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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

Guestblog on dailylin.nl

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For all my Dutch readers, one of my favorite Dutch lifestyle blogs Dailylin contacted me and asked if I wanted to write down some tips about the city for her readers. As you know, I’m never too shabby to share some hotspots, so I happily accepted her request. You can find my (Dutch) post HERE!

With love,
-Janet

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Pastis – Oude Molstraat 57 (the Hague)

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First of all, sorry for the crappy quality of the pictures (blame it on the red wine). I only realized, when I checked the pictures at home, how unclear and dark they are (and I’m to lazy to edit them). But anyways, I still want to share them with you!

Whenever I’m back in the Netherlands, I tend to go to the same restaurants over and over again. While here in Copenhagen, as a “newbie” in town, I make a real effort of finding cute and cosy restaurants. So during the Easter holiday I was really determined to find something cute in the Hague too!

And boy did I succeed! Pastis is a cute French dinner, in the same street as ‘t Hof van Eten (told you that the Hofkwartier district was awesome!). Initially I couldn’t find the place and walked passed it, thinking “hmm, here I have to go a next time” to find out that it was actually the place I made a reservation for!

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Everything in the restaurant, from menu till interior is Paris based and it definitely feels like a holiday within a holiday! The boyfriend ordered a Steak frites sauce Béarnaise ou beurre maître d’hôtel and it was like how the French meant it to be! Juicy with a no-nonsense attitude.

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I ordered a steak tartare «spécialité maison» frites et salade verte and what is better than a piece of steak? Raw pieces of steak! Everything came already seasoned, but for the spice lovers it came with some tabasco and worcestershire sauce. The fries and mayo are also TO DIE FOR.

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I’m always a bit afraid when you order a bottle of wine, without looking at the wine card. Not because I have such a great knowledge about wine (I’m pretty much a “I like it/I don’t like it” kind of girl), but more because you don’t wanna end up spending 50% of the final bill on the wine. Luckily most bottles at Pastis cost around 20-30 euro and they are pretty decent too!

This is definitely my favorite restaurant in the Hague and I can’t wait to try out their mussels too!

With love,
-Janet

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‘t Hof van Eten – Oude Molstraat 30D (the Hague)

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During Easter break I visited my family and friend in the Netherlands again. One of the perks of travelling back to the Netherlands is that going out for lunch/dinner is a lot cheaper there than here in Copenhagen!

I visited ‘t Hof van Eten in the “hofkwartier” district of the Hague. This is one of the cuter districts in the Hague’s inner city with a lot of really nice and more exclusive shops and restaurants.

The restaurant is known for their price winning sandwiches and I can tell you they are darn good!

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This piece of heaven came with chorizo, manchego, Spanish paprika-garlic chutney and cappers.

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The pictures make me hungry again! This sandwich was topped with smoked rib-eye, spinach, boiled egg, green aspurges, cherry tomato’s and a tomato-sambal dressing.

While you might expect an above mentioned sandwich won’t be cheap, but it’s really not too bad. All price winning sandwiches are less than 7 euro’s.

What is your favorite lunchplace?

With love,
-Janet

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CPC Loop Half Marathon

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I did it! I ran half a marathon! And to be honest, I have no idea if I would do it ever again: it was PURE terror! I can put on a happy face and tell you it was all sugar, spice and everything nice. But it was not.. I actually thought I did quite a bit of training, I ran about 100K in the first 2 months of 2013, which is more than I ever did. But it was definitely not enough preparation for 21.1K..

The first 3K were pretty O.K., it was cold, hella cold, but everybody had such a positive energy. But after the 3K, i had to pee like a madmen (how I wished that I was just a man and could just pee in a bush), so after 6K I finally found a toilet and went in for a nr 1. This is definitely something I shouldn’t have done, after I was done I lost all my momentum and the energetic group of people. I ran a lot alone (which meant: no one to shelter behind) and I swear at some point I think I saw the car that was following the last person. So I just starting running faster and faster and until 15K everything was fine enough, I tried to find some running partners and screamed to myself (in my head, not as a crazy person out loud) to not start walking (which I didn’t do for the entire run).

I knew that from 16K, we would run over the beach boulevard and beforehand I always thought: when I’m at the boulevard it’s gonna be easy breezy, 6 more kilometres. But my god, what was I wrong. It was extremely cold on the boulevard (even with some snow), the run was a steep rise and the last 5K everything just started to hurt from my hips to my feet. Normally I can “fake” my tempo the last 2K by running harder than my usual speed, but these last 2K were incredible hard for me. Over and over again I asked myself, why do I keep signing up for these things?

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But then I saw my family and friends, screaming and jumping and I knew: I made it! The elementary-school fatty ran half a marathon! I got my medal and while trying to walk back to my loved ones, my legs definitely didn’t do what I wanted them to do anymore. But so what? I ran 21.1K!

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Thanks everybody for cheering for me! It must have been crazy cold for y’all, but you guys were definitely why I made it!

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Congratulations to all the others that ran a 5K, 10K or half a marathon! Now I’m gonna eat as many easter chocolat eggs as possible! See you next year (perhaps)!

With love,
-Janet

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