Scandinavian Travel, Part I: Arriving in Copenhagen

June 2, 2016   Surprisingly to me, when I touched down in Copenhagen (I tried desperately to get a glimpse of the Øresundsbron, but did not) the landscape did not strike me as all that much different from the Midwest, USA. Even from the plane, we came in over water (as you would in Chicago)…

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Scandinavian Travel: A Fairytale

May 26, 2016   “Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale” – H.C. Andersen   I had the most amazing time on my recent mini-tour of Denmark and Sweden! My only regret is that I did not have longer to explore these two stops, and that I did not get a chance to squeeze in…

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Friday the 13th

Tomorrow it will be Friday the 13th, the only time it occurs in 2016. Whether this date incites sheer terror within you, as it does for approximately 17-21 million Americans, or not, Friday the 13th definitely rouses some very creepy sentiments. I was surprised to learn more about it and to discover (as I always…

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Shakespeare’s Danish Link

April 29, 2016   This past Saturday marked the 452nd birthday of William Shakespeare. Coincidentally, it also marked the 400th anniversary of his death. Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, many around the world have recently paid homage to his great literary works. One such notable tribute came from none other…

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A Fairy Tale (eventyr) Birthday

March 31, 2016   This Saturday marks the 211th birthday of celebrated Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).  Widely considered the most famous Dane, his accomplishments in children’s literature have left a lasting legacy that still reverberates immensely today.   Whether you are conscious of it or not, H.C. Andersen’s short stories and eventyr (fairytales). have inspired much…

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Gaekkebrev and Chokoladeæg and Påskefrokost, Oh My!

March 23, 2016   If you are anything like me, the anticipation for warmer weather has become agonizing!  Having a mild winter was wonderful, but now I have to keep reminding myself that spring just started 3 days ago. Despite the signs all around, from the vintergækker (snowdrop) and påskelilje (daffodils) blooming and birds (and snowbirds…

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