At Wander-Lust we love it when a good idea spreads across the city. With good we mean, doing something good. We discovered a new concept called Oma’s Soep (Granny’s Soup) and we are fan!
Helping the Elderly The concept was brought to life by Max and his friend and is simple but effective; Together with a group of elderly, they create delicious soups together at a community home. This way, old and forgotten recipes come back to life plus the elderly enjoy new contacts and make new friends. Did you know that 50% of elderly are feeling lonely? Oma’s Soep is trying to tackle this problem. After cooking, they eat the homemade soup together and produce extra so it’s ready to be delivered in and around Amsterdam. They have recently opened a pop-up soup shop where you can choose between 4 different, freshly made, soups. 1 liter soup will cost you 12 euro and can feed 4 people. If you order 10 liter, you only pay 10 euro per liter. You can order your soup here. (also for companies!)
Oma’s Soep Pop-Up at the Amstelveenseweg in Amsterdam
Sustainable All the soups are made of lef-over vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away by the supermarkets. Don’t worry, all the veggies are perfectly good and colourful as ever!
Tasty pumpkin soup anyone?
A new way to tackle loneliness and food wasting at the same time! Do you know a granny or grandpa that could use a little more contact in their life? Sign them up! Every elderly in and around Amsterdam is welcome!
If you watch the news nowadays, it may leave you feeling a bit low. Our world seems worse than ever before. Wars, terrorist attacks, poverty, climate change and the list goes on. This news affects our daily lives and the way we look at the world. Unfortunately, negative news travels fast and make the headlines. If you are a journalist, you know it’s much harder to sell a positive news item, than a shocking one. News channels & Newspapers live on advertising and brands will keep on advertising alongside the news that is getting the most views and hits, obviously. But we can actually change this. How? By simply sharing as much positive news as possible! This week, several journalists, news photographers, bloggers and vloggers came to together to launch the Platform for Positivity in Amsterdam.
Vlogger Sanny Verhoeven at the launch of Platform for Positivity
We discussed how we can change the news and content we share. But hold on a second, the world so shitty at the moment right? Well, not everything is bad, just have a look at these facts.
Did you know that:
Less people die of terrorist attacks than back in the 1970’s?
91% of the population has access to clean drinking water?
There are less wars in the world than ever before?
Poverty has been reduced by almost 50%?
Don’t forget to smile
Other “positive” news:
The voice of Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Jim Cummings, calls children’s hospitals in his spare time to cheer up sick children
Cuddling can help wounds heal faster, due to the release of oxytocin
Every year, hundreds of new trees grow because of squirrels forgetting where they buried their nuts.
Constructive Journalism does not just show the negative results and problems, but uses a wider context focusing on causes and most importantly: solutions.
Platform for Positivity has been set up by a team of content creators such as Jeroen Swolfs (Streets of the World), Wendy Kweens (Who Cares), Mirjam Vossen (World’s Best News) and more. Together with Sabine De Witte (Your Ambassadrice), have was asked to be one of the Ambassadors for the platform. On the launch, Dutch TV host Eddy Zoëy lead the discussion. Our job is to spread news that is positive and real!
Check out the websiteand share your content on Social Media with the hashtag #Plat4P and tag @platformforpositivity.
Let’s make this world a better looking place! Will you join us?
Close to the lively Ledig Erf in Utrecht is a new coffee bar/bookshop; De Utrechtse Boekenbar. It’s a shop where you can buy interesting books and drink a cup of coffee while reading your new book purchase.
Founder Tim van den Hoed started a crowdfunding campaign to make his dream Book-Bar become a reality. Because he’s born and raised in Utrecht, he felt like this was the city where he wanted to open the Boekenbar. Utrecht is also a cultural city with many music, art and book projects. Van den Hoed wanted to create a space with ambiance where both the coffee and the book assortment were good. De Utrechtse Boekenbar is quite unique because of the combination of interesting and special books and the possibility to have a drink at the same place. You can come here for novels, travel books, cookbooks and table photo books. All are displayed with the front faced forward.
More than just a bookstore The Utrechtse Boekenbar is a place for everyone. You can meet up with friends but the bar is also suitable for studying. The shop is sleek, with a comfortable sitting area and a wide range of books and a simple café. Books are both available in English and Dutch and the assortment is not very standard as you may expect. Your attention is immediately drawn to all the fascinating book covers that are placed around the store.
