Get your hands on my FREE guide to Christmas and New Year in Denmark

Christmas is less than two months away and the start of Advent a lot closer. If this is your first Christmas in Denmark or you want to know a bit more about how to celebrate in a more Danish way then my seventeen page ebook is what you need. It also includes handy tips to find ‘food from home’.

New Year’s Eve can also be somewhat of an eyeopener if it is your first time!

To get hold of this free guide click here!

Relax and get a new hairstyle this winter (with 20% off in November)

If you are a long time reader of this blog you will know that I have posted before about my fantastic hairdresser, Sharon Hatting. Over the years Sharon has become a good friend of mine as well as my talented hairdresser. The balayage colour she does for me never ceases to make me very happy and feel like a superstar (see my last one below). I have another in the diary to brighten me up just before Christmas.

Since the 1st of November Sharon has become one of the two hairdressers in a new salon called Kesh, just on the edge of Frederiksberg and Nørrebro at Ahlmannsgade 1 kld. The location is easy to get to on the 8A bus and from next summer it will be a few steps from the new metro stations at Nuuks Plads on the new Ring Line.

The salon is brand new and has been started and is owned by a lady called Frederikke Darkner.  Kesh is quite a unique concept developed by Frederikke. She has a strong background in hairdressing with experience from around the world including working on Broadway in New York City.

As one a small number of certified green hair salons in Copenhagen, Kesh use only products from John Masters Organics and Ingredien. They are safe for both people and the environment. As a bit of an environmentalists this is a big plus point for me as well as the fact that I have eczema on my scalp and often find that I have a flair up after using certain products.

It is also a place for you to relax, located in a cosy basement and they want you to take the time to switch off and concentrate on yourself when you are there. If you wish you can place your phone in a charger in the back and forget about the world for the time you are being pampered. They also guarantee that you will be the sole focus of your hairdresser during that time as they only have one client each at a time even if you are having a colour.In a time when we are constantly bombarded with things from our smart phones and the world around us, what they are doing at Kesh is a real refreshing change.When I popped in last week to visit Sharon and Frederikke in the new salon and to chat about my new colour, I was delighted by the little touches around the place. Instead of the bog standard hairdressing gown you are usually put into, at Kesh you get to feel very special when they offer you one of the jewel coloured gowns made from repurposed sari materials (and the cushions in the relaxation area are also made from this fabric).Frederikke also offers free relaxation classes with a technique called heartfulness and you can read more about that on their website.I see whenever people review Sharon on her Facebook page the overriding sentiment is that not only does she give you a great haircut but that she really listens to what you want but also advises you if there is a better way to get the results. Sharon is able to speak in both English and Danish so language is no barrier, wherever you come from.

You can read more about the salon and make your appointment with either Sharon or Frederikke here. They are offering 20% off a haircut for the whole of November.

10% off Spouse Connect from Welcome Group Consulting

I have teamed up with Welcome Group Consulting to offer readers of Dejlige Days a 10% discount for their new Spouse Connect courses launching on 19 November with morning and afternoon classes available. (use the code DejligeD10 at the checkout).

Together with Studieskolen (Denmark’s most professional and well established language school)  Welcome Group Consulting offers Denmark’s most comprehensive range of language, culture, and employment coaching courses specifically aimed at spouses.
With specialist language tutors, professional employment coaches and networking events – every spouse deserves to be a part of something special.

There are three courses:

Career Coaching Course (details here)

Danish Language and Culture (details here)

Spouse Connect Danish Language and Culture (details here)

All start on 19 November.

Here is what they say about these valuable courses.

There are as many spouses in Copenhagen as there are nice places to meet and have wonderful experiences. If you want to strengthen your Danish language and your understanding of Danish culture, or if you are into coffee meet ups, exhibitions, celebrations, or play dates with the kids, then the answer is Spouse Connect.

Social life, career and language
Studieskolen are ready to bring you together with like-minded people through interesting Spouse Events, we provide you with Career Coaching, and we also offer you Danish Language & Culture.

