On January 14, 2012 I left Denmark with my visa in hand. I had already unofficially moved to New York City July 1, 2011.
It wasn’t that I decided to spent the next five years without going back to Denmark. It just kind of happened. Besides, once you make a mature decision of moving somewhere else you can’t keep rushing back and forth if you’re trying to “make it there”. At least that’s what I kept telling myself. Besides, being an international student in New York City is very, very expensive. I don’t even understand how I made it!
Anyway, it’s time for my son to go see his great-grandfather and for me to go back for a while. My son is automatically American citizen by birth and since I’m a Danish citizen, that makes him a dual-citizen of America and Denmark. Pretty cool. I have to wait another 6 months before I can start the application to become an American citizen (but that’s a whole other talk).
Markus’ middle name is John, named after his paternal grandfather and his maternal great-grandfather. I know my grandfather is eager to see him – his first, and likely only, great-grandchild. I’m also looking forward to seeing him again after almost six years. You shouldn’t take family for granted and it does feel a little selfish at times, knowing I turned my back and moved to NY.
I’ll also be taking care of business. My online concierge & sightseeing business, NYC & Tours – known on the Danish market as Turist i New York, isn’t going to sell itself to the Danish travel agencies – so I’ll be doing my best to kick-open some doors and let them know we exist. I’ll be participating in the USA Travel Show on March 6, and hopefully generate some valuable business connections. It’s going to be a wonderful feeling representing New York City in my birth-country.
And then I’ll be working … Life threw me a curveball and I need to get back on my feet. I’m actually excited about the possibility of maybe learning a new industry though I definitely wouldn’t mind finding a job in tourism and hospitality.
I am originally from Zealand but will be living with family in Southern Jutland – just 5 min. from the German border.
I guess all in all – it’ll be a CULTURAL SHOCK to be on the country side of Denmark, coming from the bustling metropolis of New York City but I’ll welcome it as an opportunity to start fresh, grow my business and care for the people who are the most important in my life. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to be a travel blogger and a total amateur photographer …. it’ll give me some new material!