honey, there's a herring in the hot tub!
Time for another road trip.
We usually end up saving our pennies for the five-week trek to Vancouver every two years. There's not much left for extras in between. But this year we decided we really needed a break and agreed that the piggy bank was full enough to dip into without making too much of a dent.
You'll be thrilled to know that we've chosen to visit one of Europe's sexiest, most romantic, most exciting countries ever - Denmark! Whoo! Can you feel the electricity?
Why Denmark? Not sure, really, it just happened. It's close, for one thing. Rather than getting on a plane we can drive there in a few hours, thus keeping our touristy CO2 emissions to a miminum. Having the ocean nearby is another plus point. We all love the ocean, any ocean, and miss it dearly living in this landlocked area. Also, we've been to Denmark once before. We know that it is clean and cosy and very, very cute. Have you seen their cows?
As of Saturday afternoon, this yellower-than-yellow house will be our home for the next two weeks. It's only 400m away from the Baltic Sea and not far from the village of Ebeltoft in Jutland where we hope to do a bit of sightseeing and take a ton o' pictures.
Like many of the vacation homes in Denmark it has a small swimming pool, a sauna and a hot tub. Aren't we lucky?
Mr. M, who isn't doing too badly for an old guy, always gets that special look in his eyes when he hears the words "hot tub."
Mr M: Look!! It has a hot tub! Oooh, Mausi, you and I are going to be spending a LOT of time in there...um...enjoying ourselves.
Me: Uh huh. And what are we going to do with the kids while we're "enjoying ourselves". I don't think your version of hot tubbing is supposed to be a spectator sport.
Mr M: Damn. Foiled again.
Actually, besides spending countless hours immersed in a giant bucket of warm water with the man of my dreams, I also plan to do a lot of sleeping in, walking on the beach and reading all those books I haven't had time for lately.
Sadly, the one book missing from my collection is "Danish for Beginners". Much to my chagrin, I discovered that Danish is not a language you can learn two days before you leave on your trip. Ask me how I know. I got as far as "Hej!" and "Tak!" and then gave up.
Wikipedia tells us:
Modern spoken Danish is characterized by a strong tendency to reduce many sounds, making it particularly difficult for foreigners to understand or master.
Well that's a relief. It's not just me then.
Now let's move on to Danish food because the one thing I CAN do in any language is eat! Hmm, let's see, what do the Danes eat? Um...smørrebrød comes to mind - those darling little open-face sandwiches. They also have lovely dairy products. I'll probably gain ten pounds from all that wonderful cheese. I've heard that the baked goods aren't too shabby either which will mean scheduling in even more walks on the beach.
And let's not forget the pickled herring! We love pickled herring in all its variations. My mouth is watering as we speak just thinking about the delicious fishiness of it all.
The following video has nothing to do with Denmark but it does mention the words "herring" and "Norway". Close enough, right? And besides, Betty White just cracks me up.
Sooo...we'll be back just before Easter Sunday. Behave yourselves while I'm gone and don't do anything I wouldn't do.