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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (1 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1537023772
  • ISBN-13: 978-1537023779
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Melanie Haynes is a relocation consultant, blogger and writer based in Copenhagen, where she has lived for the last nine years (with a character-building eighteen months in Berlin). Through her consultancy she helps people planning to move to Copenhagen or who are already living there to have a positive relocation experience. She regularly writes about expat life in Denmark in The Local Denmark and the Huffington Post as well as on her popular blog, Dejlige Days. She has also appeared in the press including the Guardian and The Sunday Times and also in the Danish media talking about life as a seasoned expat in the Danish capital. She lives with her husband and son close to the beach in Copenhagen.


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Beautifully written, packed with useful information and devoid of the waffle and padding you often get with guide books. The clear headers make it quick and simple to dip in and out of, which is perfect with the time constraints that come with relocating. Highly recommended.
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I am about to relocate (end of December) from the UK to Denmark with my husband's job and we are going with our two sons aged 6 & 3. I have been searching for straightforward, sensible and relevant advice from someone in a similar situation but hadn't come across anything I could relate to until I discovered Melanie and her service at Dejile Days Welcome. I ordered this book having already had a one hour pre-relocation Skype session with Melanie which was most useful! The book is a great accompanying resource to her services as well as a good stand alone book about relocating to another country. It is written in short, clear sections with plenty of space to annotate with your own notes or reminders (at least that's what I've done!) it's compact enough to fit into my bag so I can take it out and about - I think this will be useful when we actually move to Copenhagen at the end of the year as I can have it close to me to check things & write down places I visit etc! Her observations are insightful, often amusing and certainly relatable for a fellow brit if a similar age. Having said this I think it's accessible for all, not too Denmark heavy on the info (apart from stuff like weather etc) so it's useful as a general resource for anyone moving anywhere they are unfamiliar with. Both my husband and I have found it really helpful abd reassuring. It's a great book and exactly what I was hoping it would be. It will definitely be keeping me company in the weeks abd months to come! a happy customer.
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I bought Melanie's book in Copenhagen at one of her networking events, having moved to the city six months before and having used her relocation service before and just after we moved here. As two self-employed creatives, the service she provided was perfect for us, not only because it was entirely bespoke, but because we came independently and with no relocation package or help other than the fact that I am half Danish and my family could help us with a lot of things others might not have access to. Even six months after moving, the book was useful, primarily in being an important reminder to be kind to oneself. Relocation, even if like me you know the city and culture like the back of your hand, is not easy. It is scary, isolating and there are practical things that crop up the like of which you probably won't have thought about. For me the section of the book that was most useful was the part about moving with children. Despite what the reviewer above me said, this book is not filled with advice that's plainly obvious to everyone and although I grew up in the Far East, to a Danish father and a British mother and have moved country a couple of times, I have never done it with kids – the advice in the book about children is the advice Melanie gave me personally, and it's advice I couldn't possibly have known before we moved and was so incredibly valuable. There are many people in the world who have never moved country and for whom a lot of Melanie's advice won't be plainly obvious. One small book cannot possibly cover the visa and red tape issues etc in every single country because they're all so different, as are the challenges that each presents.Read more ›
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Honestly, the only thing that this book helped me to realise is just how entitled, snobby, and privileged many expats can be. While I dislike disparaging people's feelings and experiences, reading about the author's time in Berlin was shocking only in as much as such non-issues and minor inconveniences were turned into huge problems for no reason.

Firstly, the fact that the author was given the free services of not one but two relocation consultants for her relocations is amazing in and of itself - but to claim that the German consultant was horrible because they showed her homes she didn't like and made her walk around in 30 degree celsius weather? Or to say she felt homeless because they had to rent a crappy temporary apartment - a guaranteed roof over their heads - until they could find a house? That she was upset that Germans should try to accommodate foreigners by learning English? That Germans (in BERLIN) are probably xenophobic because she had to give up her aspirations of living in a "popular" area of the city and settle into an old East German neighbourhood where a grocery store isn't right at her feet? That she had to pay for laundry with tokens? Oh the absolute horror.

I spent most of my wasted 45 minutes reading this waste of money cringing. Is she absolutely positive she's not American?

Nothing in this book told me things I didn't already know, as an expat, or included any information that would have been helpful to me before I was planning my own move. This is supposed to be a guide to a "successful relocation" but it seems to me to be more like a guide to being the biggest expat snob of them all.
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