A Quick Hello – And Our Next Trip

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The view from our place for a month, on Amager, Copenhagen

Wow, it’s been a while, huh?! We honestly have been doing everything but updating the blog which is really a shame…

As you can see from the previous posts we’re now back in Denmark. It’s been nice so far. We’ve both forgotten how awesome summer time in Denmark really is. The light nights are definitely our favorite part! The sun doesn’t set until 10 pm and somehow it doesn’t get as dark in the summer as in Winter.

We have been living with Jonas’ parents, my mom, friends and been able to stay places while people were on vacation. It’s been a bit stressful. But now we have a place for a whole month, which is nice. Finally some peace.

I am actually surprised that I’m enjoying our time in Denmark so much. When we boarded the plane in Fort Lauderdale, I could have cried. I wanted to stay and continue to travel. I was sad when our plane landed in Copenhagen as well. Almost depressed.

But Denmark is growing on me. And I can actually see myself spending my summers here. It’s amazing.

Next stop: Berlin

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Yesterday we made an impulsive decision to go to Berlin – this Sunday! We booked everything yesterday and I’m sooo stoked that we’re going! Even if it’s only for two nights.

If you follow the big thing going on in Brazil right now, you’ll know that Germany just went through to the final in the World Cup in soccer! And they did that kicking Brazil’s ass to a point that made it an embarrassment to watch.

They beat Brazil 7 – 1. Ouch. The Brazilian crowd was crying, people started leaving the stadium in the break (where Germany was already leading 5 – 0), and when it was over, the Brazilian team broke down in tears. Double ouch. 

If you didn’t watch the game, this gif sums up what happened pretty well:

(Omg I love gifs sooo much!) So with our neighboring country through to the final, we decided to go down to Berlin and be a part of the celebration and watch the final at Brandenburger Tor with the Germans. Denmark didn’t even qualify for this World Cup. Ugh. So we have to act German and root for them this Sunday! I have German roots from maaaany generations ago anyway, so that must count. Right?

We’re flying back on Tuesday so we’ll get a full day in Berlin on Monday. We got a very nice deal on a great hotel and I seriously can’t wait to go!

What have you guys been up to these past months? :)

A Day In Copenhagen

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Yesterday I spent the day in good old Copenhagen – my favorite place to be in all of Denmark! Copenhagen used to be our home and it felt good to finally set foot in the wellknown streets and wander the city I love so much.

While Jonas spent the whole day with some friends, I got to enjoy the beautiful city center and meet up with three of my favorite people in this world: my dad, my friend Johanna and my other friend Amarilla. How lucky am I that all three had time to see me!? :)

I began the day with my dad. We met at Torvehallerne for lunch. Torvehallerne are located very close to the busy station, Nørreport. It’s a fantastisk place with lots of cafés and specialty shops and food stands – it’s a very hip market, really.

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We enjoyed a plate of overpriced chorizo with a glass of white wine in the sun. The place was full of people and we even had to share our table with two other people! Torvehallerne are so busy in the weekends and when the sun is shining as it did yesterday.

After that we moved on to find a café and had a coffee and a good talk about difficult people at immigration at airports before my dad had to go and I got to do some shopping – yay!

I then met up with Johanna to talk. Oh – it was sooo good to see her again! One of the most difficult things about being a nomad is that you can’t see your best friends as often as you would like. We talked over a licorice latte (ohmygawd so yummy!) and a cookie to share and it was perfect.

When she had to go I got to spend some time alone wandering the streets of beautiful Copenhagen. With my camera in my hand, I tried capturing the beauty of the city.

I’ve never really photographed Copenhagen before. When you live somewhere, it’s like you’re blind to the beauty there. With my camera and the mission to capture the beauty of Copenhagen to show on the blog, I felt like I saw the city in a new way. I loved it!

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Christiansborg where the Danish parliament meets 

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Beautiful and iconic Nyhavn – amazing place to visit in Copenhagen although it’s pricy and touristy.

Isn’t it just lovely? The sun was setting and the light was just perfect – it shed light on all the beautiful buildings and made them even prettier and easy to photograph.

When it was almost dark, I met up with Amarilla and we walked to Amager to her apartment to talk and eat candy! Hah! My day ended at 1 am after the perfect mix of friends, family and some alone time in my favorite Danish city!

Today we’re off to Odense where I was born and raised. We’re staying with my mother and her lovely family for some days. Can’t wait to show you my first home! :)

Oh – and you will see much more of Copenhagen. We hope to go here a lot more this summer and also play tourists! I also have a plan to write about how to travel to Denmark and Copenhagen on a budget – we know all the loopholes and would love to share!

