How are the outdoors depicted in Amsterdam? How do you feel as a person of color outdoors in The Netherlands.
- I think most people in Amsterdam do see themselves as city dwellers and for a people that do love to spend most of their time outside, the outdoors aren't as often depicted as you think it would be. Although I have realized that more and more people I know have opted for a life outside of the city. Amsterdam and The Netherlands are very small of course, it is very easy and quick to reach nature if you'd like. In the city you have "net Amsterdamse bos" which basically means the forest of Amsterdam. This is quite a popular spot, and personally, I love going there. The Netherlands is a very safe country and overall this is something that I do feel. I do find forests at night time to be quite daunting, but I think that has to do with my penchant for watching horror movies.
In the U.S the outdoors are often depicted as hyper-masculine within most marketing and media. Do you also feel that this is the case in Europe? What’s your perception of nature / leisure seekers?
- I do think in Europe this isn’t entirely the same, I think here there is a bit more of a unisex approach. I, and I think I can speak for a lot of other people, used to have a bit of an outdated view of nature seekers, but this has changed quite a lot, as it now has become a greater part of my life too and lifestyle brands are more and more incorporating this in their lines.
We’d be remiss to not ask you for any style tips. Especially in staying chic whatever the terrain. When you’re packing your bag for an overnight trip, what can we count on to make the duffle?
- In summer you will most probably find shorts, a pair of ballet flats and a twinset for when it gets cold in my duffle. I’ll probably also bring my extensive skincare regimen with me and I never leave the house without jewellery, no matter the weather or the terrain ;)
What's your idea of #TimeWellSpent?
- My favorite type of day would be a summer day where you meet up with a friend, you decide to go to the beach and there you spontaneously meet other friends, you spend the whole day swimming, later you decide to go out to dinner and end the day with going to a club.