Thursday, May 26, 2011

Outrageous - Vegemite banned in Denmark

I woke up this morning to discover some devastating news - the sale of Vegemite is now officially banned in Denmark!!! Seriously Denmark, Australians don't have much that we consider part of our ingrained nationality and culture, but Vegemite is most certainly one of them - it is like our national food. It is the one thing that most Australians will pack in their suitcase when going overseas because one bite takes you straight back home. It just makes you feel good, it's comforting.

In 2004 the Danish government banned the sale of food products with added vitamins. Vegemite managed to escape their notice for seven years but it has been found and now banned.  I have to say that it was never easy to come by here in the first place but it is the principle of the matter that makes me angry. The Brits are equally as affected because Marmite has also been pulled.

I would have assumed having food fortified with vitamins was a good thing. We as a society are constantly being bombarded with messages to eat better, get more vitamins in your diet - apparently not in Denmark. Also you rarely come across someone who is not Australian who can actually stomach eating Vegemite, it is an acquired taste to say the least. I think only Australians are born with the ability to eat and like Vegemite. I don't know what the government is worried about, Danes will not be eating it - just let us poor homesick foreigners have this one thing.

All I can say is that I am glad I have about one year's worth of Vegemite in the cupboard and I will be requesting more of it in future care packages.

I am still looking for a job, maybe I could start selling small packages of Vegemite on the black market, judging on the number of Aussie here I could make a fortune!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tour of Denmark

I have been a little slack lately keeping up with my blog. I don't really have any excuses but I am the type of person who needs to be busy to get things done and when I have all the time in the world I will just keep putting things off, and off and off!!!

So here is a very belated post about our Easter trip around Denmark. Below is an image of the route we took. We rented a snazzy BMW and drove over 1200km in five days.

Being from Hobart, we were a little patriotic in our choice of methods to get over to Aarhus - mainland Denmark. There is a ferry company at home called InCat and believe it or not there is an InCat ferry that goes from Odde (north-western Zealand) over to Aarhus - so of course we had to go along for the ride.

This is the beautiful view from our hotel room in Aarhus. There was this amazing sea fog the whole time we were there and it was really difficult to decipher the sea from the sky.

Driving a few hundred kilometers in a day did not actually leave much time to see the tourist attractions but in Aarhus we did go to an outdoor museum which had historical building from around Denmark all set up in one place - Dan Gamel By.

From there it was on to Skagen, the northern most tip of Denmark. It is also famous for the meeting of the two seas. The significance of this was a little lost on J and I and even more so now that I have done a bit of research and found out that it is actually just two parts of the Northern Sea. But it still didn't stop us from contending with the few hundred other tourists out there to see the seas.

If you look closely you can see the two seas joining just behind me.

I prefer this view of Skagen, taken from the top of the lighthouse.

From there it was a big drive down to Horsens on the south-east side of Denmark. Horsens is not actually famous for much but we were invited to stay with our Danish friend's family which for the Danes is a history making event in itself. Inviting a foreigner to dinner is very rarely done by the Danes let alone to stay a night.

Ribe was our last stop. It is a beautiful old town and is the oldest town in Scandinavia and back in 11th century it was actually the capital of Denmark. We stayed in the city's old jail which had been converted but was still a little eerie.

On the way home we stopped off the the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen which is now totally unrecognisable and saw the remains of a former Danish King on the island of Funen.

Having now seen more of Denmark than most Danes, I can say it is a pretty country but the scenery has nothing on Australia!

I promise to be more active and post more regularly.

Miss H

P.S. There are more photos of our trip in the Photos Tab.