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I’ve been staring at my screen for a while now, wondering how exactly I’d write this post. It’s pretty personal, and a tad emotional. I don’t really do that much on here, but every now and again I do indulge myself…

I kind of always knew I’d like Copenhagen. Admittedly I’m a Skandiphile. I love Scandinavia, right from the food, down to the design. But I’d never been before. My trip to Copenhagen last month was either going to make or break my love for our Northern European cousins.

Thoughts on Living Danishly

Ever since I came back from Denmark, I’ve had a bit of an ache in my chest. Falling in love with a country/city is one thing. But to fall for the culture, way of life, and people is another. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about to up sticks and leave London. But Copenhagen certainly has left room for thought.

I remember a very specific moment from my trip to CPH. We were cycling back from Superkilen, and on this particular day the main road had been closed. Families had come out into the street with their children, and there were thousands of people. We had to get off our bikes at one point because there were so many people. Families, friends, all were socialising together. Children and adults alike were drawing on the street in chalk. There were drawings of Copenhagen’s skyline, pokemon, loved ones, you name it. It was so wonderful to walk through all those people, and feel the sense of community.

Personal Reflection

With everything that’s been going on lately in my life, I’ve done a lot of personal reflection. What I want in the next few years. Where I want to be.

I’ve been reading ‘The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country’ by Helen Russell. After seeing tons of people reading it in Copenhagen, I decided to give it a go myself. I was curious to learn more about Denmark, Danish people, and their way of life. Was it really as wonderful as it seemed? Well I won’t ruin the book for you, but it’s certainly opened my eyes to a new way of living.

Life can be pretty hectic in London, and whereas I love it, sometimes it can be tiring. It’s also become a little old as of late. Part of me yearns for new discoveries. New life lessons. Somewhere less hectic, and a bit happier.

Maybe living Danishly for a while wouldn’t be such a bad thing? Who’s to know. I guess for now, I’ll watch this space.


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  • Oh Emma you have noooo idea how much this makes me emotional too! I feel the same way about the Netherlands (truly left my heart there) and also places that I have not yet been able to visit. I feel like my heart is already there but I want to visit first to make sure it’s really what I’ve made it out to be. Copenhagen has always been on my mind to visit and I definitely will bump it up on my list of places to go.

    I totally feel the same way about change and even the thought of truly being happy somewhere. My life has not been the easiest either, especially these past few years, and I’ve really been struggling with depression. People may say that finding real happiness comes from within, but our location and environment is so very essential to being able to be happy.

    I hope that whatever decisions you make in the future, you will be able to live your life as happy as you can and really enjoy your environment. I can totally see London being too much at times! It seems like a great city but since it is such a large city I totally get what you mean. I’m a city girl at heart but I do enjoy being away and having a different pace.

    Great post and I’m definitely going to check out that book! 🙂


  • I feel like living abroad again all the time. I’d love to go back to Japan, but it’s so far and I don’t think I could be away from my family for so long again. It’s a strange one, but when I visited Istanbul a few years ago I really felt an ache to live there – they’re so open and friendly. But with all the turbulence there, it’s just not an option.

  • Denmark is really a beutiful country that attracts many people. And Copenhagen is amazing city and your pictures fully prove that.