Tina: Flying House
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Copenhagen, etc. When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
I began blogging over six years ago simply to update our families about our new life in Morocco. They were worried about us moving abroad, particularly as westerners in a Muslim country and we really wanted to show them how normal our life was.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
- Giving A Girl Freedom & Why We Left the Muslim World
- Raising a Traveling Tribe: Can our children lose their national identity?
- City Files: Biking in Copenhagen: Top 10 Tourist Nono’s
Tell us about the ways your new life in Copenhagen differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
I am not sure if we had moved directly from the US to Copenhagen if our adjustment would have been different, but because we moved from Morocco to Copenhagen, life back in the western world felt so familiar. We loved it from the very beginning and have really only in the last year (after living here for about three) started to notice more differences. We still love it here and hope to stay a long time!
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Copenhagen? If you could, would you change some decisions/ preparations you made?
Oddly, I don’t think we were prepared to love our new life so much. We used to meet people who talked about their new country as home and even though we tried, Morocco just never felt like our true home. We wouldn’t change a thing.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
We always laugh about the fact that we moved to Morocco, just on the edge of the desert, and experienced rain unlike anything anyone had seen in recorded history two years in a row. (It even poured rain the time we actually went to the desert. Imagine our Tribe soaked to the bone, riding across the sand on camels!) The third year, while we were in Spain having our littlest, it rained so hard that there was flash flooding! When it came time to decide whether or not to move to Denmark, which is known for rain, we had to laugh. We seem to have a little rain cloud over our heads no matter where we go, so we all bought a pair of rain boots and decided to embrace it!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Copenhagen?
- Embrace the local culture and be ready to learn from it.
- Make your new house your home. You need a place where you can truly rest.
- Learn the local language. It will make your life easier and locals will take you more seriously.
How is the expat community in Copenhagen? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
The expat community is very friendly and open in Copenhagen. We have found it very easy to meet like-minded people and expats, especially because of the blog. Others can see who we are and we tend to connect pretty quickly.
How would you summarize your expat life in Copenhagen in a single, catchy sentence?
Sometimes you find home in unexpected places, it takes you by surprise and when you do indeed find it, you should embrace it, love it, and hold onto it with all your heart.