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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!

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.

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.


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 😎

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

and free festivals!

And of course the great views!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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

IMG_0225 Aahhh, I miss wearing skirts!

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

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!

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.

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..

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!

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!

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

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!

IMG_0598As last, I went to see the XX in concert.

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?

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I totally forgot about these pictures! I kinda tell myself every trip to make more pictures, but while travelling I just forget it! I find my DSLR to heavy to take in-and-out constantly out of my bag, but seeing these pictures back makes me a happy gawl! So Janet, man up and make more pictures!

Groove City Records might be is the most awesome record shop where I have been. First of all because there is this amazing woman owning the shop (most record shops are owned by man) and she knows absolutely EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING! The boyfriend and I stayed for around 1.5 hour in the shop, just to talk about music and Hamburg! Another cool thing is that there’s a sneaker shop-in-shop, with loads of dope sneakers!

I can’t wait to go back to Hamburg and experience the city a bit more!

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La Baracca – Hamburg


So these pictures have been waiting to be uploaded for ages by now… When we were in Hamburg, the tummies had to be filled after the wallet was emptied. We chose for a Italian design restaurant, almost Nordic minimalistic, called La Baracca.

The cool thing about this restaurant was that they were totally digitalized, so instead of a waiter you got a tablet computer to order from and instead of a sommelier there was a digital winebar. I wasn’t reaaally impressed by the tabled, I obviously broke the first one I got. But the winebar was sooo much fun! I have absolutely no knowledge at all about wine, besides the fact that I like it or I don’t. So for 50 (euro) cent you could get a sample of a wine in their system. So the boyfriend and I stood there giggling, as highschool kids smoking their first cigaret, and sampled about 5 wines before deciding what we wanted!

The food was surprisingly cheap, or well coming from Copenhagen everything is cheaper… The most expensive dish (a steak) costs 16 euro’s, while the side dishes were around 2.50. It may sound a bit impersonal with everything digitalized, but the staff was extremely friendly and more than welcome to help! I can’t wait to go back to Hamburg and experience the city a bit more!



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25hours Hotel Hafencity Hamburg

Last weekend the boyfriend and I decided to finally make use of our new car (ehem, his car..), so last Friday we drove to Hamburg, Germany. From Copenhagen it was a 4,5 hours drive, which I (to be honest) primarily experienced while sleeping.. We arrived Friday night at the Design Hotel affiliated 25hours Hotel Hafencity Hamburg.

The hotel has a maritime theme, so a lot of rawness and industrial fabrics. The coolest thing about the hotel was all their extra features: they transferred their smoking room into a vinyl room, I don’t even smoke but the idea of being able to smoke and listen to some LPs definitely made it more attractive (haha, I kid – the vinyl is enough). They also had a sauna on their roof terrace, with a great view over the harbour. Best of all, their breakfast buffet was actually pretty amazing!!! The rooms are also pretty affordable, with night rates starting from 105 euro – and you even get a 15% discount up till 25 years old!

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