FOAM Amsterdam

Through Babylonixour student association from the International Business School, we went to the FOAM photography museum.

We went to see a very special photography collection of the noble Van Loon family.The Van Loon photo collection consists of historic interior photography and of both historic and contemporary portrait photography. Renowned artists have portrayed family members: from Felix Nadar and Studio Merkelbach to recently Koos Breukel and Erwin Olaf. From the historic collection it becomes evident that the Van Loon’s preferred internationally established photographers who were commissioned by European royalty and families of name.

It showed the preferences of high society in the 20th century. Highlights were some series of portraits the family had made around the year 1900 by arguably the most famous portraitist of the 19th and early 20th century: Felix Nadar.

Also, the historic development and relation between painted portraiture and portrait photography becomes apparent. The Van Loon family commissioned painted portraits well into the 20th century. From the 19th century onwards photographs have been made in addition; from pre WW II formal cartes de visites, studio portraits, children’s portraits and family albums to a more personal atmosphere in the post war era.

Afterwards we did a portrait photography workshop. We learned how to make a special portrait with a digital camera.We played with light, shadows and attributes. See the pictures below 🙂































Red Light District

Dear readers,
Sorry for not writing earlier. It has been very busy at the Tesla HQ. Here is my new story:

What was once a dark and seedy part of town has turned into Amsterdam pride itself; “De Rossebuurt/ de Wallen also known as the Red Light District”.

The Red Light District has a long history of love and hatred. It all started around the 1960s with window prostitution. Thanks to the sexual revolution, the amount of windows grew rapidly.

You might wonder why it is called the Red Light District? It’s because of the red glow at night due to the red lighting of brothels, windows and clubs.B-P1060450

For tourists it is the area of alcohol, drugs and sex. It is very likely that you have heard about this neighbourhood and to be frank, everything you will have heard is probably true, but it is best to check it out yourself  Come down at night when de district really comes to life. It is definitely worth visiting!

You can relax and taste the warm atmosphere day after day. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city I live in.

I have a special connection to this area. One of my best friends used to live there. I always get this question, so if you were wondering if she is a prostitute.., the answer is NO (she is only the coolest lesbian I know and happens to be one of my best friends).

That’s also a great thing I learned there; By Juulsz (my friend) living there I learned to embrace and have no judgements on the fact that people may be into prostitution, do drugs or pornography- they are all human – like you and me.

I remembered the first time I went there, on my own… My mom hysterical! “Why did they move to that area? It is so not safe there!” She was so afraid that something might happen to me which made me scared for that area. Therefore, Juulsz promised my mom to pick me up at Amsterdam Central Station. A new world opened to me! I experienced THAT amazing feeling that tourists feel.

Juulsz and her mom gave the coolest, nicest, extraordinary parties I have ever been to. We sung, we danced, we laughed, we cried, we talked; we did almost everything at these parties. I learned a lot about sexP1050926uality, acceptance and so much more! I met so much loving people with different backgrounds; prostitutes, actors and so on…

Do you recognize this guy? Hint: Game of Thrones…

Mishaël Abia Lopes Cardozo

Now, eight years later, I experience a different kind of joy. I can honestly say that I feel like home when I walk through this area. I enjoy watching people; see couples holding hands and pointing in shock, Japanese and Chinese tourists that don’t understand that they are not allowed to take pictures of the ladies or all the groups of male tourists that walk step-by-step to check out every prostitute.

It’s really what you see is what you get. Except for the Amsterdam Banana Bar… You don’t eat bananas there. Exactly what goes on in this place is up to you to discover, if you wish hahaha!


You can find window prostitution in the following streets: Barndesteeg, Bethlhemsteeg, Bloedstraat, Dollebegijnensteeg, Enge Kerksteeg, Goldbergersteeg, Gordijnensteeg, Molensteeg, Monnikenstraat, Oudekerksplein, Oudekennissteeg, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Sint Annendwarsstraat, Sint Annenstraat, Stoofsteeg en de Trompettersteeg.


Here are a view tips if you want to visit the Red Light District:
– Enjoy the street scene.
– Visit the Cannabis museum
– See the Old Church, it’s the oldest church in the city
– Do not take photos of the occupied windows
– Watch out for pick-pockets
– Visit the Condomerie – It is a kingdom of condoms. You can get here all colours, shapes, sizes and flavours. Some are even hand painted but are for decoration only.

Just remember that the Red Light District is certainly not a dangerous place to stay. It is actually quite safe and a well-controlled part of the city of Amsterdam.

I want to thank Juulsz and her mom for all the great parties they gave at the Oudezijds Achterburgwal!



The Amsterdam Sunday Market – A great place to go

I live in the ‘great’ city of Amsterdam since January this year.
Unfortunately I never really took the time to explore this great city.

Normally I am always busy with work, school, family, my boyfriend, friends and so on… Today I finally took a day for myself. Only me – it felt so great! Everyone should do that once in a while.

I decided to sleep late; Have not done that for years!
It was a beautiful October day; The sun was shining, perfect temperature, almost everyone smiling because of the great weather.
By the way that is a typical thing for Dutchies, when the sun is shining everyone goes out and sits on a terrace or enjoys the great weather elsewhere.

I decided to go to the Sunday market in Amsterdam, it’s once a month.
The perfect place for a laid-back Sunday afternoon.
Today was actually the first time I went there but already one of my favorite places to go.

It was on the site of the Westergasfabriek; Great area with a good vibe.
There were much different kind of booths. You had stands filled with vintage clothes and attributes, handmade wooden furniture, designer hats and delicious food.
In addition there where great things to do; There were workshops on knitting, you were able to get a manicure or get a new haircut, an old-school carousel for the kids. Everything was possible. A great place for upcoming designers and entrepreneurs to show their unique businesses.

Stupid me…I didn’t brought any cash. If you are planning to go to this market definitely make a pit stop at an ATM machine.
My budget for today was 80 Euros. I was not searching for anything in particular, just in case I find something amazing…

There was a vintage stand with everything made of fur; coats, shoes, rugs and much more. Okay, so don’t judge me on this!
I am a huge animal lover and in this century no animal should be killed for their skin. However, I am a supporter of re-use also in case of fur coats.
I remembered my grandmother having a beautiful soft fur coat – now it is my moms. It’s still in good condition and this type of jacket will keep you warm even in the coldest winters. I found a beautiful coat, grey-coloured, delicate and warm. I bought it. I preferred to spend 60 Euros on a second-hand fur coat that I can use for decades instead of buying a coat for more or less the same price that I can use for one or two years.
AND… of course not to mention if I buy a jacket for 60 Euros in a random shop there is a big chance that the jacket is made somewhere in Asia by a child, working under horrible circumstances in a dark factory for 18 hours a day!
So WHO is the hypocrite?
(Just my point of view)

My second purchase was a handmade, Bordeaux red, hat. Only 15 Euros! As you can imagine as a real ‘hats’ person, I was really happy!

My third and final purchase were two Pasticciotto cakes. It was at a booth with only traditional Italian patisseries. The owner told me they just started a few days ago. I tasted a piece of heaven instead of a little piece of the Pasticciotto. It makes one’s mouth water! For sure I will try and buy more of their food but first…they need to create a website… The name of their future company is MissRossi – Italian Food & Passion-
You really taste the passion, care and love in their food.

Finally I made a walk through the park. It was great.

The Sunday Market is definitely a must-go when you are in Amsterdam.
Not many tourists more locals. A great place to go.

Enjoy the pictures



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