Readers of this blog know all about my recent trip to Europe, and now I have some fantastic news to follow that up: the friend I visited in Copenhagen is now planning a trip to visit here, so I get to reciprocate her hospitality and show off my own city to someone from far, far away.
Sidsel is planning to be here in October, and she’s never been to the States before so Rowlett and Harborside will provide her very first impression of our country. I’m excited, and busy trying to come up with a fun and interesting itinerary for her visit.
In Copenhagen, Sidsel took me to the palace where Denmark’s king and queen live. We don’t have any royal residences here, but I’ve arranged the next best thing. Our mayor, Todd Gottel, along with the two council members who reside in our neighborhood, have graciously agreed to attend a dinner party here at our home to honor her, and set up a tour of city hall.
The courtyard of the Danish royal palaces
Time permitting, we’ll probably visit downtown Dallas and maybe the Fort Worth stockyards, and perhaps take a trip through the countryside to Canton, where the Tyler Kennel Club is holding a dog show during that timeframe. Sidsel is also bring with her one of her Japanese Chins, Mala, who she has shown at major events such as Crufts in Europe, and she wants to enter him in a Texas show while she’s here.
Mala is the “lemon”(blonde) pup, giving me a kiss in this picture.
Rowlett certainly gets international visitors all the time – my good friends from Australia came almost 8000 miles to attend one of our backyard parties a few years ago – but I’d guess we don’t get many from the Nordic region. I’m excited, and hope Sidsel (and Mala) can meet some of our neighbors and find out, first-hand, why the state motto of Texas is “friendship.”