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2017 in Review Part 2 – Sardinia, A Wedding, Venice, and Surprises

January 12, 2018

The first part of my 2017 was pretty great. So what did the other half of the year look like?

Well, after seeing Adele in London, we hopped on a flight to Sardinia, where we spent two weeks. We went to Alghero, drove up to Porto Cervo, down to San Teodoro, and ended our stay at the Falkensteiner Resort, which was all kinds of fabulous and my favorite place in Sardinia. Wish I could have stayed there forever! To be honest, I had such high hopes for Sardinia but it was a bit of a letdown. I mean, it was beautiful, especially the beaches. But it was also heavily influenced by its many years of being a tourist island. On the coast, everything was expensive, there were (loud, annoying) tourists everywhere, the standard of the hotels was generally very low while the prices were very high, and in the evening everything sort of just died out. However, we did stop by in Sassari, which I really liked. Not as many tourists, because it wasn’t a coastal town, it was big, had many restaurants, shops, locals, parks… I’d actually recommend others to stay in Sassari for a few days and get a car to drive out to the beaches of Northern Sardinia, which are known to be some of the best on the islands. Oh well.

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After coming home, I was struck by the post-vacation blues. Denmark was rainier, colder, and grayer than any summer I’ve spent here, which made it hard to really enjoy summer.

In August, one of my best friends, Anna got married. The wedding was held on the beautiful Swedish west coast in Anna’s family summer house. Jacob and I first drove up to Gothenburg, which we completely fell in love with, before driving another few hours up to the wedding. We arrived in the evening and everyone was outside by the grill, eating hotdogs and drinking beer. The Swedish west coast is truly one of the most beautiful, serene places I’ve been to and I definitely want to go back there sometime soon. On Friday, when we arrived, the sun was shining for like the first time that summer. On Saturday, the day of the wedding, it was raining like never before. I ate some breakfast and drove up to Anna’s summer house to get her ready for the wedding. We popped some champagne, and I fixed Anna’s hair and makeup. Made it back to where we were staying in the nick of time, put some makeup and clothes on and drove down to the church.

The ceremony was beautiful, and we all sang The Beatles’ All you need is love as the newly married couple and their son walked out of the church. We ate great food, cried to beautiful speeches, laughed at old pictures of the couple, drank lots of wine and danced all night.

The next day, the sun was shining again, and we drove back home to Copenhagen.

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On October 1, my little niece was “baptized” and Jacob and I had the honor of being her godparents. I write baptized in quotation marks because it wasn’t really a traditional baptism in a church but rather a so-called “name giving”, which many Scandinavians do instead, as we’re generally not that religious up here. I even made the cakes!

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Just a week later, it was time to hop on a plane once again and go to Venice for the first time ever. I made a diary about it which you can read about here:

Day 1 – First impressions and a Gondola Ride

Day 2 – Exploring Venice

Day 3 – Enjoying the Last Rays of the Sun

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By Halloween, we were off to London again (!). I bought my fabulous new bag at Stella McCartney the first day we got there, we shopped a lot, drank beers and Pimm’s, went to see Mamma Mia, had drinks at the world’s best bar at the Savoy and much more.

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In November, my fantastic, gorgeous, funny, smart cousin visited us from Croatia for a week. She’d never been in Scandinavia before so we were quite eager to show her around, even though it was freezing at that point 🙂

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Then came December, which is always crazy. There are so many things to do at work and in life and so little time to do it. One weekend, I was surprised by one of my other best friends, Martina, with a visit. She just showed up in my living room out of nowhere on a plain Saturday. I’d planned to go to Sweden that weekend but all of a sudden, my sister and mom changed plans and I was kind of bummed about it. Jacob, of course, knew that Martina was coming and had told them to not make plans with me. But I was so sad about them canceling on me that I was sad that whole Friday evening. Jacob tried to cheer me up by saying “I know you’ll have a really good day tomorrow…….” but I wasn’t having it. That Saturday, Jacob had just left to buy something when the door opened again. I was working on my laptop and suddenly, Martina, whom I hadn’t seen in a couple of years was just standing there.

