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Recipes, cooking tips, and dinning
Recipes, cooking tips, and dinning
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My friends often ask for advice when they come to Copenhagen. Aside from Copenhagen city centre, I usually encourage them to make a day-trip to Hillerød for Frederiksborg Castle — probably the most romantic castle in Denmark. I have been there several times myself and I still like to visit on occasion since it’s not too far from Copenhagen and I really like to soak up the laid-back atmosphere around the castle.


Conveniently located in front of a bus stop, getting to Frederiksborg Castle is easy using public transportation. From Copenhagen Central Station travel time to Hillerød is about 50 minutes by train. From there you can either jump on a bus or walk for about 20 minutes to the castle. You can easily spend 3 hours walking inside the castle and the surrounding area. Once you exit the castle, there are plenty of shops, cafés and restaurants where you can enjoy the rest of the day before heading back to Copenhagen.
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Summer is absolutely fantastic in Denmark. Especially on a sunny day. So we decided to go for a spontaneous road trip to the resort town of Karrebæksminde on the south-western tip of Zealand. With sunny weather, blue skies and a fresh sea breeze, enjoying Thai food by the beach made us feel like being in Hua Hin or Phuket.
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My boyfriend and I just came back from a very pleasant dining experience at Satang Thai Bistro — a newly opened restaurant located at Åboulevard (i.e. boulevarde) where Frederiksberg meets Copenhagen.

‘Go and eat there’, is all I want to say.


People have different reasons for choosing one restaurant over the other. While some people get inspired through social media, others take cues from friends or simply keep a keen eye on what’s new and happening on the food scene.

We, apparently, fit into every category. This week we went to explore a new restaurant. The aptly named, Satang Thai Bistro.
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Located in the eastern part of Thailand, Koh Chang is an island famous among backpackers. There is only one main road, connecting almost the entire island. Perhaps, one day the road will eventually connect the island’s southern villages so people will no longer need to drive for hour(s) to get around the island.


Transportation in Koh Chang is a monopoly; only Song Taews (small pick-up trucks with two-row seats) are available. The price for taxis depends on distance — and negotiation skills. Though many tourists rent scooters or cars, we prefer to use Song Taews as our primary means of transportation, as we are inexperienced and not used to the the island’s winding roads with sharp turns along the hills — and we can afford it, so why not?
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Back when I was a student in a school in Bangkok I once went on an excursion to Kanchanaburi to experience and learn about World War II. Today, years later, my memories of Kanchanaburi mostly revolve around heat, railway tracks and “a cemetery of Western people”. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would one day be back, and this time with my ‘Western’ boyfriend.
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Saturday morning we woke up with early-spring sunshine and beautiful blue skies, so we spontaneously decided to go for a day trip to Roskilde; one of Denmark’s oldest and most prominent cities with a history dating back to the Viking Age.


Founded in the 980s by Harald Bluetooth, the king who notoriously enjoyed blueberries so much that his teeth turned blue, Roskilde was in fact the capital of Denmark (and Norway) for more than 300 years from the 11th century until 1443.

We drove from Copenhagen to Roskilde and arrived around noon. Although the sun was out, it was still freezing. Sunshine is the most precious thing in Denmark. The longer you live in this country, the more you learn to appreciate it. When the sun comes out, regardless of temperature, people come out in droves and the city comes to life again.
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My boyfriend and I enjoy travelling a lot. We regularly check offers from budget airlines and plan our vacation in advance. Norwegian Air Shuttle, our favourite budget airline in Scandinavia and Europe, offers cheap flights and hotels to many destinations. For Easter this year, we decided to visit Nice on the French riviera where the water is crystal blue and most likely warmer than in Copenhagen.


The beaches in Nice are gorgeous. Each day we spent at least a couple of hours walking along the beach on the vast paved Promenade des Anglais looking at the water and the bright blue skies and absorbing the arrival of spring. Facing the beach is the ever charming Nice Old Town. Sprinkled with quirky shops and cafés throughout a maze of the narrow walking streets, the old town really stole our hearts. We ended each day with a food adventure leading to mixed experiences and a few lessons learned.
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Thailand is my favourite destination. Not only is it it my birthplace, it also has diversity of nature and sightseeing. I have been visiting the southern part of Thailand every winter for the past ten years and I have managed to find new places to explore each year. This winter, we went to Krabi, a province nearby Phuket, only quieter, and depending on the location you choose, less touristic.
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Over the years, Nakhon Si Thammarat, or ‘Nakhon’ in short, has become a regular stop of ours when we’re back in Thailand. What started out mostly as a courtesy to visit relatives increasingly became a love affair as our fondness of the authenticity and tranquility of the province and its people continued to grow.
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My way of leaning a new language is to understand its culture. As part of my journey to become Danish, I love to explore Denmark’s history. There are many historical places north of Copenhagen just waiting for me to explore. This time, we took a day trip to Esrum Abbey in the town of Graested. Founded in the 12th century as the first Danish monastery, the abbey played an important role during the Reformation of Denmark in the 16th century.
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