Same as last time, as part of our “Interview Specials” for the EasyToBook.com Blog, we took some precious time off from the busy daily office life, and planned in a small chat with one of our team members. During this chat I ask an employee about where he/she comes from, what brought them to Amsterdam and other fun stuff. This week is the last week in Amsterdam for one of our favorite girls in the company! Rochelle Buultjens arrived to Amsterdam 4 and a half years ago, all the way from beautiful Australia and now she is going back home. Well, who can blame her really? This week’s interview is therefore written with a mix of sadness and happiness: we are very sad to see Rochelle leaving but we are also happy for her and wish her a smooth and fresh (re)start in Kangaroo land! So, right before she goes on her long journey, (24 hours journey if you really want to know) we grabbed her for a quick interview about Sydney:
Name: Rochelle Buultjens (second girl from the left)
Position: Partner Account Manager
Moved to the Netherlands: 4.5 years ago
Why did you move to Amsterdam?
My fiancée is Dutch, so it was a great opportunity to move over to learn more about his country and experience the culture. Amsterdam’s also a brilliant hub for travelling throughout Europe, which was very high on my priority list!
What are the things (if any!) that you like the most in Amsterdam?
I find Amsterdam to be such a charming city – the canals, the lit up bridges and the beautiful architecture really makes it special.
I’ll definitely miss my bike rides down the Amsteldijk to Ouderkerk, my Saturday mornings at the Albert Cuyp market and summer terrace drinks in the Jordaan.
What are the things (if any!) that you don’t like about Amsterdam?
I guess I tend to get frustrated by the amount of tourists that judge Amsterdam purely by its Red Light District and coffee shops. If you ever get the opportunity to visit, be sure to get out of the touristy areas and visit De 9 Straatjes, The Jordaan and take a walk down the Amstel River.
Ok, enough about Amsterdam, let’s talk about Sydney! Can you please give us some inside tips on the coolest places to go to?
Here are the places I can’t wait to get back to:
–The Opera Bar: My all time favorite! It’s busy on Fridays with Sydney’s corporate crowd, but the live music mixed with sea breeze and an unsurpassed view of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House make this bar a sure winner;
-The Ivy: Perhaps a little swanky, but it’s different from any night club I’ve ever been to. The ground floor features an open-air dance floor with lanterns hanging from indoor palm trees. Upstairs they’ve got a rooftop pool;
-Oxford Street, Paddington: Lined with boutique stores and yummy cafes/bars, there’s also the Paddington Market every Saturday, and a great range of venues with live music. Something for everybody really!
-Hugo’s Bar Pizza: Hugo’s has a great vibe. It’s best to visit on a Sunday as the cocktails and pizzas cost only 5 dollars before 10pm, and the very cool Aussie act ‘Sneaky Sound System’ provides some great tunes.
For those of you who only have little time to spend in this lovely city, here are 5 things you simply cannot miss, according to Rochelle:
1.Do the Bondi to Coogee walk
2.Take the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly
3.Have fish & chips at Doyles, Watsons Bay
4.Take a long walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens
5.Visit Taronga Zoo – one of the most natural enclosures I’ve ever seen and it also has some of the best views of Sydney!
Thanks Rochelle for sharing all your insider’s tips & tricks with us. Now you can be more than sure that we will all come and visit you! (Don’t worry, we will take our turns and of course I will be the first one as part of my interviewer job 😉