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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Summer in Amsterdam Week 1: Arrival

As some of you may be aware I am going to be spending this summer living and working in Amsterdam. For my final project of my second year at university I had a collaboration project with Tommy Hilfiger Denim (link leads to my hilfiger post) from this Hilfiger offered me a summer internship at their European head office in Amsterdam; and hear i am, sitting in my new apartment in Osdorp, after my first day as a new employee. 

I arrived in the city on wednesday the 18th after a quick flight (only about 40 minuets top, most of which I slept for) and was greeted at arrivals by my own personal chauffeur- equipped with a Hilfiger sign with my name on it- and loaded my three suitcases (one full of books originally hand luggage into a brand new black Merrcedes with blacked out windows. Even in my ripped skinny jeans, vintage denim coat and beat up DM's I couldn't help but feel slightly important as he helped me into the back of the car.      

However it was hear that a little bit of trouble did arise, for the night before I flew out Hilfiger had a launch party which the whole office including my relocation officer attended. That morning, in a 'slightly' hungover state, the wrong address got sent out. My wrong address!! And i was dropped off at a very snazzy set of office blocks with pent house apartments at the top. My driver unloaded the car and helped me to the reception, before returning to his car. I sent the girl I was moving in with a text saying I was down stairs, and went up to the receptionist, only to find out I was at the wrong address. 

Thankfully my driver was yet to leave, and he was able to sort out someone else to look after his next client while he figured out where I was supposed to be. In the back of the car I was starting to get a little panicked, Yasmin, my new flat mate hadn't responded to my text, and she didn't answer the buzzer when I got to her apartment. Thankfully when I got up to her door, she did answer it straight away… so panic over. 

The first couple of days was a mix Yasmin showing me the aria of Osdorp and me trying to figure out my way in Amsterdam, and find the Hilfiger HQ in preparation for monday, of course all the exploring was done along side research for my dissertation. After all, no rest for the wicked.         

1 comment:

  1. I am so very happy for you. Such a fabulous opportunity.Enjoy every moment. I'm sure there will be a few rough patches, but stick with it and just allow it keep you blossoming as a designer.