Scandinavian Trends – DK 2018

What’s trending in Scandinavian homes?

Sun can be a scarce commodity in Scandinavia, and to be sure that we keep a stiff upper lip about the whole thing – we don’t measure how much sunshine in days – but see the measurement of hours as more positive measurement, so that said, we, here in DK, have about 1495 hours of sunshine a year (give or take a few irritating rain clouds and a couple of showers)!

With that in mind, we use a lot of our time inside – our homes to be precise, so that means that we can be a bit obsessive in creating the right environment to which we can relax in, and that’s what the Danes call “hygge” (a rough translation is a “cosy” atmosphere).

 

– Outdoors DK Style!

Pallet Furniture:

Bilka Supermarket - Pallet Sofa
Bilka Supermarket – Pallet Sofa

We love it and can’t get enough of it.
DIY-ing or buying it at the local store.
Indoors or outdoors.
It’s your choice!

Danes can now go so far as being able to buy this type of rugged and unpretentious furniture in their supermarkets.

Psst…you can also buy pallets in your local DIY store!

Check out instagram for inspiration: #PalleMøbler

And some inspirational inspiring Danes and their homes:

@homebyjuliey, @herstedly, or @hellefriis

 

– Bring the Outdoors Indoors DK Style!

Rattan Furniture:

Rattan Furniture by Cane Line
Rattan Furniture by Cane Line

We love the old world style, and pep it up with some bright cushions or travel rugs.

Styles can differ from the more modern to old world style.
It doesn’t stop us from finally accepting that it isn’t just your grandma that has rattan in her home
– and now (like most things) even vintage rattan furniture has been given a new lease on life!

Check out instagram for inspiration: #RattanMøbler

And some inspirational inspiring Danes and their homes:

@hoejgaardbrugskunst, @skaeppeskoent, or @fabiennecph

 

– My Town!

Poster Town:

Poster ByLindhardt
Poster ByLindhardt

We love having our town up on the wall – this is the absolute confirmation that we have put down roots and are here to stay!

I got my poster of my town as a mother’s day gift, and I couldn’t be more happy with it.
It hangs in my hallway – place of honour.

Check out instagram for inspiration: #ByPlakat

And some inspirational inspiring Danes and their version of the Town Poster:

@call.me.vector, @nordiskeshop, or @bylindhardt_design

 

– By Candlelight!

Candleholders:

Image by Jesper Klintdrup Poulsen

We cannot get enough of “hygge” in this country, and with the dark nights approaching – we bring in the light by setting a candleholder or two….three or four (well as many as it takes to make that “cosy” atmosphere).

Check out instagram for inspiration: #Lysestage

And some inspirational inspiring Danes and their homes:

@klintdrupp, @ing.borg.dk, or @trae_design.dk

The Vale of Years surrounded by the Sands of Time

Is it on my side?

It’s been a long time since my last blogpost and I have to admit, far too many things have gotten in the way – work, family, dog, housework, cleaning, commuting and the list goes on and on. All are important and all are dear to my heart and my peace of mind. But really – how much time do we spend or waste doing the this and that’s of life?

So this got me thinking about time.

Personally the definition of time is longwinded and a bit of a mouthful to say the least, and only serves to put forth more questions to its meaning. Who had the audacity to define time? Who had the courage to put the words together to create its definition? If we are to believe that it’s the correct definition of time – then – who are we to question its definition?

We live in a world where it’s dangerous to question definitions. So we acknowledge and concede that we are bound by this definition of time and forced to live in its current boundaries.

I actually had enough of this precious commodity that I recently watched the Luc Besson movie “Lucy“. If we are to discuss film as an art form – well for me what Luc Besson creates comes pretty darn close. If I may be permitted to gush about this brilliant director, writer and producer – then I have to say I was lucky enough to discover the beauty of his movies for the first when I watched “The Big Blue” and what a wonderful introduction it was to Besson movies. Followed by “Nikita“, “Léon“, “The Fifth Element“, “Kiss of the Dragon” and “Transporter” – yes yes I have absolutely no shame and I openly admit to liking these movies along with “Bandidas” and “Hitman” – my shamelessness has no boundaries, “Taken 1, 2 & 3” and “3 Days to Kill“. Still to see is “Colombiana” so the jury is out on that for the moment. To get back to “Lucy” and the message I took away from the movie, wasn’t that mankind should measure itself on its next acquisition, its next pay check, its next something or other. It should measure itself on time.

If we think about time by how fast it goes by now – as we see it, to how fast it went by as a child – you could say that our perception of time has a lot to answer for. As a child I sat and waited for time to go by as quickly as it possibly could – when would this class be over, how long til the weekend, is it me or is this parent/teacher scolding taking forever, when am I old enough to do this and then to do that – and the list goes on and on. As children we were always leaping from one moment to the next – not having patience to wait. Hurry. Hurrying. Forward. Always forward.

And now, as adults things flash and fly by like on speed dial – milliseconds, seconds, minutes, hours, days, months and years go by – what do I have to show for it, I thought to myself. And the only thing that comes to my mind in the speed of light – my boy. That’s what I have to show for all this time that has gone by. Thank the powers that be that my time here on this earth hasn’t been wasted.

