What do you love most about Your City?
I love that it feels like a village yet has all the advantages of a big global metropole. When you think about it, it’s quite incredible how many cultures and different impulses this city is home too on quite a small geographic space. It almost compresses everything, which means that you don’t have to look far to discover something new. The laid back and fun mentality of its citizens makes for a great energy and atmosphere. I think people in Amsterdam are good at enjoying life, compared to more high-tempo places such as London or New York.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
My favorite breakfast meal is very Dutch: poffertjes. It’s basically a plate of multiple tiny (puffy) pancakes. I eat them with loads of syrup and powdered sugar. I just make them at home. I prefer my boyfriend to cook them because he has more patience. And therefore they taste better.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Sleeping. I am not an early bird.
10:00 AM – I’ve had two coffees, postponed my shower till the latest moment possible, read and responded to most of my emails and made a to-do list for the day. I can not go without a to-do list.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
There are a few really nice lunch places in Amsterdam. I love middle eastern places (and they’re good for vegetarian options) such as The Libanese Sajeria, Sonnys falafel or D&A Hummus. In the summer I love the terrace of De Plantage or SkateCafe. The Cottage in my new neighbourhood (East) is great in the weekend for a long brunch. But actually I’m a huge snacks fan. Any snackbar will do. French fries with mayonnaise and sate sauce.
7:00 PM – Probably ordering pizza and writing a treatment, or just random ideas.
11:00 PM – Biking home from the cinema or dinner with friends, always thinking that I should sleep earlier.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Tea. I love coffee, but I’d rather live without coffee than without tea. I also live for iced tea.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
App: I use loads of apps (and honestly, my phone too much). WhatsApp, Instagram, Shazam, Deliveroo, Buienradar (a weather app – essential in this rainy city), Calm, LastPass (I forget passwords very easily), Cineville (the Dutch art house cinema calendar).
Fav insta: I like animal and interior accounts such as round.boys, maison.nue, decorhardcore, matterandshape. As for people, I love the accounts of Ana Kras (teget) and Vivianne Sassen.
What should everyone try at least once?
Diving. To me, it is the most unusual place you can be ‘on earth’. It’s a completely new world. Everything moves differently, time even feels different. You don’t think about practical things, you’re just breathing. I think you’re closest to space as a ‘normal’ person (as in, not an astronaut).
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In the thousands of folders with old imagery I’ve saved on my phone or computer. But also, anywhere on holiday. I’ve been to Morocco three times now and every corner is so different. I guess it’s the best place to wander. The colors are so soothing – driving through the desert from village to village is absolutely fantastic. They just arise in the same color clay or sand, so it feels like a dream continuously.