Personal, food for though

I let go of the superficial therefore I reconnect

It usually hits me when I’m cycling. The physical motion is inviting to a state of mindfulness and, from there, this inner-awareness often arises. It starts out with this feeling that there’s something I need to get rid of. As if I were carrying too many things on me, things that ‘don’t belong’. I might be tired, feel spaced out, or unsettled.

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people, Personal, Stories

The girls who make me smile with all my teeth

It was January 2014. From the beginning of that month, I would have to commit to a Dutch language course, every Tuesday and Thursday evening, at a building called De Potgieter, located at a pretty square in Amsterdam West. I had finished a beginner’s course around one year before that. The municipality of Amsterdam, who was paying for my studies, had stated I could not postpone the attendance of the second level anymore. Otherwise, they would stop financing me. Sounded fair. It was a now or never situation, thus. I was hoping it’d work.

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When What Where – September

WWW is a cultural agenda focused on art, music, lesser-known cultural venues, sustainability & self-development. With a soft spot for world-music and multicultural events. 

Omg. What a challenge it was to go through ALL the events in town for this month. I feel that, with every year, the cultural offer in Amsterdam just increases. After all, September seems to be the month of all beginnings. Here’s the juicy stuff, handpicked for you.

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food for though, Personal, Stories

Afraid I can’t fall in love anymore

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for the truth” // Benjamin Disraeli

“I am afraid I can’t fall in love anymore”, my friend tells me, with a smartphone in hand, his Tinder account left open. The shiny screen he holds so tightly is a promise of happiness in the form of endless beautiful faces smiling at you, stating availability, opening a passage to something greater than the dullness of everyday life, the loneliness most of us know all too well.

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people, Stories, Travels

Carolina and her yoga retreat in Menorca

One of the people that have impacted me the most during my yoga teacher training at Tula Amsterdam is Carolina. She’s kind and soft, warm and witty; one of those people one immediately likes. Now that the training has passed I must admit that it wasn’t an easy period for me. It was a time of big changes and uncertainties in my life and I felt disconnected and anxious more often than not. Moreover, a yoga teacher training can be a very confronting experience in which your shortcomings get so exposed in your eyes, and any emotion present may feel like it’s double its size. Carolina’s presence was soothing. We got together to practice, she met my mother, and we even got the chance to do a yoga photoshoot together. When she announced she had to take the final exam earlier because she was going back to Spain, I felt pained at first. Continue reading “Carolina and her yoga retreat in Menorca”

Agenda

When What Where – August

WWW is a cultural agenda focused on art, music, lesser-known cultural venues, sustainability & self-development. With a soft spot for world-music and multicultural events. 

This is a shortened version of “Who What Where”. Simply because I need a rest. I am working hard to pay bills that have been piling up and I was getting so stressed out with my estrangled agenda that I’ve decided to take a minimalistic approach to the cultural agenda this month. I hope to have time both to work hard and organize my blogging year – for me, the new year always starts in September, not in January.

Amsterdam almost has an excess of cultural offer, especially in the summer, so I’ve selected just a few events for the rest of the month. I hope this helps you out with the sea of options out there. This being said, if you need an extra suggestion for a specific day, you can always contact me via the comments down below or via e-mail. Juicy stuff, here we go.

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amsterdam, Creative Living, Culture, food for though, Stories

SO Cards – One of those talks #1

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It all started like this. He shuffled up the cards and suggested I picked one. SO… I did. I read the question. I sighed. Here comes a hard one, was the thought that crossed my mind. I wouldn’t have been able to answer this question, in all honesty, ten years ago. Now I know that it’s important that I do. When we’re sincere and open about our struggles, we help others feel less inadequate and less alone. If not for you, do it for them.

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amsterdam, Creative Living, Personal, Stories, Work

The freelance life part I: my story

Should I really write about this?

Here’s yet another photo of my laptop, gazing the viewer from a terrace on a sunny day, cappuccino on the side. The caption reads: “all the perks of freelancing summed up in one photo”. I posted this and proceeded to make calculations on how to pay next month’s rent, followed by sending e-mails asking when am I supposed to get honorariums from jobs I have long ago delivered.
I realise the irony of the situation and decide to make up for the delusory image. Next story I post, same picture, different caption: “Hey, don’t be fooled. There are plenty of downs, too. Should I write about this?”.

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Agenda

When What Where – last days of July

WWW is a cultural agenda focused on art, music, lesser-known cultural venues, sustainability, community events & self-development. With a soft spot for world-music and multicultural events. 

Dear friends,

One of the best-known feelings for bloggers like me – who don’t pay their rent from blogging – is guilt. Whenever you’re late with your blog posts or spend a long time in radio silence, you feel like a fraud. I really had to prioritize work that pays bills this past month though, hence this half-month cultural agenda. Better late than never, they say where I come from – I abide by that rule. Those of you who are subscribed to the newsletter have received some suggestions for July in their mailbox – the newsletter has priority over everything else – so if you’re one of those who don’t want to miss a thing, make sure to sign up for it.

So, what does the second half of July has to offer us? Find all about it out below.
Have a gorgeous summer y’all!

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Creative Living, people

Seven days, seven outfits – hello Deepa Paul!

Hello there; the styling squad is back.

Do you remember Seven days, seven outfits – II? By the end of the post, there was a giveaway which my readers could enter. All they had to do was tell us why Linda Nouta,  my stylist friend, should pass by their place, and put together seven new Spring outfits for them. Our dearest Deepa Paul has won her wardrobe-check with some great reasoning. She said:

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