Martina is one of my oldest friends, we’ve known each other since we were 7 but she lives in Oslo now, so we rarely see each other. We had lots to talk about over pasta and two bottles of crémant.

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Then came Christmas. I spent a few hours with my side of the family, before heading over to Jacob’s side of the family. It’s so nice to have everyone close by during the holidays.

New Year’s Eve was fabulous! We were around 8 people who had great food, lots of wine and champagne, I arranged a music quiz, and at 12, we looked out the windows at the fireworks while singing ABBA. I danced all night and had the best time! Just the way any year should end if you ask me.

 

 

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2017 in Review – Part 1: Love, Paris, Barcelona, London & Adele

January 4, 2018
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2017 was quite a wonderful year! So let’s look at my year in review…

January is, like all Januaries have always been, quite boring. I know that my better half Jacob would disagree because it’s his birthday in January but it is such a horrible month. It’s cold, wet, dark, and way too long. And really uneventful. As is February. March, however, is always a good month. The days get longer, the sun finds its way back to Copenhagen, and the Danes end their hibernating and actually start going out among people again.

March was the month that my little niece came into our lives and I became an aunt for the first time. Her name is Mila and she continues to charm me every single day. Though the birth was a bit problematic for both my sister and my niece, I remember feeling so happy when they were finally both alright and I could see them for the first time. There she was, the tiniest human I’d ever seen with her head of black hair, her tiny little toes and fingers… It was love at first sight!

Before Mila came into our lives though, I was aching to travel. Then one day my friend Anna said she was heading to Paris and asked if I wanted to come. Two weeks later, and just some days after Mila’s birth, we boarded a plane from hell and went to Paris where we’d rented an Airbnb in Marais.

In Paris, the first thing we did was buy a bottle of Crémant and cheese which we devoured over hour-long talks. We headed down to a venue where her sister and her band, Ellen and the Shadow Cats, held their album release party/concert and it was the most fun I’ve had in years. I danced all night until my feet hurt. Well actually, until I fell flat on my face in some bar because I missed a step. Read the full post here. The next few days, Anna and I drank a lot of bubbles, ate a lot of cheese, walked around a lot, and ended up partying in a lovely apartment somewhere, where Ellen and her bandmate sang and played the guitar while we all sang along and drank ridiculously expensive champagne. We came home to our Airbnb at five in the morning and had to leave for the airport at 7. Only we couldn’t open the door, it was stuck. We gave it our all but it was a difficult, snarky Parisian door that just refused to let us in. Our host’s poor friend had to get up in the middle of the night to come over to us and let us in. He opened that damn door in like 2 seconds, by the way. Snobby Parisian door, only letting Parisians in…

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I’d barely made it home from Paris when another Paris trip was booked. This time for Anna’s bachelorette party, which we decided to host in Paris. While it wasn’t the surprise bachelorette party we’d hoped for (Anna’s passport was expired and we had to tell her so she could get a new one), it was still a lovely party. We’d rented a big apartment where we ate brunch and surprised Anna with a big pink limo waiting downstairs while we were heading to dinner. The limo was very pimpy (yes, that’s a word! It is now anyway) and Anna loved it. We went out for dinner and drinks and the next day we roamed around thrift shops in Marais before heading back home again. Oh, but not before being interviewed by a large Swedish newspaper on the French election, which was held on that day… 😀

 

In June, I held my 30th birthday party…

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…and a week later, I turned 30. I think it was the best birthday I’ve ever had. I woke up, got a lovely diamond necklace from Georg Jensen before heading off to Barcelona. I’d never been to Barcelona before but it was all kinds of AWESOME. We stayed in the lovely Ohla Eixample hotel, which was the perfect place to be. It was in a calm area, close to shopping, bars, and restaurants – plus it had a rooftop pool and great mojitos, so what else could you wish for? All in all, Barcelona was great and my birthday weekend there is one I remember as the best experiences of the year.

