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Aal around Aalborg: AaMaze festival, Unlimited Music Festival, and volunteer market (among many other events)

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It’s summer in Aalborg! And festival season has hit Aalborg, in case you hadn’t noticed. It seems everywhere you turn there is music or graffiti (legal) or dancing or…The weather is cooperating so it’s all good. Here is a list of lots of stuff coming up in the next week. Welcome new students! We feel your presence! The Events Calendar has been updated.

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Aal around Aalborg: street art bicycle tour, entrepreneur festival, lopper på havnen, Den Blå Festival, and more

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This week’s post is a bit on the brief side of things. Life is getting busier (or, should I say, my schedule is getting fuller?) so I haven’t had as much time to devote to this post as I usually do. A couple of highlights plus a short list (summer holiday ends this weekend, at least for school children and their families, so we can expect an uptick in activities from next week) – I hope you find something below for you! The Events Calendar has been updated.

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Aal around Aalborg: music, shopping, event commemorating women’s suffrage, marathon (run and photo), clown race, international friends events, Friday bar, and food market

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My brother, who is a comedian by profession, commented on my Facebook status this week, when I announced the launch of a dedicated FB page for this blog, with a suggestion that I change the name of the blog to ‘Aalborg, Aal the time.’ It was a joke. Obviously. But now that I have a Life in Aalborg FB page and can post smaller news items (like the two I’ve published this week on parental satisfaction with daycares in Aalborg and the public consultation on urban development planning for Skalborg), I started thinking about the title of my weekly event series. Until last week it was called ‘Recent & upcoming’ because I occasionally included brief news stories after the event announcements (the ‘recent’ referred to the news items, in case that wasn’t clear.) Anyway, I had a little epiphany this morning: why not use a version of my brother’s suggestion to rename my event series? How about ‘Aal around Aalborg’? And I voted on it and it was unanimous – I’ll do it! So there you go: from now on that’s the title of the series and on the Events Calendar each event will be listed with an ‘AAA’ and date instead of ‘R&U’.

This coming weekend the number of events taking place in Aalborg and around skyrockets. Well timed with the change in weather. That a girl, Denmark! The Events Calendar has been updated (remember to check it out – there are recurring events on there that I covered weeks ago.)

Oh – and Aalborg International Friends kindly reminded/mentioned on their FB page that tomorrow, Grundlovsdag (‘Constitution Day’), you will see a lot of shuttered shops, banks, etc. So do your grocery shopping today so you can grill tomorrow!

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Recent & upcoming: career fair (and training), music galore, ice cream, Year of Goat activities at library, markets, wall climbing, pancakes, cats, world workout day, and expat family event

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paradisI just realized, as I was writing the text about one of the below events (free ice cream anyone?), that this week’s R&U post marks one year since I started the weekly series. Looking back at that post (28 February, 2014) I was struck by how much the series has developed and changed – for the better, I’d like to think. I know it’s one of the things I do on this blog that attracts the most (regular) readers, which is why I save time each week to write it up. I also learn a lot about what my family and I can do each weekend. One good thing about hitting the one year mark, though: I can start to recycle text. Yeah! I think I will go get some of that free ice cream tomorrow to celebrate…[The Events Calendar has been updated!]

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Recent & upcoming: international friends events, food market, MGP 2015, tango, jazz, polar bears, student events, art, love, polar bears, free films, and more

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This past week three out of four family members, including yours truly, were hit by some form of a virus. Illness seems to be norm at the moment – nearly everyone I talk to has similar stories; I guess it’s that time of the year. For those of you who have recovered (or, fortunately, not gotten sick) there are plenty of activities going on this coming weekend and week. Next week I’ll include a special sub-section of R&U dedicated to activities you can participate in during winterferien (week 8). I’m already building a list…Try to stay healthy and enjoy the coming days of sun! 🙂 (The Events Calendar has been updated as of Saturday, 7 February. I’m quite proud of the full blocks of activities coming up in the next week in Aalborg!)

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Recent & upcoming: ongoing events, children’s event at library, photography, student CV/cover letter workshop, flea markets, bicycle auction, Fastelavn festivities, and much more

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In my search for events to post this week, I stumbled upon three ongoing events that I thought were especially interesting for international residents (the third of those only because it’s a great opportunity to get inside the landmark historic building of Aalborg). I lead this week’s R&U with those, followed by one-off events, and a short article on parking south of Karolinelund. In other news, I’ve decided to leave the topic of weather alone, as it doesn’t really do anyone much good (you can read the forecast yourself, and probably do) and, let’s face it, how often am I right? [Events Calendar has been updated as of 3 February…]

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Recent & upcoming: Black Friday, markets, markets, markets, Christmas run, parades, music, trains, and art

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I feel somewhat like a broken record lately in my Recent & Upcoming series. The lead-up to Christmas continues to build momentum in Aalborg, and given that holiday-themed events dominate the calendar, I am obliged to include them. I hope you don’t mind, dear readers. The first story of today’s post is related: Black Friday. This is the first time since our September 2012 arrival that I have noticed its encroachment on the Danish shopping scene (somewhat like an insidious pest that has swum, floated, or flown over from the US). Or maybe I just wasn’t paying attention. In any case, information about it is included below. Happy shopping! (or avoiding stores entirely tomorrow). And try to enjoy something else if you can this weekend – there is a lot on offer! (Plus, don’t forget that I’ve covered in previous posts a lot of events still to come – see the Events Calendar for the best overview of everything…)

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