools and methods developed by early Vikings. Others have adopted the old Norse pagan religion, honouring Odin and Freya, and returning to an emphasis on nature. Meanwhile, today’s popular culture is making Viking culture look pretty damn sexy, especially the History Channel series Vikings. Winterfell gives off quite the Viking vibe, and dare I mention Chris Hemsworth as Thor in The Avengers movies? The bearded aesthetic still popular with millennials certainly suggests a more elemental masculinity. Whatever the reason, when you want to learn more about Viking culture, there are plenty of Danes – and others from around the world – who will enthusiastically oblige, but a day out at Ribe Vikingecenter as well as their own Viking museum would be a great start. Furthermore, if you are interested in visiting other sites in Jutland there are the following attractions: Jelling, Fyrkat, and Lindholm Høje in Aalborg. THE-INTL
she’s also lived in France, Uganda and the Republic of Congo. On her blog, The Frustrated Nester, she writes about Danish living, travel and the expat life. Her writing has been pu bl i s he d i n t he a nt holo g y
Once Upon an Expat. She’s currently working on a memoir of what home means, and is also a freelance copy-editor and proofreader.
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IS MY HERITAGE Once upon a time a dashingly handsome German-born English gentleman worked for a multinational in Zaire. He lured a young Danish nurse working for the Red Cross to the dance floor at an expat party. The rest is history. PHOTOGRAPHS ISTOCKPHOTO
TEN MONTHS LATER they were married and embarked on a global life which produced three kids, homes on four continents and furniture from every corner of the globe. Finally settling in the UK.
HYGGE IN THE HOME
Growing up with a Danish mother, hygge (cosiness) was in my genes and woven into family life. Be it enjoying homemade boller (bread rolls) at birthday breakfasts, or simply gathering round the table over a cuppa after school to talk about our day. Remoulade (yellow sauce served with fish) and liquorice stained our teeth. A mini Dannebrog (Danish flag) had a firm place at the table when one of us turned older.
KARIN WEISER INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COACH AND WRITER
FALLING IN LOVE My love for Denmark started with a fourmonth stay at Grundtvigs Højskole in Hillerød on leaving school. It led to a BA in Danish and German, passing through Århus as an ERASMUS exchange student to learn more about Janteloven (Jante’s Law). After wearing my rucksack out and confusing the postman with multiple addresses around the world during my 20s, I moved to Denmark by choice. Initially to escape the rat race in London.
Karin is British by birth, global by choice. She moved to Copenhagen in 2001 to rediscover her roots. KaI GREW UP WITH VALUABLE ADVICE FROM MY MORMOR (GRANDMOTHER), DET ER IKKE HVORDAN DU HAR DET, MEN HVORDAN DU TAGER DET. (IT’S NOT HOW YOU ARE RATHER HOW YOU COPE). THIS HAS HELPED ME DEVELOP RESILIENCE DURING TOUGH TIMES.
FITTING IN THE HARD WAY I worked as a temporary home help while jobhunting. After just four months, I landed a long-term contract at Novo Nordisk (via my network) and bought a flat. I also freshened up my Danish at night school. Danish was my primary language for the first few years both at work and play. I remember feeling relieved when I had the opportunity to crack a joke in English and make the listener smile – if only slightly. It was tough. But the steep learning curve paid off and I became comfortable switching between the two languages. My accent still prompts the question, hvor kommer du fra? (where do you come from?) I proudly reply, herfra, (from here).
ALMOST DANISH BUT NOT QUITE In the early years, I often came across cultural oddities. Yes! Even with a Danish mother who, however, had ventured abroad at 24 and never returned. Eighteen years on I have embraced many things but not everything. As a pedestrian, I do not wait for the light to turn green if there is no traffic. Black is not the
rin has a professional background in communications, training and teaching English. Karin is passionate about people and positive psychology. After
dominant colour in my wardrobe. And I still chat up strangers with a conversation about the weather. I hold doors open for people and smile at strangers. I now have dual nationality and am proud to say I feel at home. Today my heart smiles when I meet strangers, restaurant staff or baristas who ask me to speak English. Copenhagen has become a delightful honeypot of cultures, languages and food. Finally. And I love it!