Have a great day. :)

Going Back to Our Scandinavian (blogging) Roots!

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Can you tell the difference on the blog? :D That’s right! We now have wider photos and a slightly new design on the blog – we wanted to focus more on our pretty photos and made the blog wider. We love it and hope you do too.

But that is not all that is changing around here.

When I first started reading travel blogs they were all very different from the Scandinavian blogs I used to read before. They were much more professional and with a focus on providing great info for people wanting to travel like them.

They all had lots and lots of information, conveniently located in the menu and put into the right categories, easy to navigate to. Most of the blogs also had a static front page showing which huge medias had featured them and a “start here” page.

Very, very professional and also very informative to a digital nomad to be! And I am beyond grateful for all the amazing content that all those incredible bloggers have created – without it I’m not sure where Jonas and I would be today…

Then we started our own blog and I tried to copy their way of blogging and writing as them – the best I could. It has been almost a year and I have discovered two problems about this:

One: I’m not very good at blogging like them. And two: I really don’t enjoy it

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So we’ve been re-thinking the whole idea and purpose of Nomadic Danes. And we’ve discovered one thing that we need to do: we need to be true to ourselves and blog in a way that we can both enjoy.

And we’re really embracing being Scandinavian! In Scandinavia, we have a special way of blogging. We’re not so well-structured, appearing on BBC Travel and Lonely Planet. We’re not major resources of knowledge and data. We’re much more … self-centered!

That’s right! We are. Somebody has to say it. We find it important enough that we had a good cup of coffee to create a whole post about it. We like showing off our clothes and really not say much more than that. We like to just spread a nice atmosphere with our artsy-fartsy photos…

And we love it! We love stalking each others crazy lives and blog about our own. Over the past months I’ve almost only read Scandinavian blogs – they just speak to me. So to write in a completely different way on my own blog just doesn’t make sense!

So here’s what we’re changing

First, we wanted to switch the focus more on our photos. As you know, I love photography. And even though my Project 365 pretty much failed this year, I still enjoy snapping pretty photos. And that’s the reason behind the wider design – we want the focus to be on our photos.

Second, we’re going to update more! And the posts might not be as long as they normally have been – but that’s ok. We’re going to be showing the digital nomad lifestyle instead of trying to be your next travel agent. We’re not able to beat the big guys, so we’re focusing on what we know: how the life of a digital nomad actually is.

Third, our posts are going to be more recent. In a perfect world we’ll be able to update the blog about what we did that very day or what was on our minds that day. I’m not sure if it will work out like that in the beginning, but that is definitely the way we’re trying to take the blog and we hope our routines will be able to adjust to that!

Fourth, no more previews! I know, I know - by only showing a preview of your posts on your blog page you’ll get more clicks. But you know what? I personally hate it. I follow sooo many bloggers who update often and I would go nuts if I had to click “read more” on each post. Really! In Scandinavia it’s rarely seen that a blog only shows a preview. So from now on: no more previews!

Our old posts still has the “preview” on. I made them all manually with the “more-tag” and so I’ll have to change each post individually to get rid of it. I might do it one day, but it’s not my first priority!

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Some of you might not like this new focus of ours, but we really hope that you’ll give us a chance to show you that this way of blogging can actually work out pretty well!

We still have lots of photos and videos (!) to show you from our travels around Florida, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala and we also still have some photos left from our bike trip around Europe! So there will be plenty of great stuff to publish in the months to come. :)

Also, we hope to travel more around Denmark this summer – we’ve always thought that Denmark was by far the most boring country in the world, but we’re not so sure about that anymore! We want to give our old home a chance to prove its worth and we can’t wait to explore more of our own “backyard”!

We really hope you’ll still be following along! And to our Scandinavian readers: you’ll probably feel much more at home here pretty soon… ;)

Thank you so much for reading this! Today we’re celebrating my lovely niece at her confirmation. A fun day with the family, I hope! On Saturday we’re (finally) off to Copenhagen! Take care. :)

(Please note that I’m not saying that the non-Scandinavian way of blogging isn’t good. I love lots of blogs that are completely different from what I normally see in Scandinavia. That way of blogging just doesn’t feel right for us.)

Back in Denmark

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We spent six incredible days in lovely Fort Lauderdale – we have lots of photos to show you. But first a more up-to-date post: we’re back in Denmark since yesterday and have some beautiful photos to show you!

