Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Denmark. There is no time off work. The kids get no break from school. We will not be traveling anywhere. Unless you count my husband’s day trip across Denmark to a meeting in Aarhus, delivering him back home late. My eldest son was busy delivering pizzas. The youngest had studies for a spelling test today. It was a regular day here in Denmark. It was Thursday. Torsdag to the Danes.
But that is ok. Full turkeys are hard to come by. If you do find one, it may cost you a pretty penny. Or plenty of kroner. Probably both. And good luck finding a Russet or a Yukon gold. There is some crazy nut tax that makes pecan use prohibitive or down right luxurious depending on your position and wallet. Canned pumpkin is equally overpriced and only found at the “American/British” aisle in certain grocers popular with expatriates. Maybe you have an inside source at the American Embassy. Or maybe you thought ahead and smuggled back a few cans of Libby’s and the requisite evaporated milk.
Most everything else you can find for your traditional recipes that you may or may not have printed, preserved and packed over the border with you when you passed. But, I didn’t make them yesterday. It’s ok. We’ll do it tomorrow. When we have time and can tune in some American college football via the old rabbit ears of streaming internet with VPN hiders. Yep. We may even head to the nearby park and toss the pigskin around. The football. Not the futbol. The football. It’s brown. And has laces. At least ours does. At Thanksgiving.
And while it may not be traditional or specifically timely, thankful we are. Grateful that we can. We miss family and friends celebrating afar, especially on days like Thanksgiving. But we are grateful that we have had this opportunity to explore this life across borders. Over here in Denmark. These are some of the things that I’m thankful for. Things that make this our Danish life.
THINGS I AM THANKFUL FOR IN OUR DANISH LIFE
Colorful buildings and cobblestone streets.
Did you know that the Danes have a name for this amazing hybrid summer into fall season we are experiencing right now? It’s called sensommer. Thanks to @laura_cphtales for teaching me that one. Whatever you call it. I LOVE it. Went for a dip in the morning with friends and cycled to the beach after school. This Danish life is good. Cheers from Copenhagen!
Effective public transportation.
Original Coffee and a morgen komplet.
Julemarked and gløgg and warm æbleskivers.
This weekend opens one of the most charming Christmas markets in this corner of the world. Take the train or drive yourself up to tiny Ålsgårde, Denmark for Christmas tree hunting and julehygge. Warm up with gløgg and æbleskivers by the fire. See more from our outing last year. Come say hej on the blog. Link in bio. Cheers from chilly Copenhagen! ❤️
Christmas lights criss-crossing the streets.
This is one of my favorite streets at Christmas in Copenhagen. It feels elegant and special and charming and wonderful. Stole an hour after work with the husband to sample a gluhwein at the German Julemarked near Højbro Plads and toodle through the lights near the Strøget – the pedestrian shopping street. Crowds haven’t hit yet, but it was still festive and lively. Cheers from Copenhagen! Knus (hugs), Erin
Singing in an International choir.
Copenhagen under a blanket of snow.
Smørrebrød and herrings with snaps to skål.
Fresh food from Torvehallerne.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
This gorgeous luminous moving artwork is by Vietnamese-American artist Tiffany Chung and titled: finding one’s shadow in ruins and rubble (2014) Small images of bombed out buildings sit encased in beautiful wooden boxes placed like building blocks and illuminated from behind. It is beautiful and haunting at the same time. I truly enjoyed the conversation about it with the group of students from my daughter’s class this week while visiting Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. There is something about embracing the scars – on the landscape and in our own lives. They become part of the map. The map that makes you you. And make a place, a place. What do you think? Come tell me – more on the blog. It’s a funny one – I promise, not quite so all dark and moody as this. Come say hej – link in bio. And if you read all of this – tak! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Danish design and meeting the makers.
One of the MOST UNIQUELY Danish foods. ?? ——————————- How do you tell someone to calm down in Danish? “Spis lige brød til.” Eat some bread. And not just any bread. In Denmark – you eat rye bread. Don’t think New York deli rye bread. This is rugbrød. A dense, dark, chewy, seedy rectangular loaf that could potentially be used as a weapon if need be. Sliced thin and smeared with liverpaste (leverpostej) – you now have the equivalent of peanut butter and jelly in a Danish school kids’ lunch. Want to know the other 4 most uniquely Danish foods? Head on over to the blog! Link in bio – come on over and say hej!
Where are you going today? To work? To school? To make something? Do something? Be someone? Do it. Get your getting on. *That was a note to self, but if it helps you – DOUBLE BONUS TIME! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Speaking of riding and doing something – did you sign up for Copenhagen’s “Vi cykler til arbejde” challenge for the month of May? We cycle to work peeps! Check them out @vicyklertilarbejde and sign up. There are prizes! Sweet sweet prizes. Dat cool. The cycling culture here in Copenhagen is cool. Anyway – har en happy hump day – enjoy the sunshine!
Sledding at the Statens Museum.
Crocus carpets at the Kongens Have.
Finding fun on the island of Fyn.
The Color Run in Valby Park.
Basking with friends at Bellevue Beach.
Go’morn from Copenhagen! Good morning. A little traditional Skyr med muesli – creamy yogurt and granola. A smidge of honey balances the slightly tart Skyr. Move over Greek yogurt. You must try Skyr. Happy Fredag! No big plans for us this weekend – you going anywhere? Safe travels if so – cheers from Copenhagen!
