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Exploring Sustainability at Rollende Keukens: Reflections on Food, Festivities, and Future Initiatives

Exploring Sustainability at Rollende Keukens: Reflections on Food, Festivities, and Future Initiatives

As summer comes close, the Netherlands comes alive with the excitement of festival season. This weekend, I went to Rollende Keukens, an annual food festival in Amsterdam, accompanied by a friend. It was a sunny day filled with culinary delights and lively entertainment, creating an atmosphere of pure enjoyment. However, what intrigued me were the …

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A snapshot of the Rocycle studio in Amsterdam-Pijp, featuring a vibrant atmosphere with a Stanley water bottle on the counter, young women in stylish Lululemon outfits, and a gentleman wearing comfortable Birkenstocks. The scene captures the essence of the 'oat milk elite' culture, reflecting a convergence of wellness, sustainability, and aesthetic awareness. The image illustrates the intersection of fashion and function, showcasing the Birkenstocks' comfort and style, Lululemon's blend of luxury activewear, and Stanley Water Bottles promoting fitness and sustainability. The overall ambiance embodies a deliberate choice for a harmonious mind, body, and soul rejuvenation within the Rocycle bubble.

Spinning Through Amsterdam’s Societal Bubbles

As I enter the Rocycle studio, nestled in Amsterdam-Pijp, for my weekly workout, my eyes sweep across the vibrant atmosphere that surrounds me. A Stanley water bottle resting on the counter, the energetic presence of young women, typically aged between 20-35, in stylish Lululemon outfits, and the casual entrance of a gentleman wearing comfortable Birkenstocks. …

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Explore the duality of urban life—its liberating anonymity and the prevalent loneliness it conceals. Shocking statistics reveal the darker side, prompting a reflection on the significance of seemingly ordinary gestures. Discover the impact of urban living on millennials and Gen Z, with insights into potential factors and Dutch initiatives combating loneliness. Read on to uncover a simple yet impactful challenge and be a positive force in the lives of those seeking connection.

The Anonymous City Life: a Curse or Blessing?

Sometime ago, I went on a holiday in a part of the Netherlands with the lowest population density: Drenthe. As I cycled through its picturesque landscapes, everybody passing by, from young to old, greeted me with warm salutations – “goodmorning”, “hello”, “good day”. I got confused. I found myself perplex, and wondering why everybody was …

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Misconceptions about Amsterdam

Let’s Tackle some common Misconceptions about Amsterdam

Everybody knows Amsterdam, but do they really KNOW Amsterdam? And does the image regarding people from Amsterdam align with the reality? In this blog, I’ll share some fascinating questions I have been asked about Amsterdam. WE DON’T ALL SMOKE ALL THE TIME I will start with what I believe would be the biggest misconception about …

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Life in the Bijlmer

Life in the Bijlmer – a former Ghetto, an Upcoming Neighbourhood in Amsterdam

I’m not particularly proud to confess this, but my initial expectations of living in the Bijlmer weren’t exactly optimistic. I had this mental image of residing in an area surrounded by the stereotypical Bijlmer flats that didn’t exactly exude an inviting vibe. I couldn’t help but notice myself constantly watching my back, fearing a potential …

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BI-CULTURAL FEMMELENNIAL

Navigating Multiple Worlds: The Identity of a Bi-Cultural Individual

As a proud bi-cultural individual, being born and grown up in a city that embodies diversity, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the power of embracing differences. In this blog I will shed light on my personal experience of living in one of the most diverse cities. HOW MY YOUNG MIND GOT SHAPED BY …

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