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We were barely home for three weeks when Jacob and I hopped on a plane heading to London. We had one purpose, one that we’d been waiting for ever since the end of 2016: to see Adele live. Read that post here. She had 4 concerts in London and we were going on the second evening. We got to see her live and it was absolutely magical and wonderful and all the great things one can say. We sang along, danced in confetti, and got to see Adele up-close. Then Adele had to cancel the rest of her London show due to health reasons and we thanked our lucky stars that we were there for what ended up being her last show of that tour. Lucky us!

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Motivational, Personal

An Evaluation of my Personal Goals for 2017

January 2, 2018

In 2016, I made some personal goals for 2017. Not New Year’s resolutions but just some things that I wanted to focus on throughout the year. Since 2017 is officially OVER, I thought we’d have a look at how things went…

 

1. See new places
“I have a tendency to travel to places I’ve already been. I’ve been in London five times or so and while I love London, there are other places to see too! This year I want to go to places I’ve never been. I already have a sixth London trip planned but other than that I plan to explore new places this year.”

🢂 I actually went to London TWICE (first and second) this year but I did get to see new places as well! I went to Barcelona for my Birthday, spent my summer holiday in Sardinia and went to Venice. I was mad about Barcelona! I did like Sardinia too but I don’t think it’s a place I’ll return to anytime soon.

 

2. Read more books
“In 2016, I didn’t read that many books and I really regret that. I only read during vacations but I want to prioritize books this year. I tend to get stuck with Netflix or HBO shows because it’s just SO easy, but reading gives me so much more. Jacob got me the Harry Potter book set for Christmas and I’ve already started. I just love being so caught up in a book that I simply can’t put it down.”

🢂 I did read quite a lot. I started out with all the Harry Potter books, which are by far my favorite books I’ve ever read. During the summer holidays, I read like crazy and continued to read almost every night throughout summer, fall, and winter. This Christmas, I also got a Kindle, so now there’s no end to the possibilities! 🙂

 

3. Stay active
“[…]This is not a resolution to work out more but simply to continue working out – yes, even BORING cardio. […] So for 2017, I will continue to work out, not because I need to get in shape but for the sake of my mental health.”

🢂 I’m happy to say I have been staying active throughout the year. In August, I bought an activity tracker to track how active I am (duh). It came as quite a shock to me that I wasn’t as active as I needed to be. I have a desk job and take my car to and from work every day so I don’t get that everyday physical activity that is so important. With my activity tracker, I found out that I need to workout 6 days a week in order to stay as active as I need to be (based on my age, weight, height etc.). So since August, I’ve been working out 4-6 days per week.

4. Stop thinking about consequences
“I have a  tendency to over-think stuff. Before I do something, I tend to think about the different scenarios in which it could play out. The what ifs and the buts tend to dominate my inner conversation and it usually ends up with nothing. I realize that this is not something that happens overnight, or even in a year but I do plan on keeping this in mind.”

🢂 This has been a tough one but I have been a bit more spontaneous this year. However, I’ve also found that I have a hard time maintaining a healthy balance of not thinking about consequences and still remaining sane when said consequences come to bite you in the behind. So… more balance!

5. Say “No” and “Stop”
“[…] I’m better at speaking up when I hear someone pull a sexist or racist joke. But I plan on getting even better. I’m going to say no more, even to people that I’m afraid of hurting. I’m not going to stand there and listen to people tear women apart or using the N word or talking bad about Muslims. I’m not here for it and I am going to make that clear.”

