Dani: Ibajay to Nuuk
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Denmark, etc.
Real name is danielli rubias- henriksen, from the philippines in the visayas region the province of aklan which is world famous for its white sand beach Boracay, came to nuuk, Greenland in the august 2008, got married to a Danish man who have lived here for 11 years, had a son in march of 2010. Got a bachelors degree in Nutrition and dietetics, way back 1999 and was a practicing dietitian for 8 years before relocating and was writing for a hobby.
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
started blogging in august but already have been writing notes and articles on my ipad, about my observations, my opinions, my milestones, with a belief that life is what I am and not where I am..
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
My Notebook. I consider it one of the “masterpieces” I can ever write in my lifetime.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Denmark differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Everything is different, food, language, climate, midnight sun in the summer and cold dark winters, I’m not yet fully adapted to it, their culture of drinking (incredible, it can go on for a week!) and suicide find it shocking! Otherwise, greenlandics are very, very warm and friendly people i have met.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Denmark? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Just like the weather here, unpredictable so is life, i came here only armed with Hope.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Life is best played without a script!
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Denmark?
- If you don’t speak Danish (working language) you will find it difficult to get a job even if you’re qualified.
- Housing can be an issue because there is a current housing shortage; my 56 year old colleague from work is #1,010 on the waiting list!
- Warm clothes is a must even in the summer that is normal at 15 degrees.
- Everything is expensive!
How is the expat community in Denmark? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Foreigners here don’t have any kind of social network at all, its mostly by nationality, like Filipinos, thailanders, Icelandic, norsk, etc. and its comes out like an exclusive group, and your nationality will determine it,
How would you summarize your expat life in Denmark in a single, catchy sentence?
It’s not that lonely at the top!