Besides some pictures from when I just moved to Copenhagen in 2012 (here and here) I never showed you guys where I live with the boyfriend. I think it’s quite nice to see how other people/bloggers live, to get some inspiration and new ideas. Growing up in Holland my parents didn’t really cared that much about interior design, but living in Copenhagen, you kinda get forced into the “hype”. It really is nothing like a hype, Danish design really is part of Danish culture and everybody on all different layers of the social ladder find it important to invest in some nice furniture that will last for generations.
We currently live in a 3 room apartment in the city centre in an old warehouse that has been renovated. I love that our kitchen is the heart of the apartment, which makes it a great place to talk with the boyfriend while making food (although I usually watch a serie, while he’s finishing up work). We received a lot of the boyfriend parents’ (and grandmother’s) old furniture, which creates a nice mixture of modern and traditional. The staircase goes to a little loft where we have some couches, a fatboy and our tv, but to be honest we don’t go there too often since it’s only 1.5 meter high so it’s a pain to walk around. But it’s great for Sunday-Chilldays! Besides our bedroom (where you can find a little hint to our crazy time in Rotterdam) we have a little extra room that we use as office, but it also functions as our drying/ironing/shoe-depot/guest room.
It has been a while since I have updated you guys with my running habits and/or improvements. Inspired by Dailylin I will also keep you updated about my running efforts up to the half marathon world championship in Copenhagen on the 29th of March 2014.
First of all, I’m fed up with being a slow running. Well.. I like being a slow running, while actually running. I love to just stare around me and absorb the surroundings. However, whenever I compare myself to others (I know, worst thing you can do and absolutely pointless) or see my final time it starts to irritate me more and more how long it takes me to run certain distances.
So I created a 17 week running plan on Runnersweb’s website and started last week. I did some interval trainings on Monday with my lovely friend Katja, who coincidentally is an athletics coach. Another day of interval trainings on Tuesday with Løbe-skolen, my knee definitely disagreed with me running two days in a row though. I ended the week with a 9.5 km run with Sparta.
I have been training with Løbe-skolen for a couple of weeks now. They are teaching different courses (basis, sprint, marathon and interval) and I am in the basis group. It’s really nice to learn a bit more about the real basics, such as how to run more efficiently, how to use different running paces (I honestly thought I had only one pace: slow) and how to prevent injuries. The course is in Danish, but I’m pretty sure it could be in English too!
NBRO Running Crew
On Thursday I often run with the NBRO running crew. Primarily because this is the day when they train intervals and I feel that this is the only training I can keep up with for now. Here you can find their schedule and most of the other days they run with a pace between 4:30 and 5:30 p/km. People of all ages run with NBRO, but in general they all are fanatics and fast runners. On the other hand we have our love for Nike in common.
Every Sunday until May 2014 Sparta (the local athletics club) organises a long-distance run as marathon group training. With groups that pace everything from 4:15 til 6:30. The trainings are free to join and on your way you’re even provided with something to drink! I joined them last Sunday for their run and ran 9.5 as my schedule required and it’s a really nice way to run some longer distances in a group with great (mental) support.
The last couple of months this blog has been bleeding slowly to death, my camera has been laying around the apartment without seeing any day-light and my mind has been on a non-blog state. But I miss blogging. I miss writing down what I experience, I miss seeing writing opportunities in all the fun stuff around me, I miss having a legit reason to make pictures of my food (without looking too Asian), I miss being more active in the blogger community (I still read all you blogs though), I miss getting feedback on my blogs from all of you and in general I miss trying to get this blog to the next level.
There were multiple reasons why I lost interest in blogging. As said before, I detested the previous theme, but with help from Glenn from Some Quality Meat the theme is a lot more “me” now. There is still a lot I want to change, but at least there’s a start and I don’t hate it so much anymore that it makes me not wanna write. Another thing that has been daunting me is my written language on the blog. While I do think (or at least hope) that I’m fluent in English, it will always stay my second language. I think I would be better in writing my personal opinions and experiences in my mother tongue Dutch. But having lived abroad for the better part of the last 4 years, having made a lot of friends from all over the globe, I feel that I would either loose a lot of readers OR I wouldn’t be able to communicate things that are especially interesting for those who are living in Copenhagen. I’m still not completely sure what to do with the language, but for now I will just continue writing in English.
Besides that, everything is all cool. These round balls are called “æbleskiver” and it’s a mixture between the Dutch “poffertjes” and “oliebollen”. I wasn’t really fond of it previous years, but they definitely grow on me.
Are you ready for Christmas?
It has been awfully quiet on my blog for the last couple of weeks for several reasons. I’m really dissatisfied with my blog lay-out and have been trying to change it, but then stopped again because I didn’t had any inspiration and time to finish it all… So if you know or are somebody that knows their way around wordpress, hit the comment box! I have also been quit busy with working. But I missed you guys, so I thought I’d just put up some of the pictures that were on my iPhone…
I have been selling all my old clothing and shoes at a fleamarket. It was the first time I have ever done it, but it feels so good to get rid of your own shit and make some place for new things.
Which I obviously did by getting a new pair of Air Max 97, I used to own these as a 10 year old girl in elementary school and they make me feel as cool as they did back then! I also got me a pair of red timberlands and they look amazeballs with a pair of black skinny jeans.
I went to Croatia for the weekend to visit my friends who just moved to the capital Zagreb.
The food and wine is AMAZING and CHEAP, it honestly makes sense to just buy a plane ticket and eat and drink like a madmen and you’ll be still using less money than a weekend in Copenhagen..
We went to the Electronic Beats Festival, where a vodka cranberry only costed 2 euro’s (15kr). In Denmark you would easily pay about 6 to 10 euro’s for anything with hard liquor..
We ended the night at McDonals. That BigMac was the best meal I’ve had, ever…
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Madrid seems to been ages ago, but the city really conquered a place into my heart! The first night I booked a table at La Cesta and was already overwhelmed by happiness to see that the first table was available from 20.30 and the last table at 23.30! I found the restaurant after a review on the blog My Little Madrid and it specially attracted me because of their vision” “A creative menu, offering delicate, tasty, natural and uncomplicated dishes which avoid pretention and over-sophistication. Not divided into starters or main courses, and nothing over €20.” and to top it off because of their dream-team in the kitchen (two Michelin stars and three Repsol sun).
To be honest, when we arrived I wasn’t really impressed by their entrance, but luckily their main restaurant looked a lot better. Nice and colorful and with a table at 20.30 (which is late for both Dutch and Danish standards..) we were the first to arrive. This was a bit akward, but our stomachs definitely couldn’t wait any longer! We weren’t sure what to order, so we started with some starters and they were HEAVEN, pure HEAVEN. So we decided to go for the entire menu. This ended up to be a bit too much, but I can reassure you that every single bite we had was just amazing. Amazing food and amazing wine: what else can a girl ask for?
I can imagine that the restaurant is a bit more expensive for Spanish standards, but we paid around 130 euro for an amazing meal with a bunch of wine, so for Danish standards it was actually a “normal” price with outstanding food and wine. Oh yeah and before I forget: the service was also more than amazing, definite recommendation! Take me back to this place
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