And yes, they serve good coffee at the Utrechtse Boekenbar!
You can also buy a variety of stationary items and at the bar you can enjoy a coffee, ice tea and (homemade!) cookies and pies. Tim is at the shop six days a week and pretty much runs the shop on his own. But he’ll always goes out of his way to have a small conversation about the store, and give you the best book recommendations! So if you’re searching for a new book and combine this with a nice cup of coffee, go to De Utrechtse Boekenbar!
The Utrechtse Boekenbar Westerkade 2, Utrecht Website
*Merel is one of our guest editors from Utrecht and describes herself as a daydreaming student who has wanderlust ever since she traveled sround Jamaica for 3 months. She can’t wait to travel the whole wide world after she finishes her bachelor. Follow her on Instagram!
You may have crossed oceans, seen the desert, rainforest and the inside of every hostel in Australia, but can you call yourself a true world traveler? Women.com have put together a fun test where you need to pick the right country by checking just one single image with a choice of three options. Do you think you can score a 100%, we did! (okok, one image was wrong, but that was a difficult one!)
Only a world traveler can name every single country by only one image..
Ever since I was a little kid my dream was to travel the world as a flight attendant. It’s a job that provides the possibility to travel frequently and meet new people from all over the world. When the opportunity arose, applying for this job was the only right thing to do. So I took the plunge and made a 180 degree life change. After a long and exciting selection process, a ‘new way of life’ was born. Different than you may think, the life of a flight attendant is not only about adventure, glamour, luxury or a romance with the captain. There are plenty of misconceptions and a lot of things you might not know. It’s time to bring you back to reality!
1. You need to be fit and ready Passenger safety is the most important role for a flight attendant. Rule number one is to be fit to work, so no alcohol is allowed 10 hours prior to our duty. We have to go trough 4 weeks of training and a re-qualification every year. The exams are extremely stressful and concerns flight safety, self-defense and first aid. Floating trough the aisle serving coffee and tea is much further down the list of the responsibilities of a flight attendant.
Let’s get one thing out in the open, I have never dated a pilot.
2. We are not all dating a pilot A typical day starts with packing my suitcase, applying basic make-up, putting my hair up and wearing my clean and shiny blue uniform with pride. There’s only one thing to add: a brilliant smile! When scheduled on early flights I meet my colleagues at the airport around 6am. On standard European flights the crew consist of a captain, first officer and two flight attendants. Once I’ve met my colleagues for the day it’s time to head to the briefing room to prepare and discuss the flights for the next few days. It’s always magical to experience how four strangers become such a strong and reliable team within a few minutes after getting to know each other. I really appreciate the colleagues I have to work with but let’s get one thing out in the open, I have never dated a pilot. To be honest.. Since the day I started working as a flight attendant, I’ve never witnessed any love bloom between any of the crew. Of course this is an illusion and I’m pretty sure there will be colleagues who secretly hook up during a layover. It’s really not all that different from other jobs.
3. Being a flight attendant can be far from glamorous A lot of passengers think flight attendants are responsible for everything om board. They do have a point. Unfortunately lifting hand luggage in the overhead bin is not part of our job. We are not all cross fit athletes. When passengers assume that their trolley is way to heavy to lift, they call the flight attendant to stow it. I’ll give them a friendly smile and i’m begging them to stop traveling with carry-on bags they can’t handle. I quietly whisper: “If you can’t sling it, don’t bring it.” The average duration of a flight is less then one hour. Within this time we have to offer a full service to a maximum of one-hundred passengers. There is not much time left for chatting in the galley or hanging out in the cockpit. The job is far from glamorous and the workload can be very high some days. As a flight attendant you’re working your ‘but off’ whilst being patient, putting effort in your work and providing a smile from ear to ear.
