1944 Rotterdam
1944 Rotterdam
Hunger Winter, November 10: Father was arrested by the Germans and forced to work.
1963 Leiden
Began studying French language and literature at the University of Leiden.
1968 Leiden
Got married. Flower Power time.
1971 Amsterdam
Moved to a squat in Amsterdam. Participated in Direct Action campaigns.
1971–2009 Amsterdam
Became an enthusiastic and opinionated French lecturer, most of which was in adult education.
1975 Amsterdam
My daughter was born, her father and I brought her up as co-parents.
1977 Amsterdam
Relationships with women, one of whom was 22 years old.
2005 Amsterdam
Living by myself in two places: Amsterdam and Bergen.
2009 Amsterdam/Bergen
Retired, and discovering my creative ways: sculpture, ceramics, painting.
2015 Amsterdam/Bergen
Active with my grandchildren, the Weesperwieven (women's group), and Roze Stadsdorp Amsterdam (LGBT seniors group in Amsterdam).
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