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(I wasn’t really sure what kind of picture to add to this blog, since it is quite text heavy. So I decided to go for a picture with me and the sister)

Dear digital lovers,

I just wanted to update you guys about my life. Most of the time I try to keep my blog a positive and happy place. But I have to admit, real life is not always sugar, spice and everything nice. The last 1.5 years have not always been easy and besides the lovely dinners and fun events you see on my blog there has also been some tears shedded about life not always being how I wanted it to be.

As you know I have (and still am..) quite hard on myself regarding learning Danish but slowly word by word I feel like I’m getting a better grip on this language. I’m not there yet, but even though everybody always have been saying “be patience”, I finally understand that I can’t rush it more than I’m already doing.

When moving to Denmark, I started to work for a Danish company at their Dutch customer service and it was definitely not the job I was envisioning when graduating with a Master of Science degree in Finance and Investments. But I knew the boyfriend was worth moving for and that I needed a job for a social security number, but after a year of negativity of crazy customers I decided it was time to move on and to quit the job in March and find something more interesting and “worthy” of my skills. The first couple of months were horrible, it was cold outside and sometimes I would just realize that all I had been doing was sitting inside looking for jobs were they require you to be fluent in Danish. But when Summer started to peek around the corner, it became easier. Of course not earning money is never fun, but reading some books in the park is. And somehow time flew by and I was unemployed for half a year. While I enjoyed reading those books, I was also really sad about not being able to start my career for which I had been studying seven years. And then somehow, out of nowhere, my dream job fell in to my lap. I won’t tell you guys about it yet, since the official contracts haven’t been signed yet, but it’s really the job that I have been dreaming of during university. And I know that it all has to do with patience, if I found this job 6 months ago, my Danish wouldn’t have been good enough: but that’s not how it felt during those 6 months.

When moving to a new country, all you can do is having patience. Not only with work, but also with friends. I have met some pretty rad people (hi Anna and Martin), but also some people (while they were very friendly and nice) that just weren’t my cup of tea. I always felt like I was in between two worlds: the exchange student and the expat, while I kinda was aiming for “the local”. In addition, it is a lot harder to build up a friendship at age 26 than it was in first grade of high school or the university introduction week. Everybody is so busy with setting up their own life, some of them are only here for a shorter period and to add to that I’m just lazy. Sometimes I really just prefer to lay on the couch and turn into a potato, while watching ’90s movies with the boyfriend. But with time passing by, I realize that I have some people around me that are really worthy picking up the phone for and while it might not be the same as calling my big ol’ sister or my best friend from high school, it is pretty cool to get to know some new awesome people!

While I had to wait a while, life is looking pretty awesome again. Please don’t think after reading this blog that I have been crawling up in a corner crying every day since I moved here, because I haven’t. But moving to a new country, learning a new language, finding new friends, missing family can be a lot more challenging that it seems like. But cliche as it sounds, it is really worth it…

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To wrap up this blog: these two are my parents about 20 years ago. My mom looks pretty much the same these days and my dad lost his living-the-good-life-double-chin. Luckily they are only a Skype call away!

With love,
-Janet

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2012 Flashback

photo (1)I know these kinds of blogs should be actually written in 2012 and not two weeks into the new year. But 2012 was a dynamic year and I feel like I owe it to those 365 days, to sit down and reflect on it…

It has been a crazy year, with loads of ups and some downs. I would be a liar if I’d say that my life is only sugar, spice and everything nice. One of the cons of blogging, in my opinion, is that we create this perfect world with cool pictures and extravagant experiences. But I also have my days that I just miss to hang out with my parents and that I hate everything Danish (especially the cheese…). But I guess that wouldn’t really be blog-worty, would it…

Luckily, most of my days are on a much lighter note than that 😎 And luckily for me, my parents are only a skype-call away! While putting these picture together, I realized how much has happend and changed over the last year. I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for me!

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I started the year with nothing more than financial results. The first couple of weeks, I literary made 60 hours a week in the library to finish that godforsaken thesis. But all things come to an end and on the 20th of March, after seven long years, I finally graduated as Master of Science in Finance & Investments.

