Seven years ago, I scored my dream job and the chance to move abroad. Sure, rural Denmark wasn’t exactly my dream location, but always a restless Aries, I couldn’t turn down a few years in Europe!
So, I packed all of my favorite things into a shipping container, grabbed my faithful companion Opie, and left my simple life in Connecticut to find out if Denmark really is the happiest country in the world. With this crazy move, I went from blogging about simple living to writing an expat in Denmark blog that was soon recognized as “Denmark’s Top Expat Living Blog” by InterNations and ExpatsBlog.
I found an eclectic and glamorous muse in an old apartment by the sea. I painted the walls beautiful (if crazy) colors and filled it with fabulous vintage things. Denmark turned out to be a little bit of what I was expecting… and quite a bit of what I wasn’t expecting. So I made the best of it and traveled every chance I got. I fell in love with Amsterdam, found out that Paris is overrated, had my mind blown by Rome, was haunted by what I saw at Auschwitz, learned to cook killer Pad Thai in Chiang Mai, and had so many other wonderful experiences that, during my less than privileged upbringing, I never could’ve dreamed of having.
Painfully aware that I was becoming a woman of a certain age who lived alone with a cat, I joined a dating site. It was soon obvious that Danish men weren’t exactly my cup of tea. Speaking of tea… as I was getting my ducks in a row to leave Denmark, I met Robert… professor, doctor, sexy English expat.
After ten months of proper British courtship, Robert took me on a surprise trip to Bellagio and with Lake Como behind him, he got down on one knee, offered me an Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring, and asked me to be his wife. How could I refuse?
Back in Denmark, I sold my beautiful old apartment and most of my vintage things. I left that small and not so fabulous town to live with Robert in Aarhus, Denmark’s second biggest city and my geographic soulmate (who knew?).
Before long, we eloped to Gibraltar and in a disaster of a wedding (and a blue Gucci dress), I became his Yoko Ono!
Since then, my life has gotten a lot less simple and a whole lot more complicated…
And last autumn, I convinced Robert of my awesome idea to buy and restore a big old city centre apartment here in Aarhus, the happiest city in the world and the 2017 European Capital of Culture. A neglected rental for many years, lots of its original Victorian features were intact and long story short, we’ve unwittingly taken on the never-ending restoration project from hell.
Not just another expat in Denmark blog, Sage & Simple is a time capsule of my life in Connecticut, my move to Denmark, my seven years of living here, and the range of feelings and experiences I’ve had along the way. I’ve been through some difficult times and I’ve been honest about my struggles and my sometimes negative and hostile opinions of this crazy little country. A lot has changed in these past seven years and I’m happy to say that I finally feel like I’m exactly where I’m meant to be… with this man, in this city, and living this life.
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