Amsterdam, 2017

Amsterdam, 2017


One of their first dates can be described as a cheesy, romantic film, as Lonneke had to throw little rocks against Jelmer’s window to wake him up. After having spent many a night in his (tiny) bunk bed, they decided it was time to get a place for their own. They have now lived together for a little year, enjoying each other’s company, good food and a glass of wine every now and then…

How and where did you meet each other?
Both: At this super modern meeting place called Tinder.

At what moment did you know you were in love?
Lonneke: That’s a funny story because it didn’t go as planned… I went to a party and we agreed that I would come to his house afterwards. When I finally arrived at his place, the battery of my phone died. I decided to throw little rocks at his window, with no result. So I went to the nearest snack bar to charge my phone and call him, as I wanted to wake up next to him so badly.
Jelmer: After date three when we woke up with a big hangover, in my super tiny bunk bed. People who have seen this place understands why that was a defining moment. It’s TINY.

Do you have a special place where the two of you like to hang out and retreat to?
Lonneke: We always like to explore and find new places to hang out. However, I think nothing can replace our nice little house in Amsterdam.
Jelmer: Michelin star restaurant: ‘Librije’s Zusje’. No, just kidding (but I am sure Lonneke could live there, as she is crazy about the cheese plateau).

‘She is so forgiving; I wish I would be more like that sometimes.’

What is the most annoying thing about your partner?
Jelmer: She is willing to bet her life on something she isn’t even sure of. Besides that she definitely cannot read Google Maps, which I forgive her for as we drove almost 4.600 kilometres last summer.


What is the craziest, most hilarious memory of you as a couple?
Jelmer: We often manage to end up in really weird situations. For instance, one time we randomly ended up at a special film set in Le Marais in Paris. It’s so funny because the way we looked at each other screamed ‘How the hell did we end up here?’

Who is your partner’s Hollywood dream date?
Lonneke: Not sure, but I think he wouldn’t mind having breakfast with Miranda Kerr.
Jelmer: I would go for Ryan Gosling. I even think I would not be jealous, as he seems like a decent fellow.

Which character trait of the other are you jealous of?
Lonneke: He is such a go-getter; once he puts his mind on something he never quits. I keep on admiring him for that each and every day. He also inspires me to be more like that, and encourages me to go for the things I want every single day.
Jelmer: She is so forgiving; I wish I would be more like that sometimes.

What would you do if you win the lottery tomorrow?
Lonneke: Travel the globe and have dinner in all the Michelin star restaurants that the world has to offer. I’d also drink lots of wine and buy lots and lots of beautiful bags.
Jelmer: Start my own company. I am sure Lonneke will say ‘travel the globe’, but I know she cannot sit still for long. Besides she also wants to make something out of her life, and working hard is a part of that.

 ‘He brought up so much ambition in me, of which I didn’t even know I had in me.’

What is your definition of love?
Lonneke: Being together with someone who knows you for who you really are and being stronger together: being a team.

What does your ideal Sunday together look like?
Both: Get breakfast in the city, buy flowers at the market and stroll around looking for vintage items. At the end of the afternoon we will come home with lots of stuff we don’t even need but are too beautiful, too nice smelling or practical to not get…

What is your most send emoji to each other?
Lonneke: We don’t text very often as we live together. So mostly we send each other texts in the morning when one of us has something important or exciting to do that day.
Jelmer: The peach, as it looks like a butt and a heart at the same time.

If you could pick a song to represent your relationship, which song would it be?
Both: Does the intro of the series ‘Suits’ count?