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The best thing about graduating? Treating yourself to something goooood! So straight after graduating the boyfriend and I travelled to Southeast Asia and spend a good month on the beach in the sun! We travelled to Singapore to visit some friends and family, went to a beyond imagination island called Nikoi, to finish the trip in Bali.

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So good things didn’t even ended there! After our trip, I finally moved to Denmark. The whole long-distance thing sounds cute, but it’s a bastard in disguise. You start hating Skype and the being in a plane every week! I started a new job and a new education. A major part of 2012 has been about learning Danish. I’ve always been interested in other languages, but I’m actually not really talented in it, I guess I’m more a numbers gawl. So the whole learning Danish has been a rollercoaster, with ups and downs. But 6 more months and I’m a certified Danish speaker 😎

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Over the summer I experienced Copenhagen during it’s best. With a lot of chilling in parks (with wine!) …

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and free festivals!

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And of course the great views!

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One of my favorite periods of the year was definitely Distortion, with a street party every day for a week in every district of Copenhagen! It’s a great way to see more of Copenhagen and to feel the real Copenhagen vibe!

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Besides the free street parties, there are also paid for after parties. While it’s not really Copenhagen style to pay for party tickets (youngsters prefer to go to bars), I thought it was really worth the ticket!

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Somersby might be the best thing about Copenhagen. It is an alcoholic cider drink, rather sweet, but without the “Breezer” stigma! My favorite flavour is the ginger-lemon version!

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Can you spot the Somersby? This was at another (free) festival, Stella Polaris, I love the Copenhagen commune for subsidizing so many music festivals in the city!

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Another free festival in the fall, where they rolled down a grass mat to chill on in one of the most busiest shopping streets!

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Copenhagen Fashion Week! I visited several shows and honestly, I think I’m more interested in the make-up than the actual clothing…

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Even though I moved to Copenhagen, I travelled back to the Netherlands about every other month! Especially during the summer it was nice to spend some time with friends and family in the sun, with a glass of Rose!

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Also during the summer I coloured my hair ombre. I’m doubting between colouring it ombre again or just go back to my natural darker color.

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This was also the first year that I really gave running a try, here I’m together with my sister at the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.

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And here I am at my first 10K run in Copenhagen at the end of the Summer. It went through the prettiest amusement park Tivoli, so it was an easy run to finish!

IMG_3102 My parents also came to visit me in Copenhagen! It’s weird though, to have your parents as “guests” over! But luckily Copenhagen is a great city to show people..

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And the day my parents left, my sister came to visit me together with her best friend! Luckily, she loved the city so I expect a whole lot a more of here next Summer!

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I went to Sweden to see the city of Malmo. I’m not completely sure what I think about the city, it is only 30 minutes away from Copenhagen, so close enough for some fresh air. But I’m not sure if it has anything to offer that I can’t find here.

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And another 10K run in October!

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One of the most hilarious celebrations in Denmark: the release of a special christmas beer!

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In December, the boyfriend and me drove to Hamburg and I loved the city! I can’t wait to go back there a bit more and see more districts!

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Puha, that was my year in a nutshell! I’m so thankful for all the people I’ve met, all the friendships that have proven that distance doesn’t matter and all the experiences I gained. How was your year?

With love,
-Janet

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Family Visit

Last week there was a family invasion for us in Copenhagen, my parents dropped by for 1,5 day and when they left my sister and brother-from-another-mother visited for some days too!

Copenhagen is a great city to show, in my opinion, when the sun is shining there so many cool places to walk by. The little mermaid, nyhavn, strøget, christiania.. And I haven’t even showed them everything! So a good reason for them to come back soon 😀 I only took some pictures when my parents where here, we had lunch at the royal cafe and just walked around a bit. It was the first time my family travelled to Denmark and I was really happy to show them where I live now!

I’m heading to Malmö (Sweden) for a short get-away with the boyfriend, if you have any recommendations let me know. Have a great weekend!

With love,
-Janet

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