Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Rain, rain go away...

Here's a quick little stat for you - according to Statistics Denmark, it rains one in every two average of 171 days a year. That is a lot of rain! I now feel vindicated for all the complaining I do about Danish weather (as I am writing this it is pouring outside).

On the flip side, I have never appreciated and loved sun so much in my life. It is amazing to watch how people change when the sun comes out, Copenhagen is transformed into an entirely different and more joyous city.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I don't know how I did it!

I read a book recently titled "I don't know how she does it!" by Allison Pearson. In the book, Pearson dramatises the dilemma of working motherhood in today's hectic society. Here is a woman, Kate, who is 'doing it all.' On the outside she looks completely competent and at ease with juggling the demands of work and life, but in reality she is struggling to keep up, and life becomes a game of deception.

While I am not a mother, in the last few months I have found my self thinking about and relating to this fictitious character more and more. The reason being is that I started my new job earlier this year. This is the first time in two years that I am back in the routine of working 9-5 and trying to fit in life around my job. Adding to this stress is that I still have my Masters to complete and with seven months to go before we leave Copenhagen, I have an ever growing bucket-list of things I want to do. But I am exhausted. I went out to dinner on Friday night and I had to leave at 10pm because I couldn't keep my eyes open. The next day I had to take an afternoon nap, so I could see through the evening past 11pm at another party - that's not right, I'm 28 years old, not 78, what is wrong with me!

It makes me look back at the person I was before coming to Denmark and wonder how I did it! I worked hard and long hours, I had an active social life, I cooked, cleaned, ironed, exercised and studied. And I managed all this without having nanna-naps on the weekends to see me through.

But I know I'm just going through a period of adjustment and I'll come out of it in good time. Sometimes I think us women need to lower our expectations of ourselves. We are our own worst enemy when it comes to putting on the pressure to make sure everything is perfect and that we are doing everything for everyone (except ourselves). It doesn't always have to be like that, we don't have to be perfect!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Skiing the French Alps

2600m - on top of the world!

To say I was a little anxious about our recent ski holiday to France would be an understatement. The last time I went skiing, I was taken off the mountain by the ski ambulance after breaking my leg and ankle which resulted in spending five days in hospital, having two operations and enduring almost six months on crutches. Needless to say, the memory of my last ski holiday is seared into my brain, never to be forgotten.

The beautiful town of Avoriaz.

While the flashbacks of my accident had subsided, the fear and anxiety remained. But I do love skiing and as the saying goes "you have to get back on the horse". So after three years away from the snow, it was time to strap on the boots and click into the skies. With the addition of a helmet this time (just to be on the safe side with my disastrous track record) I was ready and rearing to go.

The only way to get around town.

J and I went to the beautiful ski village of Avoriaz where the only transport is horse and sleigh and you have access to 650km of powder. It was amazing. It snowed non-stop for four days making visibility a bit difficult, but we had a great time - you don't get chest deep powder like that in Australia. It also made me a little less nervous about hurting myself because if you fell it was like falling onto a mountain of pillows - it was so soft.

And the best part was that I came away unscathed! Yay for me!

Skiing through the glades.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Copenhagen in December

Talented photographer and videographer - Esben Zøllner Olesen - has produced this gorgeous time-lapse video of Copenhagen in December. He manages to capture the beauty of this city in the snow and in the lead up to Christmas. It makes me sad and nostalgic even though I haven't left yet - I must remember to get out and appreciate this great city more often.

Monday, January 14, 2013

New Job

At the beginning of this year, the old saying "when you stop looking things will come to you" rang true for me. After two years of looking for a job, I had decided that enough was enough. I stopped looking, put the kibosh on applications and became content with concentrating on my Masters and preparing to go home at the end of the year.

Little did I know that an application I sent in over a year ago would be resurrected and I would be offered a job. Since I have now signed a contract I can confirm that once again I am gainfully employed - and in a Communications management role no less!

2013 is going to be a busy year!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic evening of celebrations and debauchery and that you are now beginning to settle into 2013.

One thing I love about New Years is making resolutions - something I have always done with great enthusiasm. When I was 12, I vowed to stop drinking Coca Cola, and I did for five years. I have also resolved to learn how to sew and to take singing lessons, both of which I have ticked off my bucket list.

I think I like resolutions because I am a goal orientated person and I like the thought of making an open declaration - as if saying it in front of friends holds you more accountable (even though I a sure no one would remember the next day).

