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editorial Dear readers, Our world is spinning 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days year. Someone is always doing something somewhere. The world does not take breaks. Does anyone ever take a break in their socially and demanding world? Today, we are free to make our own choices. The only problem is that this is also the most difficult part. When you are living, following strict rules, you will not do anything wrong. There is no space to do anything another way. Now however, we can never be sure if we made the right choice and the lack of that experienc, makes us insecure and gives us more to think about. The most comfortable situation is when you know what to expect. Living in your own little universe. Do you know the feeling of going to a party where you do not know anyone and where you are not sure what it will be like? The tension you have on your first day of school or at a new job? Change is not a scary thing though, it’s necessary to improve life. Even in the wealthy Europe the gap of incomes and live standard is becoming wider and wider. But not only a protesting unemployed

and hopeless youth is what makes us hesitate. Growing up in peace and growth, we have to realize that the individual is a lot easier to be changed than the whole world. We are surrounded by war, terrorism, Africans dying in Lampedusa, we get spied, all overwhelming things happening around us which make us feel as ourselves are the one and only thing we can start with. In this magazine we hope to guide you in finding the right way. The way of courage Stories of others might help you to find the answers you need for your own change. If we first help ourselves, maybe the world turn out better eventually. We want to show you some different solutions for a economic crisis. Also some people your age will tell you how they act on their personal crisis. One girl had to leave her country because it was not safe anymore. Stories of your life and stories of others inspire you to go unconventional ways. A choice always influence the further way of living, but there is no right or wrong. Your best by dealing with the situation.

CHANGE Danielle van der Leest

how personal crises change your life


Danielle van der Leest


Magdalena Bartmann Thomas Datema


Anna Tauscher Asli Bildirici Gabrielle Bernardes Sarah Berends ValĂŠrie Baeke


Loes van Langen Louis Dumoulin


Anne-Lize Mulder

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how personal crises change your life

interview Flee the country


Elaha Afridi lives in Vienna. Right now she is studying to pass the entrance exam for medicine. The wish to become a doctor she developed during high school. Elaha is working at a jewellery store to afford studying and living. When she looks back at the last few years it wasn’t always clear that her future will look so bright. She was 13 and completely alone when she had to flee from her home in Afghanistan to Austria. Another family treated her like their own, because of an arranged engagement with their 30-year-old son. When Elaha refused to marry that man she wasn’t safe anymore. Her parents paid a smuggler with a good track record and good money to get her out of the country. Away from what she grew up with. Away from home. When she arrived in Austria 7 years ago, she was placed in an all-girls flat in a small town. Elaha had to learn a


new language and culture that was completely foreign to her. “Everything was new for me. The food tasted strange and the people acted different to what I was used to. I was scared!”, remembers Elaha today, “I was completely desperate and had nowhere else to go”. “It was a hard time. But it taught me to be confident of myself.” A lot Afghan girls at her age are used to do what their family, and more important their father, wants them to do. This and only this is what they knew for their whole life. “It was an advantage for me to be on my own”, says Elaha. It made her learn the language really quickly and taking care of her own. She was ambitious and wanted to go to a good school. “It was a hard time but it helped me cope”. Elaha now has wide range of possibilities in Europe. And she is finally free to choose on her own which direction she wants to follow. Her past taught her to be strong.

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You could find her every day in the swimming pool or fitness school. Annemarlieke used to play water polo at a very high level. Other than sports,

never have believed in these types of treatment, but it was my last hope. I hated it to feel tired all day, it hurt to eat and I couldn’t train anymore.’ She

she is really enjoying the student life. Drinking with friends and partying. It is not strange to be tired when living a busy life like that. Which is why nobody could have predicted that she was ill. Three years ago she was diagnosed and her life changed forever.

was told to follow a very strict diet and take homeopathic medicines. ‘From that moment on everything changed. I couldn’t eat sugar anymore and there’s sugar in almost everything! I ate mostly vegetables and organic chicken. I had to stop drink alcohol, which was the hardest. Every time I went out for dinner my friends would order wine and couldn’t get anything else than water.’

