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Merel's Mind: FOMO in our digital era

Merel’s Mind: FOMO in our digital era

Apr 3, 2015 |  by  |  Art

A couple of weeks ago I read about FOMO. Fear Of Missing Out, which is inevitable in our digital lives. In the summer of 2014 my life changed a bit. I bought my first smartphone and although you might think that’s a tiny change (I did) – it’s big. (..more)

Merel's Mind: Extravaganza at De Parade

Merel’s Mind: Extravaganza at De Parade

Aug 19, 2014 |  by  |  Art, Event

Yesterday I was at De Parade. For the 24th time a diversity of actors, performances, tents, dancers and musicians come together in the Martin Luther King Park to enjoy the crowd. De Parade breathes extravaganza, circus, magic, humor and fun, and will alleviate your evening immediately. (..more)

Merel's Mind: An illustrated Buiten Westen

Merel’s Mind: An illustrated Buiten Westen

Jul 22, 2014 |  by  |  Art, Event

Buiten Westen was a wonderful cold shower on Saturday’s steaming hot day. (..more)

Merel's Mind: Visit the obscure before you go for sun

Merel’s Mind: Visit the obscure before you go for sun

May 22, 2014 |  by  |  Art, Spots

Summer has finally begun, but before you lose yourself to the shiny rhythm of festivals and hanging in the park, there are some dark places you have to visit first. I drew about the obscure, which we have to celebrate, before we go for sun. (..more)

Merel's Mind: King's Day chaos

Merel’s Mind: King’s Day chaos

Apr 24, 2014 |  by  |  Art

Queen's King’s Day is probably the most crowded day of the year in Amsterdam. All we want is gallivant down the road, enjoy sun, sip our drink, end up on an unexpected good party, being thankful for our dear friend Willem-Alexander and eat cake with his face on it. Right? (..more)

Merel's Mind: Bouwplaats Festival

Merel’s Mind: Bouwplaats Festival

Apr 1, 2014 |  by  |  Art

Last weekend I was at Bouwplaats Festival. The whole Volkskrantgebouw is hidden with scaffolding, while the Volkshotel is being build. This setting of dust, ladders, concrete and cranes is the best place for an indoor festival. (..more)

Merel's Mind: First day of spring!

Merel’s Mind: First day of spring!

Mar 18, 2014 |  by  |  Art

Last week it felt like the first week of spring. Everybody thinks 16 degrees is fair enough and acts like summer is there. I was cycling through Westerpark and got an instant summer feeling. (..more)

Merel's Mind: Take a sip at white label coffee

Merel’s Mind: Take a sip at white label coffee

Mar 7, 2014 |  by  |  Art, Spots

‘The Jan Evertsenstraat in West feels a lot like Brooklyn,’ said Elmer, one of the founders of a new coffee bar and roastery called white label coffee. The street is very upcoming and last Saturday the bar opened. (..more)

Merel's Mind: 2014, year of the bush!

Merel’s Mind: 2014, year of the bush!

Feb 19, 2014 |  by  |  Art

If I can trust my own research and the internet, there are about 110 wax salons in Amsterdam. I have no idea if that’s a lot, but I think I have bad news for them; if we believe The Guardian, this is the year of the bush. (..more)

Merel's Mind: De Verleiders

Merel’s Mind: De Verleiders

Feb 6, 2014 |  by  |  Art

A couple weeks ago I went to De Verleiders, in Carré. The piece was played by the crème de la crème of The Netherlands’ actors guild. They’re pointing to the audience, asking questions, screaming FUCK YOU for at least five minutes, closing deals, wearing sunglasses, going to jail, crying about losing so much money and just don’t know how to tell their wives, all in up-tempo. (..more)