4. Layovers are often short
After three or four flights we arrive on our final destination for that day, somewhere in Europe. We quickly grab our suitcases and catch the taxi to bring us to our temporary ‘home’ for the night. The hotels are brilliant and often located close to the city and equipped with a gym and sauna. We receive a daily allowance to spend on food and other sundries. The company is doing their best to create the optimum conditions. Most layovers are short, and you barely have time to spend the money. After a 10-hour shift most of the crew will decide to go for a nap or chill out at the hotel. If there’s some energy and time left, we’ll go on a local excursion, have a few drinks in town or visiting some other places of interest. Luckily I am an high-energy person! I like wandering on my own and visit places I haven’t seen before. Hiking trough the beautiful nature of Norway was one of my best experiences. The moments I’m making unforgettable memories it is hard to believe this is actually part of the job. The wake-up call at 4am quickly brings me back to reality as a new day of work is ahead with an early flight back to Amsterdam!
5. The life of a flight attendant can be very lonely
The life of a flight attendant is not only about glitter and glamour. It’s way more then that. The long shifts, delays and difficulties on board with demanding passengers can be a real challenge. Beside this it is not easy to organize your social life when you’re abroad 4 nights in a row. The life of a flight attendant can be very lonely. You basically live out of a suitcase, miss your best friends birthday, skip your favorite festival and spend less quality time with your family.
Let me end this story by saying that I do love my job and I am very proud to live the ‘dream’ of a flight attendant! Especially when you realize only a few of those who applied actually got hired. The lovely colleagues, friendly passengers and the wonderful destinations are the reason this job is given me so much energy. Since I started as a flight attendant I experienced the amazing continent we live in. Instead of watching television or doing the laundry at home, I spend my spare time having diner outdoors and enjoying the facilities and luxury of a 5 star hotel.
If you focus on the load of experiences you get trough this way of life, it’s a real privilege to be a flight attendant!
*Amber is one of our new guest editors from the Netherlands who loves her job as a flight attendant! She’s always on the run searching for the best hotspots in Europe. In her spare time she likes to discover the best hotspots of Utrecht. You can expect an article from her once a month! You can follow her adventures on Instagram or visit her dutch blog on www.amberontdekt.nl!
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The International Fireworks Festival in Scheveningen 2017 gives a new definition to firework. Eight different countries such as China, France, The Netherlands and last year’s winner Spain, compete with each other and throw everything in the battle to be the very best. But, only one can be the winner, chosen by an experienced jury and welcomed by a beach full of enthusiasts.
The fireworks are lit from a floating platform, 275 meters from Scheveningen beach, so the view is magnificent from the entire boulevard and beach.
This is why you should to go Normally I have to wait for fireworks untill New Years Eve, while freezing to death and feeling nauseous from an oliebollen overdose. (Try this Dutch traditional snack if you get the chance but don’t have more than 3!) I still remember the days that I wasn’t even old enough to light my own firework and just stared astonished at the colours going op in flames, high in the black sky. Meanwhile, I have already seen fireworks a million times. Well… 25 New Years Eves to be exactly. Slight difference: I’m now usually more focused on the the sparkles in the champagne than the ones in the sky.
The art of the International Fireworks Festival has completely changed the way I feel about fireworks. I saw the opening show on Friday the 11th of August and I was truly stunned by the way this sky art is made with rockets, colours, fire and sparkling shapes. I had goosebumps all over my body while watching the show from the Kurhaus balcony. Yet, this time the goosebumps weren’t caused by the temperature. For 10 minutes I could shout out nothing but sounds of excitement. The festival set the sky on fire and seemed to stop the time. There is no way I could explain the way it looks, because the words just wouldn’t do it justice. You’ll just have to check this one out yourself.
Tip: If you want to add a little bit more sparkle to the show, book the Fireworks Festival Waves Package at Kurhaus. The view from the luxurious balcony is stunning and enables you to enjoy the thrilling show while enjoying a three-course dinner. Food and fireworks, what’s not to like?
The International Fireworks Festival is held on August 18th with the final on the 19th. Watching this spectacle is free!
If you know one thing about Amsterdam, it’s that people love to sit outside whenever they can. When the first rays of sunlight appear, you will see outside terraces in each part of the city. To celebrate the end of an already fantastic terrace season, several cafe’s and restaurants are joining forces and will transform into the largest outside terrace at the Amsterdam Terrace Festival! (Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival)
From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all!
