Denmark: Dream Play Repeat With My Favourite Nephews

It is absolutely fantastic to see friends and family again - especially in this time of year where people are relaxed & happy and the weather is beautiful.  

I recently had the pleasure to spend some days with my two lovely and very energetic nephews. Being with them made me realize how excited they are about even the smallest things they discover around them. How excited they are about life and how it sometimes seems that they see a lot of things as small miracles. 

It's really sad how we as adults have a tendency to forget the small miracles in life. (Oh I said it, I'm an adult now...) 

We get caught up in everyday life, work, worries, plans or whatever it is and forget. Forget the excitement over the first butterfly in spring, the excitement over a big green open field that just calls for a run or a fountain perfect for a little watersplashing. And it is just not right.

I believe that's why it is so crucial to get out of our everyday-life setting and routine. We need a break in order to look at things from the distance and from a "fresh" perspective. We need a get-away so that we can remember our dreams, build new ones and believe that regardless of our current situation anything can still happen in this life. That's why it is so magical.  

It reminds me of Walt Disney's famous words: Never stop dreaming

Maybe that's exactly what make us stay young, alive, happy and excited: our dreams, hopes and imagination. 

This summer I will try to dream more. And even when I'm not with my nephews I want to play in the field, practice my headstands everywhere and remember to appreciate and be excited about the small miracles I'm surrounded by here in summerly Denmark

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Happy days in Denmark

If your heart takes you back to summer in Denmark, happiness must truly be to follow it. 

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I find that when I live abroad and have my everyday life so far away from my family and friends it is crucial to have a date set for when we will see each other again. Since I came back to Shanghai in February it's been my plan to go back home for Danish summer time. Such a good plan!

After a busy semester in Shanghai where pace of life never seems to slow down it feels absolutely amazing to be here. Whether in Copenhagen, on the country side or on a tiny idyllic island, summer in Denmark is truly magical.

Being here under such ideal condition is a great opportunity for me to look back on the last semester in Shanghai and consider things from a distance. I find that daily life is so much easier to evaluate and consider when you leave it. From a distance I can se things from a different perspective, get a better overview and thereby consider changes I wish to make or goals I wish to pursue in the forthcoming future.

I believe that we should always make our plans for the future on a sunny day, preferably after a walk, a swim or a run in nature. It makes all the difference 

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Good Old London

Some things just never seem to change. One of them is the next stop on my Europe trip which is also one of my previous homes back when I was a student at Regent's College in Good Old London.

Being back here among the famous London sights as well as visiting my old neighborhood, my local study cafe and my favorite vegan restaurant really made me realize how little "my London" has changed in the last decade. It's pretty fascinating because when I think about it it seems like "my Shanghai" changes every day.

Shanghai in 1990 and again in 2010 two years before I arrived for the first time. Picture from Weburbanist.

Shanghai in 1990 and again in 2010 two years before I arrived for the first time. Picture from Weburbanist.

The Shanghai Tower in March this year. The top part is still under construction 

The Shanghai Tower in March this year. The top part is still under construction 

Shanghai and it's urban landscape has changed rapidly over the last 20 years and is still continuously changing every single day. When living in Shanghai I feel and see the changes on both a small and a larger scale. On the larger scale I can follow the rapid rise of the Shanghai Tower which is expected to open to the public next year after just 6 years of construction. With it's 632m it will be the 2nd tallest building in the world. At least for a while.

On the smaller scale it literally means that on a Monday I live next to a shop selling socks in aaaall colors and shapes. Tuesday it's gone and builders are tearing bricks down. Wednesday they are building something new and by Thursday I'm being welcomed by a nice Hong Kong couple and offered a 15% neighbor discount at their brand new burger Restaurant. 

Shanghai and China is developing with the speed of light. It is exciting and a bit worrying as it somehow seems out of control. Then again don't they say that everything is controlled in China? The daily level of pollution makes me doubt it but hopefully for the Chinese people (and for the rest of the planet) this will soon be under control to.   

Worries aside for the present moment where it is so lovely to be back in good old London where the sky is blue even on a cloudy day and where every part of the city takes me down memory lane. 

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From Shanghai To Stamford

My first stop in Europe was Stamford in the UK where I went to see my family and to attend my beautiful cousin Cathrine Ann's wedding. Coming straight from Shanghai, Stamford seems like the oldest and most charming city in the world. Perhaps it is. Such amazing setting for such a perfect wedding   

The famous Burghley House in Stamford which was build in the middle of the 15th hundred century

The famous Burghley House in Stamford which was build in the middle of the 15th hundred century

 

 

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Happy Holiday - Off To Europe

Exams at Jiao Tong are over and I'm off to Europe. For a month or maybe two. Denmark and Europe is absolutely amazing in the summer months and I feel so privileged to be able to go back to Europe with an open ticket and not leave until I feel ready.

I can't wait for blue sky, fresh air, long summer nights and especially friends & family - I have a new little niece waiting and I heard she's like a little summer miracle.

再见上海/Zàijiàn Shànghai 

10972 m Above the Western Syberian lowland. 4572 km from Shanghai and 4500 km from Copenhagen. Halfway home

10972 m Above the Western Syberian lowland. 4572 km from Shanghai and 4500 km from Copenhagen. Halfway home

Let's Take a Little Walk in Between

Every time I am in Denmark, I make sure to make it to Aarø. A tiny little island in South East Jutland. Only 150 people live here. One of them is my grandmother, my "mormor". She is one of my favorite persons in this world and Aarø is one of my favorite places. I Especially enjoy my visits and stays at Aarø when I know that I will soon be going back to busy dirty funny stressful cool Shanghai. I can truly say I appreciate tiny, quiet, fresh & beautiful Aarø where it almost feels like time stands still. 

I find that every time I travel, move somewhere or move back from somewhere - the times in between are the ones where I think "big thoughts". I look back, I evaluate, I set new goals, I consider the future. I really see things in a unique perspective.

So I always take my time in between:

- Every time I move on to new places or new chapters of my life I take some weeks with no plans. I prepare mentally. If I can, I travel. I get away from the old before going to the new

- Everytime I am on vacation I spend a lot of time thinking about as well as writing down my thoughts, my plans, my goals and especially my direction for my everyday life back home (where there might be at the given time). Last-mentioned - direction means a lot to me. It is so important to feel that you are moving towards something - just moving. Otherwise.. What's the point? Of getting up, of doing stuff, of getting smarter, of being inspired motivated engaged...

These day I go through all these big thoughts in between Denmark and China at the tiny little island of Aarø and I absolutely love it


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