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This Week’s Hot Seat:
Natasha from Indonesia

This week, Natasha Clemmensen is in our Hot Seat. She is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, but now she lives in the village of Miðvágur.

Introduction:
My name is Natasha Clemmensen. I am 49 yrs old, and I work at Faroe Pelagic, Kollafjørður, where I am part of the packing staff.

When and why did you move to the Faroe Islands?
I first came here in December 2011 to meet my husband-to-be. We got married in June 2012.

What was your first impression of the Faroe Islands and Faroese people?
The Faroe Islands is the most beautiful country I’ve ever been to. I had been traveling to the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & Middle East for 12 years, so I was amazed and totally surprised that the Faroe Islands even existed. It looked so magical when we were about to land.

What’s the best thing about the Faroe Islands and Faroese people?
People are very friendly, beautiful, handsome and strong. And (almost) everyone can knit and make very good desserts.

Living here is very very comfortable and safe. You don’t have to worry about theft, robberies & crime. I love to live in a place without a fence, locked doors & wrought iron on your windows. Conditions are safe and there is almost no murder which of course comes from the very intelligent way of living.

What’s the worst thing about the Faroe islands and Faroese people?
I do not understand this particular gesture of coughing when one is entering a room. I would be really glad if you can tell me why. I have asked hundreds of Faroe Islanders about this. They are all doing it but no one can explain to me why they are coughing when entering a room.

And I just don’t like to fall on the ice when it’s slippery. I do love walking on soft new snow.

What are the differences between the Faroe Islands and your home country?
First, the foods. We use many spices and chili. Second, the weather. I hate hot weather and had to live in 33-36 Celsius degrees in air conditioned rooms. Third, the arrogance of wealthy people, high ranking working people in the government & the very unsafe conditions, both at home and on the streets of Indonesia.

Do you like Faroese music? If yes, what are your favorite bands?
Yes. There are some singers & groups that I like: Jens Marni Hansen, Kim Hansen, Frændur, Eyðun & Terji, Hanus G, Brandur Enni. And many more. Couldn’t pick just one.

Do you like Faroese foods? If yes, what are your favorite dishes?
I love them. Especially “skjerpikjøt” (sheep meat) and turra grind with spik (dry whale meat with blubber).

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I am preparing myself to study in Faroese and Danish. Not sure yet what I want to study. I really like politics and law. I do not want to become a politician or lawyer, but perhaps a teacher if possible. It has fascinated me ever since my first months here that the Faroe Islands has the oldest parliament in the World.

What are your strengths & weaknesses?
Strengths: Research, study & public speaking. Weaknesses: Not physically strong and cannot do cleaning in a very short time.

What is top on your bucket list?
To learn and speak Faroese and Danish and be able to dream in these two languages. And to start studying in two years time. I also want to be healthier.

What’s your favorite quote?
Life is a journey, travel it well. (Heard it from BBC, 30 years ago).

Which other countries have you been to?
I have been to 7 cities in America: NY, LA, SD, SF, Anchorage, Hi, Chicago
Cities in Australia: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Cairns
Canada: Vancouver & Toronto
New Zealand
Europe: Paris, London, Some cities of Netherlands, some cities of Switzerland, Vienna, Greece, Rome, Frankfurt.
Asia: Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan & Hong Kong.
Middle East: Some cities in UAE including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Jordan, KSA, Kishi Island & Kuwait.

Favorite book?
Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo. I have read it perhaps 40 times. Then I also like other classics by Mark Twain, Alexander Dumas, H.C. Andersen, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austin, Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Ian Ogilvy, all of Old Shatterhands and Winnetou books by Karl May, almost all of John Grisham’s novels about law. So many good books. I enjoy reading all of them.

Favorite movie?
Joy Luck Club, Schindler’s List, In the name of the Father, The Last of the Mohicans, Michael Collins and some animations (Gruesome/Hotel Transylvania).

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?
I would have liked to have children before the age of 25. I was too afraid and was not sure about having one until I become 40 years old. Even though I love children and being with them.

What would you do if you won one million DKK?
I would save half of it, pay the house and perhaps do something, like encouraging children to love reading and having good access to heroic/educating books in some countries.

What advice would you give to foreigners who plan to move to the Faroe Islands?
Try to enjoy this lovely beautiful country as much as you can. Try to like the foods (better to love them though) and it is best to be able to lead a conversation in Faroese.

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