I’m writing this sitting in a caf√© somewhere Melbourne, wearing two woolen jumpers, it’s 6PM and dark outside. Looking at the photos I took during the two days I spent in Dubai seems – slightly – surreal. Having friends from all over the world is probably the best thing about studying at an international uni and being able to visit them at their houses is even better. I saw as much as I think was possible during the few days I had in the city and to be honest, although some of the stereotypes that were stuck in my head proofed to be right I had an amazing time, especially in Deira, the old town of Dubai and during our trip to the desert. I loved the colours, everything was somewhere between sand and pastel, and the dust and sand on everything seemed like nature’s own filter. I did take my camera once so a proper post will follow but here are some first impressions of Dubai.¬†
A while ago I went to the Filmtheater Kriterion to take photos for a photo series for my internship. The place is probably one of my favourites in Amsterdam Oost, a cinema / bar / caf√© / exhibition and event space run entirely by students. I spent an afternoon at the place taking photos, talking to the students working there and getting a super cool insight into the cinema. If not for indie art house movies or cool documentaries it is probably one of the best spots to study when the library on the other side of the street is simply not an option anymore.
Scouting locations for a blog article I am currently working on for my internship I came across the Bijlmerbajes, expecting to find the doors closed and hoping for a nice photo taken of the complex from the outside. Turned out to be wrong, I actually got access to the building and spend some time exploring the former prison, which over the past years had been converted into a refugee center, including a caf√©, workshops, and a museum about the old prison. With student housings nearby the venue is also being used for festivals during summer, and the former laundry room has been transformed into a restaurant. Definitely one of the most unconventional but coolest places to explore in Amsterdam, and I will for sure come back another day.
Not the first time I utterly regret not taking my camera and having to rely on my phone. But oh well, on the bright side I didn’t have to worry a second about where I left it, what I do with it while dancing or how to prevent my shoulder from falling off under its weight. And then again, with a new phone on my hands I really cannot complain about the camera quality of it, so I went a bit crazy and took photos all afternoon long, while having the best time at a music festival organised by the Dormsessions committee of my uni, at Caf√© De Ceuvel in North, arguably the most beautiful place so close to the center of Amsterdam.¬†
A few months ago – after filming a promotion video for Br√Ľt Amsterdam¬†– I photographed the first collection of Br√Ľt¬†Home Industrials for their new website and here are finally some of the results.¬†It was such a fun job taking the photos and helping to set up the arrangements ¬†(aren’t they absolute pinterest goals?). I especially liked this whole desk situation, wouldn’t mind to set it up exactly like that in my own apartment. Anyways, here are just some of the products of the – really, really cool – collection, the whole range is on their website though, with many more photos and a little bit about the brand: brut.nl
St. Vincents in Antwerp is probably the ultimate example for what your perfect¬†Antwerpian hip concept store / caf√© / exhibition space looks like. It¬†really does tick all the boxes: brick walls, grey cement floor for that super low-key look, expensive minimalist vases and fancy cold-brew-coffee variations¬†for about the same price. But hey, after all these are the places where we get our interior inspiration from, right? Where we get our instagram photos taken, fall in love with coffee table books and learn that carpets are apparently not meant for the floor anymore. And, to be honest, I wouldn’t mind moving in here straight away. So I better¬†stop criticising and show¬†my full apprecitation for St. Vincents. And, by the way, if you can’t make it to Antwerp at least spend some procrastination time reading the journal on their beautiful website.
Antwerp¬†is design heaven, there are fancy places on every corner (especially you’re around the neighbourhood Sint Andries) and luckily the city small enough to walk everywhere by foot. We stayed in a beautiful¬†AirBnB¬†close to the caf√©/brunch place Barchel, which we found out about on Petite Passport. No question this was our¬†first stop on Saturday morning before exploring the city. The place is an instagrammer’s dream, with perfect light, high ceiling, the obligatory brick wall and marble tables. And the avocado bagel was pretty good¬†as well. 10/10 recommend – that is if you don’t mind having breakfast among a crowd of girls in gym pants and cashmere sweaters ( and yep, there were¬†two brave guys as well).
Last weekend I spent in Antwerp, with Ana√Įs, and I cannot even describe how nice it was to get out of campus, explore a new city and just spend a weekend far far away from deadlines and other worries¬†(including a broken laptop which also explains – or rather serves as an excuse for – this way too¬†long break from blogging). We spent two nights in this beautiful city and spend one and a half great days walking around, taking photos in cute concept stores, sitting on big squares and in hidden gardens enjoying the perfect weather, eating too many Belgian waffles and generally just had a perfect weekend getaway.
Around 20 000 people joined the Women’s March in Amsterdam this Saturday and inspired by the documentary I mentioned in my last post GIRLPOWER¬†and¬†all the amazing posts on social media on Women’s Day some friends and me¬†went as well. It was one of the greatest events this year (and admittedly my first demonstration ever) and we had such a perfect day, with the sun shining (every now and then, that is) and temperatures way above 10 degrees. Obviously, I took my camera, and 400 photos later I am so glad I got to capture all these¬†creative and powerful banners and posters¬†and the great and inspiring atmosphere during¬†the march.
So it’s International Women’s Day today. I took this as an excuse (and the fact that it was raining WAY too much to walk to the¬†library on the other side of campus and actually get some work done) to spend my morning in bed watching a documentary on Netflix called “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”. (TOTALLY recommend; homework is overrated, go and watch amazing women standing up for themselves!) Needless to say that one post will not be enough to sum up the message, one post will not even even be enough to make a big statement about feminism or anything. But¬†it could be enough to make some of you think about something, about the first major step we girls can take. A step we¬†have to take.