Summer holiday is officially over. Has been for two weeks, although I have been back for over three weeks now. We had a lovely time visiting family and friends in the US and Germany, but we made three important discoveries during our five weeks away from home: 1) Never leave home for five weeks at a stretch, unless relaxation time is built into the final several (ideally 4-5) days; 2) Related to the latter, admit upfront that holidays like this are TRIPS and not VACATIONS – this stops unrealistic hopes and expectations dead in their tracks; 3) Holiday to the US with four people is expensive and therefore only doable every 2 years.
I have had every intention of getting back into the routine of writing my weekly Aal around Aalborg post but haven’t managed, due to other demands on my time. One of these is a presentation I will give next Tuesday, 23 August at the main library: ‘Are you new to Aalborg?’ From 16:00 to 17:30 all who are new (or relatively new) to the city are welcome to come and hear me give some tips on what is important when you move here, how to tackle common challenges as a newcomer to Denmark, and myriad other things – a potpourri of help, if you will. There will be plenty of time for questions. And if you don’t know the library at all (a superb community gathering place and service provider), there will be a tour you can join in the last half hour. So please come! And I’ll be back to business with the blog at the end of next week. Promise. Find out more about the event here.
Time has become an ever more precious resource since I started my full-time job in April. I have had time for only the weekly Aal around Aalborg series, and even that has been difficult to fit in between hours at the office, picking up children, taking care of my family, and so on.
On Friday we start summer holiday and, as in past years, I am taking time off from the blog to enjoy this several week stretch with my family. I also need to do some serious thinking while I’m away to consider how to continue with this site. I have some possible solutions in the works, but nothing is set in stone. (Suggestions are naturally welcome – please comment below if you have an idea!) The bottom line: I really enjoy this blog and don’t want to give it up. Stay tuned…
If you are going away for any part of the summer, safe and happy travels. If you’re sticking around Aalborg, I hope it’s a sunny and warm one🙂.
See you back here in August!
P.S. I will probably continue to post occasionally to my Facebook Life in Aalborg page with tips of events and big news concerning Aalborg during my absence from the blog, so please visit and ‘like’ the page if you are interested in staying informed.
Aal around Aalborg: weloveaalborg photo exhibit, cycle tour, wine&music, harbour music, Latin dancing, art, rabbits, yoga, job search-related events, and Regatta teaser
It is going to be a sunny weekend, which is to the benefit of many of the events and activities listed below. I don’t have much more to say at this point, other than get out there and enjoy yourself!
Aal around Aalborg: shopping, seafood, hotdogs, circus, ice cream, 90s music, LEGO workshop, nature, clown race, SD garden party, NERF wars, Frozen soundtrack played live, and more?
Now that the Carnival season is over, we can turn our attention to the myriad outdoor events, runs, flea markets, musical performances, and festivals that crowd the Aalborg summer season. With warm temperatures and a festive atmosphere outdoors, it’s hard to stay inside. There are quite a few things going on this weekend – why don’t you try a few?
Please note: the monthly food market at Nordkraft has been cancelled in June (i.e. this Saturday) and the rest of the summer due to lots of other events in North Jutland going on. The market will return in September.
Also – Sunday, 5 June is Grundlovsdag (‘Constitution Day’). Since it is Sunday, it is not normally a shopping day, but if you rely on supermarkets to be open on Sundays, beware – they will be closed. Do your grocery shopping Saturday so you can grill the next day!
And so we arrive at the annual Aalborg event that is loved and despised, depending on whom you talk to. Tomorrow is Carnival, and the nice (at least not rainy) weather will just encourage those already excited to dress up and load the barnevogn with beer. If you are joining the parade and party – have fun! If you wish to have no part of it, then avoid the centre of Aalborg from morning til late afternoon – and Kildeparken until well into next week. Unfortunately, because of the party (and the tremendous clean up effort after it’s all over) the city doesn’t offer much else tomorrow…even the Biffen cinema at Nordkraft is closed. Sorry!
This weekend is a bit more balanced than last. Events spread out over today, tomorrow and Sunday (sorry about the delay on the ones happening at 15:00 today; I wanted to get this post uploaded last night but had to wait until now to do so…) Plus next Wednesday (for whatever reason.) The headliners, of course, are this evening’s international parade – the kick-off of Aalborg’s annual carnival festivities – and the children’s carnival parade and fun in Kildeparken on Saturday. Cooperation on the part of the weather is not guaranteed, but it looks pretty good.
I am happy to report that spring has officially arrived in Aalborg. I wasn’t so sure it was going to when I last posted. And with the good weather come the interesting outdoor events. Next weekend, of course, are the annual international carnival parade (20 May) and the children’s carnival parade and party (21 May). Following that (28 May) is the biggest excuse to drink all day in northern Europe, when many of you might actually prefer to escape the city. (We’re ‘lucky’ enough to be on ‘garden improvement’ duty with the rest of our andelsbolig, so we’re stuck here…)
And for whatever reason, this weekend EVERYTHING is happening on Saturday. Unbelievable. A bit more distribution and sharing with Sunday would have been nice, but Saturday is THE day. (Actually, to be fair some of the events below stretch over the three-day weekend. But still…) Choose carefully – there is a lot to pick from!🙂