48 Hours in Aerø Island

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Finding Ærøskøbing was like discovering a light tower in the middle of the night at sea.  Amidst our constant search until we found Denmark, we felt right away that Ærøskøbing is the perfect place for us to get married.  I got swooned right away upon knowing that this hidden island is dubbed as Denmark’s fairytale town.

Indeed, Ærøskøbing is one hidden beauty in the Danish Baltic Sea.

Its idyllic charm is accentuated by narrow cobblestone lanes and picturesque houses dating back from the 17th century, along with historical establishments that speak about its commercial and maritime progress in the past.  Ærøskøbing seems to be a “town-in-a-bottle.” It is a quaint, peaceful place that would make you feel the time stops for you while its natural, rustic, unassuming beauty continues to flow around. Read more

A Day in Copenhagen

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We got the wind of Nordic romance when we chose to get hitched in a Danish island called Aeroskobing in 2013.  By that year too, Denmark had taken again the top spot on the United Nation’s World Happiness Report.

Definitely, we are convinced.

Freedom to make life choices is surely one of the reasons why this country is amongst the happiest, and we’re evenly glad that the Danes share this value with foreign couples like us.

But before we headed to the Danish island, we went and stayed in Copenhagen first.

Copenhagen is the capital and the most populated city of Denmark.  Founded as a fishing village in the 10th century, it became the country’s capital in the 15th century.

Fast forward today, Copenhagen has seen strong urban and cultural development, thanks to investments in its infrastructure and institutions.  What a million of Danes call home, this vibrant city has become the cultural, economic and government center of Denmark. Read more

Tying the Knot in Aeroskobing

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It is originally published in the Christmas special issue of The Filipino Expat Magazine.

Like any other couples, we also experienced the highs and lows of getting married. Especially that, not only we are born of different race (a Belgian and a Filipina), but also we live in another country as expats.

Pinning down the wedding place

Getting the country where you want to get wed is the most important step to do first. It all boils down to the legal requirements and bureaucratic process that go with it vis-à-vis the time, cost and effort you are willing to spend. It takes some time for research or simply, asking the right people around.

Switzerland could have been the most convenient choice for us. The moment we started asking however, we felt it wouldn’t come easily. Just from securing all the required documents, translating all these in three official Swiss languages, waiting for our application to get approved, to getting a wedding date and place, neither we had the luxury of time nor the patience and diligence to follow all these. So we started looking for other options. Our penchant for traveling might also be the reason why we decided to do it some place else. Read more