I can’t believe we’ve been back from our trip to Denmark for TWO WEEKS! How the hell does time fly this fast?! Anyway... DK is still super fresh on my mind, and every time we go, I leave a bit of my heart there. The vibe there is really THAT good. And on top of that, my flight got upgraded to First Class on the way there and back! Now let’s be clear, MY flight got upgraded, not Thomas’, so we had a compromise... I fly First Class with the baby (cause she is still young enough to not be required to have her own seat), and he gets the entire flight to himself. I’m still not sure who had the better deal. I mean, don’t get me wrong, First Class is the shit, but having your toddler act crazy and kick a glass of wine on your neighbor and scream and cry is liiiike, not exactly my idea of luxury. But alas, I made it work. Wow, I have officially become the most annoying person in the world! Ha!
So let me get mushy for a sec. I feel so lucky that I married a Thomas. Not only is he loyal, respectful, kind, and handsome, but he is also Danish! Before I met Thomas, I had never been to Europe. The two stamps on my passport were Mexico and St Lucia (both awesome places), and honestly, going to Europe just seemed like something that would never happen. Neither of my parents had ever traveled to Europe, and traveling was never the biggest priority in our household. So when I met Thomas while he was on vacation in NYC, and I bought a ticket to go visit him in Copenhagen a week later, most people thought I had lost my mind. I probably had lost my mind actually, but turns out, it was the craziest/best thing I've ever done!
Here we are, not even three years later, with our little family and with all the reason in the world to take frequent trips to Denmark. Now, I still have yet to see any more of Europe (which I am quickly developing a list of places I WILL go. Rome, anyone?), but getting a taste of the Danish culture has been so eye opening and such a treat. The elegant simplicity of the way the Danes live is super inspiring. And can we talk about the level of taste?! There is a reason IKEA is so popular and it's because Scandinavian design is pure modern chic. And at the same time, the towns are dripping with a rich history, fit for the pages of a storybook. I love it!
This particular trip was all about family. Well, let me be clear, it's always about family, but this was extra special because Thomas' dad, Lars, was celebrating his 75th birthday. And let me tell you, these people know how to party! Lars requested an intimate (35 person) three course meal, at home, complete with a chef, servers, and wine pairings. We all sat at a gorgeously decorated long table, in the middle of Thomas' childhood home. We toasted, we sang songs, speeches were given, and we ate and drank as if there were no tomorrow. And if you know me, you know that this is my idea of HEAVEN! I mean, come on, getting dressed up (tuxedos required for the men), being surrounded by an eclectic group of fascinating people, toasting champagne & eating a delicious meal? Give me that!!
We were lucky enough to get to stay at the family beach house in a town called Hornbæk. Hornbæk is like the Hamptons of Denmark. Apparently in the 70's it was a major party destination where the "Who's Who" of Denmark would flock to, especially during the Summertime. Now, the town is still fabulous, but more along the lines of cute boutiques, adorable cafès, and locals taking their dog for a stroll along the rugged dune lined coastline. I couldn't stop taking pictures of all the amazing & unique Danish homes, they are so cute and each home has been named, the same way one would name a boat. So charming and so DANISH! We also took Oli across the street to the beach (even though it was 24 degrees!) to play with the sand and the rocks. She's truly her mother's daughter when it comes to her love for the beach!
One of the things that Thomas and I look forward to the most when we come to Denmark is rugbrød (rye bread). It's a major staple in any Danish household, and for good reason. It's as healthy (full of wheat & rye kernels & seeds) as it is delicious, and it's a perfect vessel for your favorite topping. Thomas' fave topping is liver pate (gross lol), and mine is avocado with cucumber, tomato, and onion. It's so simple and soooo good, we literally ate it everyday for at least breakfast & lunch, and sometimes for dinner too. There's actually a Scandinavian food hall in Grand Central Station here in NYC, and we will go there to pick up some rugbrød to have at home. It's not quite the same as it is in DK, but we'll take what we can get!
We will be going back to Denmark in a few months and cannot wait! Side note, the Copenhagen airport is by far the coolest & best airport I've ever been to. If you ever have a layover in Copenhagen, make it a long one! Also, since I happened to get lucky & get upgraded, we had access to the gorgeous Norwegian Air lounge. We took full advantage!
Until next time DK!