Chapter 16. Leisure time
This is an excerpt from the Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark.
It is likely that the amount of hours you work in Denmark will not be as high as in your home country, and as such you will have far more leisure time at your disposal.
So you will be able to embark on a variety of exciting pursuits: but with whom? The first few weeks after your relocation will be very busy, and you will not miss social contacts all that much. But at some point you will realise that you no longer hear from your friends as often as you used to. They will continue to live their lives as before whilst everything is different in yours. Besides, communicating only by phone, e-mail or Skype is not really sufficient. Wouldn’t it be nice to go out with someone, chat a little and be able to talk about the topics that occupy your thoughts in your new home?
You need new friends! Where and how you can find them is the theme of this chapter. It also provides information about what you can do in your spare time including popular sports, yet another way to gain a foothold in Denmark. And, last but not least, it provides an overview of the best-known festivals.
In a nutshell, this is how best to start: be active, seek social contact with others, try new and different things, take the initiative, invite people to your home, go out with them. Don’t be too picky at the beginning (that will only unnecessarily limit
your options). Over time you will discover the people you have fun and get along with. Perhaps this approach will allow you to try something quite different for a change, and gain completely new and interesting experiences.
16.1 Getting to know Danes
As has been mentioned before, most Danes keep their work and their private lives completely separate. It is unusual to keep in touch privately with colleagues from the workplace. So it is rather unlikely that you will develop personal relationships
with the Danes you know from work.
Most Danes have an extensive circle of friends, and often this seems to go way back to their childhood. Because they may not be actively looking for new friends, it is up to you to take the initiative.
Contents of Chapter 16. Leisure time
16.1 Getting to know Danes
16.2 Getting to know non-Danes
16.3 Popular sports
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