ADVICE TO NEWBIES IN DENMARK I grew up with valuable advice from my mormor (grandmother), det er ikke hvordan du har det, men hvordan du tager det. (It’s not how you are rather how you cope). This has helped me develop resilience during tough times. It took me several years to find good Danish friends and carve my career niche. Patience and perseverance do pay off. Don’t give up. Laugh a lot and find an outlet for your frustrations – via a network, sport or new learning opportunity. Be open, be curious, be you. And rewrite your story. Are you ready? THE-INTL
a corporate career she now works as an international business coach and writer. Karin helps professionals find their passion and to live their full potential with purpose. Her personal recipe for a balanced life includes a splash of optimism, yoga and dark chocolate.
www.karinweiser.com email firstname.lastname@example.org
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DUI YOUTH AARHUS Aarhus in Eastern Jutland is home to many international-minded companies and organisations that all contribute to this special area. International Community will take you by the hand and show you the diverse scene on which internationalisation is built. This month we are visiting DUI Youth Aarhus. PHOTOGRAPHS DUI YOUTH AARHUS / RUNI PHOTOPOP - VISITAARHUS
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BEING PART OF A CLUB IS TRADITIONAL IN DANISH CULTURE. IT HAS BEEN THE WAY TO MEET OTHERS, SEEK INDEPENDENCE, AND DELVE INTO THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT OTHERWISE GET TO TRY.
DUI YOUTH AARHUS is an internationally focused youth club for Danish and international teens to create new friendships across cultures. The club is created with support from the city of Aarhus and the national organisation DUI Leg og Virke. It is no secret that moving to a new city or country can be hard, especially when you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know the language very well. It is, therefore, important to meet others in the same boat or those who can help lead the way. DUI Youth Aarhus is a place where you become more familiar with the Danish way of life as well as the city of Aarhus, no matter how long you are here for. We speak English, allowing everyone to participate, without worrying about the language barrier, even if you are still learning English. The club is primarily for teens in the agerange 13 to 18: a very exciting and challenging time in their lifes.
WHY BE PART OF A YOUTH CLUB? Being part of a club is traditional in Danish culture. It has been the way to meet others, seek independence, and delve into things you might not otherwise get to try. Most schools will have their own after school clubs, but the great thing about DUI Youth is that we combinethese and young people have the opportunity to meet others from different schools, as well as bring their friends along. But more than anything, we want to create a community for young people to feel part of, in a safe and secure setting. The club is open Mondays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., during which time youngsters can come for as long as they want to, giving more flexible to the teens. Our activities have an international and Danish flair to them. This might be Saint Hans Bon-
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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY fire night or one of the many different traditions from around the world at Christmas time. By sharing these traditions, we can not only look at how we are different, but also, how we are in many ways, very similar. We also aim to give members the opportunity to learn more about the beautiful city of Aarhus; a trip to Aros, to Moesgaard, the theatre or a tour of Godsbanen. On other days, we try new things and learn new skills, such as how to maintain your bike in bike-crazy Denmark. All in all, we aim to create a secure setting, where teens will be able to develop, learn and interact under supervision from adults.
BEING PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL CITY Aarhus is rapidly becoming more and more international. To remain attractive to international families and to encourage them to stay longer, it is important to ensure that all family members feel integrated and at home.This is where DUI Youth Aarhus comes in. It is a blend of the traditional Danish youth club, with an international focus for both Danes and internationals to participate in. Importantly, we want our members to become involved in planning club events so they can learn about cooperation across cultures - a skill that is vital when being a part of an international community. Apart from this, we believe that in an international world, there is space for everyone and their culture. Everyone is different, even within a culture, and we aim to learn about the world and city we live in with an open-mind and healthy curiosity. Learn more at dui. dk/youthclub or go follow us on Facebook at @DUIYouthAarhus and Instagram at @dui.youth.aarhus. THE-INTL
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
SUMMER FESTIVALS IN AARHUS It’s June in Aarhus and you know what that means - the summer festival madness has begun! Choosing which one to go to can be difficult since there are only so many hours in the day. We’ve made it easier for you by listing our top three recommendations below. PHOTOGRAPHS VISITAARHUS / UNSPLASH.COM
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BESTSELLER AARHUS CITY HALF MARATHON
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TIP! With a typical attendance of 40,000, you may want to keep your commute as simple as possible if you’re coming in from out of town. If you need a place to crash for the night, check out the brand-new Zleep hotel at the north end of Aarhus in Skejby, which features free parking and is located only 200 metres away from the nearest station.
