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The Danish Tour Guide 2006
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Yesterday was my 12 year anniversary. I “celebrated” by going to Souplantation with my family, in Las Vegas where I live now.

September 26, 2006 I traveled to the USA for the first time. I went to New York City. Even though I didn’t expect the trip to be more than just a trip across the Atlantic it totally changed my life.

In what way?

I fell in love. I’ve tried to explain to people over the years how it felt. How come I knew “it was just right” after only visiting for a week … nevertheless that’s what it was. I was in love with New York City!

During those twelve years I traveled back and forth to the city as a tourists thirteen times. I spent 4.5 months in an internship with Manhattan Walking Tour, as a part of my education in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Copenhagen Hospitality College in Denmark. Before I graduated from that program I had already applied to City University of New York – City Tech in Brooklyn and was accepted. July 1, 2011 I officially traveled across the Atlantic for the last time as a ‘visitor’ and I found a nice little studio apartment in Forest Hills, NY. That’s a wonderful, family-oriented neighborhood in Queens. It has everything you need, it’s cozy and quiet and safe. And just 25-30 minute train ride with the subway to Midtown Manhattan.

I lived in Forest Hills for just about seven years (and six months in Elmhurst, NY) before leaving the City behind and settling in Las Vegas. Motivated by a desire to expand the business and create a different lifestyle for my son and myself.

It doesn’t change the fact that New York City is my home and probably will feel that way for a very long time. That’s also a part of the reason I continue building and caring for the business I’ve built over the years while living in NY. It allows me to travel back once in a while and help tourists “get under the skin” of the City. It’s a motivating job and I appreciate being able to do it still!

Here’s a snippet of a post I wrote after my first vacation as a tourist in New York, in 2006. Hope you enjoy – and I’m looking forward to showing you why I loved NYC so much:

“September 26, 2006.

It was an early morning, didn’t sleep all night. My bags were almost packed and all I had to do was get as much coffee down without puking – I was a nervous wreck.

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