ANA V. MARTINS
I usually say I am an actress who writes. But maybe it is the other way around. I exist in an intersection of creative fields: performing, writing, and everything in between.
I graduated in Theater in Portugal and followed a short journalism course afterwards. I worked as an actress but I also worked as a sushi-girl and as an ‘all around persona’ at my favorite art-house-movie-theater in Lisbon. Lisbon made of me a very happy person, by the way. But then came Amsterdam.
Amsterdam gave me the world. It also gave me freedom. Since the beginning, I felt I had got ‘home’. My fascination with the city comes from its historic international environment, its highly relaxed and tolerant atmosphere, the feel of a vibrant metropole within the size of a big village, the quality of its life with bikes, green spaces and water in the center of it. And obviously its beauty & aesthetics.
AmsterDive is a project with both a very personal accent, and a cultural one. It explores my own relashionship with Amsterdam – and The Netherlands -, but it also focuses in arts and culture ( every week, I write a cultural agenda for the city).
Want to get in touch? Reach me at email@example.com.
Have you read my ‘sort of manifest‘?
Here’s an excerpt: “My goal with Amsterdive is not to extensively cover the city but rather selecting and highlighting places I find unique, and ultimately make me happy. While doing this I want to tell stories about the possibilities of life over here, from my personal perspective. Since I am very interested in arts & culture, tradition & crafts, vintage & second-hand places as well as biological & vegetarian ones, you are going to find much of it here.
My perspective on the city should be as original as possible, that’s how I believe this whole ‘Amsterdam conversation’ can be enriched. It is possible that my blog reaches people interested in exploring the city, whether travellers or locals. In this sense I would feel happy if I could inspire people to dive into the authentic life of the city, which is something that manifests itself in plentifully different ways. If, through my own experience, I can trigger someone to discover places off the beaten track, and hidden gems in the city – all the better.”
If you wish to read more, check my interview at BlogExpat.
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