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As all of you know, last week we announced our winner for the ‘Like EasyToBook.com and win 500€’ Facebook competition. Our happy winner (which was chosen randomly) is Shannon Reilly from Chicago. We wanted to ask Shannon a few questions about herself and we just caught her while she is travelling in Brisbane Australia. How nice!
Hi Shannon. First of all I wanted to congratulate you with the win! It must be nice to win 500€, especially if you like to travel. Tell me, how you would describe yourself in few words:
“Well, my friends always tell me that I am an adventurous and outgoing person, and when I set my mind to do something I always go for it. At the moment, I am on a trip around the world and before I left everyone told me how brave I was. But it’s really not that I am brave at all. I am just restless, and I want to meet as many people and see as many places as I can and while I can, because someday my rhythm will slow down and I don’t want to look back and say: “wow I wish I had done that”. For me, it is not an option.
This week on our ‘Interview Special’ we have Jean from the marketing team! Jean actually used to sit in front of me and he always had some nice food on his desk. While I was eating my healthy salads, he was enjoying his Mc Royal meals, when I had my daily Granola snack; he was making me jealous with his yummy doughnuts. Aside from tasty food Jean has a lot more to offer. Keep reading to learn more about him.
Name: Jean de Lagarrigue
Position: Marketing Executive (SEO)
Moved to the Netherlands: Few months ago
Why did you move to Amsterdam?
The reason I moved to Amsterdam is because of my internship, which obviously I do now for EasyToBook . My initial plan was to go to London to improve my English, but after I couldn’t find anything I saw that EasyToBook were looking for a French speaking person so I figured it was a sign from above!
A romantic getaway is always nice to refresh your mind and escape from the sometimes boring daily reality. There are plenty of hotels around Europe where you can go with your partner in order to experience some romance and fully enjoy each other. Some hotels took it to the next level and designed a special room setting, or even their entire hotel, in order to attract couples that want to stay indoors and just be together all day long. After thorough research I came up with this list of the “Most Romantic Hotels in Europe”. These hotels are just mind-blowing! As soon as I get the chance, I will visit at least one of them with my partner.
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Last week, we announced our “Best reviewed Amsterdam hotels of 2010”.
The hotels which made it to the final list got the highest scores from their guests. Amsterdam is an extremely popular city and it is full with tourists all year long. You can only imagine the amount of hotels we have here and the difficulty with booking the perfect accommodation for each person. That is why the outcome of this list made us even more curious about the winning hotels; what is so special about them that made people vote for them time after time? Do they use secret tricks or a certain approach that keeps them so popular with so many different people? We decided to go on a quest in order to get our answers.
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:
There are so many things to see & do in New York City. The “Big Apple” is a destination full of excitement. If you visit the city for the first time, you might get a bit overwhelmed with all the fast moving people and speeding yellow cabs. Aside from endless options to keep yourself active, New York is full with history and symbolism. In order to arrive prepared enough for your holiday, do some homework and read our “New York A-Z Dictionary”, to get some extra knowledge about this impressive city:
A: Alicia Keys- This talented singer was born and raised in the “Hell’s Kitchen” area of Manhattan. Alicia is (together with Jay-Z) the voice behind the huge hit:”Empire State of Mind”, which is dedicated to the city.
Here at EasyToBook.com we have so many different nationalities that it never gets boring! Each person at our office brings its own personality and habits to the table: the Italian people always have the nicest lunch, the Spanish people always make us jealous with their beautiful language and the “Dutchies”, (as we call them) never miss out on a Friday drink.
Because all of us here come from somewhere else around the globe, we figured it might be nice to collect some insider’s tips on cities worldwide! So basically what you get is two for the price of one: get to know the hidden hotspots in popular capitals + get to know the faces behind EasyToBook.com! Is that great or what?
I decided to start these “Interview Specials” with Lisa who comes from Berlin!
January is one of the coldest months of the year in many countries around Europe. After the holidays are over, many people get into their “winter blues” and just stay in door while it’s freezing cold outside. As an Israeli person living in cold Amsterdam and being used to the warm Mediterranean sun, I get myself a bit down when every morning I see only clouds in my window…
That is why I always make sure to keep one weekend free in January so I will be able to get some relaxation time myself Because away going to a sunny destination can be pretty expensive, (same as me and you, many people want to go lay in the sun somewhere sunny, and that’s how you get “overpriced” hotel rooms) I try to look around for a city which offers many cool activities to do inside. That is how London became one of my favorite destinations to visit.
New Year’s Eve is approaching and the excitement grows; everybody already knows where to go and what to wear, friends and family are getting ready to party together and the champagne is waiting to get popped. Before entering 2011 we went out to the streets of Amsterdam and asked people a couple of questions, the most important one probably was what people’s New Year’s resolution would be. Aside from the usual “losing weight”, “quit smoking” and “be nicer to my mom”, what else do you wish for yourself this coming year? I took my colleague Kim with me, so she could help me out with interviewing some nice strangers:
From: “A small and beautiful city next to Rome.”
Are you in town for business or pleasure? “Pleasure of course! I will stay here till the 22th.”
Where are you staying? “In the “A Train Hotel”, next to Central Station.”
What is your New Year’s resolution? “To provide a good life for me and my family, that is the most important to me…”
What destination would you like to visit in 2011? “London! I locked this city deep in my heart!”
Christmas is just around the corner and you can sense the holiday spirit just about everywhere; the streets are decorated with beautiful Christmas lights, the mobile bakeries are working hard to provide everyone with tasty desserts, the temporary ice-skating spot is up and running and the temperatures are below zero. The snow might not last till Saturday, but at least we will always have these pictures to remind us of this lovely season…