moving to Copenhagen: an english girl

by Tina on May 16, 2013

in Copenhagen, Moving Abroad


Liz is one of my very best friends.  Not only is she sweet and funny, she also speaks with a beautiful English accent that I could listen to ALL day!  After meeting and falling in love in London with her Danish guy, they decided to that moving to Copenhagen to live would offer them the best of both worlds.


Many of you ask how people “get to Europe” and Liz’s way is probably the most common way of doing it.  Fall in love, get married, and make a life with your new someone in a different country.


Liz would be the first to tell you that it doesn’t come without surprises and challenges.  Even though she works in an office where English is the language of choice and she and her husband speak English with each other, she committed over two years of her life studying Danish after a long work day so she could speak fluently in her life outside work and home.


While it may not be possible for everyone to fall in love and move abroad, it is by far one of the most common ways that people do it.  I find it terribly romantic, don’t you?  How sweet is it to learn another language for the person you love and create a new home and life in a foreign place simply because you love them so much!  I bet even some of you have done that very thing!


Photos: Jack and Tina Fussell for Flying House Studios

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Sara May 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

Loved this post, beautiful pics. I always like to know the stories behind moves. But did she move from the UK? So that’s already Europe! I know british themselves do the same but I always feel sad when I see “UK and Europe” like it’s two completely separated entities! It’s not! Sorry for the rant, i’m just a fiercely european!


Tina May 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

@Sara No, no, the UK is definitely part of Europe, though I agree that it depends on who you are talking to if they will be included as one or separated! Why is that? Most of my readers who ask how to get to Europe don’t live in Europe already. That is all I meant. I guess Liz cheated? :-)


Tasha May 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I fell in love with my Bellgian husband while doing the Camino de Santiago. We had two girls and spent 11 fabulous years in Brussels. Now I am back in Australia and while there are many pros to living here, (family being number 1), I have pangs for my former life and the wonderful travel around Europe we did. So love your blog for the nostalgia it evokes for me.


marybethfox May 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hi Tina! I think you hit the nail on the head – moving to a foreign country with a boyfriend or husband is quite common but definitely not easy. People often tell the expat bloggers living in Paris that they are “so lucky.” There’s a bit of frustration because while we do love Paris and there was a bit of romantic luck (hello, cupid!), we worked really hard to be in this pretty city. I imagine you must feel the same way every now and then. Great article!


kelleyn May 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I fell in love with a European and had it not been that I don’t enjoy the cold we would have probably moved to Europe. I do enjoy our extended vacation though! Your friend is beautiful!


Jana @ 333 Hand Lettering Project May 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Wow-these pictures are so soft and light. I love the filter you used and the composition :) And it is terribly romantic to move away with a love.
Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering


Juliette May 16, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Love this feature! Great photos! And yes, moving abroad for love is a great way to live abroad (says the one who did it herself). You have an ally -and a translator, LOL!


Tina May 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

@Tasha That is so sweet! On the flip side, family is definitely a hard sacrifice for us. It never seems to get easier.


Tina May 17, 2013 at 9:25 am

@kelleyn Yes! I love that you have exposed your kids to Germany so much! How lucky for them!


Tina May 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

@Juliette Translation is always helpful… though I wonder… is it ever hard for him to just let you make mistakes and not correct you or bail you out?


my scandinavian home May 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

You’ll have to introduce us! :) I love meeting fellow brits on this side of the North sea! :)


Amanda @ marocmama May 18, 2013 at 6:10 am

Such a timely post. I know my husband worked so hard to learn English when he came to the US for me. Now it’s my turn to do the same. It’s terrifying and exciting. But I can’t wait to be an expat!!


Carly May 24, 2013 at 3:35 am

As someone who has an Italian significant other, and who is struggling to learn the language, I really like this post.


Danijela K. May 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm

I (Croatian) was living in different German speaking countries for 15 years. But when I fell in love with a German I was even so crazy to get my univeristy degree in German Language and Literature. It was fun!
Nice post.


Signe/ Copenhagen Kiddo June 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Wow it’s hard to learn danish so it’s really cool that your friend learned the language before moving here. I just found your blog and I really like it.


Emily November 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm


What a lovely blog, photos, et all! Your life really seems magical and I so appreciate you giving the rest of us a peek into your life. If you have time, I’d love to get your advice on a couple matters regarding living abroad. I spent time in Norway during an exchange semester in college (Copenhagen and Scandinavia are very dear to my heart) and recently returned to the states after completing my masters in the UK. Like you discussed in your About section about you and your husband settling back into the Us and then wondering ‘what are we doing?!,’ I’ve felt very much the same since returning to the states.

I’m wondering if you have any advice about moving/living abroad without the structure and support of a school system and how you and your husband managed to sort through Visas and to support yourselves once settled? These practical details seem so daunting to me, so any advice or resources you could point me towards would be much appreciated.:) I do think creative jobs lend themselves best to freelance, so perhaps you could mention how you became involved with that and turned it into a living? Thanks much! Perhaps you’ve already blogged about this and I’m simply missing it!


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