When reading my Hello 2013! post, I was kinda “ashamed” that I posted that one on the 6th of February.. So this year, it got even worse, the 17th of February. I might write my Hello 2015 in 2016…
But even though we started this year a full 1.5 month ago, I still want to write down my goals for the year. There are not too many of them and most of them are pretty random, but hopefully at the end of this year I can check them all of.
- Be funny in Danish: in 2013 I was able to check of “being fluent in Danish”, but besides being fluent I want to top that up with actually being funny. This goes, as you can imagine, heaps beyond than only the actual linguistic skills.
- Eat at a Michelin restaurant: I hope that I win the lotto in 2014, so I can go make a reservation and eat at Noma.
- Travel: with a trip to Amsterdam and Stockholm in the first month of the year and Manchester, Croatia, Curacao on the planning I know that this will be a delightful year filled with travels. But, I still hope I can squeeze a trip to Paris and London in somewhere!
- Run a marathon: I hope I’m not gonna regret this 😉
- Finish Harry Potter: I already had this one on my list last year, finished 2.5 book so I know I will have some entertainment for the rest of the year.
I hope you guys are doing great, I’m not completely sure yet where I want to go with my blog. I feel that I’m losing interest in writing and want to focus on other things in my life. But I felt like this last January as well. No matter what, I hope you stick around
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!
The last couple of months this blog has been bleeding slowly to death, my camera has been laying around the apartment without seeing any day-light and my mind has been on a non-blog state. But I miss blogging. I miss writing down what I experience, I miss seeing writing opportunities in all the fun stuff around me, I miss having a legit reason to make pictures of my food (without looking too Asian), I miss being more active in the blogger community (I still read all you blogs though), I miss getting feedback on my blogs from all of you and in general I miss trying to get this blog to the next level.
There were multiple reasons why I lost interest in blogging. As said before, I detested the previous theme, but with help from Glenn from Some Quality Meat the theme is a lot more “me” now. There is still a lot I want to change, but at least there’s a start and I don’t hate it so much anymore that it makes me not wanna write. Another thing that has been daunting me is my written language on the blog. While I do think (or at least hope) that I’m fluent in English, it will always be my second language. I think I would be better in writing my personal opinions and experiences in my mother tongue Dutch. But having lived abroad for the better part of the last 4 years, having made a lot of friends from all over the globe, I feel that I would either loose a lot of readers OR I wouldn’t be able to communicate things that are especially interesting for those who are living in Copenhagen. I’m still not completely sure what to do with the language, but for now I will just continue writing in English.
Besides that, everything is all cool. These round balls are called “æbleskiver” and it’s a mixture between the Dutch “poffertjes” and “oliebollen”. I wasn’t really fond of it previous years, but they definitely grow on me.
Are you ready for Christmas?
It has been awfully quiet on my blog for the last couple of weeks for several reasons. I’m really dissatisfied with my blog lay-out and have been trying to change it, but then stopped again because I didn’t had any inspiration and time to finish it all… So if you know or are somebody that knows their way around wordpress, hit the comment box! I have also been quit busy with working. But I missed you guys, so I thought I’d just put up some of the pictures that were on my iPhone…
I have been selling all my old clothing and shoes at a fleamarket. It was the first time I have ever done it, but it feels so good to get rid of your own shit and make some place for new things.
Which I obviously did by getting a new pair of Air Max 97, I used to own these as a 10 year old girl in elementary school and they make me feel as cool as they did back then! I also got me a pair of red timberlands and they look amazeballs with a pair of black skinny jeans.
I went to Croatia for the weekend to visit my friends who just moved to the capital Zagreb.
The food and wine is AMAZING and CHEAP, it honestly makes sense to just buy a plane ticket and eat and drink like a madmen and you’ll be still using less money than a weekend in Copenhagen..
We went to the Electronic Beats Festival, where a vodka cranberry only costed 2 euro’s (15kr). In Denmark you would easily pay about 6 to 10 euro’s for anything with hard liquor..
We ended the night at McDonals. That BigMac was the best meal I’ve had, ever…
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