About Oregon Girl

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

– Mark Twain

Welcome to Oregon Girl Around the World

I’m Erin and I’ve been around the world, lived in many states and accumulated a myriad of addresses, but Oregon is where I’m “from.” Something about the mossy mountainous green goodness out there seeps into your soul and doesn’t let go. The Oregon Trail is for explorers, wanderers, cultivators. We seek. We create. We do.

I am a creatively minded explorer of life. Off the Oregon Trail, for now, I am currently living and doing and documenting a life across borders in Copenhagen, Denmark since 2014. With my boisterous family of five, I am enjoying this journey with all its bumps and turns. I believe in continuous learning and growing. An aesthete at heart, I have an appreciation for design – as much in the natural world as in architecture or art.

Our family moved to Denmark for my husband’s position with Vestas Wind. The clean, family-friendly and sustainably oriented capital city suits us. We have given up the car and adopted the Danish bicycle culture and efficient public transportation system. I work to bring our sustainable lifestyle choices with us when we travel and believe that you can explore thoughtfully when away from home. Respecting and supporting local economies and ensuring our impacts are positive are key tenets of our family travel philosophy.

When you are open to the world, the world opens for you. I adore meeting new people, discovering their “from” story and learning how that impacts their why and here and now. Here on Oregon Girl you will find stories, images and thoughts on connecting as humans, life in Denmark and ideas on how to travel more sustainably. Want to connect? I’d love it! Get in touch – let’s collaborate.

“It’s all about cooperation and the notion that together we can achieve more than alone.”
– Sarah MacKenzie, Daily Tous Les Jours, Musical Swings project

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Cheers from Copenhagen! Hej hej for now.
– Erin
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20 thoughts on “About Oregon Girl

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  2. G’Day Erin. Nice to know you are a fellow WordPress’er. Makes it easy to follow. Look forward to the Scandi adventures. Catch you on #Travchat on Weds 🙂 Cheers Saxon

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Hi Tevis! Thanks for reading and saying hej! That Danish for hi! Hope all is well with you and your family, cheers from Denmark for now! Erin

  3. Marilyn

    Can’t remember what it’s called but our Danish exchange student cut paper into intricate designs to make Christmas tree decorations. Can you comment? Enjoy your blog.

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Yes – we make julehjerter each year! Woven Christmas hearts to hang on the tree. Thanks for the comment and cheers from Copenhagen!

  4. Linda Nielsen Schader

    I’m an Oregon girl who’s family (mom and dad) immigrated from Denmark. Hygge was always a part of my growing up! Thanks

  5. Dave Worthen

    Hi Erin! Wow! Great blog. I am looking at visiting Copenhagen for the first time. I Googled what’s to like in Copenhagen. Found you. I’m glad it’s so personalized. Great sense of humor. Real.
    Maybe you can give me some tips or direct me to where I should go in Copenhagen that’s not just the usual tourist stops. The nooks and crannies of Copenhagen. I lived for awhile in Portland. Too much rain for me! I know others love it in Oregon. I’m curious. Where would I find out more about your own personal experiences living in Copenhagen? Read more of your posts? This is my first post. Keep up the great writing. Dave

    1. oregongirlaroundtheworld

      Hi Dave! Thanks for reaching out! You should definitely come to Copenhagen – it’s all sorts of lovely in every season. Although some seasons are milder than others. There are wonderful neighborhoods to explore around the city and can give a bit more of a local feel – check out Vesterbro and Nørrebro and Frederiksberg and the area around the lakes that divides the old town from the rest of the city. Rent a bike for sure! If you come after May, there will be a new food market in the warehouse district Refshaløen that you should definitely check out. I’ve got lots of posts on the blog about living in Copenhagen and little towns around Denmark which I would recommend if you have the time to get outside the city – it’s a completely different feel than Copenhagen. Happy to answer any questions – find Oregon Girl Around the World on Facebook and send me a message there! Cheers from Denmark, Erin

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