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

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

You’re a Christian, I’m a Christian…We’re all “Christian”

Denmark is the land of milk and honey…a land where God has chosen to make his home with his people and lead them through the cold winters and ever-contradictory Dansk Folkeparti policies.

I used to think that was all true. I really did. But after living here more than a couple of weeks I realised the ironic nature of this so called ‘Christian’ country. Continue reading

It ain’t beautiful but it’s economical : The Danish language

Danish is not a beautiful language. But it’s economical. Why invent a new word when two old ones are perfectly adequate? For example the vacuum cleaner = dust sucker, cremation= body burning, aeroplane= flying machine, nipple= breast wart, and a glove is directly translated into ‘a foot in boots’.

Words are ALWAYS recycled when possible…’hej’ means hello and then you repeat the word twice – ‘hej hej’ – and it means goodbye. Continue reading

Keeping it Real:Personal Relations in Denmark

It’s a well known fact that the Danes have no time for petty forms of etiquette- they say it how it is and they expect others to do the same. Either you’re friends with someone or you’re not. Either the shop has the product you’re looking for or they don’t.

And if someone asks you a question, even something a Kiwi would consider ‘personal’ as ‘what size bra do you wear?’, then you’re expected to give an honest answer. Continue reading