20160820_161810 bWe are now here near Horsens in Denmark!Home of bacon and Lego! We arrived at the start of August and were greeted by grey skies and what felt like cold weather in comparison to 7 months in the Seychelles.20160807_182102We flew from Heathrow to Billund, an airport originally built for flying cargo out from Lego HQ. As we landed it was obvious to see that Denmark is flat! There were a lot of trees and not many people…

Luckily we were greeted by Deb’s boss who drove us across what is apparently the flattest area of Denmark to Horsens. We’d expected everywhere to be quiet, but we were still shocked, having come from heaving summer roads in the UK.20160807_183257Horsens is a lovely area with a beautiful fjord.  We realised pretty quickly that bicycles are a must when living in Denmark so we started on bicycle shopping. There are so many shops that sells bikes and dedicated bike shops that is pretty overwhelming! The choice of bicycles in each shop is crazy, from 1000 DKK basic bikes with no gears to 10,000 DKK Danishly designed beauties!! We went for the cheaper end of the market, but made sure we had some gears!20160812_165034 20160812_165047With our bikes we explored the town. Our first venture started with Stu suggesting we take our coats, to which Debs said ‘no, it’s sunny’ – first lesson quickly learned, the weather in Denmark changes almost as rapidly as Iceland, as the sun rapidly changed to grey skies and pouring rain half way on our journey!20160813_141634 20160813_134639Horsens town centre has a great range of shops, many clothes shops, banks, household goods etc. The main shopping street is pedestrianised and is really quirky, there are trampolines built into the pavement, swings which play music as they swing. There are also numerous cafes around which all seemed quite popular. 20160813_12130320160813_13081020160813_141639One thing we have realised we will have to get used to it is the short opening hours of shops, which I guess is what helps with the fabulous work-life balance. The main shops shut at about 4 or 5pm on weekdays and by 2pm on Saturday and are closed all day Sunday. Even on Saturday morning the town is not overly busy, just our cup of tea! There seem to be many events taking place in and around Horsens, our first trip to town included seeing a marching band and people line dancing in the rain!20160813_123651