🢂 I think this one has gone both well and not-so-well. I’ve done all the easy stuff, like give a side-eye and not laugh when someone pulls a semi-racist joke. Questioned people when they said sexist stuff. Argued about #MeToo with people who though things had “gone too far”. But I still struggle with the harder stuff, like actually being direct and saying stuff like “That’s a bit racist, don’t you think?” to people I don’t know well. I have found a strategy that works pretty well though. Whenever someone pulls a sexist or racist joke I just say “Hmmm, not sure what you mean by that?” and just let them go on and explain their racist jokes to me until they realize they’re not funny. People get so baffled when you ask them to explain their “jokes”, it’s quite fun. You should try it! 🙂

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Travel

Venice Diary Day 3: Enjoying the Last Rays of the Sun

December 22, 2017

I realize that I never got around to writing about our third day and final day in Venice. My only explanation to that is that I’ve been crazy busy and tired the last few months. Writing a blog post takes some time, what with getting it all right, writing in my second (3rd, 4th?) language, and preparing and editing all the photos that go into the post. But I’m writing this blog for the memories, and the memories of Venice are still pretty clear, so, finally, here’s the 3rd and last post about our three days in Venice. You can read my Venice Diary Day 1 and Day 2 as well.

 

Our plane wasn’t leaving until around 7-8 in the evening, so we had plenty of time to enjoy Venice on our last day. After breakfast, we headed out to Campo Santa Margherita to soak up the last rays of the sun. We knew that heavy rain and wind awaited us back in Copenhagen, and I needed that extra vitamin D. We grabbed a Coke on the square, watching the Italians celebrate a Christening in the restaurant next to us, all dressed to nines, drinking colorful spritzers. That’s one thing that I’ve generally found about Italians: they always dress to impress.

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I really didn’t want to leave but we had a day left to explore… and I still hadn’t tasted gelato! The horror!

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After the gelato, we just walked around, got lost, walked back, got lost… and so forth. I really don’t mind getting lost in Venice, though. Everywhere you look there’s a new, beautiful building you’ve haven’t seen before like this one with pretty flowers hanging from the balconies…

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…or this one with a cute French balcony right by the water (I imagine myself sitting there with a glass of wine in the evening.)…

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…or these colorful reflections in the canal, and a seagull sleeping on one of the boats.

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Seagulls, seagulls everywhere!

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But really, how can you mind getting lost in this town?

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After walking for hours, we finally found a place that served truffle pasta (favorite dish everrrr!) and had huge wine glasses, so naturally, we asked for a table:

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I didn’t mind that it was called Chat qui Rit (smiling cat in French) and had the cutest logo I’ve ever seen anywhere, ever.

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Just before my pasta with truffles came in, my camera battery decided enough was enough. We ate up, walked home, and took a bus back to the airport and went home to chilly, rainy Copenhagen. However, we didn’t stay long because just 3 weeks later, it was time for our next adventure (check back tomorrow!)

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A Case of the Post-Vacation Blues

July 28, 2017

I’ve been home in Denmark for almost two weeks now and truth be told, I’ve already browsed all my apps to see if any airline happens to have cheap flights to Southern Europe in August. I am fairly certain that I will indeed implode if I wake up to one more day of gray clouds and rain. While Scandinavian summers aren’t exactly known to be sunny and exceed temperatures of 24 degrees C, this summer has been the worst by far. I think I remember a few days of sunshine in June, but that’s about it. Summer has been canceled and the Danes are going crazy. So much so that Copenhagen is completely empty, aside from the tourists who apparently hate the sun and decided to come here instead. Everyone has escaped to a country far, far away to just get a glimpse of the sun – even if it’s just for a week. And I don’t blame them.

Coming home after 2 weeks of constant sunshine in Sardinia to THIS has been… tough. I feel really bothered by it. Summer and the sunshine are so essential to my well-being that I’m flat out scared that I’ll have a winter depression by September if nothing changes. I want it to be sunny when I go to work and sunny when I come home. I want to go and work out and then go down to our backyard and grill some veggie burgers, drink a glass of rosé, and play cards until bedtime. I want to spend the weekends by the Danish beaches, reading a good book while eating sweet, Danish strawberries. I want to wear sunglasses and shorts and flip-flops, and put sun lotion on before going out. I want my freckles, which only come out when it’s sunny, back. I want to invite our friends out to picnics and play a game of Swedish Kubb in a park. Basically: I want summer but summer decided it would rather not visit Denmark this year.