On the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of September you will be able to find around 20 different cafe’s and restaurants at the festival, all with their own specialty and allure. It’s being organised by the same people behind popular party starters Het Amsterdams Verbond and Bevrijdingsfestival so these guys know what to do to create a successful festival with all elements. Some of the participants are ROEST, Brandstof, Terpentijn X JAJEM, ‘T Blauwe Theehuis and Het Paardje. From East to West and North to South, you can expect them all! Some of them will host a bar whilst others highlight their food.
Besides the drinks and food, there will also be some entertainment such as Karaoke from Duke of Tokyo, Silent Disco by Vondel Disco and DJ’s. There will be an ongoing competition where they can win the titel for best terrace, best bar host (men and female) and best served beer. (very important of course ;-))
Oh and one more thing, the entrance is totally free! Who will join us in September?? (and celebrate Elke’s birthday :-))
Het Amsterdamse Terrassen Festival
1 – 3 September in Oosterpark Facebook
YouTube is freakin’ booming and is taking over laptops and screens around the world to inspire young and older generations. Travelers are not just looking on websites anymore, but search for information by checking inspirational video’s from travel vloggers on YouTube. We selected 5 Travel YouTube Channels (and a nice bonus!) for you to subscribe to.
1. Brooke Saward – World of Wanderlust This Australian cutie is an inspiration for many young women who have a dream. Brooke packed her bags and left everything behind to travel the world. While she did, she started blogging about it and documented everything. Before she even realized it, she became one of the biggest travel bloggers in the world. She started her YouTube Channel a little while after her blogging succes and she gives you tips, travel hacks, personal experiences and her sweet but funny personality really makes you fall in love with this girl. She is taking things a bit slower nowadays as she realized, life is not just about large numbers and being the best in everything. She is more selective about her press trips and wants to be at home more where she started her own bakery recently. https://www.youtube.com/user/brookehaute
2. Angie Lal – Travel In Her Shoes She’s a Polish born, Australian educated, Los Angeles based adventure traveler, writer, blogger and photographer. Her Instagram account is already to die for and she decided to focus more on YouTube since a couple of months and things are going fast! Be inspired by the amazing locations she visits and her beautiful sense of style. This girl will take you around the world! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8_L-xSXL3GO2k-FMqmXeZw
3. VagaBrothers We met these crazy bro’s at the TBEX conference in Sweden last year where they gave a seminar about YouTube. They are very savvy with anything to do with video and montage (award winning actually!). They are on a mission to explore the planet by connecting with other young people and inspiring viewers to do the same. And they have! Besides being cute, they are pretty funny too! Check out their cool video’s here: https://www.youtube.com/user/vagabrothers/featured
4. FunForLouis – Louis He is the biggest travel YouTuber in the world right now and well deserved! He started his channel 6 years ago and gained his subscribers before YouTube was a hype like it’s nowadays. Once he grew an audience, he could focus more on content and adventure. Yes, adventure is Louis middle name! Watch video’s how he’s flying a tiny plane, joining coffee ceremonies, visiting the Hobbit house in New Zealand or riding on the roof of a car. He’s done it all and he is taking you along with the ride. Louis is not the guy who started his YouTube Channel for the views, no he really loves to travel and has stayed humble throughout this big adventure. https://www.youtube.com/user/FunForLouis/featured
5. Hey Nadine – Nadine Sykora She’s positive, funny, quirky and successful. This is Nadine Sykora. She is posting 2 video’s per week (how on earth does she do it??) and has a lot of travel tips and advice. She does the traditional Q&A’s but it’s never boring. Besides travel she also creates beauty, fashion and comedy video’s. Check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/nayders07
Bonus: Wander-Lust Eh well, we need to give ourselves a little self promotion right? We are waaay behind on YouTube but this will change shortly! We will start to post new video’s soon where we will continue to take you along on our adventures and we are also planning on sharing some inside travel tips. We have to admit that we are not really too keen about vlogging because we can’t imagine that you will find our lives interesting enough that we feel the need to share our every move. BUT, please let us know what you would like to see and we will brainstorm about it. And eh..you can start helping us by subscribing to our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfNCgBBEAs7_ClfgZm1LQNA
Check out our favorite Travel Instagram accounts here!
At Wander-Lust we get to travel to the most amazing places and experience various cool press trips. But life is not all about Instagram pictures by the pool. At Wander-Lust it’s also about giving back. To mother nature, to society and to the countries we visit.
