35 facts about me

As I was trying to write an updated text for my about page, I realized that it may be more fun to share a list of facts about me. Because, hello… lists? Love them! And because of how much I love it when people share things about themselves, I figured it would be nice to return the favor of all my cyber-stalking (just kidding) and share some facts about myself as well.

35 facts about me:

  1. I’ve had blogs since the age of 11. My first website was about Harry Potter, and yes, it featured a sorting hat quiz. Unfortunately, the website has since been lost without a trace, so I can’t show you any proof (and further embarrass myself).
  2. In university, I studied cultural studies and then did a master’s in cultural analysis. My bachelor thesis was about viral videos, including this gem.
  3. I have been vegan since the summer of 2013. Fun anecdote: it was because of a boy. Hold your horses though, it’s not a romantic love story. On the way back after I visited a close friend in Antwerp, the train broke down. I was stuck at the station and started talking to another guy who was in the same situation. At some point, he offered me some of his homemade hummus, and he told me that he was vegan. I had been experimenting with vegan food for some time and had some vegan cookies with me that I could share with him in exchange. We had so much fun talking about veganism that I hardly noticed that it took us about 6 hours to get home. By the next day I felt so inspired that I decided to take the plunge and become fully vegan as well.
  4. I am an only child. When I was younger, I considered my old cat to be my younger brother.
  5. My favorite films are Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Lost in Translation. I can watch them both over and over again. They just never get old. I don’t know what that says about me.
  6. Japan is my favorite country on the planet. I have traveled around the country for about 3 months in 2014. It was amazing. I also really liked Canada and Slovenia. Extra fun fact: Lost in Translation partly inspired me to go to Japan. I was fangirling so much that I had to book a night at the Park Hyatt hotel and stare out of the window, just like Scarlett Johansson does in the movie. Here’s the proof.
  7. My partner is half Brazilian-Japanese, half English. This is a coincidence. (I don’t filter my romantic partners for Japaneseness). We met at the university where we both work.
  8. I love reading poetry. My favorite poets are Louise Glück, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Rainer Maria Rilke, Mark Strand, and Farough Farrokhzad. In poetry, I find a deep longing that I can’t express.
  9. When I was a teenager, I had short black hair and wore Dickies jeans. I listened to emo music.
  10. I used to play the guitar and often performed at school. Still do it every now and then, and I love to sing. But I don’t perform anymore. If I had to choose now, I would love to learn to play the drums. I think drums are the sexiest instrument.
  11. My Myers-Briggs personality type is INFJ. I love taking personality type quizzes in general (yes, I’m a sucker), but this is the only one that really stuck. I’m quite geeky about it, but I’ve only ever met one other person in real life who has the same obsession with it (hi James!).
  12. In addition to MBTI, I have developed a geekiness for astrology. Shortly after I was born, my dad printed out an astrological birth chart, but only recently have I really started to dive deeper into it. I’m a Cancer sun, Sagittarius moon, and Scorpio rising.
  13. I played basketball for a year or two when I was a teenager. I wasn’t really good at it. Probably because I’m short. I also did ballet for a long time. And horseback riding. But I hated that.
  14. I have crazy dreams. I don’t always remember them, but I try to write them down if I do. My dreams can be quite abstract. Often I dream about climate change, dream factories, and space travel. One of my favorite dreams in the past year was when I dreamt the moon split into tiny pieces.
  15. I was a model for a Whiskas commercial. No further comment.
  16. I am afraid of flying. Which is funny, because I love traveling and have been flying a lot. It’s also a relatively new thing, but what can you do. I now try to travel by train as much as I can. It’s better for the environment not to fly anyway.
  17. Somehow I have soft spot for breakcore music. I blame my ex for this.
  18. I really, really want to see the Northern Lights someday. It’s very high on my bucket list, and I’ve dreamed about it several times. Should be truly magical.
  19. As you could tell from the breakcore mention, I have an eclectic taste in music and like pretty much everything. But I mostly listen to indie, post-rock, electronic, and folk. My favorite artists are Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Yppah, Slowdive, and Bonobo. This song is my all-time favorite.