The purpose of Spouse Connect is simply to provide you with a fun, versatile, socially and hopefully long-term stay in Denmark.

You can also read more about the course in the CPH Post here

Brush Lettering for beginners – book now!

I am organising two brush lettering for beginners workshops on the 19th September (one in the morning and one in the evening).

Lucy Blair is an experienced calligrapher based in the UK and she will be coming over to teach two identical workshops  where participants will learn brush lettering for beginners. You can read more about Lucy here.

This is the third time Lucy has been here to teach the class and they have been sell out events before. Here’s what one of the participants said:-

The workshop was well structured and a great way to try out a new craft, learning all the basics to get you started!

The class will cover the following:

  • An introduction to brush lettering including beginner skills of up and down strokes.
  • Participants will learn to create a words, layout, how to develop their own style and decorations and embellishments.
  • You will also receive a pack to take home including an instruction sheet, a small sketch pad and a Pentel Aquash brush pen.

The class will be taught over three hours in Nordhavn and costs 350dkk plus a small booking fee. The cost covers teaching time, equipment you will use during the class and the take home pack, light refreshments and plenty of hygge!This is a unique chance to learn this skill here in the city from an English speaking teacher. You will go away able to create beautiful brush calligraphy and have the skills to start to develop your own style.

The class will be taught in English, is open to adults and no experience is necessary. This is something I know a lot of people are interested in so take the chance now and book your tickets via the links below and I look forward to seeing you there!

Morning event

Evening event

All you need to know about e-Boks

Denmark is very lucky to enjoy a high level of digitisation. As a small country there is a lot of opportunity to streamline public services with the use of digital technology. The e-Boks system is a perfect example of this.

I wanted to share an experience I recently had with my e-Boks. I had some routine surgery done a few weeks ago and as part of the process they took some cells away for analysis. Not much was made of this but it was a screening for cancer. I didn’t think much about the results. A week later I received a text from the hospital* telling me they would be sending me a letter via my e-Boks by 8am the next morning. It struck me as odd as I’d never had this before. Later that day it dawned on my the seriousness of the mail and I checked my e-Boks. It was a clear result. I felt enormously grateful for this system. Instead of waiting several days to hear the result via the traditional postal system (which quite frankly under PostNord is abysmal) which could take some time, I was almost immediately told my result. Also if I’d received an email saying I had a message from the hospital I may have not checked it immediately but with the integrated system used by the hospital I was ready to look.

But what is e-Boks?

e-Boks is the one of the two places where you can access encrypted digital post.

Digital Post from public authorities is the same kind of communications that you may receive in your physical mailbox from, for example, the local government, hospital or SKAT. It might be patient calls, message about space for your child in a day care centre, or personal tax matters.

Private companies, such as insurance companies and banks also send digital post to their clients. Here it may be, for example, statements or bank statements. The difference from traditional paper mail and an e-mail is that Digital Post should be received and read on a secure Internet site.

The secure websites where you can read Digital Post is borger.dk or e-Boks.dk. The digital post sent encrypted. This means that security is very high — even higher than ordinary paper mail or e-mails. e-Boks now also comes as a mobile app.

It is required that all citizens above the age of 15 have to sign up for Digital Post. Your digital mailbox is connected to your CPR number, so it will follow you, even if you change email, postal address, etc.

You can save mails and important documents here. You get a personal email when there is digital post for you.

You can save mails and important documents here. You get a personal email when there is digital post for you.

You log onto e-Boks using your NemID and you can find out how to set up Digital Post from the link below. Scroll down to the bottom of the e-Boks homepage to change the language to English.If you use the mobile app on an iPhone you can use touchID to log in which can be more convenient.

