About

 

___ I KNOW YOU FROM SOMEWHERE ___
(WHO ARE YOU, ANA V. MARTINS?)

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💫 actress turned content creative 💫 arts & culture journalist 💫 social media wizard

}}} I almost walk on water, too {{{

Portuguese roots, Amsterdammer at heart. Background in Theatre and Journalism. Yoga teacher trainee.

___ AMSTERDIVE ___
(AS IN SCUBA DIVE? OR WHAT?)

Francesca M. Healy

 

THIS IS A DIVE. I AM THE HOST. AMSTERDAM IS THE POOL. 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 & conscious living, sustainability & self-development.

___ WHY AMSTERDAM ___
(OF ALL PLACES?)

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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.

___ SOUNDS COOL __
(HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU?)

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For love letters or amazing ideas for collaborations:

💌: AMSTERDIVEMAIL@GMAIL.COM

Should you want to work with me:
Will you be so kind to read Amsterdive’s guidelines for collaborations first?
Thank you in advance.
If you believe we’re a good fit, definitely throw those ideas my way!

HERE’S SOME STUFF I’VE BEEN DOING WITH OTHERS.

THIS IS HOW IT ALL STARTED.

ONCE UPON A TIME I WROTE A ‘SORT OF MANIFEST‘.


Pictures 1, 3 & 5 by my beloved friend ©Amsterdamming
(of which work you should definitely check out as well)

9 thoughts on “About”

  1. 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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