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Golden Wedding Anniversary

August 08, 1964. Fifty years ago from today, a beautiful young lady and handsome young man started their life together as husband and wife here in Denmark.

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Their story started when both of them joined the athletics club called Saga in Copenhagen. Nanette and Tage were both on their teens when they first met. Nanette became the Danish Champion in long jump category and Tage became the Danish Champion in 100 meter dash. As both of them are champions in Athletics,their engagement was then featured in a newspaper. Since then they start running together and became running buddies for the rest of their lives.

Nanette on her long jump days

Nanette on her long jump days

Tage in 100 meter dash

Tage in 100 meter dash

A lot of things happened. They moved around places due to work where in they met a lot of people and made friends. Friends that after all those years they remain good friends. After 6 moves, they are now happily settled down in a small town called Humlum, west part of Denmark. They love leaving here because they are situated nearby a fjord where they go for their run everyday…uhmmm ok its only Nanette who is running everyday now:-) while Tage walks with Laban their dog every morning.

They just got engaged!

They just got engaged!

They were lucky to have 2 children named Klaus and Thomas, both now have their own family. Klaus is married to Tina whom they have 3 kids named Camilla now 17, Helene now 13 and Nikolaj now 11. Thomas is my husband and we have Martin who just turned 2 years old last June and he got another two girls from his first marriage named Hannah and Emily both 7 1/2 years old now.

Klaus and Thomas at early age

Klaus and Thomas at early age

50 years of marriage is a milestone we all be proud of. Yes, they had ups and downs during those long years, they agree and disagree on some things, they had all the tests they can have on their marriage life but they survive. They are here today enjoying their lives to the fullest, loving every moment of being a grandparents and treasuring all the good things every single day.

Tage and Nanette with the whole family in 2013

Tage and Nanette with the whole family in 2013

I myself, being a daughter-in-law of Nanette and Tage is very proud of them. Being a part of this big celebration is one of a kind experience. I can only do my share by shouting to the whole world a huge congratulations to both of them.

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HAPPY 50th GOLD ANNIVERSARY TAGE AND NANETTE!

Hura Hura Hura!

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Passport Renewal in Denmark

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Today,  I managed to renew my little boy’s passport at the Borgerservicecentre (passport issuing office) at Struer Kommune,  Denmark. His passport is still valid for another 7 months but we decided to renew now while we are in Denmark because  it is cheaper and faster  here than in England.

I picked up a form from the Borgerservicecentre and asked Thomas to fill up the details on it, obviously the form is all in Danish.

Next, I took Martin to the only photo studio I could find in Struer to have his passport photo taken, yes that is not very easy as my little man decided not to sit still without mommy:-)  Luckily after quiet number of attempts he managed to shot a photo we then decided to use. A 4 copies of passport photo costs DKK 149,00 (find it a little expensive compared to  England prices)

To renew a passport, it is a MUST to appear in person including the children

Required Documentation

  • One Application form
  • Current Passport
  • Both parents information are filled in and signed the consent section on page 3
  • If the child is under 3, bring a passport photo as it is difficult for the Passport Office to take photos of small children.
  • Fee. Advise to bring Cash

Prices of Passport

– Children under 12 years – DKK 115,00
– Children and adolescents 12-17 years – DKK 141,00
– Adults 18-64 years – DKK 626,00
– Adults aged 65 – DKK 376,00

Take Note: Please DO Bring Cash if you are only holding a Danske/Danish Bank Card as most of the time they DO NOT accept other International Visa Card.

At the Borgerservicecentre, I get a queue number at the reception and asked to wait  until being called.

I started the conversation in English and of course I got a reply back in Danish. She keeps speaking to me in Danish even when I told her I don’t understand. Luckily I have with me my father-law who I asked what she is asking. I know she can speak English but keep using her own language to communicate with me and she only started  speaking  English after I told her we live in England and not in Denmark. Then the conversation went well after that and I was pleased to know that the new passport will be ready for pick up after 4 working days.

I then went back to the reception and paid the renewal fee and was given a receipt. Tried to pay by my visa card but of course it was not possible as they are  only accepting Danske/Danish Bank cards. Bring cash or bring your father-in-law:-)

Happy 2014

Year 2014

New Years greetings

We celebrated  new years eve together with our good friends here in Denmark. We arrived in Denmark from the UK in time for the celebration. We started our evening, Thomas and I together with his parents by watching on TV the Denmark queen (OK, I admit I didn’t listen much because I don’t understand anyway) deliver her New Years speech for Denmark, and we shared a bottle of champagne while watching.

Then we left and gone to our friends place ready to party. Fantastic food, lots of wine, alcohol and beer and most of all the cozy evening we shared with other guests made our New Years celebration a good one. Three minutes to the year 2014, we gathered together in the living room, hand in hand  we stand on the couch and as soon as the clock strikes 12 MN we jump off to the floor and shouted Godt Nytår (Happy New Year in Danish).  A glass of champagne to everybody as we hug and wish everyone the best of 2014.

One of  best part of the night was the Fireworks display. It was so beautiful watching all the lights and fireworks up in the air. It was a great night for us. Being with Thomas and Martin this time of the year is very special for me.