If you found this post useful you may be interested in getting hold of my Guide to Danish Bureaucracy.  This guide pulls together publicly available resources, including the information above, into one simple to use document with check lists to make sure you are fully prepared. You can buy the guide here

I wanted to also address the question of why I charge for some guides. The main reasons are these guides have taken me time to research and write and to make them easy to use and attractive to look at I use a designer to create the finished product.  I also offer a lot of free resources and information both here on this blog and also via my website. But nothing is free, I pay for the hosting of both websites plus a number of other costs associated with running an online business so there are times that I, rightly, ask for payment for my work. In exchange you are able to gain a lot of information easily, some of which may take you a lot of time to find or you may even miss. You also get the benefit of my ten years of experience of living in Copenhagen.

*Please note this was a private hospital not the public sector.

Visit to STORM 20 {video}

In this video I visit STORM20 at Stormgade 20 in Central Copenhagen.

STORM20 is a creative meeting place for history and art. It houses a café, cultural information and creator space. I speak to Siri Buric, project manager of STORM20, and Sandra Klit, event- and communication manager about the project and we get a glimpse into the work they do here with the community.

For more information about STORM20

https://www.facebook.com/storm20kbh/

https://www.instagram.com/storm20kbh/

http://www.storm20.kk.dk

View story at Medium.com

Mad about Copenhagen book – Kickstarter campaign

The food scene here can seem dominated by a handful of places but as Copenhagen really cements its position as a foodie paradise, then it is great to hear about the rest.So I was delighted to hear that Mad about Copenhagen are writing a book. It will tell the stories of 50 culinary characters of Copenhagen, the spaces they inhabit, and the food and drink they make. The list includes a delicious mix of cocktail bars, bakeries, high-end restaurants, greasy late night munchies, hole-in-the-wall kinda places, breweries, beekeepers, coffee connoisseurs, brunches, traditional Danish eateries, and more.

This is what Mad About Copenhagen write about. They do not leave out the top new nordic restaurants but do their best to uncover and expose the more underground delights of Copenhagen’s food scene.

Hazel told me that they want to capture the essence of Copenhagen’s dazzling food scene, circa 2018. The book will not remain up-to-date forever, but it will preserve the current era of foodie Copenhagen, and the stories, essays and recipes in the book will be relevant forever.

Sounds amazing, yes? But they need our help to make the book a reality. They  are publishing the book together with a small local publisher (Blændværk) and they aim  to
print the first edition in September/October 2018. For this they need to raise some money, and thought what better a way to make it happen than to give people a chance to
pre-order the book (with a discount) before it gets printed.

You can pre-order the book and other Mad goodies via their kickstarter campaign, until 12th April. One of the options includes having your name in the book as a supporter! (That’s the option I took, like to see my name in print!) You can see all the options on their Kickstarter page.

You can read a brilliant article about the campaign and book here

Should you walk and skate on frozen lakes?

I’m not one to be a killjoy but it is important to remember that just because other people are walking and skating on the frozen lakes in and around Copenhagen, it isn’t actually safe at the moment. We’ve had a cold spell but not enough for the ice to be safe. I am horrified to see people with children and prams on the ice only metres from the non frozen section of the water. And children being encouraged to jump up and down. I walked on the frozen lakes in Frederiksberg in 2010 and I agree it is an amazing experience but the weather had been subzero for several months and not weeks and I waited until it was safe.

This is a translation of the page on the Kommune’s website which also updates a list of lakes so you can see if it is safe. This is the link to check and it is updated daily.

Look for the link Sikker is? You need to see a Ja if it is safe.

Look for the blue sign “Færdsel på isen tilladt”.
You must ONLY go to the ice if the sign “Færdsel på isen tilladt” is there. The municipality continuously measures the ice thickness.

Even when it is allowed to go on the ice, be aware of the following:

Use your common sense. The weather can suddenly change and change the thickness of the ice
The ice must be 16-18 cm thick before the municipality can give permission to go on ice. But the thickness is only suitable for skating and walking. Dangerous situations can still occur if many people get together on the ice or if you dance or jump on the ice
On many lakes it is never allowed to go on ice. Experience shows that they can not be safe enough. The ice in the harbor and the coasts will never be safe ice.