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Summer House Hygge

How the Danes Connect and Get Happy Outside the City
THE DANISH SECRET TO HAPPINESS IS HYGGE

Last week here in Denmark, summer began. With temps reaching the low 20’s and the sun shining bright and long against the blue skies, it truly did feel like summer. Seriously – that is about as hot as it got here last summer, excepting a few extraordinarily warm days where clothes and canal swims were optional. When the sun is out, Danes soak it up. We all do here. Why would you not? Winter is dark and damp. And summer is fleeting and fickle. Case in point – we’re back to 13°C and overcast skies today.

GOOD TO KNOW: Average summer temperatures in Copenhagen and Denmark range in the low to mid 20’s °C. That’s Celsius. We work in C’s over here in Europe. We’ve become conditioned and don’t normally convert. But for you, who work in F’s,  I’ll make an exception – that’s between 68° about 75° Fahrenheit. Not tropical. But nice.

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Always Time for Tivoli

TIVOLI GARDENS AMUSEMENT PARK | COPENHAGEN
DENMARK’S BEST AMUSEMENT PARK

Tivoli! Tivoli! Tivoli! No – not another little Italian town. I live in Denmark! I’m talking about Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park right here in the Danish capital Copenhagen. What? You don’t know Tivoli? You should come visit! You should come visit Copenhagen AND visit Tivoli. When it’s open. Alas, it’s not always open. But if your travels allow, it is so worth it when it is.

Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park Summer Concerts | Jessie J 2015

Tivoli is the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world and has been in operation since August 1843. In the world peeps! That is cool. And old. And cool! Bakken, only 20 kilometers up the road in Klampenborg is the oldest, but my heart lies in Tivoli. Continue reading “Always Time for Tivoli”

Bellevue Beach – Onsdag Wanderlust Volume VI

Today I took the long way round after dropping my youngest at school, the older two having already made it on their own for their early starts. Not having finished my morning coffee when the wee lass wanted off to catch her friends before the bell rung, I put it in a flask to take along. (No, not an alcoholic flask. Flask = thermos; my UK friends might be rubbing off, can you tell?) Repositing the lass with friends at school, I kiss goodbye and head off on my bike. I make my way via the neighborhoods that skirt Copenhagen’s northeastern suburbia to my destination – Bellevue Beach on the water in Klampenborg. You can also get here easily by train, but it is unbelievably beautiful weather this week and it feels good to be out of the rain. (Forgive me – my son is learning how to play America on his guitar and it just seeps in.)

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Growing your own Happy as an Expat

For Today’s Wednesday Wanderings – or Onsdag Wanderlust as I like to call them – I’m taking you local. A simple outing to a beautiful place right here in Copenhagen. The Botanical Garden in the middle of the city. Botanisk Have in Danish. If you are interested in going further afield on this hump day – see my last post about charming Torekov, Sweden.

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