So in short, since I came home I’ve been having a bad case of the post-vacation blues and I don’t know how to cure it. Watching Netflix, as many people suggest, doesn’t work as I’m a firm believer that Netflix is for all the other 10 months of winter we have in this country. So what does one do to cure the post-holiday blues? If you have any suggestions, please do tell in the comments below!

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I would rather be here… (picture from last year in Hvar).

 

 

Top photo by user smartfat used under creative commons license CC BY-NC 2.0

 

Motivational, Personal

5 Things I Will Do for Myself in 2017

January 20, 2017

If you know me, you’ll know I never make any New Year’s resolutions. Simply because I am weak and never stick to them. The last time that I made a resolution was on New Year’s Eve when I was 17 and swore to quit meat. 10 minutes past midnight, I was eating a kebab (I eventually did stop eating meat on a hot July day in 2006 and never ate it since but still). However, I feel like 2016 taught me a lot and mainly reaffirmed my belief that I should nurture my relationship with myself a bit more. So I’ve decided to do some things throughout the year in order to make myself happy and to make 2017 rock!

 

  1. See new places

    I have a tendency to travel to places I’ve already been. I’ve been in London five times or so and while I love London, there are other places to see too! This year I want to go to places I’ve never been. I already have a sixth London trip planned but other than that I plan to explore new places this year.

  2. Read more books

    In 2016, I didn’t read that many books and I really regret that. I only read during vacations but I want to prioritize books this year. I tend to get stuck with Netflix or HBO shows because it’s just SO easy, but reading gives me so much more. Jacob got me the Harry Potter book set for Christmas and I’ve already startedI just love being so caught up in a book that I simply can’t put it down.

  3. Stay active

    You might be thinking “Oh, what a cliché!” but hear me out. This is not a resolution to work out more but simply to continue working out – yes, even BORING cardio. I love lifting weights in the gym with some old-school hip-hop in my ears. It makes me feel strong and most importantly it keeps my back problems in check. I never feel bad when I work out, I am in the moment, focusing on what’s in front of me: the weights and the amounts of reps and sets I need to do. And even though I hate doing cardio, I love the rush I get when I walk out of the gym. So for 2016, I will continue to work out, not because I need to get in shape but for the sake of my mental health.

  4. Stop thinking about consequences

    I have a  tendency to over-think stuff. Before I do something, I tend to think about the different scenarios in which it could play out. The what ifs and the buts tend to dominate my inner conversation and it usually ends up with nothing. I realize that this is not something that happens overnight, or even in a year but I do plan on keeping this in mind.

  5. Say “No” and “Stop”

    I was always taught to be polite. To smile and nod. To do things for others. But I’ve become rather sick of it during the past few years and I’ve gotten better and better at saying no to doing things I don’t want to do. I’m better at speaking up when I hear someone pull a sexist or racist joke. But I plan on getting even better. I’m going to say no more, even to people that I’m afraid of hurting. I’m not going to stand there and listen to people tear women apart or using the N word or talking bad about Muslims. I’m not here for it and I am going to make that clear.

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2016 in Review – Part 2

December 31, 2016

The second part of 2016 started rather well. We were in Hvar, getting day drunk at Hula Hula Beach Bar (as always), reading books, sleeping ’til late, and dancing the nights away. We spent one day/night in Split and headed back home to Denmark.

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In Hvar

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Floating in the Adriatic..

A few weeks later, Jacob’s step-sister got married and we all went all the way to Mariager in Jylland (a 5 hour or so drive) for the weekend. A few weeks later we had another gathering on Jacob’s side of the family and come August, I learned that I was going to be an aunt. I went to visit my sister and she said that she needed to show me something. Our dad and his girlfriend were there and she didn’t feel like telling them right away. She opened the drawer of her vanity table and showed me 3-4 pregnancy tests – all positive. She had just learned that morning and was beyond excited. I immediately started to plan what type of cat outfits I’d buy for the baby 😉

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Jacobs side of the family while on their aunt’s and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary.

