A Very Danish, Swedish & Norwegian Alternative Christmas Playlist

‘Tis the Season for New to you Holiday Tunes
SHARING A FEW SONGS FOR YOUR DECEMBER FROM DENMARK, SWEDEN & NORWAY

Pour yourself a glass of warm spiced gløgg, light your calendar candle and listen in. It’s December and it is decidedly Jul time in Scandinavia. Here in Denmark, the Danes adore Christmas. Good thing I do too. Part of my tradition at this time of year is to wade through a ton of Christmas tunes seeking and searching for a few new seasonal gems. It’s time for the 4th annual alternative Scandinavian Christmas playlist. Continue reading “A Very Danish, Swedish & Norwegian Alternative Christmas Playlist”

Crabbing on the Oregon Coast

Scooping up Delicious Dungeness Crabs

TIPS AND TRICKS TO PULL YOUR LIMIT IN THE STATE OF OREGON

Three hours before high tide. We’ve checked the boat. It still starts. That’s key. We load it up with rings, pots and boxes. We’re going crabbing. On the Oregon Coast. Yes – you heard me. OREGON. Oregon Girl and crew are back around the world for a month visiting family and friends. In Oregon. It’s a little surreal. In the best way. Don’t worry Denmark, we’ll be back. But for now, we’re soaking up, tasting, seeing, hugging all those things and people that we missed. It’s good.

(Originally posted July 2016, updated December 2019)

SEEK OUT YACHATS ON THE CENTRAL OREGON COAST

Have you been crabbing? I have done this in Oregon as long as I can remember living here. Maine may have lobstahs, but here on the Pacific Northwest Coast, we hunt Dungeness Crab. Growing up in Eugene – a university town that sits mid-state off I-5 in western Oregon – we frequent the central Oregon coast between the little towns of Florence and Newport. And we’re more than lucky that my mom loves sharing her coast house. We spend most of our time in charming and quirky, but oh so cozy Yachats. (Don’t call it Yeah-chats. It’s YAH-hots. It’s a Native American thing. Siletz tribe to be exact. It translates loosely to “dark water at the foot of the mountain.” Speaking my language.)

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Château de Cheverny is the One Your Kids Will Love in the Loire Valley

Unique Activities and Exhibits Make This French Chateau a Kid-Friendly Classic
SEE THE HUNTING DOGS, TINTIN AND LABYRINTH MAZE

With so many fantastic French châteaus to choose from, how do you pick one that will please all your people? Traveling with teens in tow can prove a challenge, especially when historical sites and big fancy houses don’t always sit at the top of their list. But I’m here to tell you that the Chateau de Cheverny in the Loire Valley of France was a hit for our whole fam. Even our hard to please teens.

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Go Bogshoeing on a Wild Latvian Peat Bog Outside Riga

Hike Through the Kemeri National Park on a Day Out in Latvia

STRAP ON YOUR BOGSHOES TO WALK ATOP AN 8000-YEAR-OLD QUAKING BOG

Springy. Squishy. Damp. Different. Dare to walk across freshwater lakes layered with a mesh of moss in a Latvian peat bog and that is exactly what you’ll feel. Any trepidation soon slips away as the spongey moss below your feet feels secure enough to sustain you. There is something serene about sloshing through a swampy bog. Maybe you don’t believe me. I didn’t believe me. Before I did it. I went “bogshoeing” on a pristine peat bog on my latest trip to Latvia. Continue reading “Go Bogshoeing on a Wild Latvian Peat Bog Outside Riga”

10 Ways to Make the Most of Christmas in Copenhagen | From Christmas Markets to Lovely Lights and Warm Spiced Gløgg | from local blogger Oregon Girl Around the World

10 Ways to Make the Most of Christmas in Copenhagen

Jul Love Christmas in the Danish Capital

When living in Denmark. I say. Bring on Christmas.

It’s mid-November now. The clock has turned back and the dark descends earlier each evening. By Christmas, we’ll be down to a mere seven hours of daylight per day here in Denmark. No need to fret. Don’t be concerned. Bust out your candles. Turn on those twinkly lights. Let’s get our Jul on. It’s one of the things I adore most about living here in Denmark. And many Copenhagen Christmas activities kick off for real this weekend when Julemanden, Denmark’s version of Santa, switches on all the lights swung over the streets in the historic center city. Continue reading “10 Ways to Make the Most of Christmas in Copenhagen”