We’re staying with Jonas’ parents. They live in the country side in Zealand and we were both surprised by how beautiful it is here in late spring!

Their house sits at the very end of a small town, surrounded by the vibrantly yellow rasp fields. The day started off cloudy but this evening the sun finally came out! The beauty of summer in Denmark is that the sun is out until very late. We went for a walk and I tried to capture the beauty here.

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I love everything about these photos. They’re extremely different from what we’ve been posting the last six months – but this is just another kind of beautiful. Even though I will admit that I miss the crystal blue Caribbean Sea…

We’re doing a little work on the layout on the blog – we want the site a little wider so you can really enjoy the photos more! So if something looks weird, you know why!

How do you like our home country?

Roasting Marshmallows Over Lava at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

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Some days ago we suddenly had plane tickets for Florida in our hands. We had not planned for that. The day before we purchased the tickets we had actually talked about staying in Antigua for one more month so we thought we had lots of time.

Stress struck us and we hurried outside to the streets of Antigua to find a tour company that could help us visit til Pacaya Volcano – an active volcano that gives you an opportunity to actually see lava!

The trip was only $10 USD per person (or 80 quetzales) and we booked it right away. We could either go early in the morning or in the afternoon. We opted for the early option and were picked up at 6am (!!) at our apartment.

After about an hours drive we arrived at the Pacaya National Park. The trip was constantly uphill and my ears hurt a lot – I’m so sensitive to altitude. To enter the park we had to pay 50 quetzales each. We started hiking up the volcano with our guide.

I found the hike extremely difficult. We were at a high altitude and I had trouble breathing. It seemed like I was the only one. The guide walked super fast and I had a hard time keeping up. I guess it was a mix between being in bad shape and the thin air.

We were followed by lots of men on horses constantly asking if we wanted a ride on the horse. They even called them “taxi”. Haha! Super annoying! They were there all the time, especially following me since I was the slowest and looked most tired.

Eventually the men with their taxi-horses gave up and turned around – probably to try to find other people in bad shape to annoy. Not short after that, we finally reached the top and saw the black lava rocks!

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It was incredible to finally see the volcano and the black lava rocks and smell it too. We couldn’t see the top of the volcano since a cloud was passing by! I still get goosebumps when I’m actually in a cloud! How cool is that? :D

Pacaya had a huge eruption just seven weeks ago – it had made parts of the volcano collapse and the black lava stones were still hot, some of them too hot to hold in your hand.

Others were colder but still hot. It was cold on the top but the lava made it much hotter – holding a still hot rock was a nice way to warm up our hands.

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We walked over to a point where the lava was hotter than the other parts. We had to wait for the tour group before us to leave and then we could enjoy the very hot source.

It was just a hole in the ground and the smoke coming from it was thick and had an awfull smell – like a sauna on speed.

Our guide pulled a bag of marshmallows from his backpack and handed each of us a stick and a marshmallow to roast over the hot lava stones – this was really one of the highlights of our trip!

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It was sooo yummy! And the best part was that around this time my body had finally adjusted to the thin air and I felt way better. The marshmallow however made us very hungry – we’d left for the trip on empty stomachs! Not the best idea ever…

We were circled by dogs who had probably learned that this spot was a good one to get some tourists to feed them. They didn’t get our marshmallows – don’t even think about it!

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We then crawled uphill again and this spot really offered the best views of the volcano and the valleys below it! There were even cities down there – crazy to live so close to an active volcano!

Our guide even told us that when Pacaya erupted seven weeks ago, the ashes fell down on his roof and the weight from it made the roof fall down!!! He and his family hid under a table – so crazy! I’m glad they were all okay.

But check out the views! The clouds even cleared so we could finally see the top of Pacaya – so beautiful. You can actually see where the lava ran down:

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Beautiful right? We spent a lot of time just standing there and staring with awe at the beautiful setting. It was almost unreal. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful Guatemala is. I hope these photos gives you an idea.

I snapped a million photos up there and I could have stayed way longer than we did. The only thing that would have made it a little nicer was if there had been red lava floating around! People sometimes experience that. Next time were in Guatemala we’re definitely going again!

We walked back the same way we came. Since I finally felt better and was ok with the thin air, I could really appreciate the beautiful views!

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Amazing view of the neighboring volcanos: Fuego and Agua

 What a day! We were already back in Antigua by noon and we just really had the best day. If you ever go to Antigua don’t miss a hike up the Pacaya Volcano – even if the thin air makes you dizzy as well, it’s well worth it!

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