Wednesday, May 25, 2016

TRAVEL: London part #1



Here's a first impression of my trip to my second hometown LONDON in March! I love London so much, ever since I walked her streets for the very first time, when I was like twelve years of age, I fell in love with her and I've loved her more and more each time I visited her. This was the 5th time, and certainly not the last! I think it's crazy how such a big city as London can appear so small and cozy when you walk through the streets. I love the people, I love going on the Underground (I love when this clear voice announces to "Mind the gap" and you feel kinda glad this invisible person with the clear voice saved your a$$), I love the British accent, I love the buildings, the cabs, the phone booths, and everything else. Even the rain doesn't bother me as much as it usually does.

This time I was in London together with Mitchell, my best friend Eva and her boyfriend Stef (in the last picture). Like a double-date vacation. One day Eva told us she saw some really cheap flight tickets online and the four of us jokingly spoke about going somewhere all together, but at some point the joke became a fact. It's pretty fun to see how well our boyfriends can get along together, even though they didn't know each other before, but they happen to have a lot in common - like they both have a really great girlfriend. Both Mitchell and Eva had been in London before, but for Stef it was his first time, so of course we did a lot of the touristic stuff to show him around. Like on the first day we went up to Westminster to see Big Ben look out over the city. I put some pictures of Ben in this first post on London, because it's probably what London is best known for. Rest of the pictures include some more cliches, like us in front of a telephone booth and a typical red mailbox, but mainly pictures of London's streets and buildings, as I tried to re-create the typical London-ish atmosphere in this post as much as I could. Many many more pictures will follow in upcoming posts, so make sure you don't miss out!

What more did we do during our 3-days stay in London? We went to see a musical (Wicked - I love that show! I saw it before here in The Netherlands, but liked it so much I didn't mind seeing it again. It's especially fun when you have seen the Wizard of Oz show first as well), we went to the movies (because we felt like it, and we decided to see some comedy film that we thought the boys would like), and we went on a cable car somewhere quite far from the city center, but it was really fun to go on a ride over the Thames. Naturally we did a lot more than this, but I will save the rest for next posts!!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

HOTSPOT Metropolitain



What a delicious brunch we had in the heart of Amsterdam at Metropolitain. I had the mango bowl and the "eggs metropolitain" which included poached eggs on a piece of brioche, topped off with avocado and bacon... and it was freaking delicious! I would certainly visit Metropolitain again :-) And so should you!! It's a great place to start off your day in the city. Besides the food, I loved the place for it's marble floor, chesterfield sofa, adorable plates with a blue flower design, and plants and flowers that fill the corners and cover the tables in the room. I like!

Feel kinda hungry when looking back at these pictures again :-) I'm a huge foodlover, there's not much food I don't like (except for cheese - I hate cheese when it's not melted!!) and thank god I've got plenty of friends who share my love for food. I also thank god that I'm blessed with a body that's not likely to gain a lot of weight, since I am the exact opposite of what a #healthyfitgirl is like (you might have noticed this when you read at the beginning of this post that I ordered two brunch dishes instead of one. It was indeed hard to finish, but I enjoyed it even more. Even though I'm usually an easy one when it comes to making decisions, I can't make a decision when it comes to breakfast dishes in a restaurant. So I usually go with two choices). As un-fitgirly as I am, I don't like doing sports but I love eating junk food, I'm not gonna lie (only not just junk food - you can wake me up for a bowl of fresh fruit as well). Maybe I should not write this post while hungry because now I can't stop thinking about the sushi I'm about to eat tomorrow. Yummm!

PS. the pretty girl in the pictures is Michelle, my friend and Amsterdam local.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

THE 1975 in concert


THE 1975 via Atwood Magazine



Over one month ago already, I went to a The 1975 concert in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam together with Janne and one of her friends who also happened to be a fan. Going to a concert with Janne to see one of her fav bands is like this, she whispered a whole lot of background information and underlying meanings of lyrics in my ear during the night - like "hey you know this song is not about a girl, it's actually about cocaine" and I would just nod and we would all just dance to songs about cocaine. And you know what? I L0VED their show!!! I certainly had an amazing night & enjoyed the music thoroughly, as I enjoy music way way more when I have seen the band itself play it... and even after that I appreciate their music much more than ever before! It must be something about the whole concert experience, enthusiasm from the band versus getting all into it as a crazy fan in the rowdy crowd. I don't exactly consider myself as a true fan, to be exact, although I listen to their music quite often - maybe it has something to do with the fact that I consider someone to be a "fan" when they know all the birth dates and -places of the band's members (like I'm sure Janne does, while I myself am not even sure of their names - not even what their faces look like!). I guess my fanhood does not go beyond my ears.

