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What I saw when I stepped out my door today, was fantastic. The smell of flowers, the sound of singing birds – and not a cloud on the sky. And it is warm. So warm that I had to go inside again, and leave my jacket there, so I went outside just wearing a t-shirt for the first time this year. It difficult to get used to, as the last months, since September, we have had to wear woolen sweaters, jackets, scarfs, gloves and raincoats. So no wind, 20C/68F and sunny weather feels incredibly hot.

My uncle is married to a lovely woman from Guatemala, and they moved to Denmark two years ago. I once asked her, if it’s hard to live here with the dark winters and cold weather. “No” she said. Because in Guatemala, they don’t have the spring, and they don’t have the long summer days with their bright nights. The winter in Denmark is a bit rough, but she has her family, her husband, her kids – she doesn’t think much about the winter. “But” she said, the spring is fantastic..

Which led us to talking about God, as she is a strong believer – “look at the first flowers in the spring. So perfect, so pure, and so beautiful. Only a God can create a world like this! And that is only the beginning – then everything is blooming, and birds starts singing.” She is right. I took this picture few weeks ago – and watching those small flowers and a bee, just made me so happy.

And it leads me to another thing about the spring that I love. The beech. You can almost say, that the beech is a tree, that every Dane loves – because its first, light green leaves tells us that finally, the winter is over. The beech is even mentioned in Denmark’s national hymn:
 “There is a lovely land, with beeches green about her, encircled by the sea”

And of course, I was also out taking a picture of those beautiful trees:

And my uncle’s wife is right – it is a miracle every year!

Of course, I’m in Denmark these days, but I will soon be back to the Faroe Islands. The climate there are rougher, wetter more windy – but it has its beauty as well. All the small lambs playing around the mountainsides, the buttercups, and millions of birds. 3.5 millions birds actually – and only 48.000 people. And the spring there means that I can go hiking, fishing, sailing and all that again. I can’t wait to go back there to the middle of the wide ocean.

Even though I have enjoyed the beautiful springtime in Denmark, I thank God, that I soon will be home again. I can’t wait to see views like these again! *sigh* 😀

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That happens so often.. that I don’t write much in my blog during the week because I don’t feel I have much to say, but then suddenly a lot of ideas pops up.. but today’s blog is about London and travelling.

Because my Mother and I went to London in October last year, to see Roger Hodgson at the Royal Albert Hall – we bought tickets a year before, without knowing that Roger would come to Denmark later that year. But it doesn’t matter – we had a great trip there, and if we knew at that time that Roger Hodgson performed in Denmark – even two shows! we would have missed a great experience.

And now I’m having a nostalgic moment, I realised, that even though I’m not much into travelling to big cities, London did find its way into my heart. It’s busy, noisy and everything like any other city, but also cozy and nice.

Unfortunately, my mother had big pains in her back, and she had a “frozen arm” whatever it’s called.. big pains everytime she moved her right arm.. allow me one note to that: those pains almost kept her from going to Roger’s show in Randers, and not only did she have pains, she was also having a bad cold. But she went because she was invited backstage, and she said that she just had to go no matter what! And for some strange reason, after the concert and meeting Roger, she had no pains from that day! She could move her arm again! (must have been all the good energy in the room!) – and I am also wondering, because I haven’t had any migraine attacks since then.. yes, a boost of happiness can do a lot.. End of note and back to London:

Because of those pains, city walking was painful for her, and we didn’t see all those things we planned. Not that we planned anything really..but anyways, she starts talking about a market she had heard about.. Covent Garden, and a lady who passed by us while she was talking heard it – we were of course speaking Danish to each other – but the kind lady heard her say “Covent Garden”, smiled and said “oh, are you looking for Covent Garden? That’s that way” and pointed.

So we headed for Covent Garden, and there were some great musicians playing there, and my mom recorded a bit of it. Because of that arm, she couldn’t hold the camera still, but I love the clip. It was moments like these that make me miss London and those cozy and fun moments:

You hear my mother laughing in the clip…and my laughter at the end of it. What made us laugh was the way they were chasing those who didn’t throw them money, chasing, dancing and playing the violin at the same time.. it was just awesome.

London is definetly a city I’d love to visit again, and maybe I’ll bring my mother along now that she is well. But maybe I’m going there already in July, because I’m going with my boyfriend to Ireland – and we consider visiting London on our way over there. July is definetly going to be an eventful month, and I just can’t wait visiting London again, and after that; zipping around the beautiful country Ireland.

Ok that was one nostalgic blog, thinking about past and future at the same time. Tomorrow I’ll go out and take pictures of the spring, because everything is so beautiful right now.

Uh, did I say tomorrow? I mean later today, it’s already 2am.. I better turn off this ‘puter and get some sleep, so good night! (and good afternoon to my friends overseas 😉 )

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Today, May 1st is a completely stay in sofa and watch TV-day! They send so many awesome concerts on 3sat (how happy I am that I’m in Denmark these days so I can watch it!) – all my favourites in a row (or most of them): Loreena Mckennitt, Bob Dylan, David Gilmour, Queen, Genesis.. Also Celtic Woman.. I don’t know them, but I heard a sound clip of them singing “Orinoco Flow”, I can’t wait to see rest of it!

And not to forget: they send Roger Hodgson’s Montreal concert at 3.45 am! Of course, I’ve watched this many times and of course I have bought the DVD long time ago (it’s great! you should go and get it *wink wink*!), but of course I don’t mind watching it again! 😀

May 1st is a public holiday here, and I use to spend it outside at town festivals – but weather forecasts say it’s going to be a rainy, windy day, so I’ll bake something (I’m good at baking different kinds of pastries, you should come over for a visit!), make my self a lot of tea and coffee, and spend the day with some of those artists I love; Loreena McKennitt, Roger Hodgson, David Gilmour… well, here’s the program for today!.. or rather later today, oh my – it’s 2.45 am, and I have to be up at 9 to listen to Loreena Mckennits wonderful music!

09:00 Loreena McKennitt: Nights from the Alhambra
 
10:00 Celtic Woman: A New Journey
 
11:30 Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Decades Rock Live
 
12:30 Bob Dylan: The other side of the mirror
Newport Festival 1963 – 1965, USA

13:30 David Gilmour: Remember that night –
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
 
14:15 George Michael: Unplugged
 
15:45 Roger Hodgson: The Voice of Supertramp –
Take the long way home  
 
16:45 Bon Jovi: Lost Highway – the Concert
Chicago, USA 2007
 
17:30 Queen: Live at Wembley Stadium
 
21:15 Genesis: Turn it on again
Italy, 2007

22:00 Tina Turner: Wildest Dreams

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