Monthly Archives: November 2012

La Baracca – Hamburg

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So these pictures have been waiting to be uploaded for ages by now… When we were in Hamburg, the tummies had to be filled after the wallet was emptied. We chose for a Italian design restaurant, almost Nordic minimalistic, called La Baracca.

The cool thing about this restaurant was that they were totally digitalized, so instead of a waiter you got a tablet computer to order from and instead of a sommelier there was a digital winebar. I wasn’t reaaally impressed by the tabled, I obviously broke the first one I got. But the winebar was sooo much fun! I have absolutely no knowledge at all about wine, besides the fact that I like it or I don’t. So for 50 (euro) cent you could get a sample of a wine in their system. So the boyfriend and I stood there giggling, as highschool kids smoking their first cigaret, and sampled about 5 wines before deciding what we wanted!

The food was surprisingly cheap, or well coming from Copenhagen everything is cheaper… The most expensive dish (a steak) costs 16 euro’s, while the side dishes were around 2.50. It may sound a bit impersonal with everything digitalized, but the staff was extremely friendly and more than welcome to help! I can’t wait to go back to Hamburg and experience the city a bit more!

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With love,
-Janet

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Coma Club 2012

Once in a while I regret not listening to the boyfriend, luckily for me those moments are not to often 😎 I definitely had one of those moments last Saturday. I received some tickets for the “legendary” Coma Club, this party was supposed to be epic in the 90s and from what I have heard it must have been like NOW&WOW in Rotterdam. They organize the party yearly again and the boyfriend warned me that everybody would be dressed up, but I’m stubborn and as an expat I have learned to take things with a grain of salt. Which I would regret..

So after biking under stress (Janet, why-oh-why can’t you ever be on time) to meet my friend, I noticed something shiny. When coming closer to the queue, I actually realised that it was because two guys where in full cirque-du-soleil outfit with matching christmas lights on their head. Yes, actual lights! While waiting for my friend (luckily, I wasn’t the only one who was late) I stood behind a banana and in front of a monkey (oh, the irony).

One of the other party go-ers was so nice to borrow us an eye pencil, so we could draw some cat whiskers on our face and luckily we were allowed into the venue. I honestly haven’t felt that kind of “stress” since I was 16, trying to get into a min. 18-year old party! Nonetheless, I had an amazing time and I’m already contemplating what to dress up as next year!




With love,
-Janet

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J-dag

I’m a sucker for holiday traditions, so even though it is a mindfuck to see that there’s already a lot of Christmas decoration in Copenhagen (oh-no-you-didnt just do that before Sinterklaas) I welcome every other tradition that comes with it!

So when I heard about “J-dag” I was half intrigued and half mortified. On J-dag the Danes celebrate the launch of the Christmas beer . So 1. there is something like Christmas beer, more than a “WTF!” I can’t even say.. 2. there is a special day to honour it.. (oh, those Danes..) 3. to make it even funnier, there is also a P-dag – where the easter (påske) beer is being released and honoured.

Ofcourse it’s nothing more than a marketing tool for the mighty Carlsberg to sell more of their Christmas beer (which is a darker ale that is supposed to be a better combo with all Christmas food), but it’s still a pretty fun occasion! Trucks filled with Santa’s helpers and beer drive through the city and at exactly 20:59 they will enter all the bars while Jingle Bells is being played to give away some free beer and Christmas goodies. CUTE!

With love,
-Janet

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25hours Hotel Hafencity Hamburg

Last weekend the boyfriend and I decided to finally make use of our new car (ehem, his car..), so last Friday we drove to Hamburg, Germany. From Copenhagen it was a 4,5 hours drive, which I (to be honest) primarily experienced while sleeping.. We arrived Friday night at the Design Hotel affiliated 25hours Hotel Hafencity Hamburg.

The hotel has a maritime theme, so a lot of rawness and industrial fabrics. The coolest thing about the hotel was all their extra features: they transferred their smoking room into a vinyl room, I don’t even smoke but the idea of being able to smoke and listen to some LPs definitely made it more attractive (haha, I kid – the vinyl is enough). They also had a sauna on their roof terrace, with a great view over the harbour. Best of all, their breakfast buffet was actually pretty amazing!!! The rooms are also pretty affordable, with night rates starting from 105 euro – and you even get a 15% discount up till 25 years old!






With love,
-Janet

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Happy (belated) Halloween

I know, I’m walking waaaaaaay behind the facts with this post. But better too late than never right?! My favorite place in Copenhagen Tivoli opened again for 2 weeks during the Halloween period. But don’t expect any Walibi Fright Night situations, Tivoli’s Halloween is kid proof!

The entire park was decorated with pumpkins and friendly witches and after 6 o’clock there were a sporadic guard/zombie to scare people. You wanna go there too? You don’t have to wait untill next season just yet, they have a Russian Christmas from the 16th of November till 30th of December!

With love,
-Janet

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