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The three - day No r t h S i d e m u sic festival, held June 6 to June 8, is unique for its focus on sustainability in addition to having a great lineup of talent that, this year, includes the acts: New Order, Major Lazer, and Alice in Chains. Through initiatives such as offering 100 per cent organic food and drinks, operating on green energy and collecting all plastic products for recycling, they hope to become the world’s first zero-waste festival. Clearly, they are well on their way.
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NORTHSIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The entire city shuts down to traffic for this 21-kilometre half-marathon, being held on June 16. If you’re ambitious enough to run in it, you’ll pass by some of the city’s main attractions such as the Aros art museum, the Tivoli amusement park and the old town (Den Gamle By). Or you could hang out with the crowd of 50,000 spectators, look out for the samba dancers and enjoy the musical acts throughout the day with a cold beer in your hand. ■ RÅDHUSPARKEN, 8000 AARHUS C ■ WWW.AARHUSMOTION.DK
LITERATURE EXCHANGE Literary stars from across Europe will convene at Literature Xchange, a 10-day international literature festival in Aarhus held from June 13 to 23. Choose from among 150 events ranging from film screenings and theatre performances to cemetery tours and lectures on provocative topics such as the differences between ads for sperm donors and ads for sex trade workers. The events, some of which are free, will be held throughout the city centre in venues including the main library DOKK1, Godsbanen, and various churches.
TELEVISION HOST, PRODUCER, PUBLIC SPEAKER, AND INTERNATIONAL PRINT JOURNALIST. In addition to hosting a live talk show, she writes regularly for BBC World News, The Globe and Mail, and ELLE, to name a few. She has published two children’s books, cont r i bu te d to tou r i s m guidebooks on Iceland and Chile, and co-edited an anthology of essays on Canada-European Union relations. Her work has taken her to over 40 countries, but she currently calls Aarhus home. When she’s not curled up with a good book and a hazelnut hot chocolate, you might be able to find her spinning away on the dance floor of a salsa club, or nestled in a window seat on a plane, en route to some exotic new destination. www.barbarabalfour.com
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THINKING OF GETTING ANOTHER PET? As exciting as it may be for us to bring home a new pet, keep in mind that it might be a very stressful experience for both pets, old and new, and you, too! PHOTOGRAPHS UNSPLASH.COM
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And because the sense of smell in dogs and cats is so much more powerful than humans, consider introducing scents before a meeting - a toy, favorite blanket, whatever has the scent of the new pet should be placed in the home for a short period. This way they will smell familiar when they meet. Use a plug-in pheromone diffuser around your home for the first few weeks to help new and resident pets relax: choose the Feliway classic if it’s for one cat and a new pet or Feliway friends if it’s two or more cats. For dogs, try Adaptil.
GIVE THEM SOME SPACE
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Give your new pet a space of its own and things of its own- a bed, bowl, toys. Otherwise, you may have to play referee the whole time! If you're introducing a second cat in the home, get a separate litter tray. Keep your resident cat in a different part of the house when you bring your new pet home – remember to introduce them gradually and for limited periods. Allow the resident pet its normal range at home, but keep the new pet in a confined area. Baby gates and pet crates are great for this!
