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8 February 2011

What is this?

This is basically a platform for me to share my enthusiasm about this city.

So far, I've been doing it by playing tour guide to friends visiting from abroad to show them everything I thought they would like here. Before said friends even arrived in Copenhagen I would send them a guide book so they could familiarise themselves with the city. And before I sent said guide book, I would edit it with a pen because it wasn't good enough. Some of the information was outdated and the really good spots were not listed.

So I have toyed with the idea of writing a proper guide book. Easier said than done. It would be outdated before it was even published. In every major city, everything constantly changes, that's what makes a city seem alive. 
And besides; how can I write a good guide book if I don't know who I'm writing it for? A couple, a single, a family? Are they coming for the culture (vikings or modern art?), the music (opera, jazz or heavy metal?), or the food (Noma or Geranium?), or a little bit of everything? What is their holiday budget? Are they visiting in February or July? Do they only have 48 hours, or are they here for a week or more? Are they looking to expand their goth/grunge/punk wardrobe? Do they go crazy for Scandinavian design? Are they all about the concrete jungle, or would they perhaps appreciate the rolling hills and quiet streams north of Copenhagen?

So I have toyed with the idea of no longer playing personal tour guide, but doing it for real. You know; a 'Chocoholic tour' to try some top quality Danish chocolate (any takers?), or a picnic in the tiny 'secret' park where you can enjoy the peace and quiet, or pointing out all the good little jewellery shops (I have an expensive earring-addiction). A friend suggested launching a service called Rent-a-Dane - not only does it sound a little dubious, but it turns out it already exists.
In short, doing the serious tour guide thing is also easier said than done, for numerous reasons that I won't bore you with here. Suffice to say that it would still be difficult for me to figuratively hand-feed each visitor exactly the things they would love.

Enter the blog. Here I can share all the great things I know, and you can all pick out exactly the things that speak to you. Or at least that's the idea. So here's what you can expect:

1. Food, food, food. I love cooking it, I love eating it, I love reading about it and drooling over pictures of it. There will be a lot of tips about where to eat and where to shop, and maybe even a couple of recipes.

2. 'A picture is worth a thousand words' - I agree, and I will do my best to illustrate everything I am praising here. However, snapping good photos to upload is a bit more of a challenge for me than typing, so undoubtedly the word-to-photos ratio will be 1000/1.

3. Since this is not likely to make me a millionaire, I do have to mind my day job. I am therefore making no promises as to the frequency of posts. What I will promise you, is that I will do my best to make sure the information is up-to-date and detailed enough to be of real use to you when planning a visit.

4. I would love to help. Really, if I could help people for a living I would be a happy puppy. So feel free to ask, but please understand that I do have the aforementioned day job to do, and that some requests may be too time-consuming. That said, yes; I could absolutely help you find a phone number, give you a rough estimate of what a cab from the airport to your hotel will cost (Tip: Public transportation is cheaper and fool-proof easy!), or find out how you get to Legoland.


  1. Great initiative! We had so much help from your guides last summer, 4 day vacation with our kids, 2 and 6 years old at the time. Especially since I was sick half the time, your guides saved us some thinking :).

  2. I'm glad! Happy to help and to prevent strenuous thought activity - wait, no, that's not it... To make your life a little easier. Yeah. That sounds better, let's go with that one. ;)