Monday, 4 November 2013

Velbekomme on a Monday Morning

In Denmark it's customary to wish anyone you come across who is eating a bon appetit, or 'velbekomme'. When we learned this in Danish class months ago myself and the other Irish in the class cracked up laughing.

The idea of acknowledging someone, anyone, even a stranger, eating food and wishing them an enjoyable meal seemed bizarre and hilarious. I think it's because the formality of dinner etiquette, so important in British tradition, is completely absent from the Irish experience. And anything British, we typically run a mile from out of sheer habit, I suppose.

Anyway, the truth is, I've come to really love this little quirk of Danish culture. Yesterday Leo and I visited Louisiana museum, and packed a picnic in this nifty little cooler bag I found in my house. It was such a nice comforting gesture to have people smile at us and wish us a happy meal. I guess it's something I could get used to.

Have a great Monday! I've already come across the happiest guy in the world, the guy working in Fakta across the road from the apartment. If I can channel half his happiness for this day, I'll be doing very well. I better start trying, because it's pouring rain.


  1. Can I come live with you in Denmark?!

    1. Maybe we can do some sort of cultural exchange dealie? I'm so envious of your sights and sounds and food experiences!