Who remembers this past fall when Aunt Oprah traveled to Copenhagen to see for herself why the city was named most livable in the galaxy?
If you missed it, Oprah is given a tour of a typical Copenhagen apartment by a typical Copenhagen woman:
The whole idea is that even growing families share very limited square footage, and so there is a reduction of stuff and a streamlining of what you do have. For instance in the case of this particular tour, Oprah is shown the children’s bedroom, which is just an elevated hole-in-the-wall containing only a bunk bed and a scattering of eco-friendly recycled wooden carbon-reducing organic wind-up toys:
Next the tour moves a few feet over into the dining area:
And then Oprah asks to see the bathroom, which also had walls of glass. And maybe no door.
And then the tour was over and Oprah was all, But what about the master bedroom? And the Denmark woman was all, You already saw the bedroom. And Oprah was all, Sister I’m sure I didn’t see no bade. And the Denmark woman was all, The bed is right there, next to the
toaster empty countertop.
coffee maker cuisinart day-old bread
Needless to say, this show inspired Bossy to pack one very small makeup bag with all her belongings and leave her family for a life in Denmark. The first thing Bossy did was locate an apartment online.
Want to see it?
Well, it has a light-filled living room:
It has a light-filled kitchen:
And it has a light-filled dining room:
Bossy is very happy in her new Copenhagen apartment with her makeup bag of belongings. In fact, Bossy even managed to hang a perfect curtain or two:
Bossy can sum up her longing to live in another country in this way: Thank gah in heaven international realty websites don’t take Paypal.
Which is what today’s Ten-Word Challenge is all about. In exactly ten words, can you tell Bossy where you would go house-hunting if you were to leave your homeland? And what are you looking for?
And be sure to check back later today for the most international comments on the web.
If you missed last week’s Ten-Word Challenge, click here to read all of the New Year’s resolutions made and not made by Bossy’s council.
If you enjoyed this post, you might like Bossy’s post about the television show House Hunters International.
BOSSY saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:36 am
San Miguel, Mexico. But no Santa-Fe like interiors, please.
vuboq saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:38 am
All i want: beach, boozy beverages, and cute cabana boys.
BOSSY saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:38 am
Oh, Italy. Paris. London. Anything in Scandinavia. Russia? Corpus Christi?
corrie saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:40 am
I’m going with Vuboq~ sounds perfect! cabana boys for everyone! 😉
Chinny saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:40 am
Somewhere quiet and in the Caribbean. Beach access a must!
Pandechion saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:50 am
Amsterdam, the Jordaan, near Noordermarkt. There is nowhere more beautiful.
WebSavvyMom saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:51 am
–>Warm, English-speaking, beach, pool, palm trees, A/C, cold beer.
Alias Mother saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:55 am
Caribbean apartment with billowy curtains, balcony, and lots of color.
Judi saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:58 am
I was going to say ALASKA, but then I remembered . . . it’s not international.
Liza saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:59 am
Thailand, or Bali sunny, good food, nice people and beaches!
bdaiss saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:02 am
Tuscany, Italy – how my heart calls your name. Wine for everyone!
Debby saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:04 am
Ireland, cliffs over the water w/misting air. Bad hair tho…
Meg at the Members Lounge saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:06 am
Sunny Pied-a-terre, culture, farmer’s market, well stocked wine shop.
Jen O. saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:06 am
Ireland – the dreariness. Italy – the language barrier. Warmth + quaint + beauty. (p.s. 10 words is HARD!)
Denise saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:10 am
Copenhagen. Cool, clean, everything by bike. Bike ONLY lanes! Heaven!
Shelley saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:11 am
Definitely Ireland. Green, rain, pubs. What else do you need?
RuthWells saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:27 am
France, baby. Nationalized healthcare and fantastic pastries. That will suffice.
Amanda saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:34 am
Barcelona, Spain or Formenterra – Gothic Quarter or rocky beach cliff.
