“My mother is from Nicaragua and works for the Nicaraguan Embassy in the Netherlands. Which is how she met my Dutch father about thirty years ago. They moved to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, together. That’s where my brother and I were born. When I was eight we moved to Den Haag and lived there for five years. After that we lived in Italy, Spain and Nicaragua.
In 2011 I went to visit some friends in Amsterdam. I stayed with a girl who was half Nicaraguan, half Netherlander. She lived in the Pijp and we went to a festival. It was summer, and we picnicked in the park. In Den Haag I found things grey and empty. Amsterdam was a side of the Netherlands I hadn’t seen. I thought it was brilliant and knew I would come here to live once my studies were over.
So ten months ago I came here to live. I live in the room of the girl I stayed with in 2011. I’ve lived all over the place and have friends from all kinds of places. This same sort of diversity can also be found within Amsterdam. I love meeting so many different kinds of people.
My father works for a Dutch company in Nicaragua and comes here a few times every year. He loves the fact that I have chosen to live here and I think it was a dream of his that I would enjoy it here. He lived for a long time in Den Haag and I love bringing him to Amsterdam when he’s in Holland.
Amsterdam is where I grew up. In Nicaragua I lived with my parents. For the first time I have my own life and a full-time job. Amsterdam is the ideal place to be during this phase of life. My next questions to myself will be ‘do I want to stay here? Should I buy a house? Start a career?’ The main difference with Managua is that they don’t really have a city centre. In the seventies it was destroyed by an earthquake and the city has grown up around the edges of the old centre. You always travel by car there. In Amsterdam everything is walking or cycling distance, whatever the weather. I don’t like the rain, though.”
30 people in Amsterdam have the Nicaraguan nationality