And that takes me to the second and last message I took away with me from watching Luc Besson’s “Lucy” – cells do two things. If the environment it finds itself in is hostile – cells immortalized and when the environment is just right – they reproduce. And in my reproduction I am passing down all that I’ve learned thereby immortalizing myself in time – is this evolution or just instinct?

You pay the price of defining time – sometimes it’s a high price to pay but every now and then it’s just right, and with this said I love that song – Time is on my side, yes it is by The Rolling Stones. I’ve sung it as a mantra time and time again to myself to keep me grounded and bound to the here and now. I see it as a way to remind me that my life doesn’t have to be on fast forward all the time. To cherish and savour the small pockets of time that really mean something and should be appreciated for what they really are – precious. My son’s smile, every single breath that he takes as a miracle that he’s here with me – a miracle of the ultimate power of reproduction, the look of unconditional love in his eyes as he looks at me while I look back at him and think how lucky I am that I get to share my time with him, the moment when my husband makes me laugh so much that I cry actual happy tears (yes they do exist and aren’t an (surb)urban myth) and when things are so bad that I think I will never climb out to the light ever again but I do and I realize that those hard times only serve to make the good times even more precious. I take and make the time to make my son giggle or listen to his amazing stories / ideas / what I did today dialogue so that it out weighs the times that I hurried things along out of stress by using the authority of parenting or simply having a big huge melt down. I take and make the time to make my husband a cup of coffee even though I’m busy with other things because it out weighs the times that I didn’t show him that he means something more to me than a wallet who pays the bills or a car washer or my own personal lawnmower man.

It’s your definition and your price to pay – you decide on how much or how little. It’s you and only you that can make that call.

Believe the cliches, believe the silly hallmark quotes and take the time to smell those roses because time will inevitably move forth no matter how many times we think that we have it on our side. Don’t let the sands run out and regret that you didn’t grab that moment when you had the chance.

The time is now and never tomorrow!

3 Mistakes that Make You Look Like an Unseasoned Tourist in DK Arts

DK Tourist Guide

– for the Seasoned Traveller

So you’ve arrived, you’re über excited to have finally landed in Denmark after so much time and planning that you can’t wait to get out that camera and start shooting and sharing all the hot spots which you have longed to see – but, wait  – what’s happened to that suave, cool, calm and collected individual that you usually are when you are surrounded by all that is known to you in your native abode.

Are you going to simply leave it behind at the arrivals gate or are you going to carry it like the mantle of the seasoned traveller, and may I go as far as saying – explorer that you are?  Of course you’re not a blubbering-camera-wielding-tourist, and I am here to help you in the endeavours of keeping the suave in your travels.

1. Beware of visiting the Little Mermaid at Langelinie in Copenhagen

The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid

Yes, this is a beautiful bronze sculpture made by the artist, Edvard Eriksen, in 1913 depicting the same said character from the H. C. Andersen’s fairy tale, however like so many other tourist attractions it is overexposed and many forget that the sculpture isn’t really that large (1.25 m tall and that doesn’t include the boulder it’s sitting on) and ultimately you will be disappointed and a little miffed that you trudged all the way to Langelinie and then stood with a 20-30 other tourists to see it. Well if you decide to be one of those 30 odd then at least you can console yourself with some outlet shopping which is just around the corner from where you are standing.

2. Don’t take pictures of sculptures that to you look like certain body parts

The Darning Needle Sculpture in Odense
The Darning Needle Sculpture in Odense

No, it isn’t what you think. You might be lulled into thinking something completely untoward as your eyes deceive you, however you are irrevocably mistaken. So for those out there that have an overactive, vivid and fanciful imagination this work of art depicts a pin (Bornholmian black granite) and needle (Swedish red granite). And it’s a sculpture by the recently passed away artist, Frede Troelsen, this wonderful piece of art was inspired by the H C Andersen‘s fairytale “The Darning Needle“, and the sculpture is situated in Odense’s pedestrian shopping street on the corner of Vestergade / Smedestræde.

3. Official tours – the bane of tourism

Maybe, you’ve thought of visiting a few choice museums and DK has many amazing such establishments to offer, and they do have a high selection of recognised artists on display. But how about the raw, the innovative, the edgy, the unconventional and the here and now? What about those artists that don’t conform and fit into an establishments little square box? As Dirty Harry once said “You’ve got to ask yourself a question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?” Of course you do, you deigned to read this fine script on being the best seasoned traveller that you can be in DK. So I say to you, my dear traveller and explorer, there’s a simple solution and it’s called Rørholmsgade. This is an Art street, a whole street filled with art galleries of – dare I say it – real artists. They are alive and live in the world of today and certainly not in the yester years. This is a pulsating heart of Art in DK, and it’s filled with watercolour, acrylic and oil paintings, jewellery, sculptures and ceramics – this street gives you an unique experience of all art and crafts forms.

