Category Archives: Denmark

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

Ida Davidsen – Store Kongensgade 70

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The draft-box is filled with pictures without stories of amazing restaurants that I have been visiting over the last couple of months. I do appreciate my eating out way too much, if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen hard proof of that.

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These pictures, even though there are only a couple, have been waiting a while for some additional words. Ida Davidson is known for her traditional Smørrebrød and I have passed by her restaurant a good bunch of times, without ever going in. Somehow the restaurant is not really appealing from the outside and on top of that, they are closed in the weekend. However, when my sister and brother from another mother were in town I wanted to show them some traditional food.

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And we all LOVED the food, the place is nothing fancy. It sure is cosy, but it is a place where you go for the food. Under this pile of heavenly steak tartar is a piece of rybread hidden and all the ingredient are fresh and tasty. When you enter the restaurant, you’re being welcomed by a whole counter filled with different kinds of smørrebrød (which thinking of it, I should have made a picture of).

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I honestly get hungry again from seeing these pictures. Ida Davidson is a great recommendation if you want to try some traditional Danish food, only minor critique is that the place is pretty expensive. The dishes are somewhere between 10 and 20 euro’s, so with a big group (or your lover) it can be an expensive lunch! However, when in Rome, do as the Romans do…

With love,
-Janet

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Samsø

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First of all, why this picture? That’s the nicest that came out of our little shoot, that pretty much sums up everything in how good we are in holiday pictures 😎 Even though I love blogging, I find it sooo hard to take pictures on holidays. First of all, my DSLR is just plain ass heavy and me being Asian with the camera around my neck looks just too Asian. However, I made some fun pictures of our trip to Samsø.

The parents-in-law invited us for a long weekend on the Danish island Samsø. Besides knowing that they’re famous for their potatoes, I didn’t knew anything about the island, so I was really looking forward to explore more of Denmark!

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When we arrived after an 4 hour trip (including a boat trip) we were surprised with a cake as belated birthday party for the boyfriend! In Denmark it is custom to place the Danish flag about anywhere when celebrating a birthday.

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And I was reunited with the 2nd biggest love of my life: Louis the Beagle.

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Danish islands are so cute and credent. All over the island you could find these little huts where you could buy strawberries, potatoes, beans etc and you were just trusted to pay in the little piggy bank. This would definitely never work in the city.

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Long walks with the dog <3

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Even though the island only has about 3900 inhabitants and is only 114,26 km² they are famous for their potatoes and also have their own beers and even wine!

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But besides all the food, the island also has some beautiful views and beaches. Unfortunately we didn’t have the best weather most of the weekend, but the last day we were really lucky with some sun, so we could explore the island a bit more.

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With love,
-Janet

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Tip for Dutch Foodies

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For all the (Dutch) foodies out there: there’s a great issue this month of the Dutch version of Jamie magazine with a special city guide of Copenhagen. I actually like most of the restaurants mentioned in it and some of them I didn’t even knew yet! On top of all that, the pictures are amazing!

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With love,
-Janet

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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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