‘Days of sleeping and partying at night were common. Of course I was tired, but who wouldn’t be? This is why it took so long to discover the symptoms’, Annemarlieke says. It began with a cystitis which increasable came back. Doctors gave her antibiotics, but to no avail and she started feeling worse. Finally she went to the hospital to do some tests. Doctors diagnosed the antibiotics killed the bacteria in her intestines. They also found that she had a parasite and the Candida fungus. All she could do was wait for it to go away. She got a second opinion from a naturopathic. ‘Before all of this I would


A month ago she was diagnosed healthy again. The parasite and the fungus are gone. Her body still cannot take all kinds of food and drinks but things will get better over time. ‘Last week I did some fitness for the first time in ages. It felt so good.’ Annemarlieke says she would not go back to eating all the things she used to eat. ‘I now have much more knowledge about food because of my illness. That’s an advantage. The only thing I have to do is find the right balance with the food and drinks. It is good to be back.’


Danielle van der Leest

EXPLANATION ILLNESS Candida fungus: Candida is a genus of yeasts and is currently the most common cause of fungal infections worldwide. Many species are harmless commensals or endosymbionts of hosts including humans, however when mucosal barriers disrupted or the immune system is compromised they can invade and cause disease. Certain factors, like prolonged antibiotic use, increase the risk for both men and women. *possible addition: Some practitioners of alternative medicine say that Candida overgrowth can cause many health problems, including fatigue, headache, poor memory and weight gain, but most medical doctors state that there is little evidence to support this and that a yeast problem should not be diagnosed without definite clinical signs of an infection. (source :

Name: Annemarlieke Klunder Age: 22 Place: Amsterdam Conflict: parasite and Candida fungus



feature articles Crises you meet in life

Right now, you are at the hight of your life. The skin of your face and body are tight and young. No worries about your hair, because it’s still growing. Standing up won’t break your hip and doesn’t take hours, as you just jump up. But our lovely friend, someday this all changes. Unfortunately, we can’t prevent the need for you to grow up and make decisions. What we can do is help and escort you through something called life


Your parents are ready to kick you out of their nest and you are scared to fly, as you might fall flat on your face. If not, you are probably one of the rebels that want to leave the family house with parents that can’t miss you yet. Once you decided on staying home or flying out, there comes another dilemma. “What am I going to study? What do I want to become?” It is time to make plans for the future and take fundamental decisions. The psychotherapist Cristina Simas explains why crises should be seen as positive. “We are all doomed to face existential crises as we mature and experience the various phases of life. Crises pull people out of their comfort zone and awaken creativity. We are benefited from crisis because we react to it.”



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Tonight is the night for a good old party. You and your friends arrive in the club and the first thing you do is putting your earplugs in. Looking around in the club gets you thinking. “That girl grinding on the dancefloor could be my little sister. And that girl as well.” When all of a sudden it hits you. Out of all these young flowers, you are the oldest one. They call it the phase of brooding twentysomethings and the roaming thirties. The quarter life crisis is a case of how to make the right decisions and choices. Who am I? Where is my life going? Am I happy just being me? The search to an individual identity is the first element of a quarter life crisis. What have I accomplished so far?

Did I grow as a person? The second element contains looking back to previous years. Our generation misses a sense of reality. We all want a successful career, lots of money, the perfect love life and recognition from the entire world. So it’s not too hard to be let down, when it doesn’t work out the way you had planned it. To compensate our dream world and reality, try to make decisions and go with the flow.


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Don’t stop me now

Our dear ladies, at this age will stop the horrific period we face once a month. Instead of feeling like an old Madame, you really should be celebrating. Say goodbye to the use of tampons and those things you put in your underwear feeling like you’re wearing a diaper. Embrace your freedom and treat yourself to some chocolate, as you can no longer blame your period for that need. And our dear men, who feel their andropause is kicking in. Do you feel less energetic? Or do you notice you aren’t the twenty-five year old stud anymore? There are ways to get back in the saddle, for instance testosterones. This might sound a bit scary or weird, so for the natural kind of man. There are natural ways to stay the stud you are now. It helps to keep overweight away from your body, so play the sports you love. Also, it helps to drink less alcohol and regulate your blood sugar. So Casanova, no need to panic

If you are not planning on living fast and dying young as the infamous Lana Del Rey promotes so much these days, there is a very high chance that you already imagined how you would get old. Although the process of getting older is expected Dr. Candansayar says it not easier to handle than an unexpected crises. “Awaited crises can get avoided or cause a collapse related to the person’s ability to cope with them.” Getting to 65 may sound terrifying to most of us now who grew with the society’s fear of getting old but 77-year-old runner Allen Leigh begs to differ. “Getting old and retiring have been the highlights of my life. Each week has 6 Saturdays and a Sunday.”


