Demba

Mauritania

This is
Dia Demba  (1973)

Country of origin
Mauritania

In the Netherlands since
1997

Profession
Caretaker

First impression of Amsterdam
The bustle of trams and metros

Loves
Running and sports

Mauritania in Amsterdam
Biking in summer along the canals

“I was born in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in 1973. Nowadays, it’s just called Mauritania. I came to the Netherlands when I was 25. I can still remember my first visit to Amsterdam very clearly. The city was extremely busy and I was very impressed by the trams and underground. I had never seen a public transport system like it.

I am concierge at the Aslan music centre in Amsterdam West, close to the Rembrandt Park. I enjoy sports, mainly outdoor ones; I love running and cycling through the city.

It’s when I’m cycling along the canals, especially in the summer, that I am reminded of Mauritania.”

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