Aal around Aalborg: packed schedule this weekend, starting Thursday!

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And suddenly the calendar fills up with so many events, I can’t put them all on tonight. Instead I decided to write only about Thursday, and tomorrow I will add Friday and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What is so strange is that I don’t see any more Christmas markets on the list – but a rainbow of diverse interesting activities and events. So if you have no julefrokosts to attend this weekend, you have a huge range of other options. That’s rather comforting, isn’t it?

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Aal around Aalborg: Black Friday, music and dancing, art, Christmas Tree Fest, solo violin concert with Romanian soup, and CHRISTMAS MARKETS

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It’s been a long, tiring week, but here are a few tidbits for this weekend, which seem to focus very much on the theme of Christmas. The competition between Christmas markets definitely intensifies, so you won’t be at a loss if visiting these hyggelige affairs is on your ‘to do’ list. Enjoy shopping!

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Aal around Aalborg: Julemand arrives, tree gets lit, and lots of Christmas markets, music performances, art exhibits plus an international start up cafe

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julemandensankomst.jpgThe big event this weekend is Santa Claus’s (Julemand) arrival to Aalborg by ship. I can’t believe we have reached that time of year already – but here we are. (Looking back at years past, this event happened on 29 November in 2013 – so they’re definitely moving it up in the calendar!) For those of you interested in witnessing this annual spectacle, please come to the harbour by 10:45 on Saturday. Santa Claus will sail in at 11:00 from Greenland. He will then take a ride around the city and eventually (at 15:15 to be more precise) turn on the lights adorning the giant Christmas tree at Nytorv. Children love this event, and it is crowded – so be prepared!

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No Aal around Aalborg this week

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Due to a work-related trip all week – not to mention the shock served up by Trump’s win on Tuesday (yes – I’m from the US) – I am unable to give sufficient time and attention to the blog this week. I apologise. On a related note and as a point of interest for some of you, however, the number of people hitting my post about dual citizenship shot up on Wednesday…

Aal around Aalborg: markets, wine and beer tastings, children’s treasure hunt, Nerfkraft, vinyl sale, Asian Business Fair, Toastmasters, and Latin dance

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So…the October ‘monthly Aal around Aalborg post’ experiment was a spectacular failure. I did not update it much after the first or second week, and I missed informing you about several important activities happening around the city, including the Christmas lighting ceremony for Salling and a number of Halloween-related parties last weekend (mostly for adults). Not good. As a result, I am returning to the once-a-week format for the time being. And I’m ahead of schedule this week, posting on Tuesday rather than the normal Thursday or Friday. But who’s complaining? I will try to add to this as events are advertised…
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Aal around Aalborg: October 2016

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I couldn’t write my weekly Aal around Aalborg post last week, and it got me thinking about the future of the blog – again. I have mentioned this several times in the not-too-distant past, but as my time availability has shrunk I find myself hard-pressed to attend to the blog as often as I would like. Then I came up with an idea – at least for Aal around Aalborg: how about writing a monthly post about events and activities in Aalborg, to which I can add new entries any time, rather than a weekly synopsis? My ideal is still a calendar format that allows ‘pop-out’ windows with descriptions of individual entries, but I have been unable to find anything like that and don’t have the time to investigate. So I’m going to try this in the month of October, starting with more entries clustered at the beginning of the month as those are the ones that are advertised now but with constant additions as the month goes on. Let me know what you think!

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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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