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travel to 100 countries (read all 25 entries…)
43) Kenya

I meant to go last year already, but got sick in the minute so had to stay home. So now I finally made and I am so glad. I am having a good time meeting interesting, knowledgable and professional people, so life is good.



Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
5) Chris Pavone - The expat

From the back cover I thought I could not not like this book, but I really suffered through it. While the story line is ok, there is not one character that has been developed thoroughly, the writing sometimes could be better and overall it just doesn’t work.



Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
4. Deon Meyer - 7 days

Going to the beach for the Easter vacation was the best thing to do. I enjoyed the book feeling the sun on my skin, looking at the sea and only layed it down for some snorkeling and eating good food. It was the perfect addition to that.



On March 20th celebrate the birthday of writing to reach you wishing her a great new trip around the sun, filled with love, adventures, creativity and interesting books.
Happy Birthday!

I hope you have a wonderful day as the start of an amazing year. Hope to hear from you how you achieve all the things you want to do.



Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
3) Charles Cumming - A foreign Country

I liked it. An easy to read spy story, with lots of references to current politics etc. Nothing to last, but quick, easy and nice.



Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
2) Michael Connelly - The Black Box

Picked it up at the airport before boarding an 11 hour flight. I got exactly what I was hoping for – a quick interesting read. I actually liked this book better than a few of the later ones, because it is almost going back to basics. So that was nice and easy.



Read 25 books in 2013. (read all 25 entries…)
1) Gregory David Roberts - Shantaram

Finally starting on this year’s reading and the first pick were almost a 1000 pages of Shantaram. I really liked the way the book made the characters and India come alive for me. I have a clear picture of every character, every street and every emotion. This is very rare for me. I also liked the story – a mixture of easy smiles, emotions, action and some philosophical questions about life. The last 200 pages (the Afghanistan episode) could have been shortened, but overall a very nice read.



Get the basics right (read all 14 entries…)
Eish...

Still not sure how to tackle this one. I made up a few routines and put them on rootein.com. The website is not great, really, but it does help to track daily routines. Any ideas for other websites are welcome – or maybe 43 things could add this. Anyway.. things are going so so. I was doing quite well on some (not so well on others) and now that I have started travelling again, it’s all back to square one. Argh…



travel to 100 countries (read all 25 entries…)
41 (&42)) - Israel and Palestine

Now it becomes tricky. Palestine has been recognized as a state by 130 countries, but despite the UN recognition as an observer last year, this does not count as a state recognized by the UN.

This whole situation is so difficult… it’s frustrating just to watch, unthinkable to be involved in.



Do 200 min of cardio a week (read all 9 entries…)
Runnin 09/02

4.5 km
29:19 min
6:30 min/km



Speak French fluently (read all 10 entries…)
First step

booked private lessons starting next week Friady! So far, so good.



Get the basics right (read all 14 entries…)
15-01-2013

Daily
- 15 min of putting things away /decluttering
- make the bed
- clean the sink
- drink tea
- before bed routine

Today
- laundry
- recycle paper and plastic
- get a massage



Get the basics right (read all 14 entries…)
14-01-13

Daily
it was a bad day for getting the basics done. Basically I didn’t. I got home late after, i went from work to a birthday party etc. No excuses, i know. But if would get it done everyday, I wouldn’t need the goal, I guess. Tomorrow will be a better day

- 15 min of putting things away /decluttering
- make the bed
- clean the sink
- drink tea
- before bed routine

Today
- laundry
- put all clothes away
- recycle paper and plastic



Get the basics right (read all 14 entries…)
Todo 13-01-2013

Daily
- 15 min of putting things away/declutteringnot that you can see a lot of progress, but it’s baby steps, right?
- make the bed
- clean the sink
- drink tea
- before bed routine

Today
- pick up package from the postThere were actually two. What a nice suprise. Plus I could help somebody who couldn’t figure out how the machines works.
- pick up the bikeConnected to an hour long walk. Time to reflect and get some movement.
- pick two books to read Guillermo Martínez – Los crímenes de oxford & Lois Frankel – Nice Girls don’t get the corner office. I am finally trying to tackle the Spanish book goal.
- plan the weekThis one didn’t really work out. I could plan on so many levels. So I went for defining a focus.
- chose one article to readPolitical fragmentation, decentralization and development cooperation: Ecuador in the Latin American context



Read 25 books in 2012. (read all 25 entries…)
25) Mandy Roussow - Mangaung Kings and Kingmakers

It was an interesting read, just not enough to fill a whole book. The consequence was a lot of repetitions. Basically, all the interesting stuff was said in the first chapter and then repeated with an additional detail here and there.



Read 25 books in 2012. (read all 25 entries…)
24) Jo Nesbo - Phantom

Another Jo Nesbo with Harry Hole. Gruesome as always, but a good story.



Speak French fluently (read all 10 entries…)
To do in 2013

When I am back from my vacation I will have to start looking for a teacher for private lesssons. It will only be possible at weekends so I will have to find one that works saturdays as well.



Do 200 min of cardio a week (read all 9 entries…)
The Gym

15 min on the stairmaster
20 min running

plus some weight training



Get my mailbox to zero (read all 3 entries…)
before the christmas break

I want to do this before the christmas break and leave for the holidays with a clean slate. As of now, that leaves 215 emails in my mailbox and 4 reports to write. There are 9 working days left before the break and some additional things will come up, but I really, really want to mark this goal done for once.



Read 25 books in 2012. (read all 25 entries…)
23) Ian McEwan - Sweet tooth

I am a bit undecided about this one. Unlike the Review in the NYT, I didn’t see the ending coming from the start, so I liked the twist in the end (maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention). As always, I also liked McEwan’s style, which is clear and engaging. The story itself could have made more sense (there are quite a few gaps or things that are highly unlikely), but that is ok.

Funnily, I read Sweet tooth at the same time as I read The Paris Wife and both are written from a female perspective in love with a professional writer. From both experiences, I don’t ever want to date a writer. Much too self-absorbed :-)



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