Monthly Archives: September 2013

Any Madrid Recommendations?

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Hello beautiful readers,

In a couple of weeks I will visiting Madrid for a wedding, it’s actually my first wedding which I was invited for, instead of being the plus 1 of my parents. Hmm, actually it was the boyfriend who was invited, so I guess I’m still the plus 1…

So I am planning to eat all the tapas I can find and if you have any recommendations for nice restaurants, pleaseeee let me know :)

With love,
-Janet

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PatéPaté: Slagterboderne 1

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PatéPaté is located in the hip and happening meatpacking district. You can visit the place for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just for a nice glass of wine at any time of the day. They serve food inspired from France, Spain and Morocco and overall it is a really laid-back restaurant with good food. The restaurant turns into a bar at night, but unlike most other places in the meatpacking district, there is more life performance than canned beer, so you don’t have to expect any drunk 16 year olds.

I visited the restaurant a couple of months ago (shame on me, to only blog about it now) and was really impressed how cosy the place is without being pretentious. While I love myself some Danish Design and Scandinavian minimalism, sometimes I just want a no-nonsense place with good wine and amazing food and PatéPaté is a place like that. Price wise you get a good deal, with main courses around 25 euro, but almost more importantly it is a place where you can sit for hours with friends and philosophize about life.

Seeing these pictures, I really mis Summer, and being able to make pictures without flash at 8/9 in the evening.

As always, don’t forget to make a reservation, but if you don’t manage to find a table PatéPaté is part of a “chain” (see: website). They also have a couple of really cosy wine bars, I can also highly recommend Bibendum at Nansensgade!

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With love,
-Janet

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Stockholm

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During the last month I had the opportunity to visit Stockholm twice, both for leisure and business. I have written about my first running experience here. Reading it back and my statement about there not being any progress with my running, I now realize I’m just not a Summer runner at all. Since the “R” is back in the month, I find it a lot easier to put on my running shoes for longer or shorter distances. I guess, in the Summer I just think that there are a lot more other fun things to do than run around in my own sweat for a while…

But besides the running experience, I haven’t really blogged about the city at all. And why not, because Stockholm is pretty darn cool!! It’s a lot bigger and (do I dare to say..) prettier than Copenhagen is, the people dress even better and the girls are even blonder. Södermalm might be my favorite district, it’s a bit like Vesterbro in Copenhagen I think.

The delicious picture here are made by Simona in a fantastic restaurant/deli/bar/supermarket/etc place called Urban Deli and honestly I could have just stayed there, move into their office and live there for the rest of my life. They sell pretty much everything a foodie desires and their restaurant is also pretty darn good.

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So my second visit to Stockholm was for work (you have no idea, how nice it is to be able to say something like that!), I ran the 10K ladies run (Tjejmilen) and this was also a crazy experience. 35.000 girls on the road running, yes running is thát big in Sweden. Unfortunately I didn’t make any pictures, but I “stole” the picture below from Girlslove2run. It pretty much sums up my weekend in Stockholm: meeting new people, enjoy good food (we ended up at Urban Deli again) and wine to end the night with some dancing.

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Picture courtesy of Girlslove2run.

I can feel I really start “enjoying” to run again but I need some goals to run to. Do you guys have any recommendations for runs? Perhaps even a half marathon…

With love,
-Janet

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What’s up?

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(I wasn’t really sure what kind of picture to add to this blog, since it is quite text heavy. So I decided to go for a picture with me and the sister)

Dear digital lovers,

I just wanted to update you guys about my life. Most of the time I try to keep my blog a positive and happy place. But I have to admit, real life is not always sugar, spice and everything nice. The last 1.5 years have not always been easy and besides the lovely dinners and fun events you see on my blog there has also been some tears shedded about life not always being how I wanted it to be.

As you know I have (and still am..) quite hard on myself regarding learning Danish but slowly word by word I feel like I’m getting a better grip on this language. I’m not there yet, but even though everybody always have been saying “be patience”, I finally understand that I can’t rush it more than I’m already doing.

When moving to Denmark, I started to work for a Danish company at their Dutch customer service and it was definitely not the job I was envisioning when graduating with a Master of Science degree in Finance and Investments. But I knew the boyfriend was worth moving for and that I needed a job for a social security number, but after a year of negativity of crazy customers I decided it was time to move on and to quit the job in March and find something more interesting and “worthy” of my skills. The first couple of months were horrible, it was cold outside and sometimes I would just realize that all I had been doing was sitting inside looking for jobs were they require you to be fluent in Danish. But when Summer started to peek around the corner, it became easier. Of course not earning money is never fun, but reading some books in the park is. And somehow time flew by and I was unemployed for half a year. While I enjoyed reading those books, I was also really sad about not being able to start my career for which I had been studying seven years. And then somehow, out of nowhere, my dream job fell in to my lap. I won’t tell you guys about it yet, since the official contracts haven’t been signed yet, but it’s really the job that I have been dreaming of during university. And I know that it all has to do with patience, if I found this job 6 months ago, my Danish wouldn’t have been good enough: but that’s not how it felt during those 6 months.

When moving to a new country, all you can do is having patience. Not only with work, but also with friends. I have met some pretty rad people (hi Anna and Martin), but also some people (while they were very friendly and nice) that just weren’t my cup of tea. I always felt like I was in between two worlds: the exchange student and the expat, while I kinda was aiming for “the local”. In addition, it is a lot harder to build up a friendship at age 26 than it was in first grade of high school or the university introduction week. Everybody is so busy with setting up their own life, some of them are only here for a shorter period and to add to that I’m just lazy. Sometimes I really just prefer to lay on the couch and turn into a potato, while watching ’90s movies with the boyfriend. But with time passing by, I realize that I have some people around me that are really worthy picking up the phone for and while it might not be the same as calling my big ol’ sister or my best friend from high school, it is pretty cool to get to know some new awesome people!

While I had to wait a while, life is looking pretty awesome again. Please don’t think after reading this blog that I have been crawling up in a corner crying every day since I moved here, because I haven’t. But moving to a new country, learning a new language, finding new friends, missing family can be a lot more challenging that it seems like. But cliche as it sounds, it is really worth it…

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To wrap up this blog: these two are my parents about 20 years ago. My mom looks pretty much the same these days and my dad lost his living-the-good-life-double-chin. Luckily they are only a Skype call away!

With love,
-Janet

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Wishlist: Rains

RAINS – Escape From the City from RAINS on Vimeo.

While I’m really hoping that we will be blessed with just one more warm week (or at least warm enough to take a dip in the harbor), I’m also looking forward to a new fall wardrobe. Top on my wish list is a poncho by RAINS. I don’t do umbrella’s, I don’t even own one and I don’t even mind to get wet that much when it rains. However, my make-up and clothing definitely disagree with this mindset and a raincoat would come in handy.

RAINS is a Danish company that creates a modern version of the classic quality raincoat and while a 100 euro (699 DKK) isn’t (in my opinion) exactly cheap, it will be cheaper than buying a new umbrella every time you lost one.

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This is (for now) my favorite one, so nobody can miss me in the rain 😉

With love,
-Janet

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