Saturday, September 25, 2010

August in Yonder

August was largely about Denmark.

Our dear friends Dorte & Jakob welcomed us with an authentic Danish lunch in their beautiful garden. (We actually didn’t see Astrid for the three days we were there as she spent her hole stay in their garden. She had a blast with their daughter’s toys, and would only come inside when hungry and exhausted with play).

We went for walks along the shore and saw beautiful houses like this one

We barbecued "skumfidus" (my favourite Danish word meaning marshmallow)

We witnessed how one little girl helped another little girl (and my heart melted)

We exchanged cooking recipes

We admired this painting made by our fellow friend and Cast B mate Kicki Julie Jørck

And we shared good talks in their beautiful garden and house.

After our three days with Dorte, Jakob and their kids we all left together for Copenhagen. Were we were headed for a reunion with lots of friends that Dorte and I travelled together with almost 15 years ago. Back then we were 126 kids between 17 and 26 years old from around the world.

We travelled together for eleven months and visited 26 states in the USA, 26 cities in Mexico, Montreal and Toronto in Canada, and several cities in Sweden and Finland. I stayed with 97 host families! I did community service in half of the cities we visited (and was on stage crew - set up the stage - in the other half of the cities).

This year 50 of us met in Copenhagen. Counting our spouses and kids we summed a 100 and something people. I had been looking forward to this since 2008 when we had our last reunion. Every 5 years we have an official reunion were almost every one of us get together. In between each five years we try to make a smaller reunion. This was the small one.

It is amazing how after all these years we still make an effort to see each other. Our friendships have matured and grown stronger in pace with us growing up and becoming more mature. In spite the fact that there are so many different people in our group I truly love them all and feel blessed to have them in my life. Even if we are spread all over the world I know they will be there for me if and when I need them. They always step up no matter what the challenge is. No matter who is in need of encouragement or prayer.

Inbetween all the planned activities we managed to sneak in a visit to Granola Café were we shared coffee and conversation with our friends Karina & Jeff. I also bought some more Kusmi tea here.

We visited the Tivoli

And after the kids were gone to bed and the designated baby sitters arrived on time we all went for a well deserved pub crawl. Cheers!


  1. so glad to see you back here !
    that world experience when you were younger sounds FABULOUS ! my dream ! (but i miss it for some reasons, so i'm trying to catch up as much as i can afford now !) and even better that you all met up in Copenhagen this summer.
    what a lovely photo sum-up ! Danemark must be such a cool country, I'd love to go there someday...

  2. What an amazing adventure and so wonderful that you stay in touch and meet for reunions.

  3. Sounds like a wonderful month ... and very nice shots from Denmark, Copenhagen. And I think Granola is a very nice café :)

  4. ¡Qué bonito! ¡Vaya experiencia! Es genial que sigáis en contacto.

  5. Such lovely photos! Beautiful colors.

  6. Well, firstly, congratulations for the wedding! I am truly happy for your happiness!
    It's great to finally catch up with all the beautiful moments you captured in the summer. How awesome you get to reunite with long time friends and family.
    Astrid is just adorable and really growing fast. You must continue to enjoy her as soon, she will be 10!
    p.s. Sneek peek of the Peonies and wedding dress, soon?


  7. Cool. Great post and wonderful photos. I love how you arranged them. They tell a good story.

  8. These are great photos!!! Danish lunch looks so delicious! Thank you for sharing!! Hope you had a wonderful Summer vacation!

  9. Un agosto encantador... que luz mas bonita la de las primeras fotos!

  10. It is such an interesting story and experience! And your photos are wonderful! Thank you very much for sharing.

    Best wishes,

  11. August sounds like a lot of fun...and i am intrigued as to what sort of excitement took you off round the sounds like a wonderful experience.

    Denmark is one of my favourite countries - I think if I were to live somewhere else I'd like to live we just need to find a nice, single Danish man who might be interested in a nice single Scottish girl....;o)

  12. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Great post.

  13. Oh, what a beautiful post!
    And I do like this new word you taught us:"skumfidus"!!! Thanks!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  14. Dearest sweet Anna, so happy to see you here!!! I missed you and your lovely inspiring space. Looks like a great time and very inspiring experience! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous photos with us. Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!


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