But this year my resolution is a very simple one - to just enjoy the year. To take every experience as it comes, to not stress about things I can't control, to say 'yes' more and deal with the consequences later.

What is your New Year's Resolution?

Miss H

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Our last Scandi Christmas - one year to go!

The snow came this weekend, and its arrival marked one year left in Scandinavia for J and I. I can't believe we have been in Copenhagen for two years and that this is our last Christmas in the snow. It certainly has gone by very quickly.

A white Christmas will definitely be something I miss but I have to admit, I am excited to begin the 12 month countdown for our return home.

Below are some pictures of this winters first snow. If everybody could keep their fingers crossed for the snow to keep coming for the next three weeks, I would be very grateful.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DIY Christmas Wreath

I admit I have a little bit of time on my hands being unemployed, but I can't help sharing this Christmas DIY project I did yesterday because I am very proud of it.

I just love Christmas and although I curse the cold most of the time, there is nothing like a white Christmas. I can't explain it, but it just feels right. It feels so nice being warm and cosy inside, with candles flickering, lights shining on the tree and snow falling outside. It is truly beautiful.

I also love decorating, but there has been one thing missing from my Christmas collection and that is a wreath to hand on the door. I know I could just go out and buy one, but I could never find one that I really liked, so I did a bit of Googling and got some inspiration.

And the picture above is the finish product...not bad if I say so myself.

Altogether it took about 2.5 hours to make and below are the steps to show you how I did it if you would like to give it a go yourself.

I bought a wreath from my local hobby store. Ideally, buy a styrofoam wreath but there weren't any big enough at my store. So mine is made out of hay, which I then wrapped in masking tape to make sure it was all contained and then red ribbon so it would look nice from all angles. This is also the time to glue on your hanging ribbon.

You can also see above all the baubles I used. I decided on a red and silver colour scheme but you can choose whatever your heart desires. Just make sure you have a lot of baubles in 2-3 different sizes. I used about 90 in total.

Using a hot glue gun, glue the largest baubles around the outside and inside of your wreath. To do this, cut off the loop with a pair of pliers so the top is nice and flat.

Then keep adding baubles filling in the gaps. I did another layer of larger baubles and then squeezed smaller baubles in the gaps.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's the most wonderful time for a beer

In Denmark the first friday of November marks a huge day of celebration. No, it is not a religious day, a memorial day, labor day or a royal's birthday, it's not even a public holiday. But it is a day the Danes anxiously await all year...

It is the day Christmas Beer is released!

The day is known as "J-day" and it is celebrated by brewery employees driving around the bars and cafes, handing out free beer to get the festive season started. And needless to say it turns into a huge night for beer lovers and those who just like to celebrate the fact that Christmas is almost here.

Although I am not a huge fan of beer, I don't mind a bottle or two of the Christmas beer. It is filled with spices and warmth unlike normal beer and you just can't help get into the spirit of Christmas (not that I really have much trouble with that).

So cheers to J Day and Christmas beer!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The taste of summer

We are firmly in the grips of Autumn here in Copenhagen. The leaves are falling at an alarming rate and the temperature is dropping even faster. Winter coats are being worn, and gloves and beanies are coming out of the closet. And if I didn't know better, I would swear it was actually winter - unfortunately I know the real cold is still to come.

But I have noticed this weird phenomenon that occurs one day every October here - we have a "summers" day. And that day was yesterday. It is unseasonably warm, the sun is out, the air is still, flesh is flashed and smiles are on every face.

Needless to say, today it is back to winter, it is gray, cloudy, windy and cold. But I will retain yesterdays summer optimism and post a great summer recipe - icy poles. If you ask me what summer tastes like in Denmark I would say like Elderflowers. It is not a flavour we get often in Australia, but it is in abundance in Denmark in the summer months, and it is such a beautiful taste.

So this recipe is mainly for my southern hemisphere followers as you are the lucky ones to be heading into warm, long, relaxing summer days. I would encourage you to try and find Elderflower cordial - when I did a collaboration with Mette from BecauseitMatters, we used her homemade Elderflower cordial, which was amazing. But if you can't find it, you can easily substituted it with any flavour of your choice.

Elderflour and lemonade icy poles

  • 150 g blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar (= 100 gr)
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lime
  • Juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cup of water (= 3 3/4 cup)
  • Elderflower cordial to taste

Boil the water and sugar to make a syrup. Add the lemon juice and peel, followed by the Elderflower cordial.

Divide the blueberries between your molds (between 6-10) and pour the syrup over.

Freeze and enjoy!

Photography by Martin Kaufmann