One of my good friends in Copenhagen, Maija, moved back to Finland and so I went to say goodbye. My article on animal-friendly traveling was published in the Huffington Post, and my dad turned 60.

In September, Jacob and I celebrated 7 years together. I still can’t believe we’ve been together for so long but I feel like each year keeps getting better. That same month, I decided to get Invisalign to straighten my teeth out. I’m half way in now and by March I’ll have straight teeth! Cannot wait 🙂

We kind of decided on a whim to go to Rome for a weekend trip in October. We had never been there, but both longed to visit the city. So two weeks later, we sat on a flight down to Rome with a group of annoying Swedes who decided it was the perfect time to get drunk. Rome was sunny and warm, filled with cultural and historical sights, good food, even better wine and even a cat shelter, which I, of course, visited. I still haven’t gotten around to writing about Rome but I promise I will. I just have so many photos to go through (I took over 500 photos on my DSLR alone).

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The Pantheon in Rome

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A little ginger cat who belonged to the cat sanctuary. More on that next year!

I managed to get hold of two Adele tickets in November but had to keep it a secret for what felt like an eternity, as it was my Christmas gift for Jacob. Oh, and then there was November 9, a.k.a. the day the Empire struck back if you catch my Star Wars reference. I woke up in complete shock over Trump’s win. It felt like the big bully in school was getting praise. It felt like Darth Vader (but less cool) killed all of the rebels and told them to suck it (although I doubt Trump would be that classy). I decided I would just go to the gym and lift some really heavy weights and stay mad at the world for a while.

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We all listened to the baby’s heartbeat one evening in December. Look at my beautiful sis and her lovely belly! <3

I also visited Malmö a few times and in December we got a small Christmas tree to get in the holiday spirit. Turns out, cats love to fight over the tree and it ended up looking rather ragged at the end 😉 Our Christmas was spent at my brother-in-law’s place with lots of good food, wine, and music.

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We were in Malmö with my sis and her boyfriend, and ate at Eatery Social Taqueria which I looooved.

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My cat Pelle tangled himself up in the Christmas tree lights…

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4th of Advent.

As December ends and I look back at the year that’s been, I did have some wonderful times. My best memories are of all my travels; wandering the streets of New York, having a drink in London, dancing with strangers in Croatia, being astounded by the surroundings in Rome… Traveling is the essence of living and  I can’t wait to see even more places next year. Like I say to Jacob every time he complains about my wanderlust: on our death beds, we’ll remember all the things we’ve experienced, not all the things we’ve bought. So for me, there’s no better way to spend my time and money than to travel the world, see new places, and continue to be marveled at the things I see. I wan to collect experiences rather than things and I plan to continue doing just that in 2017.

A Happy New Year to you all! 

 

 

Top photo courtesy of affinitymagazine.us

 

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2016 in Review – Part 1

December 31, 2016

2016! What a year. There was an ongoing war in Syria, the Zika virus, we lost several legends (I’m talking to you Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Carrie Fischer, and Debbie Reynolds), terrorist attacks in Brussels, Nice, München, and Berlin (not to mention in the Middle East!), the shootings in Orlando, things aren’t looking too bright for the environment with record high temperatures on the North Pole. Then came Brexit. And Trump. Who would’ve thought? Sure, there were good things that happened too but 2016 will always be remembered by the many negative events. Let’s hope 2017 will get better!

Thankfully, my 2016 was quite alright. So I wanted to take a look back at this year and show you some of the highs and the lows for me personally.

This time last year, I was suffering from depression. It wasn’t my first time dealing with this horrible condition but it definitely doesn’t make it easier anyway. My doctor put me on sick leave and so between my weekly therapy sessions, I was doing yoga and reading books.

