Yesterday i put on a brunch for Seb's family. It consisted of fruit, bacon, sausage, eggs, bread, buns, cheese, and of course... DANISHES!! Fresh, out of the oven, delicious Danishes :) It was a nice morning, which ended up lasting until dinner time. Although brunch may not seem too difficult to put together, it was a lot of work and I am proud of how it turned out!
Above are the wonderful gifts I received from Seb's family. A bicycle helmet, mom and dad you must be happy to hear that. A Bodum french press, to make one individual perfect coffee! A very cool glass mug with a tea infuser, from Berlin. And delicious chocolates from Austria :) You could say I am a little spoiled, but of course, very thankful!
Yesterday I turned 23 :) I spent Tuesday night baking cookies to bring to work. It's customary in Denmark to bring in cake to work on your birthday, I thought I would change it up a bit and bring in my homemade vanilla oat m&m cookies. They were extremely popular, I was even asked if I could have my birthday more often! It was a nice treat for a Wednesday morning that everyone appreciated, which made me very happy. After work I headed home and was greeted by Seb's mom, grandma and brother in the garden with snacks and white wine. We sat out, enjoyed the sun and opened gifts. Seb got me an absolutely beautiful jewelry set, earrings and matching necklace. And Seb's mom got me a mini Bodum french press, so I can make my (Tim Hortons) coffee. I will take pictures this weekend and post them next week. I then got ready for dinner to go to an unknown location. Seb was taking me to a surprise restaurant, which ended up being closed.. surprise! Haha, so we chose another restaurant nearby. I ordered a pasta with little lobsters, which I misunderstood and thought I was getting a seafood pasta... it was pasta with lobster on top. Here I am, dressed all nice, tearing apart lobser claws with my bare hands in the middle of this little Italian restaurant. Overall we had a fantastic evening. Thank you for all the wonderful birthday wishes, they were all so great to receive. I may be far away from all my family and friends but it reminded me how much you all care, and it made my day :)
I also want to wish a happy belated birthday to Crystal! Hope you had a lovely weekend camping!
Antje is part of a pop-up bakery called Sweet Sneak. Along with 3 other girls, they bake delicious goodies and have bake sales! It's in a different location each time, with a different theme and different baked goods. Yesterday they were celebrating midsummer, the longest days of the year. It was at a playground, on the second floor/patio of this little building. I went with Connie's roomie Jeanne. We were lucky enough to get special treatment from Antje - Radlers! Radler is also known as a Shandy, half beer, half lemonade. It was light and refreshing, perfect for a Sunday evening.
Today at work BBC was filming! I do not know much about when it will be aired, how long it is, etc, but when I do know I will pass it along! I also went for a pre-lunch run with one of my coworkers. Goodness, was she ever fast!! I tried to keep up, she lost me in the last kilometre but I did manage a new personal best for 5km. We have decided to do 5km each Monday before lunch, hopefully next week I will be able to keep up. I have also made it to our twitter homepage, https://twitter.com/endomondo - yes that is me as the background :) fancy, I know. You could say it was a good Monday!
Saturday (yesterday) Connie headed home for a week to work, so we decided to have a relaxing Friday night. I heard about an excellent cheesecake cafe from someone at work and decided to give it a try. Connie and I immediately loved the little cafe with its wooden benches and hygge atmosphere. We picked out our slices of cheesecake and asked about the wine available. We were pleasantly surprised when we were told that today the wine was free! They had been nominated for best cake in the city 2014 and were celebrating by giving customers free wine. The cheesecakes were delicious, I chose apple cinnamon and Connie chose key lime. I like to think the free wine didn't influence by thoughts on the cheesecake, either way I will definitely be going back. We then headed back to Connie's place for a little more wine. Patric joined us and we grabbed blankets, pillows and candles and headed out to the back. We sat on the patio until the sun was long gone, enjoying the summer evening.
Yesterday we threw together some absolutely delicious burgers! Topped with some avocado and an egg, it was a winning combination. On the side we had homemade chips, a simple but great dinner. We sat out on Connie's patio and enjoyed the evening.
This evening has been spent cleaning, returning bottles and eating m&m's, very exciting stuff. Seb is out cheering on England for the World Cup. And tomorrow is FRIDAY, how wonderful!
Yesterday Connie and I picked up some frozen yogurt and headed to the park to enjoy the (kind of) sunny Sunday. Frozen yogurt is one of my favourite activities - I consider it an activity, not just food. Patric joined us and brought KNIFFEL!! In English, Kniffel is better known as Yahtzee ;) We had a nice relaxing Sunday playing games, reading books and eating!