Giving back is key!
One of our first charity projects will be in Bolivia. On the 2nd of March, Wander-Lusty Sarah will be joined by Fat Kids Cake Co-founder and photographer Ilsoo van Dijk for a charity project in Bolivia. This project, by the organization “Mensen met een missie” supports the human rights of women in Bolivia. We need your support too!
Violence against women is becoming a huge problem in the Bolivian society. Seven out of ten women are dealing with physical or sexual abuse. Although Bolivia implemented a law back in 2012 that has to protect women from violence, in practice there is not much of a change. “Mensen met een Missie” from the Netherlands supports young people and victims in Bolivia. They offer psychological, social and legal support for victims and they lobby actively at both local and national authorities.
We will travel around Bolivia for 2.5 weeks to see how they work and to talk to the victims. We will write about our experiences during this trip and we will share our stories with you in the hope that also you will subscribe some day as volunteer or donate money to support “Mensen Met een Missie”.
We made a video with our friends!
Video by: Laurens Smit
To find more information about this project or to make a donation, please click here
My first media trip for Wander-Lust was a fact. The destination to discover: Zurich! I never really had this city in my top 10 bucket list, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t worth exploring. Time to give it a try with SWISS!
Book a budget proof ticket with SWISS So last week I tested the airline SWISS and flew to Zurich – two days, one night. Yehesss, I felt like a lucky bastard. Some nice to know facts of SWISS: They fly four times a day from Schiphol to Zurich and a retour economy class ticket only costs €129,- (incl. taxes and fees). For an airline with so much comfort and good service, I think this is a very good price to pay. Despite the fact I have wanderlust, flying is not my cup of tea but that didn’t spoil the fun. During my first flight with this airline I noticed that the service and seats were really Swiss style and definitely worth repeating. Small side note: the cold croissant has some room for improvement, but the Swiss chocolate was de-li-ci-ous!
Did you know that Swiss is part of the Lufthansa Group that exist out of Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings?
SWISS economy seats..not bad!
Airplane meals with a story What really makes SWISS so interesting for me as a food lover, is the story behind their airplane meals: SWISS taste of Switzerland. Every 4 months they ask the crème de la crème among the top chefs to prepare a menu. Just one great chef from one of the Swiss regions is the lucky one. The big challenge for the master chef is to come up with airplane business and first class proof meals that are made with typical local, seasonable ingredients and specialties of that amazing region. During this trip I was at the food presentation for spring 2017, an overwhelming food walhalla created by the famous and commended Thomas Neeser. My oh my, so great to see so much passion, fun and creativity in one person. Not so surprising that SWISS have won so many awards with this unique food concept, thumbs up! Are you a vegetarian than this would be great news for you: SWISS cooperates with the world’s first vegetarian restaurant HILTL, who caters the vegetarian airplane meals day after day. Next week I tell you more about this extraordinary hotspot.
Checking out the new menu for spring 2017
Thomas Neeser (left) at the menu presentation
Let’s go business class The part of my trip I’ll never forget was my flight back. SWISS surprised me with a business class seat, OMG! Maybe you know what that means: entrance to the business lounge! A world full of food opened for me including my all-time favorite M&Ms – please, squeeze me here – chocolate desserts, oh and let’s not forget the champagne! It was all you can imagine. I flew back to Amsterdam, totally relaxed with,…more food and wine! I could get used to this. I hear you thinking: ‘my wallet does not allow me to buy a business ticket.’ No, mine does neither. But from €900,- you can fly business class during international flights. That means for a bit more you get much more luxury: lounge access, extra luggage, better meals, more legroom etc. The price differences in economy and business class aren’t always so huge, it was an eye opener for me. Tip » Always check the economy and business class prices, include a Saturday into your trip and book well in advance to get the scharpest price!
Enjoying the business class food on the way back
Food allergies? No problem for SWISS Last but not least, SWISS is an ideal airline if you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, they even were the first allergy-friendly one in the world. You can contact the customer service prior to your flight and they’ll do everything they can do for you! They even have lactose free chocolate, that’s what I call Swiss service!
Wanna check out SWISS yourself? Visit the website.
*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She’s no kitchen princess but always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on @sharriefromsandmountains!