A couple of weeks ago, I received my The XX pre-order and it’s goddamn nice! If you haven’t heard it yet, you can listen to it on their website website too!
I was kinda afraid that they wouldn’t be able to pull it off, a solid second album after their groundbreaking debut. I’ve listened to their first album at least 500 times (I kid you not!) and just couldn’t imagine how they could come up with something new, but with their own signature sound. But they nailed it, their second album is a bit more up-tempo, but still with that magical melodic vibe and really easy to listen to!
They announced their world-tour and they are scheduled to play both in Amsterdam (22 November) and Copenhagen (25 November)! I got my tickets for the Copenhagen (Falconer Salen) show already, but the official sale will start tomorrow 21 September at 10 o’clock! So you better put an alarm on your iPhone and get yourself a ticket!
We expats like to complain about how expensive everything is in Denmark. I like (haha, that definitely sounds more dramatic than it is..) to complain about how expensive a 100 ml jar Nutella is (about 35 kroner which is 5 euro..). But there are many (okay, not that many..) alternatives to keep your fridge stocked and your wallet fat!
I found an initiative that is abso-fucking-lutely amazing! The Københavns Fødevarefællesskab (Copenhagen’s Food Community) is an organization all run on volunteers and based on sustainable and locally produced vegetables and fruits. So what is it, you may ask?
For 100 kroner you can sign up as a member and as a member you can order a weekly bag for 100 kroner filled with 6-8 kg of organic, seasonal, and locally cultivated fruits and veggies. It’s an amazing compromise between tasteless and expensive supermarket chains green and the cheap but almost dead fruits from the afghanish/thai/chinese supermarkets next to the central station in Nørrebro.
In addition, in KBHFF the customers are the members, owners and co-workers. Nobody makes a profit (and if there’s a profit, it will be used to reduce the price of the vegetables) and as member you have to volunteer 3 hours per month (that is as much time you probably spend on facebook today!) packing the vegetables, ordering vegetables or even fixing the website if that’s your skill!
So after becoming a member, you can pre-order a bag for next week (and thus paying a 100 kroner in advance). The organization buys from local farmers based on the number of pre-orders and they pay with the money received the week before. You can pre-order for several weeks at once, or just for the following week. You are under no obligation to buy a set amount of bags a month, and if you don’t want more vegetables for the following weeks, you simply just don’t pre-order more.
I’m absolutely in love with this idea, you get cheap organic and seasonable vegetables and you probably will try a lot of new things that you usually won’t buy. I definitely will bike over to one of the (11!) shops tomorrow!
You probably know by now that I’m going banana’s about getting a pet.. It won’t happen anytime soon, but there’s nothing wrong with a bit of daydreaming about the moment I can!
After my Danish class I saw these cuties chilling around, how totally awesome is it to just buy two if you can’t decide on color? It’s like my shoe/clothing motto, but then applied on walking bundles of love.
After participating in the biggest 5k DHL estafette run (which I finished in 31 minutes) together with some coworkers (and 120.000 other runners) I was amazed about how far you can push yourself if you really want to. 5k in 31 minutes might not be a big achievement for you, but running is definitely not my core competence. I try to combine running with going to Crossfit, but I am definitely at the slower side of the spectrum. Besides that I have a love/hate relationship with it and at this point I am more of a finisher than actually making fast times.
I have close to zero perseverance when I run alone. I tell myself that everybody does this, even though it’s just a mindgame you’re playing with yourself. Sometimes I just find it a bit too attractive to take walking breaks, which are totally unnecessary… But yeah, so now I know I definitely achieve better under pressure and that’s also why I signed up for a 10K run all through Copenhagen. I have never ran more than 5k, but I actually think I can make it. And hey, you can always walk right?!
I signed up for the Friløbet run in two weeks (Sunday the 25th). The cool thing about this run is that it’s all through the inner city of Copenhagen and even through Tivoli (an amazingly beautiful amusement park in the middle of the capital!). At the moment I am just aiming for running the 10k without walking, but honestly, I am just looking forward buying myself a piece of cotton candy afterwards 😎
A couple of months ago, I wrote about Gangnam Style and I have gone banana’s ever since about Psy. I think he is the most ridiculous fun person on the world wide webs these days and seeing him together with Ellen, it’s like a cybergirl’s dream come true!