We’ve heard it all before: Hygge! Better way of life! The living standards are sooo much better in Denmark! Denmark is the happiest nation in the world!
Granted, these things are true, there’s no denying it. But things aren’t so bad in London either, so why did I squeeze my life into two (huge) suitcases and jump on the next jet plane (thanks Ryanair) to Copenhagen? Well, let me tell you why…
There’s just no way of getting around it, is there? In the same way that many Americans are now talking about fleeing for Canada, Europe has never looked so good to us Brits. In the words of that meme, we love EU.
OK, so I was already in Denmark when Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States but it only confirmed what I already knew - it’s time to step away from British and US politics. They’re just not working.
I really wanted to ride a bike without the never ending fear of my commute ending with a trip to the emergency ward. And on that note….
4. The commute
I write this as the friend I am meant to be FaceTiming from London says she can’t make it as her Underground line is not running. She’s going to have to get a bus to the Morden tube station along with another hundred tired miserable sods. I cannot express how little I miss this. London is wonderful. The commute was, is and always will be hell.
5. Fresh air
This isn’t something I had factored into my exit strategy, but boy have I felt it since coming out here. I have quite literally been slapped in the face by it. The air seems so much cleaner when compared to London! I sleep like an absolute log.
I bloody love this shop and until London gets its act together and opens one on our high streets, I ain’t coming back. The selection on ASOS is just not big enough.
The easiest way to get some leaves or sea or flowers into your eyeballs in London is Hampstead Heath and though it’s quite a magical spot it doesn’t compare to Copenhagen’s beaches and harbours, green oases or the massive forest 20 minutes from the city centre. It’s almost too easy to scratch the nature itch out here, but I’m definitely not complaining about that.
Perhaps the most cynical reason for leaving the UK, and not a reason to move to Copenhagen specifically, but escaping feels really great. This is most probably the introvert in me talking but waking up every day without the obligations that come with having lived somewhere forever is awesome. No need to see anyone. No need to catch up with anyone. Excellent.
9. An adventure… without having to go too far
I’m not an adrenalin junky nor am I particularly brave. But I really wanted to do something different. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve moved away from my comfortable life and that I’m doing all these new things and (trying) to learn a new language, but the reality is I can be at my Mum’s house quicker now than when I lived in Brixton (OK, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration). It’s an adventure that’s safe and happy and cosy and most of all it’s hyggeligt.
Natalia Bagniewska has just recently moved to Copenhagen and is looking for friends and people to share a coffee with. She and loves pictures, photos and the Danish way of life. She has worked on the picture desks and written for publications such as The Debrief, The Mail Online and ASOS Likes.