1949 Amsterdam
Born, the eldest of six children.
1959 Amsterdam
After my mother fell from the balcony, I did the housework and took care of my siblings. I wasn't able to finish my primary school.
1970 Amsterdam
Married and moved together to Amsterdam North.
1972 Amsterdam
Moved to Amsterdam East.
1973 Amsterdam
I've had all kinds of jobs: housework, chocolate factory, utility plant, printshop, butchershop, aspirin plant, and menswear designed for the military.
2003 Amsterdam
Divorced after 30 years of marriage.
2009–2015 Amsterdam
Together with Jo, we participate in all kinds of activities organized by de Gooijer (nursing home).
Please note: all conversations will be assigned randomly


Ondergronds is named for those exceptional conversations below the surface.

While travelling through Amsterdam on a daily basis, we pass by hundreds of strangers and rarely get a chance to connect. Ondergronds allows you to have a real conversation with one of those strangers – perhaps the connection will last, perhaps it may inspire other conversations on your daily travels.

About the team:

Julien Thomas developed urban interventions and creative civic engagement strategies in Vancouver, and graduated from the Sandberg Instituut in 2016.

Webdesign: Fabian Hijlkema

Photography: Coco Plooijer

Ondergronds is an initiative of the Knowledge Mile Coalition, a community of knowledge institutions, companies, organisations and residents working together along the Wibautstraat and Wesperstraat from Amstelplein to Nieuwmarkt.


Do you have questions, want to participate, or want to set up an Ondergronds project in your city? Feel free to contact us.

We are

  • Gemeente Amsterdam

  • Knowledge Mile Coalition

  • Amsterdam Boiling

  • GVB

  • Humans of Amsterdam