Sharing good food and much laughter at cooking club.
One of my favorite things about living an expatriated life in an international community is exposure to so much more than just the country you’ve migrated to. I feel lucky to have joined a cooking group with amazing women from Italy, Belgium, Chile, Poland, Germany and me. With a different theme each month, we all attempt a dish and then share good food and many laughs. This month it was Japanese. Who would have thought that moving around the world to be the catalyst I needed to make my first attempt at sushi rolls. Spicy tuna turned out pretty tasty. Skål from Copenhagen! We’re attempting Indonesian next – a favorite dish I need to learn? Share please!
The smell of fresh hyldeblomst.
Royal Copenhagen and rhubarb crumble.
Rabarber = rhubarb in Danish. And it is plentiful in plots all over Denmark right now. Where you are too? Do you love it? Hate it? You can’t really be meh about rhubarb. It demands an opinion. I like that. Is it a fruit? Or a vegetable? Is it red or green? Don’t matter. Rhubarb is what it is. And it doesn’t care if you love it or leave it. It’s rhubarb. Tangy and saucy, I find it hard to beat. Especially when tempered with the sweetest ripest Dansk jordbær and baked in a crumble crispy and golden. Melty ice cream on top. Summer awesomesauce. Seriously. You must make this. Recipe coming up on the blog. Come say hej! I don’t bite. The rhubarb might. Cheers from Copenhagen! – Erin
Afternoons at Ofelia Plads with cold rosé and dips off the dock.
Views of the towers from atop the Rundtårn.
Papirøen for Copenhagen Street Food.
Illums rooftop respites.
Nyhavn Canal charm.
Biking in the breeze over bridges.
Biking in the breeze, biking is a breeze in #Copenhagen. One of my Top 10 favorite sommer things to do here! Portland needs one of these fun curvy bike roads over the river – when does Tillicum Crossing open? More ideas and pics of summer fun in CPH here http://wp.me/p5mr9Y-na – come say hej! Cheers from Denmark!
Danish Is and Østerberg’s flavors.
What makes Danish ice cream Danish? Happy Danish cows of course. Duh. But how do you make Danish ice cream exotic? You need a flavor artist the likes of Catherine Østerberg who wants you to taste the world. I want you to meet her. Read more in the second installment of #MeettheLocals #ontheblog. Stop by and say hej! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Bonfires on beaches for Sankt Hans and Guy Fawkes.
Something magical about a kid and a sparkler. Celebrating -#BonfireNight tonight with British friends. A big cozy fire by the Danish shore, hot potatoes, mulled wine, roasted marshmallows and good people. There was talk about a guy named “Fox” and we burned an effigy, but whatever your history – community is king.
Tivoli Gardens in every season.
Happy June! Sommer in Copenhagen is amazing. Don’t you want to get out on the water? Copenhagen was recently ranked up there with Vancouver and Barcelona as one of the best waterfront cities. There is a lot of it here. It makes me want to get off the waterfront and get on the water. I would not say no to a ride in a beautiful boat like this. Cheers! Happy sommer!
Cheers from Copenhagen – I am thankful for you! xo, Erin
Linking with Lauren on Location, Snow in Tromso, What a Wonderful World, and The Sunny Side of This for #WanderfulWednesday.
17 thoughts on “Things I am Thankful for Living In Denmark”
beautiful photos! you seem to have a lot to be thankful for:)
Thank you kindly Tanja! We do feel very grateful for having this opportunity to experience life here in Denmark! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Lovely post on things about Denmark. 🙂 One thing we miss here is our rugbrød. 🙁
I really love this post, Erin. So many wonderful things to enjoy about your life in Copenhagen and it really showcases your brilliant Instagram account. Thanks for brightening up my day 🙂
Thank you kindly! I swear I saw rugbrød at Gail’s Artisan Bakery on my last London trip – maybe there is one near you? Let me know! Cheers, Erin
There’s so much to be thankful for even if you aren’t home with family for Thanksgiving. It’s important to remember to be thankful even when homesickness strikes. #wanderfulwednesday
Doesn’t it feel a little strange when you’re used to celebrating or observing a certain holiday at home, that isn’t recognised in your new country? I’m kind of at a loss on ANZAC Day here. We have the Veteran’s Parade through the city and services to remember the fallen. But of course America doesn’t have that. At least not in April. I’m glad that you’re celebrating Thanksgiving a day late anyway! #WanderfulWednesday
I love this!! So weird to see Copenhagen covered in snow, I’ve only ever been there in summer but I guess I should head there in winter one day 🙂
The colorful houses and the Christmas lights lining the streets are my favorite. You do have so much to be thankful for!
So many beautiful things to be grateful for! xx
Yes! You too! What a big new year you will have! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin
Lovely post. I have never been to Copenhagen. Looks so picturesque with those colorful houses. So much to be thankful for indeed. 🙂
Beautiful photos – and perspective!
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was wondering about the pecans….found some at Torvehallerne….not as good as Trader Joes Candied pecans
Seems like Denmark is a beautiful honey place to be….would love to visit and see what’s it’s like, I’m sure it’s like another world place and time…beautiful comments…maggie Wright Winter Park Fl