Suzanne saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:43 am
Small, cozy cottage, with a bright blue door in Ireland.
Gail K. saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:48 am
Australia in the pouch of a kangaroo – warm, cozy, safe.
Laura saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:51 am
An airy apartment with a balcony overlooking a twisty cobblestone street in Rome.
The Great Getzby saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm
Villa on the Portuguese coast — bright colors, windows, deck, library.
David saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm
A studio in Tel Aviv a block from the beach.
FinnNYC saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Apartment in Nice, France with vineyard country house.
km saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Austrailia for sure. Great accents. But if not then I’d just settle for Newport RI (yeah, settle, right!)
Tuli saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Scottish Highlands farm cottage for me, please, with sheep included.
MidLifeMama saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm
Italy. Ireland. Spain. Small house, BIG garden, pond or lake.
Catootes saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm
Ireland. Comfy Cottage, fresh air, Garden, soft rain, green hills
Sheryl W saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm
Costa Brava Spain. Warm, beachy, cheap cost of living, Sangria.
Joie saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm
Gaucin, Spain. There years ago. Whitewashed, warm, view of Morocco.
Rachel saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Italy…Sicily. Something old with a gigantic kitchen, stone counter tops, and thick walls. Courtyard, however ram-shackled, a plus.
Candis saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Italy please. Inspired vintage calli apartment. Reds, cellos, food, romance.
Just Juli saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm
International: Mediterranean Italy, or Ireland. Intra-national: Vermont or New Mexico
Lisa saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:49 pm
What was the question today? What’s up with Oprah’s hair?
rockle saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Bahamas. Or Cabo. Somewhere with sun! (And rum or tequila.)
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm
Tropical Island. Sand, sun, balmy breezes. Anguilla 81 degrees today.
Kristina saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:02 pm
Jesus, anywhere but fricking freezing Nebraska!! Southern France would do!
Sallie (FullTime-Life) saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Greedy. I want two. London, Spring-Summer. Carribean Fall-Winter.
The Cheap Chick saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm
Cornwall. England. On the ocean. Preferrably with husband, Viggo Mortenson.
The Domestic Goddess saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Someplace it is always warm, never too hot and has enough water for Bugaboo to splash in 24/7. I think they call it Hawaii.
Sallie (FullTime-Life) saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Shelly (#16). Oregon’s got everything you want.. Closer than Ireland.
krazy kris saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Ireland, thick brogue accents, green hills, Guiness, shephards pie, music!!!!!
Vanessa saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Italy: wine, men, espresso, men, pasta, men, gelato, and the men.
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm
1. I’ll take Bora Bora, please, because what’s not to like?
2. Bora Bora, assuming they don’t use or need money there.
3. Otherwise, a swan dive from Ms Copenperfect’s dining closet works.
Lisa saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:48 pm
Theres no place like home, with all my SHAT included.
cynthiagirl saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Paris. And the budget to accompany my new life there.
Sara saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:51 pm
Tree house with amenities,
The higher the better.
meribon saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 1:58 pm
island in the sun. beach, warmth, no need for shoes.
Grace saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm
A cabin in the forest. Quiet, but with fast wireless.
Ms. Cranky Pants saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Sunflower and Lavender-field villa in Provence. Baguettes, wine, cheese. Heaven.
Ms. Cranky Pants saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:26 pm
Renaissance art filled palazzo in Florence or Lake Como.
BOSSY saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm
A guest room in the Great Getzby’s ville (#22), please.
krg saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm
england,scotland, ireland close to europe and no language barrier
Debbie in GA saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm
ANY PLACE other than that white, cold, desolate Copenhagen matchbox.
Liz saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Spain, open a bar, small apartment with a big life.
(This is an excruciatingly tempting post today after I just survived another round of layoffs and am wondering what in the heck I am doing with my life…)
Carol M saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Small cozy cottage in English village; flower garden, afternoon tea.
