So what are you doing for three months in Europe? And where are you going?
Glad you asked.
I am headed to Denmark and Ireland to work on farms and explore their beautiful places and cultures. No, I am not getting a new job. I am not giving up on web development. I am not even taking a haitus from Local Eye Site/Rise Hire. In fact, my amazing employer is generously working with me on all fronts to allow me to do this. Clearly, I’ll be working less, but the idea right now is to work a lot now and work whenever I can during the trip. It’s an incredible opportunity to explore, stretch and grow, and I get to do it while remaining employed as the Director of Technology of a small business. But I digress. I promised you a sketch of my plans.
Chapter One: Farming in Stengåden, Birkerød, Denmark.
This is small-scale vegetable production farm located just a few miles north of Copenhagen. I know very little about the farm itself other than what they have posted on their HelpX.com profile. The interesting highlights are:
- 5 hectare with over 100 kinds of vegetables
- 3000 egg laying hens
- 50 grass-fed meat cows
- 100 hectares of grains and clover
- 50’000’000 bees 🙂
- A puppy!
I’m particularly excited about the bees. Beekeeping and honey production is something I’ve been interested in for a long time and have never had the opportunity to explore it hands-on.
I’ll come here after a week on my own in Copenhagen and stay and work for three weeks.
Chapter Two: Farming in Ennis, Ireland.
After my stay at Stengåden, I’ll hop back on a plane and fly into Dublin, Ireland and take a bus ride straight west into County Clare to a town called Ennis. From there I’ll meet my host, a man named Aidan. I’ll be working on Aidan’s small farm for three weeks and will hopefully have a chance to see, explore, and experience one of the most traditional, authentic and ancient parts of Ireland.
I know very little about Ennis, but it is located northwest of Limerick in County Clare, and is only about 30 miles from the famous Cliffs of Moher (pictured above)
Chapter Three: Farming in Nibe, Denmark.
When I return from Ireland, I plan to take a train across Denmark for my first experience off the island of North Zealand and will disembark at the city of Aalborg in Jutland. My host here is the Sissgard family who own and operate their small deer farm / bed and breakfast that was originally founded in 1777!
Chapter Four: European Tour
It would be a bit of a waste to travel to Europe for the first time and not do a little tourism. So when I finish chapter three of my adventure, the plan is to fly south and work my way back to Copenhagen. Thankfully, I won’t be doing this alone. One of my good friends, Josh Bielick, is planning to meet up with me so we shall enjoy the last two week of this adventure together.
We don’t have definite plans yet, but so far the list looks a little something like:
- Rome, Italy
- Florence, Italy
- Assisi, Italy
- Venice, Italy
- Salzburg, Austria
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Paris, France