No planned hangovers: Ways I refuse to integrate in Denmark


The Danish government is very eager to integrate us foreigners, and integrate I have.

I’ve learned to speak Danish, I pay my taxes, I bike everywhere. I enjoy a nice slice of dark rye rugbrød even when I’m on my own and don’t have to impress anyone with how healthy I’m eating.

But there are a few ways I simply refuse to integrate in Denmark.

For example, I will not cook fried fish balls, or enjoy salt licorice. I will not watch celebrity dance-offs on Danish TV. And I will not plan my hangovers in advance.

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    Reply Nicole October 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    The salt licorice is pretty horrible.

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    Reply Victoria November 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I read this and just had to laugh. I’m an American living in Versailles, France and after nearly 20 years here there are still some lines I draw. Food is not really an issue but smiling is. I just do it even if it makes me look like a fool. And sometimes I’m rewarded with a smile back (or I get hit on but at 48 that’s kinda nice). 🙂

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