Category Archives: Going Out

Picture 2013

16083_image_104One of the most popular blogs has been about our apartment.
IMG_1873 I sold all my junk to make place for the new. IMG_1890 I visited my friend Anna in KroatiaIMG_0223 And went to a wedding in MadridDSC_0536-copy1-1024x682Had some amazing dinners in Stockholm with great co-workers.
IMG_0079 And fell in love with Paris.581542_10151823021104872_1611469014_n I happened to visit Stockholm twice and both times I was amazed with the city. IMG_0014 IMG_0008 These were the BEST oysters from 2013, which I had in Antwerp. IMG_9965A little trip to Samsø, Denmark.IMG_9847 And the best of living in Denmark is definitely drinking wine on the sidecurb!PicFrame I started an Instagram account (and got hooked!)mojitoAnd always had 1 drink too many
IMG_1155 I had running lows and highsIMG_4346 Distortion happendIMG_3973 Sommersby happendIMG_3725 And I found my favorite French restaurant in the Hague. IMG_1266 I also had a little city trip to Aarhus and Odense. IMG_0868And 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!

With love,

Janet

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

Sankt Hans (midsummer)

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Last Sunday the Danes celebrated Sankt Hans and while we Dutchies have weird cultural habits (ergo: Sinterklaas), the Danes certainly know their part of cray-cray too. Sankt Hans is also often referred to as Midsummer and when I ask around what is being celebrated, I only managed to receive a “we burn a witch and we sing a song” as answer. Luckily we always have wikipedia to the rescue:

It is the day where the medieval wise men and women would gather special herbs that they needed for the rest of the year to cure people.The Danes often meet with family and friends to have dinner together. If the weather is good, they then proceed to a local bonfire venue. Here the bonfire with the witch on top is lit around 10 pm. Beforehand, a bonfire speech is often made, at large events normally by a well-known person. According to popular belief, St John’s Eve was charged with a special power where evil forces were also at work. People believed that the witches flew past on their broomsticks on their way to the Brocken. To keep the evil forces away, the bonfires were usually lit on high ground. Placing a witch – made of old clothes stuffed with hay – on the bonfire is a tradition which did not become common until the 20th century.

That definitely sounds crazier than our Sinterklaas with his Zwarte Piet, doesn’t it? Well anyway, it was a great excuse for the boyfriend and me to pop open a nice bottle of red wine and enjoy the city. And yes, I brought two glass glasses instead of plastic cups. I honestly think that wine just tastes better in a glass glass, the boyfriend thinks I’m crazy…

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Nothing beats some fresh white Nike’s.

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Nyhavn may be one of most crowded tourist spots, but can you blame them? It’s such a cute and pretty little street!

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The Danes manage to add a song into every tradition, so of course there’s also a Sankt Hans song…

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Here a “witch” is being burned, she even screamed a bit. It must have been so weird, back in those days when they really burned innocent women!

While I’m always a bit skeptical regarding Danish traditions (why-o-why is there always a song to sing?), I really liked Sankt Hans. It’s pretty much just a cosy night and a good excuse to take advantage of the longest day of the year!

With love,
-Janet

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Note to Myself: Don’t Drink Before a Race

Hey beauties!

The weather has been absolutely stunning the last 3 weeks here, but unfortunately this weekend rain has reached Copenhagen again. I had friends over from the Netherlands every weekend for the last month and also this weekend we had good company to enjoy the city with.

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So when we heard about Havana Club’s Mojitto Embassy we decided to take a look and the concept was absolutely amazing! The entire venue was filled with limes and mint and for 35 kroner (5 euro, which is really really cheap for Danish standards) you could get their signature drink. There was live salsa music and while my Asian hips can’t really compete with the Cubans’, it was fun to be surrounded by.

It was insanely hot inside, so sorry for the shiny forehead 😀 After already having had a bottle of wine with dinner and some mojito’s I realized that the 10K ladies would be a hard one the day after…

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And it was definitely not my best runs, especially since it has been around a month since I had my running shoes on. Even though the weather has been amazing for running, I kinda lost my running spark (or in other words: I got really really lazy and have been mostly hanging in the park). I ran the 10K in 1 hour an 10 minutes, which is by far my worst result. But I’m still happy that after our “wild” Cuban night, I managed to get up and finish the run instead of staying in!

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The run was organized by Sparta and sponsored by Nike (yay to free t-shirts) and at the finish line there was a whole area with running related stands. So besides the usual sportsbra and running clothing there was also food and drinks. Not only was there a micro brewery (Mikkeler), there was also a butcher who heated up the barbecue and served this AMAZING organic beef steak with potato salad. If I had known that earlier, I would have definitely achieved a PR 😉

With love,
-Janet

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Distortion 2013

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Hi guys and girls,

I’m still recovering from Copenhagen most awesome week Distortion. It is a bit like the Dutch “Koninginnedag” but that times a week. There are street parties from Wednesday till Friday and a Final Party on Saturday. My bff visited from Amsterdam and we’ve met heaps of new people. My body is definitely fighting against all the alcohol abuse, so I’ll keep this week nice and slow 😉

I brought my camera the first two days and had to leave it home after because I lost my lens cap :( But here are some of my random pictures of friends and strangers 😉

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With love,
-Janet

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