Seven years ago, I was offered my dream job and the chance to move abroad. Granted, rural Denmark wasn’t exactly my dream destination, but always a restless Aries, I couldn’t turn down an overseas adventure!
So, I packed all of my favorite things into a shipping container, boarded a transatlantic flight with my faithful companion Opie, and left my simple life in Connecticut to find out if Denmark really is the happiest country in the world. Overnight, Sage & Simple changed from being a simple living blog to an expat in Denmark blog.
I found an eclectic and glamorous muse in a wonky old apartment. I painted its walls crazy colors, hung chandeliers in unorthodox places, and filled it with fabulous vintage things. It turned out that Denmark both was and wasn’t what I’d expected. I made the best of it, using my six weeks paid holiday to travel like crazy. I traveled the hell out of Europe. I visited beaches and temples in Asia, partied on Khao San Road, and took a cooking class in Chiang Mai!
However, I was becoming a woman of a certain age who lived alone in a chick pad with a cat. So, I joined a dating site, which soon revealed that Danish men aren’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 Englishman.
After ten months of proper British courtship, Robert brought me to Bellagio and with Lake Como behind him, he got down on one knee, offered me an antique Art Deco sapphire and diamond ring, and asked me to be his wife. How could I refuse?
Back in Denmark, I sold my beautiful wonky 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 I became his Yoko Ono!
Since then, my life has gotten a lot less simple and a whole lot more glamorous…
Now, Robert and I
are hunting for have bought our dream home here in Aarhus Denmark, the happiest city in the world and the 2017 European Capital of Culture. It’s big c.1899 city centre apartment! A neglected rental for many years, most of its original Victorian features were intact and we’re in the midst of the project from hell restoring it.
Not just another expat in Denmark blog, Sage & Simple is a time capsule of my life in Connecticut, my move to Denmark, my nearly seven years of living here, and the range of feelings and experiences I’ve encountered on this journey. I’ve had some difficult times living in Denmark and I’ve been honest about my struggles and my sometimes unfavorable or downright hostile opinion of this crazy little country. A lot has changed in these seven years and I finally feel like I’m exactly where I’m meant to be… with this man, in this city, in this apartment, and this life.
I’ve recently been trying to define the future direction of Sage & Simple. I’m planning to stay in Denmark indefinitely, so can I still call this an expat in Denmark blog even though I’m pretty much an immigrant at this point?
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