Sunday, August 26, 2012

Photography exhibition in Vondelpark: August 30

This Thursday a very special event will take place in Vondelpark, or to be more precise, under the brigde in Vondelpark!!

A good friend of mine will be showing his latest photographies in this unusual and original location, where family, friends and passers-by will be able to enjoy not only art, but also music, drinks and jamón ibérico from Spain!

Will you be joining as well?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dutch & Agendas. Part 2: Social

We have already established that it is very important to know how to manage your work agenda in order to survive in a Dutch office. But this planning doesn't end here. (Why stop at this point?) ;-)

I was completely astonished to find out that social agendas are also carefully planned in advance! So forget about improvising a lunch, a dinner, a coffee... no more I-was-passing-by-and-rang-your-bell....

You call a friend in August to arrange a dinner? The earliest date you are going to get is October!!

The good things: if one day you don´t have any plans, it´s not due to lack of friends but to premeditated relax. And you won´t find yourself at 11 pm with 7 other friends looking for a restaurant that will seat and feed you all! (surprisingly, this happens quite often in Spain...)

The bad thing: spontaneous and improvised plans are often the funnest! (of course, this is a generalisation and fortunately there are many of Dutch that plan "relax" and decide last minute that they prefer" party"!!) :-)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Dutch & Agendas. Part 1: Work

When I first arrived to Amsterdam, I had no idea about the Dutch love for organized lives, both professionally and socially.

As a good Spaniard, I tend to improvisation and I feel very comfortable with it. It adds a little bit of excitement to your days and you can plan depending on your mood.

If you are Dutch or are familiar with them you can already hear the alarm bells, right? ;-)

At work I was surprised to find that on my first week at the job, I already had the whole week packed with meetings! I thought the times were kind of flexible and it was ok to arrive some minutes later if your previous meeting lasted more than expected..... How wrong was I!!! I was immediately explained that you should never be late and that I should have politely excused myself from the previous meeting!

When I was working in Spain, meetings were not planned, it was something you improvised. You didn't even need a meeting room, you could have it next to the coffee machine!

But my shock lasted only a few days, I have now successfully adopted the Dutch way of working!

My favorite agendas? Moleskine

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mediterranean colors

I took these pictures this summer in Spain so that I can look at them when the cold winter months come to Amsterdam! They will remind me of the Mediterranean with all the sun and the warm colors!

Don't get me wrong, I love the Dutch landscapes, it's just that this reminds me of home! :-)