  20. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors of the leaves, the colder weather, and the darker skies. Most people know this about me. But what they don’t know, is that I feel like I come alive in autumn. Unlike in summer, when I feel like a dead human being. I really don’t like heat. This is a point of friction between my boyfriend and I, who doesn’t agree with my climate-change escape plan to move to Norway (or some other country, where they have plenty of autumn leaves).
  21. My favorite food is Indian. But I don’t really like spicy food. Or, rather, spicy food doesn’t like me. I also like eating Chinese, Middle-Eastern, and Thai food. I didn’t like Mexican food until I met my ex, who’s Mexican.
  22. Before I became a vegetarian, my diet consisted of 80% chicken and potatoes. I didn’t like any vegetables and had to call my mom when, one day in my early student days, I finally ate zucchini. She was really proud of me.
  23. More food facts: nowadays I eat pretty much everything, as long as it’s vegan, but there are a few things that I don’t like. I don’t like celery. I hate grapefruit.
  24. I live a pretty boring and sedentary life these days (no one takes me out to breakcore raves anymore, that’s why), but I did do some pretty stupid shit when I was younger. I once jumped into the canal in Amsterdam when I was drunk, and cycled through a highway tunnel in the middle of the night. The only reason I mention this is because I’m so lame and adulty now, that at least I can say I’ve also lived a slightly adventurous life. #alwaysgrandma
  25. I’m quite pessimistic about the state of the planet. Climate change is a serious anxiety trigger for me, so I have to do my best to not be too down about what’s happening to the planet. But I’m trying to find a way to turn this anxiety around and use it in a productive way.
  26. I’m secretly (not really, though) a hopeless romantic. I am sentimental, love big gestures and symbolic gifts.
  27. I have a tattoo of a lotus flower on my left arm. I got it when I was 23. It stands for blossoming, opening, and awakening. I am planning to get a second one soon.
  28. My favorite number is 23. I’m not sure why. It has always been that way. Being 23 was also one of my favorite and most important ages. I traveled by myself, met some interesting people, felt more comfortable in my skin then I had ever been before, and truly discovered and explored a part of myself that I couldn’t access before. Yes, that is vague. Let’s just say I had a good time.
  29. I’m quite neurotic and don’t like chaos. I like planning, organizing and being in control of things. That is, of course, also one of my worst qualities. But I’m quite chaotic in my head, so I guess that’s why I need the structure.
  30. I love getting postcards and long emails. I’ve had long email exchanges with many of my friends and ex-partners. It’s just such an intimate way of sharing, you know what I mean? I’m also that kind of person who really values a fully written and personal birthday card. I’d rather receive a long birthday card than a random book.
  31. When I feel really comfortable with people, I sing songs ALL the time and do silly dances around the room. You would start to think I like musicals. I really don’t.
  32. I couldn’t tie my shoelaces until I was 19.
  33. My favorite tv shows are The Wire, Twin Peaks, and Six Feet Under. But the ones I can watch over and over again and enjoy most are Broad City (yas queen!), The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Oh, and Arrested Development.
  34. I’ve kept a journal since I was 14 or so. I’m really grateful I have, because it is such a treasure to look back and reflect on the things that happen in my life.
  35. Someday I really want to write a book. I have been writing for as long as I can remember and it’s something I always return to. A few years ago, I wrote a lot of (probably terrible) poetry. After that, I tried writing a novel, but the story didn’t feel completely right. At the moment I have zero inspiration, but who knows what happens in the future.

Gosh, I hope that was interesting! Is there anything that surprised you? Maybe I’ll do some more facts at some other time, if people enjoy reading this.


One comment

  1. Hoi Britt!
    Ik ben een vriendin van Merijn Slagter en hij stuurde me je blog door en vertelde dat je yoga-leraar wordt – en je menstuatiecyclus chart. Dat laatste doe ik namelijk ook, met hetzelfde boek, en ik overweeg de kundalini yoga teachter training te gaan doen. 🙂
    Ik schrijf je nu omdat ik me enorm herken in je blog en in heel veel van wat je schrijft! O.a. over het beginnen van nieuwe hobbies, waar ik mezelf nu ook in aan het pushen ben haha.
    Ik heb zelf ook een blog, die best wel op de jouwe lijkt! Ik ben bezig ‘m meer structuur te geven, o.a. door een nieuwe layout, dus op het moment is ‘ie een beetje on-af. Maar misschien vind je het leuk om het te bekijken.
    Ik verbind me graag met gelijkgestemden, daarom schrijf ik je! Misschien komen we elkaar eens tegen via Merijn. 🙂
    Liefs Nina

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