Humans of Amsterdam
02/21/2017 at 12:42. Facebook
''2015 was the year I transformed myself and lost 30 kilos. However, 2016 was the year I rebuild myself up again. In the years of my weight gain I had become such a negative person. Complaining and saying nothing will work out is easy. I had been angry for a long time but holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Once I understood that it was easier to...
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Humans of Amsterdam
02/21/2017 at 11:10. Facebook
''I remember the day I stood on the scales and the numbers didn't lie, I weighed 103 kilos. I can’t describe how miserable I felt. The question was no longer what do I wear today but what do I own that still fits me. At home, the situation was unstable and I was in an unhealthy relationship. I’m an emotional eater so whenever I would feel bad I would eat.
My boyfriend and I had been together...
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Humans of Amsterdam
02/19/2017 at 17:09. Facebook
''I have always wanted to travel the world but somehow I never did. I have a good job but every day is already planned out and filled with meeting. I imagine myself waking up in a different country and not have a plan at all. I would love to experience what that feels like..''
''In the 70's I hitchhiked from Amsterdam to India. I was advised to travel with a knife but I never did. I figured if I would I'd be the one getting stabbed.''
There was a saying in Afghanistan that I'll never forget.''If you come with bullets, you will be shot. If you come armless, you will make a friend.''
''Great.. Now they think they are getting a cookie!''
''You ask a lot of questions for a photographer..''
''Over the years I have learned to accept each emotion that comes along. In our society we are not ashamed to smile but it feels like a taboo to cry. I believe that the feeling of happiness is not superior to the feeling of sadness. All emotions have the right to exist within me and I am at peace with all of them.''
(2/2)''When I would use XTC I experienced a certain calmness and things made sense. I was addicted but still I managed to keep my job as an administrative assistant. By the time I turned 21 I realized something had to change. In the meantime, I got in touch with a cousin who I could talk with about my situation. We sometimes talked for hours and he would listen to me. He is a spiritual and...
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(1/2)I remember he promised to come over for my birthday one time but he never showed up. My father was addicted to drugs and sometimes we wouldn’t hear from him for months. My mother raised my brother, sister and me all by herself. Since I was the eldest, I felt really responsible for my siblings. As a child I would often go to the library. There I discovered fantasy and black magic books...
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''Ever since his wife died he comes here every day to dance. He is 91 years old but that doesn’t stop him. sometimes he dances for hours.''
''Do you know why he dances?''
''Because he misses her..''
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I recorded this footage two years ago while I worked on a storytelling project in the Middle East. One day we were walking down the shore in Tel Aviv when I saw this...
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''I was in New York with a friend and one night we were having a late night philosophical conversation about what the most interesting question would be to ask a stranger. After talking for a while we concluded it was the question: ''What do you seek in life?''. The next day we were on Times Square when we saw a man being thrown out of Starbucks. He was screaming: ''Liberation! Liberation! You...
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I can't help it but this makes me really proud. Not in a million years I thought I would publish a book. I'm proud because this book represents getting out of my own comfort zone day after day. Meeting strangers and talk with them about their personal lives taught me more than any other educational institution ever has. A big thank you to all of you who opened up to me and trusted me with...
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(2/2)''Once I arrived here I immediately applied for citizenship. I stayed in Amsterdam for a few months and after that I kept being transferred from one refugee shelter to another. I have had more than 20 roommates and I have seen all of them leave with permits and housing. I envy them because I still haven’t heard a word about my papers. Everyday I worry about my family back home. I have...
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(1/2)''Life is Syria became unbearable. We kept on hoping for a miracle but things just got worse. My wife and I didn't have enough money to leave so my father borrowed money from friends and family. We just had enough money for one person to make the big journey to Europe. My wife was pregnant so we decided I would go. I had heard about a law in The Netherlands that after receiving...
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"You are probably wondering why we are carrying around this baththub. We used to throw parties at our house but they often got out of hand. That's why we decided to start throwing parties at a club so we could invite all of our friends and also our house wouldn’t be trashed the next day. When you go to a party in a club though, It doesn't feel like home and that is why we turn the club into a...
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''My mother was such a strong woman. There is so much I have learned from her. She had problems with her heart and she received surgery multiple times. Again and again she fought for her life but she always kept a positive attitude. Unfortunately after her 5th operation her body gave up and she could no longer recover. If she was here today I would have loved to tell her that I now have a son....
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''We met 46 years ago while working at the same insurance company. He kept offering me rides home and I was intrigued by his appearance. He had an amazing fashion sense and even though you can't tell right now he had beautiful thick black hair. I fell for him because he was unlike anything I had ever seen before.''
''It's the only way I can get through my German exams..''
''My mother and grandmother taught me how to cook. Eating has always been an important part of our familie tradition. In 2008 I decided to open my own business. I told my husband I'm not sure if it will be a succes but I am going to do my utmost best to make it work. Everything I make is still according to my grandmother's recipe. I make everything from scratch because I believe food should be...
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