Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Highlights of 2011

2011 was a great year ! Here are some of my favorite moments :

travelling to Munich on my own

going to Ultra Music Festival in Miami

hosting my dear friend Sandra for her first trip ever to the United States

finishing my senior thesis project

hosting a brunch for all of my girl friends before graduating

graduating !

going to Chicago with Taylor and her family to see her graduate


going to St. Thomas with Sean and Marissa

moving to Denmark !

running the DHL with my coworkers

going to Oktoberfest in Munich

meeting my love at a rave

planning intern festivus
going to Rome with my love

having my family in Copenhagen for Christmas

celebrating New Years with my love !!! <3

Jul og Nytår i Danmark !

Better late than never !!

Spending Cristmas in Copenhagen was amazing ! I celebrated with my collegues 2 times in December once with an entire company wide party, and then a smaller gathering for only interns, which I helped plan. They really got me into the holiday spirit !

entire staff of DIS

the gingerbread decorating room at intern festivus

a wholesome Christmas party soon turned into this

I got to celebrate an early Christmas with my lovely Palmar where he cooked me a fantastic meal of his specialty : mung dal.

These beautiful flowers flowers were on the table at our dinner, and my dear friend Olivia gave me the pug portrait !

The next day, I met my amazing family at Copenhagen airport and prepared to spend Christmas in our fabulous rented apartment for 1 week.

For Christmas dinner I made: pork tenderloin with an apple chutney, roasted vegetables, cream cheese and chive mashed potatoes, and creamed spinach ! For dessert we had 2 traditional Danish desserts: ris ala mand (like rice pudding with chopped almonds in it with a warm cherry sauce on top) and a julekage (Christmas cake - made up of layers of philodough with filled with sugary filling and rasins)

pumpkin pancakes on Christmas morning where we were celebrating with my Danish friend Sandra, showing her how we would do a traditional American Christmas. We also had fruit salad and mimosas at breakfast :) followed by an afternoon of presents, skyping with family back in the United States, and watching A Muppet Christmas CarolJustin really got into the giving holiday spirit

one night we went to Tivoli - an amusement park in downtown Copenhagen - where they had the whole park decorated for Christmas with a Russian theme.

I had a fabulous New Years celebrating with Palmar, his cousin Edda, his brothers, and a bunch of his long time frineds. Palmar and Edda prepared an amazing meal for 16 people and we had a fabulous party in Edda's festivally decorated apartment !

beautifully decorated dinner table

our amazing hostess putting the final touches on homemade creme brulee ! soo good !

me and my lovely love !! (and kurt cobain ??)

Monday, November 21, 2011


Torvehallerne is a new market that opened this fall in CPH. It is full of gourmet stalls selling a huge range of amazing things like organic vegetables, high quality chocolate, expensive knives, and sushi.

Me and my Palmar went there on Saturday to get food for the meal we were making that night. While we were walking around and checking out all the shops we were intrigued by a coffee bar called the Coffee Collective, which according to their website is a "a specialty coffee micro roastery and coffee consulting company" :P They sell fair trade coffees from around the globe. We tried the coffee of the day from Kenya. It was really unique and unlike any coffee I had ever tried before. It had a fruity taste and to me tasted more like tea than coffee.

they made the coffee by pouring boiling water directly over the grounds in the filter.

Palmar and I were inspired to buy sweet potatoes to use in our dinner but found the ones in the market too expensive so we bought them and a bunch of other fresh vegetables from a farmers market just a few steps away from Torvehallerne, which was still amazing and way cheaper.

yaahhh boyyy

For dinner Palmar made his specialty: mung dal - a stew made of lentils with curry sauce. That with roast vegetables and salad from the farmers market was the perfect dinner, and even better to eat when we woke up on Sunday.

The dal cooking :) I read that if your pot is about to boil over, putting a wooden spoon or fork across the pan, like this, will stop it.
I can tell you that this is untrue.

A Night at the Ballet

Another perk at my job is that sometimes when a class is scheuldled to see a ballet, there are extra tickets and they are passed onto the interns for free :) :) I was lucky enough to get my hands on a ticket for the high energy and very entertaining ballet : Broadway for en aften (Broadway for a night)
It was divided into 4 acts which were each their own miniature story ranging from a very traditional 2 person dance to a very modern one where the dancers were even rolling on the floor. The final act was a version of West Side Story and the dancers were even singing at some parts which was pretty funny because of their accents :P

Mission ITpossible

Last week, Joe and I got sent on an emegency mission. Students from our school had been living in a dorm for the last 3 months with pretty much no internet. They had had enough and called in reinforcements to make sure their cries were heard - aka - they had their parents call the school they were studying abroad at and have them complain. Well obviously DIS wanted to right this situation right away, but needed an expert opinion on what steps to take in. This is where Joe and I come in. We had to go out and visit the dorm and asses what the problem was and how we can solve it to make the stuends happy.

At first we felt really cool and important because we got to take a cab and put it on our work credit card, but then I soon realized our task would be far less glamorous than it had first seemed.
I won't bore everyone with the IT details of our mission :P but I'll just tell you it pretty much felt like a wild goose chase leading us into uncharted territories - aka asbestos filled / haunted basements.In the end we decided that the wireless provided at the dorm was basically useless and our school should provide the students with a solution we have control over ourselves, so we ordered USB sticks that provide wireless internet. In total we had to get 46 of them and guess how much they cost - 100,000 kr. which is equal to $20,000 !!! those students better be grateful for what we did for them !!

Sur plus les

Last Friday Sandra invited me to a party that some of her friends were hosting to celebrate the opening of their new design and advertising consulting firm. It was actually two firms joining together Surplus Wonder and Lundholm Experience Strategy . It was really cozy and we just hung out for a few hours, drank a bottle of wine and chatted with some of the other guests who were also graduates from the Danish Design School.

When we were leaving, Sandra knew about a candy store that was right down the street and obviously there was no way to resist stopping in.

like a kid in a candy store ;)