We noticed soon that the said crowd consisted of girls considerably some years younger than we are - and I felt as if it was almost inappropriate for us to be there (I got reassured I wasn't, when I learned that my 4-years-older cousin happened to like them a lot as well). Perhaps the low average age was due to the fact that teenage girls are usually the most obsessed fans in any case (probably hormones rushing through their bodies, and going through a lot mentally and all that) and fangirls like that somehow like to show up in large numbers of people. Also, teenage girls spent a great deal of time on keeping up with celebrities in a quest who to fangirl about as part of their quest to themselves. I know, I've been there too - years and years ago I used to be a Tokio Hotel fan, in those times when being an emo was sort of cool. And honestly I don't regret it. Their concert in 2008 was one of the best concerts in my life! Tokio Hotel happened to have a big and (temporarily) loyal fanbase back in those days (who now have grown up and most of them are probably too ashamed to ever mention the band again), and some of these fans came up with some "fan-actions" and the fans spread the word over the internet. There were three of them, and all the fans were supposed to join in to these fan-actions at a certain song. At one song, everyone started to blow bubbles, filling the air (it was an open air concert) with hundreds and thousands of bubbles. At another song, we all held up a flag of our own country, showing the boys of the band fans of all over the world had come to see them. At one more song, we all threw a towel in the air - just like Bill, the band's lead singer, typically threw his towel into the crowd at each concert. Can you imagine how great it is to see thousands of fans all do the same action together as a surprise to the band? I remember seeing all those bubbles, flags and towels in the air, thousands of people at the same time... and that, together with dancing and jumping to their music, and writing the names of the band's members on our faces with an eyeliner, was certainly what made the concert so great. And it's why I will remember June 14th, 2008 until the end of my life.

Fans might seem awfully annoying sometimes when they seem to be exaggerating, but they also make concert much greater than a band would do alone. Imagine a concert with no one cheering, clapping and singing along! How boring would that be? Screaming fans, going all crazy in the heath of the moment... together they create an amazing atmosphere that will be remembered long after the concert has finished. Even if you're not a fangirl like them, they make you want to join in and totally loose it. I'm currently learning a great deal about these group effects at school, which is fairly interesting, as it can get all groomy sometimes, but I think fans at a concert are a great example of positive deindividuation.

Back to The 1975. I can't wait to see them again, and I luckily don't have to for that long, as they will be playin at Lollapalooza in Berlin this year, and we've got tickets!!!

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

EXPO Irina Ionesco



A while ago in Amsterdam, I went to see an exhibition of the works of Irina Ionesco at Reflex Amsterdam. This expo, called "Ma Realité Rêvée", consisted out of a collection of vintage photographs by Irina Ionesco, French and born 1930, in four different themes: Fafe, Muse, Mort de l'art, and Miroirs. In her work, females are portrayed almost doll-like, in settings that reminded me of a circus or backstage at a theatre. They are dressed in lavish costumes, others in hardly anything, and decorated with large accessories and flowers. Streaks of paint cover their faces, some have a piercing look into the camera - looking right back at you, as if they know you're watching them -, and they often seem like frozen statues in their picture frame. Irina Ionesco's work is so surreal, it really draws you back into a world different from ours. Sometimes it is as if they all have the exact same thoughts, whatever those may be, and you somewhat feel as if they want to tell you you're not part of their mysterious world.

Reflex Gallery is a rather small setting, consisting out of two rooms that feel somewhat homey, which makes it feel good to stroll slowly along the exhibition and stare at each piece at a convenient pace. At Irina Ionesco's expo, I was happy to be alone, as her work is one that should not be talked about (perhaps only write), it is one you should be sucked up into all by yourself to be able to understand the beauty.

While looking back at it, I came to think how wonderful it would be to be able to dress up models in order to create a whole other dreamlike world and immortalizing it through photography. I often take photographs of the world as it is and try to have it in my pictures represented as it is in the real life world, but the more fun is probably in creating something new, something that only exists in your photographs.

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