One of the most popular blogs has been about our apartment. I sold all my junk to make place for the new. I visited my friend Anna in Kroatia And went to a wedding in MadridHad some amazing dinners in Stockholm with great co-workers. And fell in love with Paris. I happened to visit Stockholm twice and both times I was amazed with the city. These were the BEST oysters from 2013, which I had in Antwerp. A little trip to Samsø, Denmark. And the best of living in Denmark is definitely drinking wine on the sidecurb! I started an Instagram account (and got hooked!)And always had 1 drink too many I had running lows and highs Distortion happend Sommersby happend And I found my favorite French restaurant in the Hague. I also had a little city trip to Aarhus and Odense. And I ran half a marathon, but the best part was all these people freezing their but off while cheering for me at the finishing line!
I know, this post probably should have been posted on the 31st of December, shame on me! Even though we are a good week into the new year, I still would like to look back together with you on 2013.
If I was to sum up 2013, it would probably with the word weird. It really has been a weird and emotional year, where I have felt every emotion from crying-my-eyes-out-sad to life-cant-get-any-better-happy. I have been unemployed for a couple of months (which definitely attributed to the crying-my-eyes-out-sad, found my dream job (happy-happy-joy-joy), somehow found the resources to travel to Stockholm, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Madrid, Zagreb, Malmo, Aarhus, Odense, Samsø and Hamburg, and made some new amazing friends!
Last year I made some goals for 2013 and to be honest, I kinda forgot about them. Reading them again 1 year later made me realise both how short and long 1 year can be! Even though it felt like it was over in a blink, I can see now that I achieved a lot more than I felt I did.
Find the perfect and cheap (!) take-away place:I definitely have some favorite take-away places (such as: Quattro Fontane Due ApS), but I still haven’t found thát place. Something that is affordable and makes you really happy on a Friday night.
Be fluent in Danish:this definitely is my biggest achievement in 2013. I finalised all Danish education (level C1 from the European Framework) and I’m really happy I finally feel that I can participate in Danish society *how cheesy that might sound*.
Finnish half a marathon: at the beginning of the year I ran the half marathon CPC loop in the Hague and while I said afterwards I would NEVER do that again, I signed myself up again for another half marathon in March 2014.
Read all the Harry Potter books:while I did started with the books see proof, I unfortunately can’t say I have finished them. So I will take this goal with me to 2014, but nothing bad about that, since I really enjoyed the first 2 books!
Send mail by post:my parents where the main receiver for this, I’m not sure if I failed or succeeded in this goal. But I feel like, in general, I could have more correspondence with my friends (those perhaps who don’t read this blog).
Find my dream job:it still feels weird to write this down, but working for the company where I already wanted to work when I was in high-school, feels amazing! Besides learning Danish, this is definitely a big success too!
Double the LP collection: I’m not sure if it doubled in size, but it sure doesn’t fits in the rack we’re having now anymore.
At least one trip outside of Europe and heaps of city trips (Stockholm – so I can bump into Kenza, London – Superdrug, Paris – Laduree):The trip outside of Europe didn’t happend, but I’m completely fine with that. 2013 was a financially draining year (being unemployed and all) and I know 2014 will have some bounty islands in prospect! But there was enough money and time for city trips incl. (!) Stockholm and Paris.
Get this blog to the next level: I still find it hard to update on a regular basis, but I did doubled my amount of readers. Failed or succeeded? I don’t know, as long as I think it’s fun to blog, I will.
Find Danish friends:being fluent in Danish, didn’t actually helped in finding the Danish friends. But I sure have more of them now, then at the beginning of 2013.
You know what?! 2013 was amazing, with ALL of its ups and downs!
Probably the best part of Christmas is gift wrapping (okay, okay, perhaps after spending time with family, the food, the actual gifts…). I honestly could imagine to have a gift wrapping station at some point in my life. I think it’s sooooo much fun to match some nice quality wrapping paper with funny bows, ribbons, ornaments and name tags. And yes, I have to admit that I even spend an entire Sunday evening watching YouTube movies about gift wrapping (see here and here).
I know, I probably should find a hobby or something. But I really think that one of the greatest things about Christmas, is to give somebody you care for a present that you have put time and effort in (hence the Christmas shopping in November). I don’t think that Christmas presents have to be expensive or big, but just something that you know the other person would really appreciate. And who wouldn’t appreciate something that comes in such a pretty wrap?
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.
Summer equals having time to read some new books for me. Even though I tell myself on a daily basis not to go to bed with my iPhone (since artificial light is wrecking your sleep) and read a book in stead, I hardly actually do it *shame on me*. So with the prospect of 3 little holidays (to a Danish island with the family-in-law where I’m at now, next week back to the Netherlands to visit the parents and at the end of the month to Paris with the boyfriend), I visited my all-time favorite webshop: Amazon and ordered the books above.
I’m not sure why, but books are ridiculously expensive in Denmark. J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy” alone already costs around 35 euro, which is the same I paid for all five books together on Amazon!
While I intended to buy the Harry Potter books, I ended up with Rowling’s newest novel. Hope it will be as good as the HP movies, even though it’s probably the worst comparison. “The Time Traveler’s Wife” has been on my to read list for months, besides that it’s a love story I’m not really sure what it’s about, but I’m happy to find out. The Great Gatsby is currently in cinema’s and I was just curious what all the fuzz is about. During my last holiday in Bali I read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett, so when Amazon suggested “The Color Purple” I knew I couldn’t go wrong with it. When it’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me. “The Fault in Our Stars” is actually totally unknown for me, but it has been a #1 in the New York Times Bestseller list, so I thought why not give it a try?
PS: Did you knew, when ordering above 25 pounds Amazon ships for free? Also internationally!