“A city where the soil to grow your own project or business is quasi-tropical, whilst also hosting some of the large organisations and institutions.”
“A city where the soil to grow your own project or business is quasi-tropical, whilst also hosting some of the large organisations and institutions.”

The Twelve Ambassadors

Lucas Barinaga

General Information

Name: Lucas Barinaga
Nickname: Barinaga
Age: 19
Interests: Arts, Sports, Nature, Education
Favourite place in The Hague: The Dunes. I like it because it is a place where I can really relax.
Works/studies/lives in The Hague: I study at Leiden University College in The Hague

My Story

The Hague is a place that is inviting. It invites from a distance those who come from afar. It invites from within the arts close by. It invites from above with its allure and commitment to justice. It invites the youth, of whom 40,000 of us study here. The Hague invited me. And I was happy that it did.

Here in The Hague, I found fertile ground to work towards my goals. Somehow in the future, I would like to walk securely, with stability. Balance is tough, but it is good. However, how important balance may be, it is not the end, it is a mean. It is a mean for being the best version of myself which inevitably means leaving a community in which you have integrated into, a little better than when you found it. I intend to do this through sports, arts, informal education, nature, and maybe economic development. I plan on doing this by taking part in summer courses about youth empowerment and emancipation, organising conferences about the theory of knowledge, and coordinating fundraisers.

Here in The Hague it is easy to do that. A city that is exactly the right size. Not too big to disappear amongst the masses, but not too small not to be exciting, and filled with potential. Small enough to turn it into your own playground, but not too big to not know who to play with. Not a lot cities have that. It is a very international place with a lot of diversity in the widest sense of the word; from being a start-up hub to being hyper receptive to art and artists, established or up and coming.

Seeing OYW come to The Hague next year is really exciting. A city where the soil to grow your own project or business is quasi-tropical, whilst also hosting some of the large organisations and institutions such as the Dutch Government, the OPCW, the International Court of Justice, and even Shell! For this reason, I hope for OYW to strike a fair balance between the individual and the organisations in The Hague. You will find yourself welcomed here because that’s who we are.

Three Must Things

1. Go to North side dunes
2. Visit the Gekke Geit on a Wednesday or Friday
3. Go to the Haagse Markt