Kelly H saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Lake Como, Italy, George Clooney’s Villa. Need I say more?
BH saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm
With a million bucks in the bank, Manhattan Greenwich Village.
BH saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Yet, after seeing Bossy’s Husband’s new wife, Denmark it is!
BOSSY saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Bossy hears Moscow is nice this time of year. Brrrrrrrr.
furiousBall saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm
I want to live somewhere where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.
Julie saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 3:31 pm
England. Stone cottage. Aga in kitchen. Green countryside. Garden. Village.
Well Read Hostess saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm
linlah saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Passport expires in 2015 I would celebrate any international stamp.
Sherri saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm
58, 59 and 60 made me HOOT!!!
A sunny afternoon, coffee, pastry and a balcony in Paris.
Lisa Rae @ smacksy saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Lake Como. Vespa. Clothing allowance. SPF50. Near George Clooney’s place.
BossysMom saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm
France, Scandinavians, tolerant people, not religious (so no wars), Character.
dgm saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 5:12 pm
As a place to live, coastal Australia or New Zealand.
TheOtherJennifer saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 6:10 pm
England. Countryside. Small Cottage. Small Dog. Big Garden. Good pub.
p/f saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm
I’ll go anywhere with socialized healthcare, history, and happy citizens.
Sissy in Texas saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm
Somewhere that provides free boarding schools for defiant teenage boys.
dobes saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm
I made the move 7 years ago. Very few regrets.
Christine M saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Seasoned, oily, villa in the rolling hills of Northen Italy.
Hercules Charnas saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 9:06 pm
Paris, France. Where they don’t wear underpants. I chafe.
KRA saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm
First choice a cape cottage near Cape Town, South Africa.
Jarrard saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm
Ashland, Ohio is the best place to live for me.
Bonnie saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:09 pm
After lottery win will find swanky townhouse near Hyde Park.
Laurie saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:29 pm
Tuscan villa with Sting recording duet album together–senza clothing.
meleah rebeccah saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:30 pm
Jodi Anderson saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm
Sweden or Denmark. My ancestors lived there; I love *there*.
Caroline saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:56 pm
Tahiti, where my grandmother built a bungalow in the 1920s.
ann's rants saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:09 pm
I read “bade” as “bidet” and I am still laughing at myself.
And Oprah’s dainty little hand.
Dawn in Austin saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm
Three years in Trinidad made the Caribbean my favorite place.
Jamie Noelle saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 11:56 pm
New Zealand, beautiful, lush unspoiled New Zealand.
Laurie saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 12:24 am
Not in Copenhagen where people live in/on glass boxes.
Catherine McP saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 12:33 am
Thatched hatched roof, hexagonal, ceiling fan, dock, beach, boat. Humpf.
joeinvegas saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 1:33 am
Paris, city of light (well, not Vegas) great food, loverly
Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 1:38 am
(Is Bossy’s new floor sloped?)
I want to live in Meg Ryan’s movie French Kiss.
David saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 11:47 am
Somewhere on the Aegean sea; cafes, water, beaches, boats, vacationers.
blackbird saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Blackbird loves Bossy’s post on HHunters International WHICH IS NO LONGER ON BLACKBIRD’S TELEVISION.
Reeb saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm
It used to be English garden-land. But PacNW IS that!
Reeb saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Ms. Cranky Pants, can I share your #50 Provence villa?
Reeb saysJanuary 6, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Bossy how much Paypay kroner for your light-filled Danish apartment?
I just made up kroner. what’s the currency there?
Lorraine saysJanuary 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Beautiful godless Copenhagen complete with babies, bikes, blondes and bread. (not necessarily in that order…)
Kelly saysJanuary 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm
Wound too tight for island living. Uptight and warm= Nice?
bossysMom saysJuly 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm
Just want to see if there is a time limit on comments.
So….ALL of the above descriptions and places, over THERE somewhere!