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Goodbye 2013!

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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!

Goals 2013

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!

With love,

-Janet

Stella Polaris – Night Music Gallery

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Hi guys! Hope you all had an amazing weekend! I spend my time visiting Ikea, chilling and visiting a festival at the national museum.

Whenever people ask me what I like most about living in Copenhagen, I always answer that everything is possible here. In my opinion, a lot is prohibited in the Netherlands: you’re not allowed to bring your own beers and/or food to festivals or even just to a nice square in the city, a lot of nice concepts never come to life because they don’t get the right permits, and free festivals don’t really exist anymore (of course there is Parkpop in the Hague, but who wants to pay 5 euro’s for a beer because you weren’t allowed to bring your own?)

The spring and summer are definitely the best period here in Scandinavia and I’m absolutely in love with the fact that everything is for free. There’s a free festival at least every two weeks (to name a couple: Distortion, Stella Polaris, and Strøm) where you can bring your own drinks or even a picnic, when the sun is shining you can have a beer where ever you want (next to the water at Nyhavn, in one of the beautiful parks – Kongens Haven is my personal favorite, or go to one of the free outdoor pools in the harbour. Of course, there are higher taxes to be paid, but since the money actually visibly flows back to society it’s not too bad!

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Last Saturday the festival season officially started with Stella Polaris’ Night Music Gallery. For this event the Copenhagen national museum was open at night for everybody and some pretty nice artists performed.

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The night was sponsored by my all time favorite beverage Somersby. It’s a sweet cider, kinda girly to be honest, but without the Breezer-stigma. Of course I had to try out their new wild cactus version!

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A festival isn’t a festival without some street art 😉

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I have never visited the museum before, so I thought it was pretty nice that all their exhibitions were still open to visit. They show contemporary art from 1900 until 2013, most of the artists have a Danish background and that also results in pretty weird pieces (o.a. a half Filipino half Danish artist who created a video clip where she states that it’s not cool to be Asian anymore, but rather it is “so hip to be a nigger” – I know art is supposed to be controversial, but do you think a piece like this would ever be shown in a Dutch museum?).

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On a much lighter note, I’m head over heals with my new bomber from Zara!

With love,
-Janet

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Disclosure Concert

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Besides Daley I went to another concert by British band, Disclosure. I didn’t really had any expectation, I’m always a bit in a dubio when going to an electronic concert since it’s hard to interact with an audience behind a keyboard. But the two lads (who are also brothers) were amazing live and there was even a surprise performance by Jessie Ware.

With love,
-Janet

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Daley Showcase

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Back in July last year I wrote about Daley and I was supposed to see him last September. So I was definitely bumped out when I heard the concert was moved (to effing 6 months later), because he had a better gig in London (okay, I do understand that a sold out O2 in London is a bit more exciting than little Vega in Copenhagen…)

In all my madness, I wrote Daley a message and surprisingly I got a reply too 😎

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Well to make a long story short, I returned my tickets. Who plans for anything that far ahead? But he happened to play in Amsterdam again (since the original showcase there was also cancelled) during the Easter break and my sister was so nice to get me a ticket (dank je :D).

The showcase was great, it was small and intimate. Sometimes you could hear a penny drop, because everybody was so quiet, in the positive sense of the word though. Daley is a great artist and I hope that he’ll be able to turn his free mixtape into a great commercial success with his first album.

I wasn’t really impressed by my own photographic skills during the VETO concert in Aarhus, everything kept being too blurry or too dark. So I digged into all I could find about concert photography and below is the result. I think I still need some practice on it, but also be more daring and move around in the public to catch some different angles.

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What do you think about the pictures?

With love,
-Janet

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PS: here his version of Usher’s Climax.

The XX in Concert

A couple of weeks ago I saw The XX perform here in Copenhagen. I have written quite a bit about the xx. Normally I’m not really a sucker for indie, but their sound brings you to the perfect chill-out mood.

I like their 2nd album, but I LOVE their debut. Luckily they also played every song from their first album. All in all, it was a great concert. I expected a bit more Jamie XX remixes to their songs, instead of all the originals. But hey, why change a working formula, I guess.. If you can get a hold on some of the tickets for their Europe tour, it’s definitely worth it!



With love,
-Janet

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