How to Embrace Minimalism

When Mike and I decided to accept an expat assignment in Denmark and move our lives overseas we were ready for some incredible experiences. One we did not expect but have quickly embraced is minimalism. When we moved, we were of course worried about what we were going to do with all of our stuff. We spent hours sorting and boxing things to line our basement in cardboard storage. We also did some purging with several bags of clothes and other items being donated to one of our favorite charities. After 4 months away, we returned to a basement of our leftover items and my reaction is not what I expected – I WANT IT GONE. Continue reading “How to Embrace Minimalism”

Expat Life 4 Months In – Advice for the Early Stage of Expatriating

This week marked four months since I arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark to reunite with my partner, Mike and begin our journey as American expats. I was also featured on an awesome blog, Young American Expat, where they asked me to talk about my experience and provide advice. I decided to reflect a little deeper on this and share my thoughts here as well.

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Norway in a Nutshell – In a Nutshell

Earlier this month I set off on a trip unlike my other travels these summers and I experienced Norway by embarking on the Sogneford in a Nutshell tour. Because of her Norwegian heritage, my friend Ashley wanted to include this excursion to Norway when she visited me in Copenhagen along with our friend Marilyn. Over four days we experienced the breathtaking Scandinavian IMG_1162.JPGlandscape from Bergen to Oslo through the fjords and mountain trains with stops in Flåm and Myrdal. Norway was never high on my travel bucket list, but on this trip I was pleasantly surprised and the getaway made me reconsider my travel priorities going forward! Continue reading “Norway in a Nutshell – In a Nutshell”

Amsterdam – 5 Things You Can’t Miss

Late last month I took a once in a lifetime trip with some of my favorite people; I hit Paris and Amsterdam with Mike, my sister Jillian and her boyfriend, Thane. We spent 3 scorching hot weekdays in Paris and then it was time to travel by train to Amsterdam where we ended on the highest note of the trip (pun intended). Two amazing capitals of Europe in one week! Continue reading “Amsterdam – 5 Things You Can’t Miss”

Why Americans Can’t Hygge

Last month the Oxford Dictionary added over 600 new words and phrases to the English dictionary. These quarterly updates never really catch my attention – the last word I remember being added was “bootylicious” in 2004. However, in this latest helping of nomenclature, Oxford threw in a Danish word that I recently added to my vocabulary in heavy rotation – Hygge (pronounced “HUE-gah”).

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“Celebrating” July 4th Abroad

There was a time when I would joke that people shouldn’t celebrate Independence Day outside of the original 13 colonies. I grew up outside of Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, so July 4th always had a high degree of importance. In Copenhagen, Denmark July 4th is just “Tuesday” and as you can imagine, not observed.

It was a weird feeling to forgo the celebration of July 4th. Continue reading ““Celebrating” July 4th Abroad”

“Can you be in Copenhagen on Monday?”

“Can you be in Copenhagen on Monday?” – that was how this whole adventure started back in November 2016 when Mike was asked to go to Denmark for a business trip on almost zero notice. After being briefed on the trip, he called me that Friday afternoon to ensure we didn’t have anything else going on during the weeks he would be away. My reaction was, “who cares?! GO!!”

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