Gregor Aaij featured in Advalvas in 2001 with his student room. How is the former economics student living 15 years later? He lives with his girlfriend in Leiden, but may well be living abroad next year.
“I’ve been renting this apartment from a friend for more than two years, and came here after my previous relationship ended. After my student room, I lived in an apartment I bought in Amsterdam, but I’ve also lived in anti-squatting premises in Leiden. This house is another way station while my girlfriend and I look at where we want to go next. Somewhere in the Randstad, or perhaps abroad for a while.
“When I moved here, I went from 55 to 90m2, and I didn’t have enough stuff to fill the place. Slowly I bought more things. I needed a sofa, for example. I love design and I look for things on Marktplaats or buy them in shops. I discuss most of them with my girlfriend.
“We have comparable tastes, except when it comes to lamps. I would like a nice Scandinavian lamp on the ceiling but she’s not at all keen on that idea. The little lamp next to the television was one I had liked for ages before I bought it. I think the hanging lamp is ugly, as well as the television, but I’m better off replacing them only when I know where I’m going to live after this.
“My student room was a nice place, in Westerpark when it was still up and coming. It was pretty nice for a student at 30m2. The walls were terribly ugly when I arrived, and I painted them in peaceful colours. Those types of colours are still my favourite.”
Gregor was an IT consultant for a couple of years but then swapped the IT for digital marketing and CRM. He leads many projects for Accenture, both in the Netherlands and internationally.
Old pictures of Gregor and his room by door Peter Strelitski