Stockholm

The past few days I have spent in Stockholm and despite the cold (at one point -15 to -20 celcius during the day) I love the city! Here are a few pictures that made me become a fan and why I would love to go back this summer:

View on Södermalm - Stockholm

View on Södermalm - Stockholm

One of many beautiful boats - Stockholm

One of many beautiful boats - Stockholm

View on Gamla Stan - Stockholm

View on Gamla Stan - Stockholm

It was so cold I was even developing icicles

It was so cold I was even developing icicles

Merry Christmas everyone

Merry christmas, fijne kerstdagen, frohe Weihnachten og glaedelig jul! Hope you’ll have awonderful day filled with love, food and presents.

To get you in the Christmas mood here’s a video by ad agency Mother London, who gave away their 10,000 USD Christmas budget in a very special way.

And here’s another fun Christmas video from another ad agency in London, Ogilvy.

My fav TEDxAmsterdam talks online!

TEDxAmsterdam logo

On the 20th November, the very first TEDxAmsterdam took place at KIT. On their website they claim the following about the limited group of people who will be able to attend due to a strict invite only policy: “The diverse audience – CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists – is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.” I think there was an extra category created for me, namely ‘lucky bastard’.

Anyway, they finally managed to post the talk I enjoyed the most, which is Bjarke Ingels’ ‘Yes is More‘. Here you’ll also find a beautiful performance by Amsterdam singer Karsu Dönmez, love the second song. One last talk I would really recommend is photographer Hans Aarsman’s about the mysterious ways of beauty in photography

Things I have learned in ’09

As I was sick for a few days I had enough time to think about everything I wanted (and did not want) to think about. Maybe it’s because my first wisdom tooth is coming up, but I also thought about the past year and all that I’ve learned. Of course I have developed myself and learned many life lessons the past year, but I won’t bore you with that. At the end of the year lists seem to appear everywhere, so why not join the herd for once? Below you’ll find a list of – what might appear to be random – things that I learned in 2009. As I said before, there is no such thing as useless knowledge!

–  A DSLR takes much nicer pictures than my old DSC (both Canon)
–  Only Irish whiskey has the extra e (instead of Scottish whisky), which they like to say it stands for enjoyment
Rutger Hauer is a very nice man who likes two sugars in his coffee
– I can’t seem to celebrate carnival without getting sick afterwards
Festivals are still as fun as two years ago
Cats can be pretty damn cute
– I really can call some of  my friends in the middle of the night, and they will pick up
– Dutch people will dress up like anything for free fuel
– Riding around in a shopping card means guaranteed bruises
– Drinking vodka from a detox cup is not good
– Actually, anything coming from a detox cup has made me sick

2009 Graffiti

(c) Peter Koenig

– I still can’t control myself when going into a bookstore
Doel isn’t entirely empty yet
Ze Frank is as funny live as he was on The Show
– Amsterdam is even prettier by night
– Foreign guys somehow still attract me more than Dutch for no apparent reason
–  Work isn’t always as fun and as important as you might think
–  Talking to strangers can be a good thing
–  TEDxAmsterdam was as cool as anticipated
– My little finger size is more an 11 than a 12 (ergo I lost my ring)
– Stop dying my hair actually makes it look better
Twitter is more addictive than one might think
– Stewardess flatmates suck
Sequins weren’t only cool when I was born (in the ’80s)
n8 is really cool, afterparties not so much
– Being the only Dutch in a German/American bachelorette party is fun
– I can do the electric slide like a true middle-aged American
– Gay saunas in Amsterdam are also used for art exhibitions/launch parties
– A trip to Copenhagen showed me that it is still my favourite city in the world (after Amsterdam)
– It’s lonely without friends and family
Paris is not too bad
– Going into crazy rides after drinking a few Maß at Oktoberfest doesn’t make you sick
– You can’t trust millionaire men, even if they have a daughter your own age
–  Things might look bad, but it could always be worse.

Do with this information what you want :-)