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So far, I can’t say 2008 has been a great year, as the first months has been so frustrating. Too many sad things has been on my mind, but my inner strenght (or what’s left of it) keeps me going. Long walks usually help clearing my mind, and they do – and these days the spring adds some comfort and beauty in a rough time.

Today, I took another long walk at the beach near where I grew up, on the island Zealand in Denmark – and this time I had a camera with me. So this is what early spring looks like here. Soon the brown colours will be light green, and I’ll take more pics of this area.

– Please throw your garbage here, take care of the environment.

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Today, I’m going to post two videos with the same song. I have posted it before, in forums and in my old blog, but today I woke up with the song stuck in my head, so here we go again. It’s a sweet song, written by a Faroese singer-songwriter Teitur (one of my favourite musicians) and this song – “Louis Louis” is dedicated to Louis Armstrong, Teitur’s favourite musician.

I like the video (the first one of those below), because it shows how we affect each others lives, sometimes without even knowing it. The video is recorded in Denmark, and the last part of it reminds me so much of summer days in my home country – bicycling around the countryside, visiting people and enjoy the bright summer days.. uh, I’m getting kind of nostalgic now 😀 But memories is exactly why I post the other one too. That is Teitur performing the song at a festival in the Faroes. I was there at that concert, and it’s fun to see this again, but this time with a view from stage over the crowd, not the other way round – and it’s beautiful with all those people singing out loud: “all we want is music!”

And that’s true. Without music, we would be living in a dry, cold world. And music is a huge part of Faroese culture – that brings people together, strenghtens the community, and makes this place feel less isolated. Anyway, first of all, it’s just a nice song that I like listening to, and I hope you’ll enjoy it too 😉

And here’s the concert clip.. the quality of it could be better, you don’t have to watch it, LOL

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My latest post was rather serious, and I’m not too comfortable with sharing my life like that – so back to some youtube-videos! 😆 Even though this video isn’t really funny… well it is because noone was injured… I post it because it somehow shows what my mind has been like recently! As a windmill/turbine in a storm. But hopefully, my mind is stronger than this one, and it’s not going to shatter like that.

This took place on a field in Denmark, and after this happened I realised how small my home country is.. they talked about it for several minutes in the news. And I wondered if this is “breaking news” in Denmark? Geez, I live in a peaceful corner of the world! And a very “green” part of the world – I’m sure this thing powered 10.000 homes in its last seconds 😆

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A survey says that the Danes are the happiest people in the World. I wonder how they measure that – but well, it made me wonder. I am Danish (becoming faroedanish 😀 ) but am I happy? Guess I am. I have one or two (or three) things to say about it, but to understand what I’m talking about, you should watch these 12 minutes about that survey:

I’m happy because I am not worried – as a Dane, I don’t have to work a lot and still have long vacations. Health care is free. School/education is free (and as they mention in 60 minutes here below, I’m actually paid for studying!), and if I get unemployed, the municipality I live in would pay me an amount of money every month, to still keep a high standard of living.

I think they are right – Danes in general, have realistic expectations to life. Happiness is NOT about materialistic stuff – are you happy if you own a bigger boat than your neighbour? No – a Dane would never see it like that, he/she would rather say “I’m happy because I have a boat at all!”. And the one would not be happy because his boat is bigger, but because he has the boat he always dreamt of.

I guess some people in other countries would faint when they hear about our taxes, not only because of how high they are, but because they associate high taxes with communist countries and governments, and maybe they would even ask “do you own anything?” (because if you pay 50% to the state, it has to be because the state tells you where to live, what doctor you should visit ect). I was puzzled when I heard people thought these things. It’s not like that at all! I feel free! I would be more worried if I lived in, for example, the USA – what if I break an arm, how am I going to pay for it? I have relatives in Ohio, and they answered this question – insurance. And it costs. A lot!

I once cut two fingers badly with a knife, I went to hospital, stayed there for two days – and I could just relax, drink coffee watch TV and be happy because it costs nothing. (Not that I thought for a second about that). And it was fixed and I can play the clarinet again.. and THAT makes me happy.

Are Danes a bunch of hippies then? We smoke (well I don’t), drink beer (I do!), relax, listen to odd music.. but if the government want to change anything about the system, we rush out and demonstrates.

I’m calm and content – I don’t have the boat I dream of, but the day where I can afford one I’ll be the happiest girl on earth. And then I would start working towards another goal. And as long as I have dreams and goals, I consider myself as happy. Cheers!

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May they all win!

First note: sorry I haven’t written anything here for weeks, but my life outside cyberspace’s walls has dragged me away from the keyboard and mouse. But here we go again!

One thing that has kept me away from my computer, is something as silly as the TV! I never watch TV, but then suddenly, on a pretty darn windy boring day I had nothing else to do – I grabbed the remote.. and tuned in on X-Factor! Yes, those kinds of talent shows (very much like American Idol, Canadian Idol..ect) have also reached Denmark. And I’ve never been interested in it, but I must say it was good that I tuned in.. I was stunned! Those artists are incredible! How could any of them deserve not to win?

And I was terrified (and disappointed) when my favourite – a guy called Frederik – was voted out of that show. Maybe he wasn’t the best singer in the world, but I’ve never seen anyone be so true to himself, and so much in love with music! He literally came from the street with his guitar, and sung himself into everyones hearts. If you’ve got the time for it, why not listen to him singing “My love is your love”:

I have an other favourite, Laura, who also have a wonderful voice – I really got goose bumps when she sang “License to kill”.. and funnily enough, that is also on youtube!

What makes me most happy, is to see there are still great talents out there, ready to be discovered. I hope some “big guys” out there in music business watch this show, and take these young artists under their wings.

Finally – just to mention three favourites (three is a lucky number isn’t it?) – is a young girl Heidi, with the voice of an angel.. Even though they are all great, she is the one I hope wins – she picks incredibly difficult notes and transitions, and and she just nails every note! she’s right here singing “Whispering at the top of my Lungs!”

Good luck to all, you are really great!

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Yes yes yes! What a day! The Danish guys won GOLD at the European Championship today – and it is well deserved, they’ve been working hard to reach their goal, and today they finally turned out as winners. Not only that – they are now qualified to the Olympics in Beijing!

I know that handball maybe isn’t that popular outside Europe (except some countries around the world), but in Denmark, it’s a game everyone loves. Even I like watching it now and then.

Guess I’ll enjoy a few beers this evening… 😀

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I have a fun relationship with sports – I have no interest in it. But as soon it goes well for Denmark, I’ll be like glued to the screen, yelling at them to do their best.. I’m pretty sure they can hear me… and when they win, I’m like a happy little schoolgirl. Just as these days, where Men’s European Handball Championships takes place in Norway. And blimey! Who had expected the Danish team to actually reach the final? And that gold medal match is tomorrow, against Croatia.

But as we use to yell at sport events like these, when the Danes are successful in sports: “Who cares about silver or gold as long as our beers are cold?” (ok, lame translation of.. “hvad skal vi med guld og sølv, bare vi har sprut og øl!”) – meaning, even if we loose, we’ll have fun!

C’mon lads, you can do it!

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