Summer in Denmark
While Erik was touring around Iceland on various fieldwork projects, I spent all July at my mother’s place in Gundsømagle, Roskilde in Denmark. I have been absolutely overworked for a very long period, and the corona stress on top of it didn’t help much. It made my stress level tilt completely. Thus, staying at ‘home’ was the best recreation for me.
Every morning my mother and I met with a group of other retired people like my mother and dog owners for a morning walk through the Gundsø forest. I enjoy these walks very much. Always a pleasure to meet new people and hear about their lives. One of these new friends, Flemming realised by talking to me that I know embarrassing little about Jutland. This is a part of Denmark I have only visited on a few occasions. The reason being that I have mother who is originally from Holland, and a father who has lived all of his adult life in Sweden. This led to all vacations being spent either in the Netherlands or France with my Dutch family or in Sweden with my father and brother. On top of it, none of my Danish ancestors are descended from Jutland. Hence, no relatives to visit there. To make a long story short, Flemming has now created a trip for me through Jutland with all the places that are ‘must sees’. I hope to make that trip during fall if the number of corona infected in Denmark doesn’t increase too much.
Flemming and his wife Margit celebrated their 50 years wedding anniversary in July and all the neighbourhood showed up to help celebrate them. Not sure if this is only a Danish tradition, but these anniversaries are always celebrated with family and friends, and musicians to wake them up in the early morning. I really appreciate these old traditions, especially after having lived abroad for so many years. Well done, Flemming and Margit! Flemming claims that Margit has been in charge for the first 50 years, and now he will take over the next 50 years 🙂
Luckily, there was also time to visit friends or have friends over, all according to corona safety regulations.