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BUT, DON’T DESPAIR. There are several things you can do as a
BE FAIR AND REWARD GOOD BEHAVIOUR
and then soon embarked on an
pet parent to ensure one happy “hairy” family. First things first, make sure your new pet has been vaccinated and treated for fleas and worms – this is especially important in households where pets already live. You don’t want to introduce diseases and parasites into your home. If you can, introduce your pets to one another when they’re still young. Kittens and puppies are more likely to be open to “meeting” other animals and open to new experiences. But if this isn’t the case in your household, get to know the background of the new pet you’re about to introduce. Ask about whether the new pet has been socialized with others. If your pets aren’t in the mood to hang out, don’t force it. Stay close to them and make yourself present and available. They may simply ignore one another, but that doesn’t mean they won’t eventually become the best of friends. Remember to stay positive and give them a little space. It may take some time for them to become comfortable with one another.
Keep a stash of treats on hand to reward good behaviour and reduce tension and stress. Be consistent. Uphold law and order in the house. No climbing on the sofa means no climbing on the sofa. Begging at the dinner table? Think again. Don’t make exceptions for the new pet.
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When introducing dogs, try it before you make any lifelong adoption decisions. Our canine friends have to sniff each other right away. You know how it is when dogs meet in the park - lots of sniffing, and maybe some playfulness. If the encounter is an aggressive one, think carefully about the dogs and whether their personalities are complementary.
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WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! The Pet-agrees is not just about providing exercise and attention for your pets while you’re busy or out of town. By choosing us you’ll have the advantage of having a veterinarian look after your pet. The Pet-agrees is owned by a trained veterinarian. THE-INTL
OWNER, THE PET-AGREES
dan and from an early age has had a love for animals. He met his spouse in Amman
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. He cares for pets in the Copenhagen area, offering services including pet-sitting, walking, and more to come soon. www.thepetagrees.com
SMARTWATCHES FOR WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHS VARIOUS
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Times are changing and there are finally some stylish, smartwatches that women can wear proudly in public. Here is a list of my favourites:
SUZAAN SAUERMAN TECH CONSULTANT & INVESTOR Suzaan has spend the past 19 years working for various technology brands, leading and transforming global marketing organisations,
APPLE WATCH SERIES 4
T h i s i s m y t op p i c k o f
developing innovative prod-
Fitbit’s second smartwatch
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Bellabeat has created a hy-
is better looking and small-
The Access Runway, is a
brid smartwatch, which is
uct portfolio’s, driving digital
smartwatches and prob-
er too, making it more suit-
stylish alternative to the
more focussed on gener-
ably the best full-blood-
ed to women. The female
Apple Watch that works
al wellness than exercise.
consumer product experienc-
e d s m a r t w a t c h f o r i P-
health (period) tracking
with both iPhone and An-
You can get your activity
es. Today she has her own
hone-owning women. It’s
can be viewed onscreen on
droid. It’s not the best for
and sleep tracking, but also
an all-round fitness track-
the Versa. Available in as-
activity tracking but it’s
stress, hydration and men-
consultancy, helping fitness,
er and health device which
sorted colour options.
comfortable to wear and
strual cycles monitored via
can be dressed up with dif-
gives you alerts, apps and
the app. Available in silver
to intersect with technology.
ferent straps and custom-
custom watch faces. Avail-
and rose gold. 1699DKK.
She is also a tech investor, col-
able with both stainless
steal and leather straps and also comes in a more expen-
transformation and creating
wellness and fashion brands
umnist and keynote speaker. In her spare time she likes to
sive Ceramic model.
stay fit by running and train-
ing at The Wolfpack Gym. She loves food and wine, and is always scouting the best places to eat around the city. She has been travelling, living and working in most continents of the world and currently lives in Copenhagen K.
