1937 Amsterdam
Born. I was the second youngest girl in a family of seven brothers and one sister.
1951 Amsterdam
We helped my father in the fruit and vegetable shop which he owned at the time.
1957 Amsterdam
Married Wim.
1959–1969 Amsterdam
Spent the next ten years caring for our children.
1969 Amsterdam
Obtained my typing, after which I started working for an insurance company.
1972 Amsterdam
I was asked by Nieuw West Theatre Group to play in one of their productions.
1973–2015 Amsterdam
Played in a production of Amsterdam Theatre Group, and then I ended up being represented by Hans Kemna Casting. From then on I've occasionally acted in roles for theater, television, films and commercials.
1997 Amsterdam
One morning I found my husband dead in bed.
2001 Marssenbroek
Moved with my daughter to Marssenbroek, which was hell. Luckily I was able to move back to Amsterdam after four months.
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