We were home at 3 AM in the morning, my in-laws in deep sleep together with our little Martin. He decided to sleep through the night and wakes up 8 AM and demanded attention from his very sleepy hangover mommy, at this point in time I am very thankful I have Teletubbies and Night Garden to have him entertained. It was a very lazy day for me today after a great New Years eve party.

I wish everyone a blissful 2014 from my  family to yours!

1352.3 Kilometers: 5 European Countries in 1 Day!

20th of January 2012,  Thomas and I destination for the day is Denmark. We decided to drive from Reading, England all the way to Struer, Denmark

We packed the car with all our stuff needed for 9 days trip, a lot of fruits and food for me for the trip. It was a challenged for me as we drove a long time while I’m on my week 21 of my pregnancy.

We left home at 8 am and went to Thomas’ office as he need to give a 1 hour virtual training before we set off our way. And at exactly 10 am, we are on way to Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, UK Terminal located at Ashford Road,  Folkestone,  CT18 8XX. The train trip took 30 minutes with a  travel time of 140km/hr from UK Terminal to France Terminal located in 62231 Coquelles,  France.

At the immigration, the officer checked our passport and my Schengen visa. I had to make sure my passport was stamped.

When using the train:

Do not walk and stand between vehicles as they may cause serious injuries.

You can use the toilets usually located on the 1st and last carriage.

After the train, we again started driving from France all the way to Germany. I had some observations on the road.

In France:

All the road signs are written in French. The direction and signs to motorway route are written in white lettering with blue background while the signs for non-motorway route are written in white lettering with green background. The speed limit in the motorway is 130 km/hr.They have excellent road and motorway I can say.

In Belgium:

In the motorways, the speed limit is 120km/hr.Just a small observations as we drove in Belgium, as a whole what I saw was so gray.  The roads are quite bumpy all the way and a lot of big trucks are taking over all the time.  As soon as we get to the city of Antwerpen the congestion was terrible.

In Holland:

I am sorry to say that I cannot describe my experience while we were passing through Holland as I was sleeping at that moment:)

In Germany:

As soon as we get to Germany, I’m getting pretty excited as Thomas mentioned that we can drive really fast this time. Yes, for the first time I was not screaming at Thomas or scared at all the way he drove in Germany. With no speed limit he was doing 157km/hr and for the record he was driving 184km/hr at one point, quite exciting actually.  A lot of road construction going on at the motorways at the time we drove there.

At 9:00 pm, we decided to call it a night with all the driving. We found this very nice and cozy hotel called Hotel Bumester. We spent the night on double bed room for 53£ including full German breakfast. Still 434 km to go, the next morning we were on the road at 6:30 am and at exactly 8:35 am we crossed the Germany/Danish border.

In Denmark:

We were driving 130 km/hr and we are a bit unlucky because it was raining and windy that time. We reached our destination at exactly 11:00 am perfect time for a nice lunch prepared by Thomas’ parents  with a total of 1352.3 km for 24 hours travel.

I enjoyed the trip, with a lot of stop over because I need to use the loo every 2 hours and I need to stretch my legs to prevent problems while pregnant. I tried to stay awake most of the time so I can entertain Thomas while driving. Too bad I  don’t know how to drive so I can take over but unfortunately I have no idea how. We arrived in Denmark safe and sound.

For a total of 25 hours on the road together with all the stop-over and a total of 1352.3 kilometers distance from our place in England to Struer, Denmark. It was an amazing experience for us, we enjoyed it.

( Pictures to follow )

My first Chanterelles

The experience of hunting chanterelle in the forest is really great. I have never been mushroom hunting before I tried it last week here in Denmark.  This tiny little thing is considered as the nature’s best edible mushroom. It has a trumpet-shaped form and a faint smell of apricot. The chanterelle is only 3-7 cm tall, so not a big mushroom. They normally grow in the forest here in northern europe during late summer and fall. Especially in the weeks after lots of rain.

my 1st chanterelle

Tage, my father-in-law and I went for chanterelle hunting the other day. I did not know what to expect, but equipped with a basket and a small knife and comfortable clothes meant for the outdoors, we drove to the forest, which was only 10 minutes away from their house. We parked the car at the parking area by the edge of the forest and walked only for couple of minutes when I suddently found my first chanterelle mushroom. Whou!

Into the woods

As we walked further into the woods, I just had to take out my camera and take pictures of this beautiful forest surrounding me. It was an amazing experience on this cold and windy day in Denmark.

Tage and Laban in the forest

We walked for another 30 minutes before we reached the area where the chanterelle normally grow well. This area was discovered by Tage & Nanette ( my in-laws) two years ago. And yes, there were really hundreds of this golden mushroom around me. I was so excited and happy, what a fantastic view of all these orange mushrooms all around you.

Chanterelle

me picking the chanterelle

It took us an hour and a half, then the baskets were full. I had so much fun picking all the chanterelle, it was really a great experience for me. As soon as we get home, we had to clean the chanterelle before they can be cooked or stored. To clean chanterelle, it is easiest to remove dirt, soil and leaves using a small brush. If it is too dirty brush it with water. After cleaning process, we fried all the mushrooms in a large pan, in order to remove the excess water from inside the mushroom, before we packed them in small portions for storage in the freezer.

Frying to remove excess water

After all the hard work with chanterelle, this is my reward for dinner that same evening. A lovely steak served with onions and freshly picked chanterelle from the forest. I loved it!

My dinner with chanterelle