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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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Koninginnedag in Denmark




Moving abroad seems to make you a bit more patriotic. Even though I don’t think that Koninginnedag (the birthday of our prior queen) is that much fun back home, primarily because I’m still hangover from the night before (since queensnight is a “big thang” in my hometown) I really looked forward to celebrate it in Denmark. And boy, it might have been the most civilized queensday I celebrated since I was legally allowed to drink!

I went to the Dutch ambassador’s house in Charlottelund, where there was a small reception for all Dutch living in Denmark. There were bitterballen, haring with onions, paling, of course beer (and pretty good wine!) and a whole load amount of suits and a little amount of orange.

Was good to meet some new Dutch (and even some Danes) and finally find out how you become an ambassador (work for foreign afairs for a million years and a lot of luck!).

With love,
-Janet

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Sneak Peak – Apartment Part II








My guilty sin – LUSH // Make up brushes // Make Up stationary // Hjemmesko – a little gift from the boyfriend to make me feel more home // Polaroids on the wall // New in – Ikea clothing rack // Globe // My attempt to grow some green

As promised some more pictures of my new home. If I ever acquire the skills to make pictures of interiors I will make and post some pictures of the apartment itself. But for now you have to do it with these 😉

With love,
-J

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Sneak Peak – Apartment Part I





Kozik Smorkin Labit // Bed Side Table Stacked with Books (if I ever finish them, I will review some) // Lovely Orchid Present from the Boyfriend // Matryoshka Doll from our Trip to St. Petersburg // Shoes

Today was a lovely sunny day and while Sunday’s ought to be for chilling, I unfortunately had to do some studying. For a welcome session of procrastination I made some pictures for ya’ll of stuff in the apartment and this is the first part!

With love
-J

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Moving Abroad – Week 1

After a rather emotional goodbye (yes, including the so-called ugly cry – we’ve all been there) at the airport, I packed my stuff and moved myself and 50% of my shoes to Copenhagen, Denmark. To be with the love of my life, learn the language (jeg kan tale lidt dank nu), work (ergo: pay taxes), and just to experience something new.

And something new it has been everyday! The day after my arrival I started at my new job, which is pretty awesome and only a ten minute bike ride from my new apartment. I have experienced the well known Ikea depression (going in happy as a kid, going out as a depressed one who just lost his prozac subscription) and encountered the shock after hearing the total amount at the supermarket. I got my social security number after waiting 2 hours – which also means FREE LANGUAGE courses (which will be paid by the local commune), opened a bank account (which of course also is way more bureaucratic than necessary), and just enjoyed everyday how beautiful this city is!

One thing I definitely have to get used to are the working hours in this country. While I’m perfectly fine that I can stop working around 16.00, it freaks me out that e.g. banks also stop working at 16.00. And to make things worse, shops close at 14.00 on Saturdays.. But ahh, everything is relative: no shopping equals more saving equals more travelling with the boyfriend!

But keep your ass moving over to this blog, where I will post more about living in a new country, learning a new language (det er ikke svært), new music I found (or old music I miss), the food I force the boyfriend to eat (yes, I totally admit I’m a feeder), pictures of random stuff.. Basically everything you live for 😉

Keep in mind that my beloved MacBook Air is currently unfortunately in repair (stupid water should never come close to any technical device) but I will try to post on a frequent basis (even if it’s only gonna be my mom and/or sister who will read this).

For now, my daily view:

With love,
J

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