Has comfort replaced passion in Denmark?

If I was to ask a Dane if they’d prefer a life of comfort and security over a life of passion and risk what once do you think they’d choose?

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New Zealand isn’t a wealthy country in the same sense Denmark is. We have the highest growing rate of inequality between rich and poor of the OECD countries, our healthcare isn’t fully free and we have to pay for university education.

But in my opinion, we’re far richer than Denmark in many other areas. Perhaps the primary one being passion.

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People say the Danes are closed, not very forthcoming, unfriendly and hard to get to know. Many also say that Denmark is a small and boring little land with little happening and not much to see apart from The Little Mermaid.

That’s all bullshit.Here’s MY description. The Danes are welcoming, friendly, hospitable, warm, hugely fun, enjoy a drink or four, and are loyal to a fault. Continue reading

Mind if I flirt with your boyfriend? Making sense of the Danish flirt

I tossed it up for three weeks debating whether do this post or not, based on an article I read that stated ’90 percent of Danes don’t consider it cheating to flirt with another person when they’ve got a girlfriend or boyfriend’.

 But I have decided to do it for the following reasons…and the following reasons only:

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Love it or hate it!

The beauty of being at a festival like Roskilde is you get to explore new bands. Be it up and coming ones, or acts you’ve never even heard of. I’ve done a lot of this here, and especially on the advice of some of my more ‘musically-oriented’ friends.

But it swings on the extreme end either way for me- I come out LOVING the band or HATING them.

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Music: One, Weather: Nil

What would Roskilde be without a little rain right? Keeps people on their toes, reminds them what it’s like not to have it so easy and most it all it makes people appreciate the music even more.

Hey when the chips are down there’s nothing like a few really good concerts to get you back on your feet! Continue reading

Why did you come to Roskilde Festival?

It’s the age old question here. Is it the camping and the parties and the good times with strangers or is to check out the best international and national bands that Roskilde has to offer.

I came to Roskilde on Thursday… and according to some missed the ‘best part’. According to others I’ve just made it in time for the absolute highlights. Continue reading

The Danes and their Bikes: A love story.

There’s Romeo and Juliette, Brad and Angelina, Greenlanders and alcohol, New Zealanders and Marmite….and Danes and a bike.

This girl even got a matching child!

The one common thread these “couples” share is that they just “go together”. There can’t be one without the other. They’re yin and yang, Sun and Moon, North and South. Continue reading