30 November 2019

Eye-to-eye with waiters

I was chatting on the phone with my friend this week and he asked what it’s been like settling into life in Denmark. Does it feel weird etc.? My response was that I’m getting an average of one “huh, that’s interesting” moment a week. This week it came from being out at dinner with my girlfriend and […]

9 November 2019

Communes <--> Cafes: Visiting a range of co-working spaces in Copenhagen

My main task this week was to stop working from home. Since moving to our apartment I’ve taken to doing “laptop stuff” (it might be a stretch to call it work at the moment) from either the living room table, or one of the many excellent libraries in the city. Both are good for getting silent work […]

2 November 2019

Cash, Goats and Zebras

This week we’re talking about cash in Denmark. Or rather the lack of it. Since arriving in Copenhagen I’ve been using Revolut to do my purchases. It’s one of those modern debit cards (linked to my UK bank account) that doesn’t charge fees for overseas spending. Once I’m fully over the line with Project Danish Residency […]

19 October 2019

Money can’t buy a queue jump in Denmark

This week a post about my first real experience of feeling the oft-spoken “Danish equality”, at the cost of getting drenched on a Friday night. The “potato holiday” It’s all started because Danes love potatoes. The second week in October in Denmark is a school holiday, historically because all hands were needed in the fields to help […]

21 September 2019

In search of a Danish petrol station…

At the weekend my university friend came to visit in Copenhagen. Along with a museum visit and a night out in the meatpacking district* we cycled out along the oceanfront in search of a petrol station. This was not because we needed to fill up, but because the old Texaco station has become a bit […]

14 September 2019

1 bike = 100 aubergines?: First things in Copenhagen and familiarising with prices

This week I’ve been orientating myself in Copenhagen. My girlfriend (Camilla) and I have been staying with family friends, spending days sorting various work/ life admin, and the evenings seeing her friends. The first item on our To-Do list was to buy a bike. We found a place called Buddha Bikes (see below) where they take battered […]

28 July 2018

“You are a (Danish) hooker”: Grappling with Danish

This week I’ve been in Copenhagen. A very different picture to when I was here 7 months ago. The sun has been beating down, and rather than hurrying between places to avoid rain and sleet it’s been blue skies, late-night beach swimming, and alfresco cafes. I’ve also been attempting to learn Danish, though the sounds which […]

6 January 2018

A Danish New Year

I’m back in London for a few days after a very pleasant New Year break in Copenhagen. I’d love to share pictures of a glorious wintry sunset over the harbour*, but it ended up raining pretty much the whole time. NYE itself was a fun experience: a dinner party at a semi-bougie apartment near the […]