Now that you’ve been warned and are prepared for a your art excursions into the exhilarating world of Art, Design and Jewellery in DK – I leave you one last tidbit. If you are looking for something like everything else then do the traditional tours of the museums, boat ride and attractions that Denmark has to offer because they are wonderful, however if you are looking for something that is jaw dropping and goose bump inspiring- well then put on your walking shoes and aimlessly explore the cities, the towns and their streets because that is where you will find the treasures that make your trip worthwhile.

Top 20% Most Popular Tripadvisor Reviewer in Copenhagen

Top Tripadvisor Reviewer

Top Tripadvisor Reviewer
Top Tripadvisor Reviewer

I recently received an email from Tripadvisor congratulating me on being in the top 20% of the most popular Tripadvisor reviewers in Copenhagen. Yes ,yes I thought – that’s what I want to hear.

I was astonished and pleasantly surprised by the email as I’m a prolific Tripadvisor reviewer. I do what I do because I love the immediate impact that a review can have and the ripple effect it can create.

Well now I thought, let me see what I’m so good at (wink wink) so I took the time to re-read some of my reviews. I was unpleasantly surprised that there’s only a couple of reviews that are positive-ish. What’s up with that? Do I only take to the internet to write about the bad stuff? Is it only the negative crap that sticks and makes me want to shout about it? What does it say about me?

So what was it that made me take fingers to keyboard and actually find myself wanting and actually doing a review because I genuinely had a good time. Is it always the bad experience you remember? Was the holiday/date with the husband/day out with the family so bad?

NO I say, it wasn’t and that’s something that I forget and seem to have forgotten – I shouldn’t just want to review something because it was bad. I should want to write a review because I want the ripple effect, I want the immediate impact and I want people to get an all round picture of the place where I’ve been. I shouldn’t want them to only see the bad bits and if unfortunately they read my review too late I want them to see that there is a little positive mixed in there somewhere. And the same goes with the good reviews it can’t possibly be all good – we are only human and what makes us so irreproducible is that we are flawed.

Be human and be you – that should be the motto of a good review. See it from all sides without mishmashing too much of the mundane in between all the juicy details.

With the email that Tripadvisor sent me, they proved that every now and then when you share some praise instead of all that negativity something incredible happens that can change how you look at things – as every smile is contagious so is a good review.

The latest infographic swimming around in DK socials

Infographic – Danish map for foreigners

Infographic - Danish map for foreigners
Infographic – Danish map for foreigners

This infographic appeared on Go’ Morgen P3’s Facebook page (Good Morning P3 is a Danish radio show on National radio).

It really shows how the Danes can make fun of themselves, however be careful in doing so as the comments show.

What is an infographic?

– you ask. Well infographics are a fun and quick way to inform graphically a message or knowledge on a certain subject. They have been around for quite awhile, some well known infographics have been around for more than just awhile unbeknownst to us, for example The London Underground map, however only of late is it easy to find free tools online to create them. So now we non-programmers/IT-challenged/laymen can finally put them to good use.

I’ve tried to find out whom this infographic belongs to and I have to say – it ain’t an easy task.

So if anyone out there knows somebody who knows somebody, let me know so that I can thank them for putting funny into the map of Denmark.

Things I do while waiting for the world to reply! Part 2.

Amanda's Art
Ode to Fiat 500

Ode to the Fiat 500 – more to the point my Fiat 500.

Disclaimer: picture has been made for private use and not to be sold or replicated commercially.

Things I do while waiting for the world to reply! Part 1.

Amanda's Art
Ode to Baz Luhrmann’s song “Everybody’s free (to Wear Sunscreen)

Ode to Baz Luhrmann’s song “Everybody’s free (to Wear Sunscreen).

Disclaimer: picture has been made for private use and not to be sold or replicated commercially.

The world did not reply!

This is what happens when you don’t know what you’re doing…..

Hello world! – my first post

This is my first post!

Well it actually isn’t my first post because once upon a time there was thing called MySpace and on there I posted my ever first blogs.

Here is the first ever on MySpace:

My first blog post
My first blog post

And this was the second attempt on MySpace:

My first blog post
My second blog post

The third attempt on MySpace:

My first blog post
My third blog post

You can actually replace the word “MySpace” and put other social media site names. This has pretty much happened to me on other networks I’ve signed up for and I still ponder the why’s and what’s of the situation but only occasionally – brooding isn’t my thing any more. I put it down to the fact that even someone as stubborn as I am indeed can evolve and become a slightly better version of the person I once was. Inexplicable things happen even in the vw (virtual world) that we live in. Unfortunately not even here can Google help to find you the answers.

I did try a few other times after the stop/start versions from MySpace on another site which some of you might be familiar with – not all struggle with certain problems that can lead you to sign up to be a member of MyFitnessPal and for those who aren’t members, congrats and I do not hate you.

MyFitnessPal inspirational photo and my blogs
MyFitnessPal inspirational photo and my blogs

So as first attempts go, I think I did ok not “most excellent” but they are a reasonable read and if anything good for a laugh. If there’s one thing blogging should do and that is to entertain or simply annoy you so much that you react and reaction is the operative word. ACT or REACT.

If I have any advice to give out to those virgin bloggers out there like myself – go for it don’t hold back because blogging is suppose to be about you and if people don’t like “you”, well the solution is easy. THEY DON’T NEED TO READ IT.