Saturday evening we went to a rooftop party!! It was a complete bust.. it ended up being on a first floor balcony... how exciting. I did try an Aperol Spritz! It's Aperol and champagne, apparently a popular European/German summer drink. After that we grabbed some drinks and headed to the park. We sat and drank in the park until the sun was gone and the temperature dropped. Another wonderful weekend!
Last night we had a homemade sushi night at Connie's place! While I was over I saw her dirndl, traditional German outfit, and just HAD to try it on. It was magical!! Now I want a dirndl! I wanted to run through meadows and yodel while wearing the outfit. The picture directly above is my creepy dead doll pose, I thought it was too funny not to post!
Homemade sushi was a success! It was quite the process, the rice alone had 5 or 6 different steps. I was a bit nervous about the raw fish, but 24hrs later and I haven't been sick, so I'd say it was fine. We had salmon, shrimp, tuna, avocado, mango, carrots, cucumbers and cream cheese, so many delicious combinations. I wasn't even sure that I liked sushi, but now I am definitely a fan. It was a long night... after we made and ate the first round (pictured above), we had extra ingredients so we made a second round, which we couldn't finish last night. Then it was clean up and straight home to bed for me! Next time we should start preparing earlier.. and I don't think next time will be for a while, it was a LOT of sushi!
Yes, that's right, I did some modelling... I'm kind of a big deal. I had to sign a model release form and got paid, so it pretty much makes me an official model. At work they were doing a photo shoot; background pictures for the app, for the welcome page, etc, and I was asked to partake. And when I say that I got paid, it was during work hours... but it still counts. Hopefully the pictures turned out well and I may or may not make it to the website and app - I'll let you know as soon as I know. Until then, I am going to tell everyone that I am a part-time model ;)
After work I headed to Islands Brygge, a grassy spot along part of the harbour, to meet Connie. Connie's classmates were having a mini BBQ and I was invited (kind of). We picked up disposable grills, sausages, buns and beer. I also got an ice cream from Hansens! It's named Hansens, I couldn't not get one, Hansens for a Hansen (hahaha). I also ran into Lasse!! Lasse was one of the exchange buddies from Copenhagen Business School when I was here on exchange in 2012. He is now in Connie's class but they didn't know each other when Connie was on exchange. Small world! It was nice to see him and catch up after 2 years. Everyone stayed later but I headed home, was a bit tired from the photo shoot today ;)
Today Connie had some school work to do so we decided when she was done then we'd enjoy the day. Early afternoon we grabbed our bikes and headed out to Klampenborg. I borrowed a bike from a friend, Connie made a salad, we packed our bags and set out. Once we got there we had a picnic on the beach. We looked for a quiet area, saw that the beach was slightly emptier towards the left so that's where we headed, once we put our blanket down we realized why that side was so empty... it's where people went to swim and sun bathe in the nude. So much nudity! Overall we biked 30km! It felt so good to get out of the city and be around nature (and I am not referring to the nudists..).
Along the way we stopped for fresh strawberries which were delicious! We also stopped to see this gas station that was designed by Arne Jacobsen, a famous Danish designer who was very papular around the 20's.
I am wearing one of my awesome new Endomondo jackets! And Connie is also wearing an Endomondo jacket that I was able to snag for her :) I made sure she got a few pictures of me on the bike because I needed some proof, mom I know you would never believed I biked 30km in one day, wilfully.
I, of course, tracked my workout with Endomondo. Above is the breakdown of the workout, taken from the Endomondo website. Now I an exhausted. I have showered and had my evening tea, all ready for a good night sleep. So glad I have a holiday tomorrow, I may need the day to recover! Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend :)
Distortion is an annual street party in Copenhagen. It lasts for a few days and is in a different area each day. The streets are closed down and at every other corner there is a different dj playing music. People eat, drink, hang out, dance and walk through the streets enjoying the festival. It starts late afternoon with people strolling the streets, I saw parents with their babies wearing hearing protection ear muffs, and towards the evening it gets absolutely packed! I went with Connie and Patric and we met up with some of their friends from school. We had some beers (because it's legal to drink in public in Denmark) and walked the streets stopping to dance at various dj stands. By 9pm we couldn't move anymore, it was unbelievably crowded! We stayed until it ended at 10pm. From there everyone headed to the bars and I headed home, 10pm is late enough. It was so much fun and we were lucky enough to have beautiful weather!
(Click on the pictures above to see them full size - much nicer that way!)
The top left picture is a gas station, there were picnic tables beside the gas pumps and people dancing everywhere! For people who lived on the streets where the party was happening, they were sitting in their windows enjoying the party without actually having to get lost in the crowds.
Today I was working from home, didn't even have to change out of my pj's! I've been so spoiled at work with our lunches catered in, when it came to lunch time today I had to make it myself... talk about a rough day ;) It was nice to stay in bed all day but still be productive. I have Monday off, so here comes my last long weekend until Christmas!
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