Rebecca – 23 years – Groningen – student
shoes: from Chiang Mai – jeans: second hand, but originally Cheap monday from Weekdays – cardigan, scarf and turban: second hand from Groningen – jacket: Bershka
Christofer – 28 years – Stockholm – game designer
shoes: from Chiang Mai – jeans: from Yogjakarta, Indonesia – shirt: second hand from Prague – cap: Badget, from Indonesia
Meet the Swedes
We met this lovely Swedish couple at Tørnqvist Coffee | Folkingestraat 25 while zipping a Flat White. Their sneakers caught our eye and were bought on a market in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In case you want a pair: there sold in front of Mc Donalds by a man called Chai. Rebecca: “He asked us to tell everyone who asked us about our shoes exactly that. He and his wife made the shoes out of fabric from the smaller villages around Chiang Mai, and every pair is unique!”
What are your favorite places in town?
“Our absolute favorite place in Groningen is the fresh food market at Vismarkt. It has the most fantastic atmosphere, and with the risk of sounding old, both Chris and I love to spend a chunk of our Saturday afternoon there. A highlight is the 1€ surprise bags one of the vendors sells before closing. And then next to Vismarkt is the tiny ally Koude Gat, leading to Herestraat. Its such a picturesque sight. Then the ecological store De Nieuwe Weg | Nieuweweg 20 deserves a shout out. The staff is so friendly and chatty, and if you’re lucky you can buy their ecological bread for half price before closing.”
“Damsterplein! What is up with that square? We had several discussion regarding that place, and its just very puzzling. There are those huge orange pots with trees in them, and stairs leading to some sort of a view point, and then a parking house in glass. Its a strange and forgotten place in Groningen.”
Stockholm is a very fashion conscious city, how’s the situation here?
“Everyday fashion is very different in Groningen compared to Stockholm. If you go to the south of Stockholm, its a lot like being in a strange pretentious fashion show where everyone tries to be unique just like everyone else. In Groningen its very different, but I still people do make an effort, but with very different aspirations. Here people wear a lot of color and different patterns, whereas in Stockholm almost everyone is dressed completely in black. I grew up in Stockholm and I was never the most stylish or pretentious dresser, but moving here people see me in a different context and I get a lot of remarks for wearing glasses for example. That has never happened to me in Stockholm, not ever.” …READ MORE