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Circumnavigator Blog is moving

Aarhus 2012

Circumnavigator Blog, www.circumnavigatorblog.com, has moved to a wordpress.org site, or actually it is .dk for choosing Denmark as the host country for my travel society. The new address is www.CIRCUMNAVIGATOR.dk.

.DK for Denmark

But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want visitors and followers from other countries than Denmark. All my blog posts will still be in the best English I can do and after all travelling is a global interest – isn’t it?

The reason for choosing wordpress.org for CIRCUMNAVIGATOR

It was during my recent education in web administration that I chose to swift over to the wordpress.org solution for my travel blog. Mainly because it gives you so much more possibilities to design your own platform and society and then it is also good practice for what I learned during the education. So it was kind of making a new start and moving to a new land – which my adventurous spirit loves 😉

But as a told my teacher during the education, there are also some trade offs with choosing wordpress.org instead of wordpress.com. The wordpress.com is more like a social network and global community with the integrated Follow, Like and Reblog buttons, whereas in wordpress.org you are a land of your own and have to work harder to bring your community to life.

How to follow CIRCUMNAVIGATOR.dk

Of course I hope that my already followers and likers from wordpress.com will continue following and put the new URL http://www.CIRCUMNAVIGATOR.dk in their reading list. Please see photo below on how to do this.

Follow CIRCUMNAVIGATOR.dk on wordpress.com

Or you can also just press the RSS follow button  in the top right hand corner and sign up for receiving news in your mail box. If any of you readers have other ideas how to follow a blog or like a post on wordpress.org, then please let me know. Remember, I am still fairly new in this game.

Follow CIRCUMNAVIGATOR using RSS

I promise, I am still following all you guys – the writers and photographers, the food, culture and nature lovers and especially you fellow travellers. You all give me so much inspiration.

To read something more exciting travel news, then go to: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/12/17/mayan-myth-is-it-the-end-of-the-world/ to read all about my visit to the Mayan ruins in Central America, and there is also an answer to the questions: Will the World end tomorrow?

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Happy Anniversary Circumnavigator Blog!

Aarhus 2012

20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/11/08/anniversary-circumnavigator-blog/

I have a confession to make. On the one month anniversary of Circumnavigator Blog, I have to admit that I actually have ulterior motives for creating this travel blog.

It is not that I don’t love to travel and through this media also share my experiences with the audience that wants to listen. But honestly another very important reason for this blog, is a thing a lot of people is struggling with all over the world these days – unemployment.

I am like many others presently jobless and after some months sending application after application without any positive feedback, I looked into myself and thought: “OK what would be the perfect job for me? What would I burn for day and night, if necessary?”

And the answer is: travelling. That is and has always been my number one hobby and I have spent a lot of money on my travels but during my education where I spent 4 months studying in Finland and in many of my past jobs, I have luckily also managed to combine work and travels. As an example see my post about My longest road trip in Germany. So I thought: “Why not work with travelling and tourism full time?” Unfortunately, I have no experience working in the tourism business – well, apart from many years ago when I was a kitchen assistant in a 4 star hotel in London for almost one year.

But I have travelled around the world, I speak and understand a handful of languages and being a former sales and marketing manager who thinks creative, why not combine it all, I thought.

So here it is: the Circumnavigator Blog about my travels which is also created to tell the world that I would love to have a job that can connect my hobby with the fact that I need to earn some money to survive and of course consequently travel some more. Further to this, I have made a Facebook page where I share my blog posts and give advice to other travellers. I try to keep most of my material in English but some of the advices are also in my native tongue, Danish. I also use other social media like Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest to market my blog. I do hope that this will spread the word and possibly end on the computer screen of a potential employer that like what they see and find me interesting for a job in their company.

At this point, I haven’t defined my dream job 100 percent. I also don’t know where in the world it will be situated. But please do not hesitate to contact me, if you can help me closer to a job within the tourism business, or where I can combine work with travelling.

To learn more about my professional work life please visit my LinkedIn profile – Kirsten Hjorth Rasmussen.

Aarhus 2012 Kirsten Hjorth Rasmussen

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Denmark beats Bulgaria 2-0

Portugal 2004

20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/14/denmark-beats-bulgaria/

During the 2004 European Football Championship, I was so lucky to be invited from my employer to watch Denmark play against Bulgaria. This was not the first Danish national match I have seen live, but it was the first one during a final round for a championship – truly a fantastic experience. All my colleagues and not only the Danish, also a good handful of other nationalities, were dressed in red and white to cheer for the Danish dynamite team.