I spent New Year’s Eve with my brother-in-law and other friends and we had a lovely time, as usual, cheering in the New Year. January slowly went by and I went back to work in February again. I remember feeling all dizzy as I drove to work my first day back, not knowing how people would react to me being gone all this time and then suddenly coming back. Although I have suffered from depression before, I have never, ever been on sick leave and the situation was kind of weird to me. But as time went by, I started getting better and better.

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Jacob & I on NYE 2015

In March me, my mom, sister and our boyfriends all went to London to celebrate my mother’s 55th birthday. She’d never been and I couldn’t wait to show her my favorite parts of London. We went for afternoon tea, ate delicious food, saw Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye, we had drinks at Galvin by the Windows, overlooking all of London, and of course did some shopping as well. It was a short but sweet trip where we somehow managed to fit everything in, in just a few days. You can read more about our trip to London here.

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At the airport, waiting for the flight to London.

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Spring came to Copenhagen and in April I finally got to realize my dream of going to New York! It instantly became one of my favorite places ever. We had delicious food and drinks, went on top of the Empire State Building and 30 Rock (where I, unfortunately, didn’t run into my hero Tina Fey, as I had hoped), had drinks on rooftop bars, had the best pizza ever and went to the most romantic restaurant EVER in Brooklyn, did all the museums, and of course some shopping as well. All in all, it was a fantastic trip and I can’t wait to go back.

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When we came home from NY, the jetlag was unreal and I spent my nights awake and only slept 4 hours/day for 4 days. A little while after we came home, I was visiting my sister when I got a phone call from Jacob. He told me he was at the hospital and that he had been hit by a car when he was riding his bike home from work. I hurried over to the hospital and luckily, Jacob was doing really well. I don’t believe in God or angels or miracles, but he must have had more than good luck with him that day. The car was totally smashed, as was Jacob’s bike, and he hadn’t been wearing a helmet. Things could have gone really bad but, thankfully, they didn’t.

A few weeks later, I went to Stockholm to visit my friend Sanna. We had lots of Indian food, did some shopping, watched some TV, ate at Surfers (an amazing place with fantastic food and cocktails), and just chilled. I kind of needed to get away from everything for a bit, and Stockholm is always a good idea 😉

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Gamla stan (Old town) in Stockholm on a cold, gray Sunday in May.

In June, which is where I end part 1 of this review, a lot of things happened. Jacob graduated from med school after 6 years of studying (and 3 years of studies before med school) and of course, it was a huge day for him. I took half the day off work and went with him to his final exam, which he aced 😉 We celebrated with champagne and had some friends over for wine and food that same day. A few days later, I went with him to sign the Hippocratic Oath.

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More champagne!

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Proud girlfriend moment!

On my birthday, June 8, we went out for cocktails and dinner and celebrated with my family. We ended the month of June by going to Croatia on what felt like the world’s smallest plane. This time, we went to Dubrovnik, where we stayed at a hotel that had the best pool ever invented: a pool with a swim-in bar. Needless to say, many mojitos were consumed there. We also went kayaking, where I badly burned my shins. After five days in Dubrovnik, we headed over to “our” island Hvar.

I remember being so annoyed on the ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar. There was this large group of Americans who had absolutely no respect for anyone else. They were loud, a bit drunk, and talked about way too personal stuff. Non-confrontational as I am (and apparently, as the rest of the passengers were too), I moved someplace else after a few hours 😉 Hvar was marvelous, as always, but more on that in part two so check back later…

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Kayaking..

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Just chilling in the pool 🙂

 

Lifestyle, Motivational

My Most Liked Instagram Photos of 2016

December 28, 2016

If you have Instagram, chances are you have seen the hashtag #bestnine2016. It combines nine of your most liked photos from 2016 into one square, Insta-friendly photo. So I thought we should have a look at my top 9 photos of 2016… They are:

 

9. Poolside drink

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This photo was taken by the pool at our hotel in Dubrovnik in July. I spent most of my days by the pool, reading good books and sipping on either a mojito or a Coke Zero because, well, vacation! Seeing as the pool was only 1-2 meters away, I could just jump in to cool off when the sun was too hot. Oh, how I miss it!

