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
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.
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! ❤️
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
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
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!
Crocus carpets at the Kongens Have.
Finding fun on the island of Fyn.
The Color Run in Valby Park.
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.
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
Views of the towers from atop the Rundtårn.
Illums rooftop respites.
Nyhavn Canal charm.
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!
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
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.
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