Bulgaria-Denmark 0-2 in Portugal 2004          Thanks for a great match Danish dynamite boys in Portugal 2004

On my travels I have attended many other sport events. I think it is a great way to experience another culture, since sports can often be just as religious and important for the nations people as well… religion.

Football

Football (or soccer for my american readers) is one of my favourite sports to watch (I’ve even played it myself when I was a teenager). So where did I go and what did I see – I will here mention some of the more memorable. Stamford Bridge hearing the Chelsea FC fans sing for their football players throughout the entire match. At the Hamburg stadium where I have watched the local football team HSV play several times, but where I also attended a match during the 2006 World Cup – Ecuador against Costa Rica. This World Cup in 2006 was all together a good example of what a big sports event can do to people – the entire Germany was one big party for the couple of weeks the tournament was on. Last year while I visited Barcelona, I got goose bumps when Messi and all the other top football players were running on the field. FC Barcelona won 5-0 over Napoli and therefore the Joan Gamber trophy, so another reason to smile.

World Cup 2006 in Hamburg. Ecuador vers. Costa Rica          Camp Nou in Barcelona

Sport events around the world

Apart from football, I also attended other live sport events. Several handball matches in the best male league in the world. I tell you those handball arenas in Germany can boil and my favourite team is SG Flensburg-Handewitt. I was luckily in Melbourne during the tennis grand slam Australian Open in 2007 and with a day pass it was possible to see some of the worlds great tennis players. Also the evening ski jumping at the FIS Lahti Ski Games in 1996 will never be forgotten. Or the rugby match with one of the best teams in New Zealand – Crusaders.

Australian Open 2007 in Melbourne          Crusaders - Rugby in Christchurch 2007

So I can only recommend to look out for a sports event while travelling. Pick one of interest or choose the national sport. Nomatter what I can almost guarantee that it will be fun.

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Remembering Kuta

Bali 2006

20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/12/remembering-kuta/

The reason for travelling is usually to have fun and experience good things, but sometimes during the tour you see or go through things that are unpleasant and move you emotionally.

I remember when I almost 6 years ago was standing on the memorial square in the middle of Kuta on Bali. As in many other cities of Indonesia, the streets around me were busy with cars, motorbikes and people, but I was standing in silence looking at all the names of the innocent victims of the Bali bombings only 4 years earlier. Apart from the very long list of names it touched me extra emotionally, when I found the names of three Danish girls there. It all somehow got really close – the fear of terrorism.

         

Only a few months prior to my world travel, the little usually innocent and beloved Denmark (and the Danish people) was with some drawings suddenly a possible target for terror actions. It did make me skip the Danish flag on the back of my backpack, but it didn’t and never will stop me from going on adventures and visit new countries to meet and talk to locals with another background, religion or believe. Because at the end of the day, we are all human beings with the same human feelings inside, and I believe that the more you learn about other cultures, the more understanding you get for the beautiful differences there are to your own background.

         

I can surely recommend to visit Indonesia and especially Bali to experience for yourself the beauty of the island and it’s people.

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The Queen’s summer house on an autumn day.

Aarhus 2012

20. December 2012: For updates on this post please visit: http://www.circumnavigator.dk/2012/10/08/marselisborg-palace-aarhus/

Well, these days I’m a little low on money, so I decided to be adventurous in my home town. On a half sunny and half rainy autumn sunday I put on a pair of good walking boots and a warm jacket and brought nothing else but my iPhone in the pocket ready to shoot some photos.

The park around H.R.H. Queen Margrethe II summer house in Aarhus, Marselisborg Palace, is open to public when she or the royal family is not residing there. And that for FREE!!!

          

I very soon had a sense that this is nothing like a normal public park. It was all very personal and I felt honoured to be able to walk around in the Queens garden.

The park is full of fantastic sculptures, many of them being personal presents to the queen and others even created from her husband, H.R.H. Prince Henrik.

          

The park and garden is set up in different themes. Close to the palace is the kitchen and herb garden. Further down the back is a valley of fruit trees and behind this is a large rose garden (I must go and see next summer when the roses are in full bloom). Another corner of the park is a part of Marselisborg forest with huge trees.

          

In front of Marselisborg Palace park is Mindeparken, a public park open year round, with view over the bay and the harbour of Aarhus.

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