“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
Hej! Hello. I’m Erin Gustafson 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 green mountainous goodness out here that seeps into your soul and doesn’t let go. But after 7 years of living like a Scandinavian, it’s now a part of me too.
LIFE LIVED ABROAD | COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Our family moved to Copenhagen for my husband’s position with Vestas Wind. The clean, family-friendly, and sustainably oriented capital city suited us. From 2014 to 2021, we gave up the car to adopt the Danish bicycle culture and efficient public transportation system. I work to bring those sustainable lifestyle choices with us when we travel and believe that anyone can explore more thoughtfully when away from home. Respecting and supporting local economies and ensuring our impacts are positive are key tenets of our family travel philosophy. And it’s the basis for most of what I share on this website.
I am a creatively minded explorer of life. 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. Call me a culture hound at heart.
When you are open to the world, the world opens for you. I adore meeting new people, discovering their “from” stories, 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, what living in Denmark was like, and ideas on how to travel more sustainably. Want to connect? I’d love it! Get in touch – let’s collaborate.
“Travel is life.”
– Hans Christian Andersen
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Cheers from Portland/Copenhagen! Hej hej for now.
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Just discovered your blog through #MondayEscapes, as I loved that photo!
Thank you so much for stopping by – I truly appreciate it! Cheers from Denmark – Erin
Just wanted to say hi. 🙂
Hej from Copenhagen! Skål!
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
Hej! Thanks for connecting here and cheers from Copenhagen!
Learned about you through Weekend Wanderlust. I’m from Oregon too! Wanted to say Hi!
Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Cheers from Copenhagen for now!
Hi Erin!! I am in Copenhagen ?Any chance of meeting up? ???? would be great to meet for a cuppa!
Just wanted to say hi!! Was wondering about your return and just read your limbo blog!! ❤
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
Just found your blog! Fantastic read! Love it! Tak!
Thanks kindly! I truly appreciate it! Cheers, Erin
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.
Yes – we make julehjerter each year! Woven Christmas hearts to hang on the tree. Thanks for the comment and cheers from Copenhagen!
I’m an Oregon girl who’s family (mom and dad) immigrated from Denmark. Hygge was always a part of my growing up! Thanks
So happy you found me! We have fully adopted the Danish hygge! Cheers from Copenhagen! Erin
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
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
Great post and blog site. We lived in Oregon for 6 years. Now expats in Medellin Colombia! Hope to visit your part of the world for our next adventure chapter!
John and Susan
Scandinavia is amazing! And each country offers something different – you definitely should! Cheers from Copenhagen!
Great to read anout being parents in Denmark. The same kind of chocks and desbelives my wife and I had when we moved to Florida. We felt kids had no rights and where controlled 24/7. The kids moved from classroom to classroom lined up and the lunch break was controlled too. The way the teaching was practiced was different too. It was more the remember than to learn. Very different from a Danish school. Not saying it was all bad but just far from the way we knew.
Hej Carsten – tak for stopping by and reading! We’re back in the States and reacquainting with US high school. Kids are definitely not afforded the independence here that mine experienced in Denmark and we all definitely miss that.
Hi Erin, have you written about why you moved back to the US? What happend and what us your experience moving back?
Hi Bo – thanks for asking. I have written some first thoughts about what people ask repats on the blog- you can find that here – https://oregongirlaroundtheworld.com/expat-life/what-not-to-ask-a-repat-but-you-will-anyway/ . But if I’m honest, I’m still processing even after a year!