From Denmark with Love

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Reading runs in the family!

Reading runs in the family!

Jossy! Cuddling puppies is a rarity these days...

Jossy! Cuddling puppies is a rarity these days…

Seeing Sweden from the Backyard!

Seeing Sweden from the Backyard!

Ace Ventura at heart!

Ace Ventura at heart!

Highlight of the day- Inge saying "Let' take a selfie!' ;)

Highlight of the day- Inge saying “Let’ take a selfie!’ 😉

All weather is ice cream weather!

All weather is ice cream weather!

FIsherman's Best Friend

FIsherman’s Best Friend

Inge and I

Inge and I

Postcard- Perfect!

Postcard- Perfect!

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The view from the front!

The view from the front!

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Seaside Simplicity

I would like to point out that I don’t usually blog on my layovers. They are mostly occupied by revellingin the joy from my many food comas/and or trying to Skype James and my parents at wildly inappropriate hours (sorry guys!). This, however, is an exception. We just received our rosters for next month, I have leave (and am going home!) and I have booked my tickets and have a flight smack bang before I go. So, no time for blogging but I am making up for it now :)Last week I was lucky enough to journey to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark once again. This time I was extra excited, because my Aunt Inge (my grandad’s sister) lives there with her husband Gert. My grandad is now Australian, but he was born in Denmark (hence my half Greek/ Danish Australian hybrid). I was so excited to go that even being given the galley position for the first time ever after only flying for about 4 months did not get me too flustered! When I spoke to my mum she said, “How was your day?” and I said ” Not bad, I just made breakfast and lunch for 327 people. How was yours?!” It was pretty funny 😉 I got the hang of it in the end, and although stressful it was a great experience! I might even take it again!Once we arrived, I settled into my room, booked a holiday with James and then went sightseeing! Inge and Gert took me in the car around Copenhagen, explaining that it, and all of Denmark, is made from tiny islands all connected by bridges. Even Sweden! The Airport is actually on a different island to our crew hotel, which is crazy, I had no idea! They showed me the city, the new marina, the bridge to Malmo (Sweden) and then we went to DragØr, a little seaside town. They took me there because my grandparents liked it when they visited a couple of years back, and it is easy to see why! It is almost completely yellow, with small houses with thatched roofs and fishing boats lined up in a small harbour. So picturesque! We wandered around and Inge and Gert told me about the Danish tradition of having porcelain dogs in the fisherman’s cottage windows. Two dogs facing outwards meant the fisherman was out at sea and that the dogs were keeping watch over him. Two dogs facing inwards meant that the fisherman was home. So all day I was peeking into people’s window displays looking for dogs, and I found heaps! They also have these cool little mirrors where people can literally see who is coming down the street and around the corner without moving off the couch. I need to invest in one of these immediately 😉 After a bit of food shopping (how could I not, avocadoes are lovely in Europe) we went to their place for a home cooked meal, meeting more family and some reminiscing. They cooked me a traditional meal of smoked pork, creamy asparagus gravy, cauliflower, potatoes and carrots. Needless to say it was the perfect end to a lovely afternoon, followed by tea and comparing cultures. It was such a great experience and I am so lucky tha my job allows me to travel to see family and friends in places that I might otherwise never have made it to! I also love visiting Denmark, because, as Inge said, it is a part of me. I have left my heart in so many places so far, and now a little piece of it is sitting up there near Sweden The next morning, I was up bright and early for my cheap as buffet breakfast, reading my book and enjoying my tea and people watching. After that I almost caught pneumonia and went for a walk, then came back and we left. The flight coming back was near empty and almost full of Australians. A few families travelling and a school group, it was so nice to be able to chat with them and make their day special with all the bits and pieces we have onboard! Now I am in Frankfurt, about to get out of bed and off to the airport again to journey back to Dubai. I will try my best to blog about both Frankfurt and my upcoming Manchester as soon as possible before my break. Fingers crossed for standby tickets! 🙂 xx p.s the internet in Frankfurt is unreliable, more photos to come!

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