Amsterdam, Netherlands
Adrian, 31
Designer and Developer
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a bit about Adrian

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a UX Designer slash Front-end developer, basically passionate about tech and creating things as a form of expression!

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

Cleaning desks and toilets at an advertising agency - seeing how "highly skilled professionals" treat "basic service workers" like, forgive the language, shit.

Were you born and raised in Amsterdam? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Amsterdam?

I wasn't born in Amsterdam, I was actually born in Ibiza and raised in Rio de Janeiro, originally came to Amsterdam for studies, at the time it felt like the most interesting option in Europe to study in English.

What’s your current hood in Amsterdam and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Joordan, it has that trademark Amsterdam look and feel and a beautiful history, besides being extremely central...which also means it is often crowded during weekends or periods of long vacations.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

Music is very much mood dependant...which means that what I listen to varies drastically even within a given day but usually ranges between calm (classical, chillout, indie) to uplifting/spontaneous (house, glitch hop, jazz), as long as its not extreme heavy metal or cowboy country music, I'm game.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

"...Home is where I'm with you", pretty much anything coming from "Rhye"...and...uff do we really need to go there? :p

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rick and Morty, Pinky and the Brain....honest, sometimes dark, humor.

Name some spots in Amsterdam that are good for a Tinder date.

Het Schuim, HPS, The Movies (rastaurant/bar part), Ton Ton Club

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Mark Zuckerberg, I have a feeling he wouldn't hold his composure that well (I know, most people probably answer Trump here).

Who’s your hero and where in Amsterdam would you take them out for a serious hang?

I guess my hero is, in a way, Jiddu Krishnamurti, but he could turn out kinda boring to hang out with so I'd prefer having Steve Jobs, and we could go for an acid trip in the park or something...

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Well, Amsterdam has a really good sustainable fashion scene going on... special attention to Studio JUX for example.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Noord, nuff said.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Football at the park, grown ups are lazy af.

Where do you go in Amsterdam for a casual night out?

Low key clubs such as Club Up and Sugar Factory (+1 to Wicked Jazz Sounds) or any chill Bar close to home.

Where would you go in Amsterdam to celebrate some freaking good news?

Probably throw a house party or a food and drinks extravaganza at the park.

What’s your choice of transportation in Amsterdam and why?

Bike, why? You'll see...

What are the Amsterdam spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Cheese shops, coffee shops and a quick sneaky peak at the red light district.

What are the Amsterdam spots tourists should run from screaming?

Any bar/restaurant around the designated "night life" area such as Leidseplein and Rembrandplein.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Amsterdam. How do you spend it?

Renting a bike, buying a couple joints (no, really), cycling from park to park and if sunny, throw a BBQ.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Gustavia, St. Barths, beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful weather, delicious french food.

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