“Ana V. Martins, I know you from somewhere”

You may. I was an actress in a past life. Amsterdam turned me into a blogger / content creative / social-media wizard. In a nutshell: Portuguese roots, Amsterdammer at heart. Background in Theatre and Journalism. Yoga teacher.

“Amsterdive, as in scuba dive? Or what?”

Amsterdive is a project with both a personal accent and a cultural one. It explores my own relationship with Amsterdam, and The Netherlands while focusing on ARTS & CULTURE, CREATIVE LIVING, SUSTAINABILITY & SELF-DEVELOPMENT.

This is a dive. I am the host. Amsterdam is the pool.

“Why Amsterdam (of all places)?”

Amsterdam is the place that feels like home to me. My fascination with the city comes from its international environment, its highly relaxed and tolerant atmosphere, the feel of a vibrant metropole within the size of a big village, the quality of life over here: picture bikes, green spaces & water and you’ll get the picture. Its beauty & aesthetics play a part too. The cherry on top of the cake: how multicultural & brimming with culture this place is.

“I’d like to work with you”

Cool! In that case, will you be so kind to scroll down and read Amsterdive’s guidelines for collaborations first? Thank you in advance. If you believe we’re a good fit, definitely send those ideas my way!

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First of all, thank you for your interest in working with Amsterdive.

Amsterdive is a personal blog where I write about all things Amsterdam, art & culture, and my experiences as a local / foreigner. I aim at promoting different artistic scene(s),  sustainable ways of living, as well as bringing people together.

As a blogger, it is my responsibility to present my audience with reflections and ideas that come from an authentic place. My readers trust me and expect that I curate experiences, initiatives and objects that I consider relevant myself, and of which values align with the philosophy of the blog. That honesty is where my credibility lies.

I am interested in working with organisations or businesses that fall into a combination of the following categories:

  • Eco-friendly businesses with a clear and credible public stance on sustainability
  • Companies that ensure humane and dignified working conditions to their employers, and sell a product that is fairly produced both for the environment and their workers
  • Companies that don’t test on animals
  • Companies who sell vegetarian and vegan products
  • Organisations that focus on self-development, mindfulness, and health from a holistic point of view
  • Entities that promote arts and cultural activities in their various expressions ( I have a personal preference for contemporary art, theatre, performance, world music, smaller and more alternatives venues, Dutch culture)
  • Initiatives that have innovation as their core and people as their focus
  • Companies that are progressive and socially responsible

Examples of organisations and businesses I have collaborated with: museums, yoga schools, vegetarian/vegan restaurants, cultural venues, small-scale festivals and venues with a focus on art and community, fair fashion shops and brands, art galleries.

I will not accept to:

  • Publish content on my blog that I didn’t create myself (unless it is a guest post from an Amsterdive’s contributor or a fellow blogger I am running a partnership with);
  • Create content for commercial companies that don’t align with the guidelines stated above;
  • Vouch for things I didn’t experience myself, that I wouldn’t spend my money on, and that I don’t consider relevant.

Thank you so much for understanding.

This being said, if you have an idea in mind and you feel we would be a good fit for each other, definitely drop me a line. I will get in touch with you asap!

💌: anavmartins@amsterdive.com

Picture by Andra Stefan


11 thoughts on “About

  1. Dermott Hayes

    I’ve been to Amsterdam a few times; once to see a football match, two times attending concerts and once, for a weekend break, cruising the canals, strolling the streets, hanging out in coffee bars and visiting the Van Gogh gallery. I liked it but the best time I had was when I stayed with a friend, a local, who lived in one of those tall, narrow houses, beside a canal. Could be anywhere, I suppose.

    1. Amsterdive

      Very true Dermott, that’s why i almost always travel to places where i know a local or, at least, somewhere i have a list of good recommendations for, made by locals. For instance, I know how tricky Amsterdam can be when you don’t know anybody here or don’t have interesting tips from someone who knows it well. It can be the easiest city to explore but exactly because it’s become so crowded and branded, it can be difficult to ‘separate the wheat from the chaff’ (specially when you’re short in time). Luckily, nowadays personal blogs help a lot in that task.

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  3. healingpilgrim

    Lecker blog, Ana! I was in Amsterdam once, many years ago. (And in Schiphol many times, on stopovers 😉 I too fell in love – especially with the canals and stroopwaffel. I look forward to another visit sometime… Meanwhile, I look forward to experiencing more of the city through your eyes.

  4. kevinashton

    Dear Ana,
    As a young chef, I worked for twee jaar at the Krasnaplosky. Even though it was a long time ago, I still have vivid memories of my time in Holland. The wonderful art, both past and present and how Amsterdam is alive with creativity, from the galleries to the street performers.
    I think of late nights listening to Hedi Lester and her brother singing duets at their parent’s restaurant at the Leidseplein.

    I think of the Dutch girl I dated who worked for Greenpeace, and the times we partied on Rainbow Warrior, the boat that was later sunk by the French secret service. I think of Oliebollen and other delicious things to eat at the street cafes. I remember being amazed at the art and skill of chocolatiers on display in their shops.

    I think of a friend called Hans and how he’d create a parking space by shunting the car in front and the car behind back a little, as he explained this was possible because most people left their hand bake off. Is parking still done in this way?

    Perhaps I was just at the right age to appreciate it, or perhaps Amsterdam had a little bit of magic about it?

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