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Sharing is Caring

The economical crises made people creative again. We are doing more with less by renting, lending, swapping, bartering, gifting and sharing products on a scale never before possible. Collaborative consumption, a new way of consuming. In the sixties the hippies were famous for their communes where possession was nothing worth striving for. “The times they are a changing,” sang Bob Dylan in the same year. Love and peace was followed by the whish of savety and property. Today however, the current economical crises changed the consumer’s values from ownership to access; Collaborative consuming was born. Sharing and swapping is trendy again. With the help of the Internet whole networks are rising and this they do by recollecting long forgotten values. Thinking of sharing today, does not only mean thoughts anymore, today we can transfer an idea into reality, a food picture into a new business.

Homemade meal That is exactly what the website of Marieke Hart does. The idea for thuisafgehaald. nl popped into her mind when she tried to buy a bowl of soup from her neighbour, an

accomplished cook. “Around dinnertime I always smelled nice scent coming from my neighbour. One day I asked her if I could taste some of her cooking’s in exchange for a small fee. She agreed and I bought three bowls of soup. When I told other people about this, everybody responded very enthusiastically. So I decided to create a website where everybody can put on there homemade meals and others can pick up one.” But not only food is traded on the Internet. Travellers, who don’t want to pay much for an anonymous all-inclusive residence, connect with locals who offer their couch for free on When there are new (shortterm) housemates, things tend to break and new requirements are added to a household. Even for this, sharing seems the answer. On spare to share ( you’ll find an item to master every situation. A lawn mower, water guns, books, movies



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whatever is required. “No risk, no fun”, the motto that makes upcoming start-ups successful, seems to less and less profit orientated investors. Thanks to Crowdfunding, this strategy does not lead to a situation, where growing opportunities meet shrinking development potentialities, anymore. Individuals support projects because they are convinced of the potential. So far, they are proven right and the fact, that even completely styled outfits for these celebrations are provided

mine is yours: the rise of collaborative consumption”. “The main principals of collaborative consumption are critical mass, idling capacity, belief in the commons and trust between strangers.” she explains in her book. This new economic model is already named as one of the 10 ideas to change the world. Business, consume, and property combined to a new way of living, giving, and sharing. just more fulfilling and sustainable quality of life.

online, shows the variety of ideas. That everything of is swappable after being used, is a matter of cause.

Trust between strangers The possibilities are enormous. Rachel Botsman is an international Expert who wrote the book “What’s


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We interview Laura who suffered from OCD. Laura’s life has changed a lot since she was first diagnosed with OCD.


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Flee market In Amsterdam there are a few flee markets. The famous ones are the markets on the picture, Waterlooplein and Albert Cuijp market. On the Albert Cuijp you can buy mostly food and some clothes from the shops in the street. On Waterlooplein you can buy second hand thinks, like clothes but also bikes. (I Amsterdam, a)



Anne-Lize Mulder

Vintage Shops There are some vintage- and second-hand shops in Amsterdam, there are a few famous stores like Episode and Zipper. There you can buy vintage clothes for cheap prices. The vintage shops are up coming in Amsterdam and they even made their clothes a bit more expensive. (I Amsterdam, b)


photo series Revival of flee markets & 2nd hand shops Student houses Amsterdam North has 380 students containers. These are small containers where students can live for not much money. These containers are from the government; students have to sign a list to get one. (Duwoners)


Thrift In thrift there are only second-hand things. From couches till clothes. The prices are really cheap and they only sell things that are still in normal state.

Duwoners. (23 november 2012). NDSM-terrein. Consulted on: 5 October 2013, from: tags/ndsm Iamsterdam a. (z.j.). Neighbourhood markets in Amsterdam. Consulted on: 5 October 2013, from: Iamsterdam b. (z.j.). Vintage shops in Amsterdam. Consulted on: 5 October 2013, from: nl-NL/experience/de-stad-in/shoppen/vintage-shops-in-amsterdam Ijhallen. (z.j.). Ijhallen. consulted on: 5 October 2013, from: