1947 Amsterdam
1982 Amsterdam
Began to drive a taxi.
1987 Amsterdam
My quest in religion ultimately led me to Buddhism. As a child I had an absolute abhorrence of violence.
1997 Amsterdam
Changed my name from Lucie to Gozewina. After my parents died, I found out that my name was not properly registered at birth. I then changed my name back to what it should have been.
1998 Amsterdam
Bought a piano after taking lessons with a friend. The playing had really gripped me.
2002 Boxtel
Passed my exam in Holistic Pulsing (a powerful yet soft form of body healing).

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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:

Manon Veldhuis studied Spatial Design at AKV St. Joost, and currently designs theatrical sets and installations for Toneel Group Amsterdam and Theun Mosk.

Julien Thomas developed urban interventions and creative civic engagement strategies in Vancouver, and studies at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam.

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