Aal around Aalborg: volleyball, art, music, vinyl, events for children, multicultural buffet, the man of 10,000 sounds, photo- and videography meet-up, the Pitching Game, How NOT to get cheated in Denmark, Blackfish and ASO concert

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When I first checked my events saved in FB for the weekend, I felt slightly panicked and then disappointed. Where are all the activities going on in Aalborg, I thought? But there are quite a few – I just had to check several sources. FB is not always the best place – VisitAalborg is also good, as is Flowland.dk. Anyway, the bottom line is that there is plenty to do this weekend – you just have to pick what interests you!

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Aal around Aalborg: mirror smashing, organic market, waffles, Latin and go-go dancing, chocolate, aquavit, entrepreneurs, volunteering at 1000Fryd, and COWS!

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Well there is not a whole lot happening this weekend – or maybe I have just not looked hard enough. However, as I always say, ‘quality, not quantity.’ Ok. Bad cliché. Anyway, there are some gems even if they are few and far between. Or maybe you should just get out and enjoy the nice weather (but beware the cooler temps)…

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Aal around Aalborg: it’s (almost) all about sustainability this weekend

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festivalThe main attraction this coming weekend (and through next week) is the Aalborg Sustainability Festival (Bæredygtighedsfestival), which is made up of many events throughout the city and runs until (and including) 17 September. Aalborg Kommune has a whole website set up with details about it, which you can find here. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is really impressive how much is being offered during the week to heighten people’s awareness of the importance of recycling, reusing, and reorganising our lives to help the Earth. The list of events/participants on the festival program webpage is LONG and it is only in Danish; however, I encourage you to use Google Translate to find the gems that interest you. One tip: show up at Gabels Torv, Gammeltorv or Toldbold Plads between 10:00 and 16:00 Saturday and you are sure to find lots to learn and keep you busy. And then sample the other events throughout the week!

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Aal around Aalborg: students’ first week coincides with upswing in activity

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Yesterday the busses sported AAU flags, marking the first day of university for 4,700 new students. The increase in Aalborg’s population is noticeable and the level of buzz has increased as the ‘newbies’ (including many at UCN, as well) roam the city, getting to know it and each other and wondering how life is going to be during this new phase of life. Luckily there are plenty of extracurricular activities to occupy them before classes start to demand serious time and attention…I would like to draw special attention to the World Kitchen dinner next Wednesday evening from 17:30 Folkekirkenshus (see the last item below). The chef is Syrian and there will be entertainment by Syrian musicians at the dinner. I hope to see you there!

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Aal around Aalborg: so many events, I’ll leave it at that!

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…And I’m back. It has been a long hiatus and I have honestly felt a bit lost at the weekends, not knowing what is going on. I would like to think this weekly post helps a lot of others in Aalborg, but it also helps me keep abreast of the large number of events happening in Aalborg each week.

Now let’s cut to the chase: as students return to (or arrive in) Aalborg, there are more and more concerts, art exhibits, kids’ events, and other activities taking place throughout the city. Aalborg Festivals (website available in English – go to the bottom of the page to find the British flag) – which comprises a LOT of events – is winding down this weekend, but hasn’t lost any steam. Thus, there is a lot to write about. So without further ado…

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‘Are you new to Aalborg?’ event 23 August: main speaker, me!

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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.

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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.

Life in Aalborg off for the summer

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dTraRnaT9Dear Readers,

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.