About the girl



THE GIRL
She is a girl, named Nena. She is a wanderer, a dreamer, and a little bit crazy. Okay, I might as well be honest, she is totally nuts. Some may even wonder if she is from another planet, but no worries. Her personality can best be described as complex, although she would call it unpredictability herself. She gets bored very easily and loves change. Dull repetitive routines bore her to death and she hates the idea of just doing the same thing every single day. Her interests are very diverse as well. She has a rebellious side and a big imagination, loves to discuss politics and humanitarian principles and checks the news at least sixty times a day. Life is just better with music and she could not live without it. She is a sponge for new knowledge and always on the hunt for new ideas. Wickedly sarcastic also suits her very well, something that comes so naturally that she doesn’t even realize it half the time. A bad habit of hers is overthinking things way more than she should. She can be over-analyzing things to the point where she feels incredibly stressed and anxious only to realize later that it wasn’t even that big of a deal in the first place.
EXPAT
She lived in Italy, Turkey, and Bulgaria. But now she is based in the Netherlands; the country where she is made in 1989. Yet, it might be her biggest wish to live on an island. Because she is in love with the ocean. And nothing else can make her happier than the feeling of sand between her toes, sun on her nose, salt in her hair and a little breeze in the air. Childhood is when the basic elements of our identity are put into the place; who are we and where we belong to. And the sea was strongly present in her youth, as well in the countries she has lived as an expat. If someone would ask her favorite place on earth, she would immediately know the answer: “somewhere on a beach”. The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul. At sea, she feels comfortable and her purest self. The sea is part of her identity, it is part of her answer to the question ’where she belongs to’. So you can imagine she is having serious troubles handling all the rain and the dark cold winters in the Netherlands. She is just not made for it and therefore she will be moving abroad someday again. Without doubt. And hopefully to an island.
TRAVEL
She loves to travel more than anything in the world. She needs it because of the mental stimulation and craves for the rich and varied experiences that travel has to offer. She is a free spirit, has a very open mind and if she could, she would be a gypsy for sure. Maybe because it’s in her blood. After all; she has roots from seven different countries anyway. And on top of that, she has a Turkish partner, who she met in Istanbul. Her wanderlust will never be satisfied and her list of countries that she wants to visit is only growing. She is not a crowd follower but likes to be unique and rebellious. The world is so beautiful and has so much to offer! Travel is life-changing in any way and makes everybody a better human, in every kind of way. It’s a perfect way to escape and reflect on your daily life, but also a way to enrich yourself with lessons you can not learn from books. Because if you travel and discover the world, you learn a lot of new things, meet quite some new people and will become more social, more positive, smarter, stronger, open-minded and especially so much richer. Richer in terms of memories and life experiences. Because of all those experiences, all those beautiful moments and all those special stories you hear, they will change you forever.
FOOD
She is a hungry person that likes to eat about anything as long as it’s healthy. She prefers vegan and organic food and if it’s possible she buys directly from the farmers that grew it. Visiting local grocery stores and farmers’ markets is one of her favorite things to do when she travels. Not only because she often discovers fruits and vegetables she has never seen or heard of before, but also because these outlets are a window into another country’s way of life. And of course, she loves to explore, discover and taste local foods and drinks; from tiny vegan bistros to ethical fine dining. Because food not only provides nourishment but simply makes life simply more enjoyable!
RANDOM FACTS
“She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs”.
  • Practices yoga almost every day to be more mindful in the craziness of life
  • Is in love with the ocean and feels a feel a spiritual, meditative tie with it
  • Loses cups of coffee on a regular basis, everywhere
  • Is a super good swimmer and got quite some certificates
  • Wants to volunteer in the jungle of Borneo sometime
  • Loves anything interior related and wish it somehow was her profession