Although it is lovely to have family abroad because it gives you an excuse for foreign holidays and lovely reunions, you do feel the odd pang of sadness at what the kids miss out on. These two girls, had they lived in the same city, would probably have spent a lot time playing together - they are just a year apart in age, and yet because they live in Glasgow and Copenhagen, are lucky if they meet up once every eighteen months. At least they can communicate. It would be awful if Anna hadn't learned Danish too and they'd had to wait till Ursula learned English at school.
And the same is true for Ursula and Léon, who got on like a house on fire despite not having seen each other since September 2011. It was lovely to sitting and listen to them chatting away happily in Danish, laughing and hatching little plots together.