A very happy new year 2016!
I hope you made it into 2016 safely and had a blast on NYE with loads of champagne, good food, friends, fireworks, sparklers, and a kiss at midnight. My New Year’s party was a small affair with a couple of close friends, an excellent homecooked dinner, and too much wine, judging by my hangover on the day after - despite my best intentions not to waste the first day of the new year as I did last time. Oh well, you know what they say about intentions.
For 2015, I had set myself some goals, so I thought why not take a look and see how I’ve done?
- Finish paying off my student debt: I’m not entirely done yet, but will be by end of February, so I would say that a two-month delay is acceptable.
- Travel: I don’t know that you can ever travel enough, but I would set a check mark here because I went on some great trips in 2015, for example our summer vacations in Crete and a beautiful summer house in Rørvig, multiple trips to the boyfriend’s family’s summer house, an amazing foodie trip to London with FoodieHub, and our long weekend in Paris in December (part I, II, III). All in all, a good travel year, even though we still haven’t managed our road trip through the historic southern USA.
- Learn a new skill: This is a half-yes. I didn’t take any courses or classes, but I do think that my photography has gotten better through practice and teaching myself. I use my camera’s manual settings now, and I’ve experimented a lot with my prime lens. I’ve also begun teaching myself a photo editing software. I still hope to up my game in photography further - maybe I’ll take a course in 2016!
- Cook more: I’d say that’s a yes! I recently started planning our dinners for the week ahead, both to make shopping more hassle-free and to have more variety in what we eat. I make a lot more from scratch, such as pizza dough, and I’ve got a few staple recipes in my kitchen that I can whip up with my eyes closed. 2015 has also been a good year for recipes on the blog, with my main inspiration coming from Danish cuisine (like this “rødgrød“, a new take on “frikadeller“, and a copycat sandwich), and my travels (like these salads with watermelon and bulgur).
- Keep exploring: Like with travelling, I don’t think I’ll ever be done exploring Copenhagen and Denmark - there’s just too much to see! This year, I visited some places I hadn’t been before, like the Viking ship museum in Roskilde, and I tried a million new places to eat. And I plan on continuing that!
For The Copenhagen Tales, 2015 was a great year. The blog got a little facelift, I changed my logo a tiny bit, and I managed to work together with some great brands like Sony and Ecco, and locals like Urban House.
Your favorite posts in 2015 were these:
- Ready for the weekend: 5 great brunch spots in Copenhagen
- 12 great apps you need in Copenhagen
- 5 touristy things worth doing in Copenhagen
- Copycat Joe & The Juice Tunacado Sandwich
- Top 10: Best cocktails in Copenhagen
I’d also like to say a big THANK YOU to all of you who’ve been reading my blog, leaving comments, and sharing my posts on social media. I’m especially happy about all the emails I’ve been getting from readers, asking for specific tips for their next trip to Copenhagen, or for advice on becoming an expat. I’ve made some great friends this way. So if you’re out there wondering if it’s okay to shoot me a quick email or Facebook message - please do! I’d love to hear from you.
A very, very happy and successful new year - may 2016 be the best one yet!