Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our last days in Denmark

Well we cannot believe 5 months have gone by so FAST!  We have had such an amazing time while living in Denmark and traveling all around Europe.  We were able to reunite with many dear friends and family and make lots of new friends as well.  Made some vet friends and horsey friends, spent time with Scott's Danish co-workers, and were even invited to a Danish pig farm so I could see why the Danes are the best pig farmers in the world!  We are so grateful and appreciative of all the kindness that has been bestowed upon us.  Couldn't have asked for a better experience living abroad.

We head back to Colorado in one week (December 17th) and I just wanted to post some last pictures from our days living in Denmark.  While we are happy to be heading home, it will be a bittersweet goodbye.  Denmark and more specifically, Vejle, will always hold a place in our hearts! 

While spending time in Vejle, I was lucky enough to meet Sara and Mette, 2 equine veterinarians.  Not only did they include me in some ride-alongs and teach me lots about equine sports medicine, but they also introduced me to Siri.  Siri and her husband Nis own a farm outside of Vejle and have Icelandic riding horses and dairy cows.  It is here that I spent many days being outside with the animals that I love most!  Below are some of my happy memories from Siri and Nis's beautiful farm.


Thank you Mette and Sara for teaching me a lot about life and veterinary medicine and for inviting me on so many veterinary calls.  Thank you Siri and Nis for welcoming me onto your farm and letting me spend SO much time there!   And thank you also to Siri for teaching me to ride Icelandic horses- something that everyone should try!  It is sure to put a smile on anyone's face!

 Another 2 people who really made our time Denmark special were Lasse and Pernille!  Lasse is one of Scott's coworkers at Siemens and Pernille is his wife.  They have had us over for several most delicious meals (Lasse is pretty much a world class chef!), taught us to make some traditional Danish foods, and most of all have always been there for us whenever we needed help with ANYTHING!  Thank you for always being there for us!

These are aebleskiver- basically little Danish pancake balls that you eat with sugar and jam.  Delicious!  
 These are some "brown cookies" (direct translation from Danish).

 The next 5 pictures are from some short runs and walks around the farm lands and forest in and around Vejle.  They are from a couple months back when the weather was warmer.  We will miss all this green when we go back to Colorado!

The next 2 are from our last trip to Copenhagen.  We visited Tivoli for the Christmas fair- very beautiful with all the lights. 

These 2 are of the old wind mill in Vejle.  

And lastly, a few pics from our Danish Thanksgiving.  We are so grateful that Anita and Roger (Scott's parents) were able to join us, plus 3 of Scott's coworkers-  Christian, Lasse and Stephan.   We could not find a turkey so we had duck instead.  It was delicious!  And so was Lasse's Pear and Marzipan pie pictured below.

Oh and one more thing, I have so enjoyed being able to visit my Grandma TWICE while being over here.  I had a great time getting lots of quality time with her and being able to hear all about her life long before I arrived in it.  Here she is below drinking tea, riding her scooter and saying goodbye to me at the train station! 

That's all I got!   

Hei hei
Auf Wiedersehen
Au revoir

  Jess and Scott


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  2. 10 things I will miss most about living in Denmark (Scott)

    10. The Billund airport on our way to visit awesome European destinations
    9. Working on interesting projects with all of the friendly work colleagues
    8. Roundabouts
    7. Watching Breaking Bad with Jessica
    6. My rental car, an Audi A3 (averaged 46 mpg, why can't US cars perform this well?)
    5. Our apartment at Lille Bjergadde 8 in Vejle
    4. Carpooling to work with Lasse, Kristian, and Stephan
    3. "Hygge" evenings with Jessica during wind/rain storms
    2. Catching up with Jessica at the end of the day over a delicious home-cooked meal
    1. Walking/jogging through Sonderskov and along Vejle Fjord