Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ewa, 32
Event Manager
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a bit about Ewa

What are you working on these days?

Basically my biggest challenge is to keep all the balls in the air, as Volkshotel has quite a lot of events going on. Right now my mind is set on creating a one-off event for Volkshotel in collaboration with the renowned Van Gogh Museum and organizing the second edition of FuckUp Nights Amsterdam where we ask interesting folks to share their biggest professional fuckups. Also, hoping for the sun to come out because I love the smell of spring when I bike through Amsterdam.

What drives you mad these days?

Nearsightedness, our obsession with our phones (myself included), large companies with power but a lack of innovative and empowering ideas, and the fact that most people seem to have so little time for actual conversations.

What makes you happy?

Ripe avocados, waking up next to my boyfriend, discovering new music, the sound of rain, my job (most of the time). And travelling, when time doesn’t matter because you don’t have to be anywhere.

When was the last time you cried?

Whenever I watch the TV show ‘Hello Goodbye’ I need some tissues, even though I find it really cheesy. And I recently had a good but intense conversation with a good friend, that also made me cry.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

At Cafe Brecht, a vintage style living-room cafe serving German beers & light bites Fine Print, A Tribe Called Quest, BJ The Chicago Kid, The Milk and Mbube ; I’m in total shuffle mode.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Second hand clothing is still an addiction of mine, so I would probably end up at Episode or Marbles Vintage. Also a fan of &Other Stories, COS and Nobody Has To Know.

What’s your go-to café in Amsterdam?

L’affiche. It’s a tiny neighborhood cafe on a corner where the bartenders are super nice and there’s a cool mixture of people, from regulars to hip kids. They don’t serve difficult stuff, just good beers, cheese and traditional dutch sausages. Kind of a relief next to all the concept bars around.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I’m really fond of the West side of Amsterdam. When wandering around Westerpark and the Haarlemmerstraat with all his little shops, you keep seeing new things. Great old building too with a true Amsterdam atmosphere.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Amsterdam but never actually do?

Biking through the city without an actual purpose, just to discover new places and watch people.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

Unfortunately he recently passed away, but I would’ve loved to grab a bite to eat with the philosopher René Gude; a very inspirational man with great ideas about how to live life. I would take him to Mana Mana, a restaurant with an Israeli kitchen in De Pijp with great food and even better wines, and hopefully he could share his life lessons with me.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Café Festina Lente feels like my second living room. It’s a great place to play games on a rainy day, drink too much coffee and read the newspaper. Some cafe’s make you feel like you don’t want to leave.

What’s that place in Amsterdam you feel like only you know about?

If I tell you, it’s not a secret anymore.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

De Baarsjes, as it is quickly developing and gentrification is spreading. As a mayor I’d try to keep the cultural diversity, that’s what makes it such a colourful area.

What’s the spot in Amsterdam you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

De Dam. It’s way too crowded, so my goal is to avoid the square at much as possible.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

People that I love and a place where there is beer and everyone is okay with me doing weird dance moves. I’m easy like that haha.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Salsa dancing, reading (I even read the ingredient section on the peanut butter jar), watching documentaries, dancing in the living room and wandering around at second hand markets for things that look more expensive than they actually are.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

De Nieuwe Anita; a cultural hub, living room cafe, cocktail bar and dance floor all in one. It’s very unpretentious but lively and attracts a cool and alternative crowd. Be aware; once people start dancing, the temperature rises quickly…

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