Love Denmark, Leave the Salsa

September 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

In an plea for a taste of home, I bought “Poco Loco HOT Salsa Mexicana” for 9 KR yesterday at the grocery store.

Please enjoy this list of ingredients: water, tomato paste, red sweet pepper, onions, green sweet pepper, sugar, spirit vinegar, modified starch, salt, jalapeno peppers, spices (contains mustard seed), flavourings, carmelised sugar.

Yep. Ketchup with jalapeno.

Privat Parkering

August 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

A short list of little things you learn very quickly in Denmark.

1. “Vej” means street. So telling someone you live on “something that starts with a B and ends with Vej” is very uninformative.

2. Even if it sounds like a lot of money, 1200 KR spends just like $200.

3. There is no such thing as peanut butter in Europe, apparently.

4. You have to pay for bags, and you bag your purchases yourself.

5. Bus stops can be on both sides of the street. If you’re on the wrong side, the bus will drive right past you.

6. There’s no problem that can’t be solved by a friendly stranger or two.


August 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

Good news: I officially have something in which to carry my 68 pounds of necessities!  For my checked bag, a lovely giant black rolley suitcase, which cost $1.  For carry on, a smaller black rolley suitcase, which cost $5.  Just saying, $6 for luggage is pretty impressive, who cares if it’s used?  I can spend that extra money on something I don’t need!

Not-so-good news: Researching weight restrictions, I found out that Scandinavian Airlines only allows 18 pounds of carry on, most airlines are 40.  Eeek.  At least I can still have 50 pounds in the checked bag. And if you think my “personal item” won’t be unbelievably full, you are mistaken.


August 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

I went to the eye doctor today, my eyes have yet to un-dilate.  So for the moment (or day, apparently) I look like an addict. Fantastic.

We went to Santa Fe on Sunday to show Alice around.  We had delicious rooftop pizza, copious amounts of coffee shop coffee and rode the lovely train there from Albuquerque. I love public transportation, delicious food, exploring and spending time with nice people.

I only have two more weeks at the magazine. I can’t believe how fast the summer went!  Only 18 more days until I leave for Denmark.  I tried to start packing last weekend, but, as it turns out, I don’t own anything warm.  This could me a minor problem.

There’s a little bird that lives somewhere in our HVAC system.  He’s been chirping at us for the last few weeks.  It’s very cute.

Dog Finding Karma

July 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

I took a back road home yesterday, avoiding the nasty, frustrating highway traffic.  There’s this lovely brown church that you can see from the highway, so I decided to try to find it on my way.  I spotted it, and turned onto the Sandia Reservation, taking skinny roads over to the church.

In front, was a little wiener dog (not the dog pictured, but like the dog pictured).  I opened my car door and he ran up to say hello.  I called his family, who came and picked up him and a friend who joined him a few minutes after our initial meeting.

Since my family adopted a dopey beagle eight years ago, we have to do everything we can to keep up our dog finding karma.

Nice Things

July 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

I love eating lunch out of a brown paper bag. Especially when it’s a chicken-salad sandwich.

Mia’s mom grew this extremely photogenic garlic, which I left in my very-hot car for a few days. My very-hot car is now a very-hot, very-garlic-smelling car.

If these chickens had a band, this is the picture they would have on their Myspace.

Yes, Please

July 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yes, yes this is the cutest cup and saucer set of all time.  Three cups, and four plates for $10. I love you, Santa Fe Downs Flea Market.