8. Times Square

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A lot of my most liked photos are from New York. Here I am standing on Times Square, a place that simultaneously astounds and scares me. It was one of our shopping days in the Big Apple and I had some Sephora hauling to do. Jacob wanted to watch a game in some pub, so I just went shopping on my own. I remember feeling like I could never get used to Times Square, it was just TOO MUCH! Too many people, too many screens, too many ads, just too much of everything. Yet it fascinated me and I just stood there, slightly dizzy, trying to make sense of it all.

7. The New York Skyline at Night

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Ah, this one is my favorite NY photo. It was taken at rooftop bar The Press Lounge one night when we met a friend of mine + her friends there for some drinks. I wrote about it here. You know how, before you go somewhere, you have a vision of what that place looks like and what views you are going to see. This was my vision of New York before I got there. This is exactly what I had pictured, and I remember standing there, drink in my hand, just feeling happy that I finally got to see it. And to post in on Instagram 😉

6. Top of the World

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This is New York from the top of the Empire State Building on a somewhat foggy spring day. Unfortunately, we picked the only day of our trip that was really foggy to go see New York from the top. Nevertheless, it was majestic. I mean LOOK at that view. Even though I am really scared of heights, this was a lovely experience and we could really see how huge Manhattan is.

5. Me at the Met

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This is me at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and my wonderful new lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills – it’s called Rio and I love it almost as much as I love cats (but let’s be real). It is taken in the Gallery 548 – the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court. Read more about our visit to the Met (and other NY museums) right here.

4. The Vegan Guide to Dubrovnik

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A food pic! This picture is from my vegan guide to Dubrovnik and fourth on my list. The food in question is from one of my all time favorite veg*n restaurants called Nishta.

3. Brooklyn Bridge and I

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To be honest, I hate this picture of me because it’s taken from my bad angle (look and you’ll see I almost never pose from this side! 😛 ). But I put my vanity aside and posted it anyway. This was taken on our last full day in New York. It was freezing and raining and I just wanted to take the subway back to our hotel but we decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge anyway and I am glad we did. We walked there as the sun set and once we were in Manhattan it was completely dark (and very cold). We hurried into a Starbucks where I had some tea, before we walked over to our favorite Mexican restaurant and had some Sangría.

2. Wine in Soho

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This is one of my favorite memories. We were out shopping all day and walked from Downtown to Soho, doing some real shopping and some window shopping. It was sunny and hot and New York was packed with people. We slid into one of the side streets and found a really nice place on a corner, ordered two glasses of Chardonnay and sat by the open window. They had no wifi, so we were forced to actually talk to eachother and it was great 😉 We returned here the next day as well and really fell in love with the whole area. Next time, we’re definitely staying in Soho.

1. A delicious sandwich

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Seeing that this was the most liked photo on my feed during 2016 was a bit of a surprise. It’s an avocado sandwich with zucchini bread from a lovely place called Social here in Copenhagen. I’ve written more about it in this post.

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Travel

Off to Rome

October 26, 2016

Scandinavia is beautiful in fall, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s dark and it’s cold. It’s been 3 months at home in Copenhagen and I need my travel fix badly. We have a trip planned for January, but I couldn’t wait that long, so Jacob and I decided to go somewhere. A fall getaway. And what better place to go in fall than Rome? It’s still around 20 degrees Celsius down there, which is basically considered Danish summer. So Thursday evening, we’re off! We’re staying until Monday and we plan to eat, eat, eat, drink, and perhaps see some historical monuments in between. I can’t wait!
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Of course, I will keep you updated on my travels through my social media (I am called liveandletsgo on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook etc – so am easy to find 🙂 )

If you have any suggestions on blog posts I should read before going, or any tips on where to eat (vegan/vegetarian) and drink – let me know in the comments!

Photos by Moyan Brenn, CC license through Flickr.