I owe it to you DK

I feel as though I owe Denmark some love since winter has come and gone and and summer has just arrived. While we still have had our share of rainy days the long, sunny days are making up for it. I came to this realization early this morning as I was running through the forest. I walked the boys to school today, while they cycled, and I tried to keep up with them sprinting at times, and once I left them I continued on exploring my surroundings. Yes, I have been here for a year and a half now, but I started running outdoors recently, rather than on the treadmill, not only because I find the treadmill to be boring, but because I realize I need to take full advantage of these beautiful, sunny mornings in Denmark. And the treadmill will be there in the winter when it is below zero and snowing. As I was told, “When its the middle of winter, on those dark, gloomy days, you just need to remember the long summer days you had and more to come.” So I am spending as much time outside so I can remember these long, sunny days in the middle of January next year. While I have no concept of time at night because its only May and its still light out at 10pm I am loving every minute of it. Along with this new appreciation I’ve found that I am enjoying living in the suburbs. I’ve lived in the burbs of San Francisco all my life but when you move to a new country and move to the suburbs it can be a bit tricky because there isn’t much outside your front door. Lets face it, you want things to be easy and available when you aren’t familiar with something, especially a foreign country. But these days I make my way into Copenhagen often enough to visit friends, run errands, whatever the reason may be, and I am equally enjoying making my way back to the burbs. Something about the peacefulness, the birds chirping, the trails in the green forest, where it’s safe enough for kids to roam, the parks and nature at its best. Ask me about all of this in the winter and I might have a different view on things but for now I am truly appreciating Denmark for what it is, the city life when I want it, the seaside and the beautiful countryside the rest of the time. Since they are so different yet so close to each other I am lucky enough to take advantage of each. Maybe this is one of the reasons they say the “happiest people in the world” are here. I’ll look into the other reasons for you in another post … For now I will share some photos that I’ve taken over the last few months. Enjoy!

Tak for besøget

(Thanks for visiting)

After a rainy day

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Copenhagen, 9:30PM middle of May

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Swing in the forest near home

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Roskilde, Denmark – The ancient city dates back to the Viking Age. This town deserves its own post. More to come…

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Just another trail near home

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My favorite trail in the forest

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Hornbæk is a seaside resort town on the north coast of the Danish island of Zealand, facing the Øresund which separates Denmark from Sweden.

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Evening walk in the forest

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Hillerød, Denmark – known for Frederiksborg Slot (Castle)
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Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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View from the Rundtårn (Round Tower) – a 17th-century tower located in central Copenhagen, Denmark. This was built as an astronomical observatory

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Just a cozy cafe in Copenhagen

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And a church

 

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Den lille havfrue, The Little mermaid – most know this from the fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

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The changing of the guards in Copenhagen takes place every day at noon as they march from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace through the streets of Copenhagen.

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Århus – The outdoor museum in Århus. This also deserves its own post as its the second largest city in Denmark and so charming. More to come…

 

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Island Time

It’s been a while since my last post and I blame it on “island time” and doing research for my blog. My head is still somewhere in Lanai while I am back in Denmark. Our journey took 24 hours and 4 flights but it was well worth it. I hadn’t realized that the travel time from Denmark to Lanai was one of the furthest points we could travel. Conveniently enough we didn’t need to change our watches since it was exactly 12 hours time difference.

Lanai is the 6th largest of the Hawaiian islands with only 3000 inhabitants. There are no traffic lights on the island, only stop signs, and this is the way the locals want to keep it. To explore the island you can rely on public transportation contracted by the hotels or renting a car for “off-roading”. The islanders make their way, via a 45 minute ferry ride to their neighbor island, Maui, which is only 9 miles away, for shopping outside of the daily necessities as Lanai has no shopping malls.

The island was owned by Mr. Dole and was once known as the pineapple island because it of its wide-spread plantations. Unfortunately because of the rise in cost of the production it was moved oversees and it is no longer home to the pineapple plantations. The island was recently sold to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle. He now owns 98% of Lanai, leaving only 2% to Hawaii. According to the locals he plans to invest millions in agriculture and the islands infrastructure.

There are only two hotels on the island, both run by the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Manele Bay and the Lodge at Ko’ele. The Resort Lanai is located on the southern coast, at Hulopoe Bay, and this was home for 5 days. The white sand beaches are so serene with the blue waters and even better a great place to see dolphins. We were fortunate enough to see them daily and some people with the group even swam with them. Hotel employees told us there was a hefty $10k fine if you were caught by “island officials” but fortunately enough for them the “officials” never came by.

A short hike up a rocky cliff from the Four Seasons Lanai lies Puu Pehe, Sweetheart Rock, a landmark between Manele Bay and Hulopoe Bay. Here you see will see majestic views of the sea and depending on what time you are there you can catch the sunset. Legend is a heartbroken warrior jumped from this 80-foot summit, as he was overcome with grief after he found his wife Pehe had drowned by the surge of the waves. Downer, I know, but whats a post on an Hawaiian Island without a warriors legend.

This place was paradise. A quiet island that offered true serenity.

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Lanai – In flight view

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Lanai airport

ImageView from our room at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay

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View from the beach watching the dolphins. You can see their little splash.

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View of Hulopoe Bay and beach from the resort pool

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Pool lounging

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Gorgeous gardens at the Four Seasons Lanai Resort

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Hike up to Puu Pehe, Sweetheart Rock

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I realize now that I didn’t get a photo of Puu Pehe. Blogger faux pas.

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Four Seasons Lanai

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Beach time, cause it’s never enough.