What if you fly?

My experience with moving across Europe and the mindset that kept us positive.

Posted by Eddo on January 10, 2019

“There is freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky, And you ask “What if I fall?” Oh but my darling, What if you fly?”― Erin Hanson

About a year ago I’ve questioned a decision I made very deeply. Is it the right decision to make? Is this the right time? Do I really want to spend this much money for it to happen? Will we found a place to live? What happens if I don’t?

By now you may have guessed that I indeed continued forward with moving to København, Denmark, and that I’m now writing this while living there happily with my girlfriend and daughter. We’ve made our fears explicit by speaking through them; such as not being able to find a place to live, or not having a Danish health insurance.

We asked loads of questions to various organisations, and in the end decided to pay a relocation agency to help us. This will include helping with finding an apartment, registration & immigration, and some other things such as a bank and utilities. Although it is a lot of money you pay such organizations, it can turn north of five thousand euros, we deemed it worth it. Depending on the package, they take a lot out of your hands.

This brings me to my next point, to not forget why you’re doing it, the positive outcome. It was our mutual decision to move out of Madrid, and settle somewhere else that is more fitting for us. We defined the good outcome as being able to have our daughter born at home, and have a comfortable roof over our heads without worries. Keeping that in our minds, making a commitment to it if you will, did help in making it a reality, and sure there will be bumps and roadblocks on your path. We had to deal with a person that was processing our governmental registration, from the Statsforvaltningen, being on leave for two weeks. This delayed the process of getting a Danish CPR and being enrolled in the Danish healthcare system. And yes, that wasn’t very nice for my girlfriend whom was pregnant, and brought up some insecurities and sleepless nights.

Never forget that you can always ask other people for help, such as we did with a relocation agent. Sometimes the person you’re asking might not be able to help you directly, yet might point you in the right direction. Or by phrasing whatever you’re dealing with differently, you might be able to solve it yourself.

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