My ENTIRE life I have gotten jokes about my last name! They started out as silly jokes and around Junior High they turned into the dirty “I will ‘fill her up'” jokes (stupid, I know, 12 year olds I tell ya.) and then in high school turned into every teacher and friend’s parent saying “Fillerup?! Are you gonna start a gas station when you graduate?!” or waitress jokes, etc. I have gotten it all! It was actually such a production meeting people that if I was meeting someone I knew I wouldn’t see ever again I would just say my last name was Bennett because I didn’t have the energy for the “Fillerup? is that real?! no…. you’re making that up! etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.” And I know the fake last name is beyond silly (and I am not embarrassed of my maiden last name, in fact proud of it, I stinking love that last name!!!) but trust me if you were in my shoes you would know what I am talking about, its a full on production at times. Whenever I met someone and I said my name is Amber Fillerup and they just said nice to meet you and continued the conversation I was like……. hi i love you can we be best friends you mature little thing!
Anyways, so needless to say we get asked a lot where that last name comes from … when an old ancestor came to America he changed his last name to the name of the town he lived in, which was Fillerup. So really its not that old of a last name and I have always thought it was a cool story and I have always wanted to visit Fillerup!
It was a three hour drive from Copenhagen and it was worth all six hours roundtrip! It was unreal getting to go there.. I dont know why but I cant even explain how excited inside I felt being there, it was so so so cool. It was a tiny little town, no gas station or restaurant there which tells you how tiny it is haha but it was adorable none the less. The drive was amazing as well, there are these massive, never ending yellow fields of canola that were insanely gorgeous!! I saw them from the plane scattered around Denmark and wondered what they were.
On our vacations we usually like to pick certain days to take zero pictures and just enjoy moments. Sometimes I think the best memories are ones that don’t need to be photographed to be remembered and it was so nice going on bike rides, walks, and just enjoying Denmark free of a camera. I am a total documenter. I lovvvvve taking pictures and love to go through old photos, but its still nice to have just a few days unplugged 🙂