Sunday, June 29, 2008

Legos everywhere

Did you know that Legos were invented in Denmark? And, there is a huge amusement park dedicated to the Lego? It just happens to be called LEGOLAND and is located in Billund, Denmark.

We spent a few hours there yesterday with several of Chuck's coworkers that are also non-Danes. The slideshow is under photoalbums to the right.

It's a great place for children ages 4-10. There's lots of rides geared toward little kids and a nice interactive water area, complete with high powered walk in dryers (I wish I would have snapped a pix). There are a few things for adults to do, but definitely not worth the $50 per person entrance fee...unless you're bringing kids along ($44 per kid) and even then you may have to take out a second mortgage to go!

We spent most of the day touring the miniature area. They've recreated miniature world monuments like the Statue of Liberty, Acropolis, White House, Taj Mahal, and pyramid facade in Egypt. There's also a cute section where they created miniature cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and many of the Queen's residences...all with legos.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

We're on the move

After a few weeks of staying put, we're gearing up to be on the move for the 4 weeks or so.

Here's what you can look forward to...

  • Legoland in Billund, Denmark
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Mt. Pilatus, Switzerland
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Munich, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Auschwitz, Poland
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Black Forest, Germany
  • Mosel and Rhine River Valleys, Germany
  • Zurich, Switzerland

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Life as an Expat in Denmark blog

My travel blog was getting a bit cluttered, so I’m starting a Life as an Expat in Denmark blog. I’m going to blog about the interesting things in Denmark, challenges, and just living in a foreign country. Because my life has a local government focus, there will also be references to services provided by the kommune (community) and the level of services for the amount of taxes paid. Here’s a link and enjoy.

No travel plans until July, so there won't be much updating on this blog. However, you can read about our Expat experiences on the Life as an Expat in Denmark blog.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesse

Chum, Jesse, baby boy, the youngest turned 29. This should have been posted on May 30, so it's a little late. Sorry about that. Hope you had a great day. I'll bring presents this fall. It will be a birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas extravaganza!

Pictures are from St. John, USVI; St. Thomas, USVI; and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Sunday, June 1, 2008

...and the winner is....

...not Chuck! Chuck's employer has an international club, which meets once a month. The May (Maj) event was go cart racing. I've never seen go cart racing quite like this. You get all dressed up in a jumpsuit, headscarf, and helmet. They were running about 21 seconds per lap. Good thing I was the photographer; they would have killed me...or left me in the dust.

The track had several rules and I think among the members of the group (all engineers) they broke every single one!

  • No running into other go carts
  • No driving over the barriers
  • No sliding up the barriers
  • No using both the gas and brake at the same time
  • No driving when the yellow lights are flashing
  • Just about everyone got at least one yellow card (warning)
  • One person got a red card (a time out penalty)
  • One person got ejected
  • One person got a blue card (move over; someone wants to pass you)

In Heat B, Chuck came in 3rd, but only because Torben (on the right) had a penalty late in the heat. Hmmm, I think Chuck could be Danish...or at least he and Torben could be related!

Here's a link to more pictures.