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Melanie Haynes

Copenhagen based freelance writer, blogger and relocation expert

Copenhagen based freelance writer, blogger and relocation expert
Medicinal Cannabis - The Solution To An Opioid

Medicinal Cannabis - The Solution To An Opioid Crisis?

There has already been a lot of research worldwide on cannabis sprays and their effectiveness. Denmark will embark on trials for those with Multiple Sclerosis and three other types of patients in 2018 -- spinal cord injuries, chronic pain, Multiple Sclerosis and terminal cancer. These are the main areas where it is thought that medicinal cannabis can be effective.
15/09/2017 11:20 BST
11 Ways To Be A Better Tourist This

11 Ways To Be A Better Tourist This Summer

Don't be loud and obnoxious. Ask people questions but be polite. This of course should be the mantra for life in general but most particularly when you are visiting another country. And just because English isn't the national language doesn't mean people can't understand you without you shouting at them.
23/06/2017 12:55 BST
Build A Longer Table - Positivity After The US

Build A Longer Table - Positivity After The US Election

If you read something you agree with on Twitter, Facebook or some other social media platform, don't just read it and move on. Say something supportive, like it, share it and pass it forward. Post positive things of your own
17/11/2016 11:02 GMT
How To Nail Scandi Style This

How To Nail Scandi Style This Winter

The term Scandi style is bandied around by millennials and hipsters, but have they got it right?  I recently read a feature in a well known UK glossy magazine about Scandi style based on the recent Copenhagen fashion week.
04/10/2016 14:01 BST
10 Funny Things That Can Happen When You Move To A New

10 Funny Things That Can Happen When You Move To A New Country

In the last nine years I have relocated to Copenhagen and Berlin and each came with their very own challenges and funny things that happened, although at the time they didn't always feel that funny. Luckily these experiences make for great stories later on.
27/09/2016 11:27 BST
Want to Play Hipster

Want to Play Hipster Bingo?

I often spend time in the two main 'hipster' neigbourhoods in Copenhagen. To be clear I am not totally against some of the changes to these places but I'd like to see it slow down (but that is a more serious debate for another day, probably on my blog).
13/06/2016 17:07 BST
Danish Men - Hunky, Humble or Simply

Danish Men - Hunky, Humble or Simply Stylish?

The Danish summer has brought out the inner Cougar in me (yes I am a woman of a certain age!). The summer sunshine arrived this week and with it what seems like a new shipment of hunky Danish men.
12/05/2016 11:18 BST
The Kindness of Everyday

The Kindness of Everyday Danes

I have lived here for eight years and I really believe that despite the Danes reputation as closed and unfriendly people, the reverse is true. Yes, Danes both respect and protect privacy but they are the first to step forward and help others when that help is needed.
02/02/2016 13:00 GMT
Why I Hate New Year's

Why I Hate New Year's Eve

I have a confession to make - I hate the concept of New Year's Eve. After many years of pretending to enjoy it, I finally made peace with this but on the face of it seem that I am in the minority. The internet is full of posts and articles about how to have the perfect outfit, the perfect meal and the perfect night out, blah blah blah- no pressure there!
29/12/2015 10:43 GMT
Is the Scandi Love of Winter Swimming

Is the Scandi Love of Winter Swimming Crazy?

Last week I found myself in the well-to-do Copenhagen seaside suburb of Hellerup and I was drawn down one of the side roads leading to the front as the sun was actually shining and glittering off the sea. I was sitting looking out towards Sweden when I realised that I was sitting right by the Vinterbad or winter swimming area.
13/11/2015 15:59 GMT
How to Bring Danish Hygge Into Your Home This

How to Bring Danish Hygge Into Your Home This Winter

A soon as you move to Denmark you become aware of a word that the Danes use all the time and say there is no translation for - hygge (pronounced hooga). They say the best translation is cosy but that is so inadequate for what hygge truly means. I fell for hygge straightaway and it seems that others outside Denmark are starting to try and understand this lovely concept.
22/10/2015 20:44 BST