There’s a castle around here somewhere!



The Tower at Christianborg Palace

In 2000, the Olympics were held in Sydney.  That’s now 15 years ago! We left Australia on the first day of the games for a family trip to Denmark and England. At the airport in Sydney everyone was arriving for the games, as we were leaving the country – it felt really strange.

Our three girls were all teenagers and we were off on a holiday of a lifetime.  My husband was going to Denmark for a short teacher exchange and we would do some travelling while he was busy.  He had done something similar a few years earlier and we had hosted a Danish exchange student for a year, so we had lots of friends/family to catch up with while he was on his cultural exchange.

On the day that Cathy Freeman won her Olympic gold medal I was driving from one end of Denmark to the other, with the girls constantly reminding me that I had to be on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. In hindsight I think I was very brave!! Roundabouts were very stressful for us all but we made it out alive with some great stories to tell.

We had the radio on in the car (it wasn’t in English) and we knew Cathy Freeman was racing only because we recognised her name amongst all the Danish.  We thought she had won because of the excited commentary but until we saw it on tv we couldn’t be sure. Later that day we were in a department store and noticed that they had the olympics on tv so stopped and watched the race. It was amazing being in another country seeing our home country hosting such a great event, not to mention seeing Cathy win gold!

The girls love telling the story of when I was driving that day, and I kept saying that ‘there’s a castle around here somewhere’. It was actually right in front of us but I was concentrating so hard I just couldn’t see it! We still laugh at the memories. The castle was Frederiksborg in Hillerod, a really beautiful and unmissable castle!

This story all started because I heard on the radio that it was 15 years ago today that Cathy Freeman won her gold medal and I was transported straight back to that special day with my daughters in Denmark.

  One thought on “There’s a castle around here somewhere!

  1. September 26, 2015 at 5:35 am

    Loved reading it!! Good to see you around. No like buttons around either! 😉

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    • September 28, 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Thanks Lucile – it was great fun to remember all the little things that happened. My girls enjoyed the memories too.

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      • September 29, 2015 at 4:06 am

        I can imagine they like it. I have great pleasure to listen to my mother’s memories of our past.

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  2. September 27, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    What a cool memory. Love this Deb. 15 years? Wow! Time flies….

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    • September 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks Desley! It was great fun to reminisce.

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  3. September 1, 2017 at 1:05 am

    It’s funny how just a few words can transport you back to another lifetime.

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