The Hague is special to me because it is where my thinking and world view evolved. By disciplining myself to work hard, I have been able to achieve my goals. When I moved to The Hague, my environment changed drastically. Contrasting to my very white and elitist high school before, I was surrounded by international students from all corners of the world. My professors were teaching me to think critically, rather than to memorize what was written in my textbooks. English became my primary language. I slowly started reflecting on who I was as a person, and where I came from. Although I worked really hard, my background helped me, and more than I realised. I always compare this with a strong wind at your back when you’re cycling. You don’t know how much you depend on this wind or how much it has helped you until the wind changes and it blows into your face and you have to pedal twice as fast. So what drives me to build a better world? People whose wind is blowing at their backs, yet remain passive and stand by to watch others who don’t have this support. We need a world that values all human beings as equals, and to achieve this we need everyone to contribute. My hope is to work with people from One Young World to create awareness and work together to fight for environmental action, no more inequality based on ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual preferences, beliefs, traditions, cultures, and political power structures. We are all one and only one world, so we must work together to make it better.
1. Mauritshuis: The most beautiful museum in The Netherlands. It has a cosy feeling, yet it showcases beautiful pieces of art, including many Dutch masterpieces, the most noteworthy of which is Vermeer’s Girl With a Pearl Earring.
2. Paleistuin: Perhaps a little cold in October, but I love to spend my summer days and evenings here with friends. You can bring a book, have a picnic, or join one of the many activities, such as capoeira.
3. Ditjes & Katjes is an adorable cat cafe and the coffee is great. It is located on Piet Heinstraat- one of my favourite streets in The Hague.