Follow her on:
@suzaansauerman @suzaansauerman @linkedin.com/in/suzaan
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NEW HEAD OF COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
Head of Secondary, Atlanta International School; Head of Senior School, Dulwich College Shanghai; Deputy Rector Morrison´s Academy and IB Coordinator CIS. PHOTOGRAPH COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
WITH OVER 20 years of educational experience, Sandy MacKenzie returns to his former school to take on the role of Director for Copenhagen International School. While Sandy returns to CIS, he is by no means a stranger to Denmark, as his childhood summers were spent with family friends who lived in Brøndby, Denmark. These summer experiences presented Sandy with an opportunity for him to learn some Danish, and while not fluent yet, he has enough understanding of the language to give him a jump start as Head of CIS starting in August 2019.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN EDUCATOR? “The inspiration for me to become an educator was really my mother who was initially an English teacher and then became a Primary School teacher. In the 1960s, she taught English on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean; her wanderlust may well have rubbed off on me. I had a few jobs before teaching: behind the bar in a night club, working in a five star hotel and portering in a psychiatric hospital – the skills from which may be applicable at times to my current role! When I became a Mathematics teacher in Scotland, I knew that I had found my true vocation.”
WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A HEAD OF SCHOOL? “My leadership career really began at Copenhagen International School. I was fortunate enough to become Head of Mathematics and then IB Coordinator in the short time that I was at the school (2002-2004). Although my previous stay at CIS was brief, it was a seminal moment in my career – being part of the community of this diverse, international school
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and having the opportunity to lead teachers in providing fantastic learning for students was the springboard for leading in schools. Since then, I have been a Depute Rector in a family-oriented Scottish independent school, Head of Senior School in an academicallyselective international school in China and Head of Secondary in Atlanta for the past five years, in a school with many similarities to CIS. After 12 years in senior leadership, I feel ready to lead CIS in its next phase.”
WILL YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANISH AND CIS CULTURES MAKE YOU MORE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR NEW ROLE? “Copenhagen and CIS have not stood still in the past 15 years in any way and I am sure there is much for me to learn in my first few months as Director. Yes, I am very fortunate to have an insight into the school and our happy host country. I hope to dust off my Danish language skills and learn more, while finding old Østerbro haunts and discovering new ones.”
WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR THE FUTURE OF CIS? “I feel so fortunate to become the next Director of CIS and look forward to many happy years at the school. In recent years, CIS has grown in so many respects – now with a student body of over 950 students in a purpose built, sustainable campus overlooking the Øresund. Having come together again from two campuses, we will work on reconfirming our values and sense of community as one school. I look forward to CIS continuing to be a jewel in the crown of Copenhagen and enjoying the reputation as one of the very best schools in Denmark and Europe. THE-INTL
FOREVER YOUNG AND CLASSY Never mind the weather and elections, books never let us down. They are a constant, and some more than others. These are classics for a reason and delight generation after generation. So read, or reread, and discover why. 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
POIGNANT, BRUTAL AND NECESSARY BELOVED BY TONI MORRISON Sethe was born a slave and escaped but after eighteen years she is
THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL
LOST AND WASTED LOVE
MAGICAL AND REALISTIC
HEART OF DARKNESS BY JOSEPH CONRAD
MRS. DALLOWAY BY VIRGINIA WOOLF
Marlowe is offered a job
We follow Mrs. Dallo-
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE BY GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
on a riverboat transporting ivory down the Congo River. He is al-
still not free. She has
so tasked with bring-
too many bitter memo-
ing home a company
ries and her new home
man and treks through
is haunted by the ghost
the jungle to find him.
of her baby, who died
When he finally does,
nameless and whose
he finds more than just
tombstone bears a sin-
gle word: Beloved.
way, upper-class Londoner and wife of a member of parliament as she prepares and hosts a party for a damaged war veteran. As family and friends surround her during the evening, she reflects
A lot of the public library’s services are invisible because they are online. However, almost all subjects are covered in professional databases that
The epic tale of sev-
is free to use for any
en generations of the
patron of the library –
Buendía family that spans a hundred years. Patriarch José Arcadio
many of them in English and accessible
Buendía builds the uto-
from anywhere. Not
pian city of Macondo in
all libraries have eve-
the middle of a swamp. At first prosperous lat-
rything but just ask at
on the choices she has
er both the town and
your local library, we
will gladly show and tell!
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