Longing for a Büyükada without horse cruelty

For years, horse and carriage was the only means of transport on the Istanbul Princess Islands. Many horses were overworked, for tourism. But recently animal activists have started protesting this mistreatment. Nowadays, horse power has largely turned into electrical power on the island. Text and photos by Brendan McDade On the south side of Istanbul lays the island of Büyükada, the biggest of the nine … Continue reading Longing for a Büyükada without horse cruelty

Istanbul’s hairy business

Some people travel to Turkey for the sun and the Oriental culture, but others go for medical tourism. Turkey earns a lot of money from this group of travellers. In 2018 over 600.000 medical tourists went to Istanbul. One of the most popular treatments are hair transplantations. In Istanbul alone, there are more than 350 hair transplantation clinics. One of the biggest is the Dr … Continue reading Istanbul’s hairy business

Living a VANtastic life

Daphne Gakes (34) has been living in her campervan ‘Bartje’ in Amsterdam for three years now. Moving from one place to another, she experiences a feeling of freedom and danger at the same time.  Text by Lisanne van ‘t Riet and Julia Pulm, photos by Lisanne van ‘t Riet   Stepping out at Station ‘Verrijn Stuartweg’, a ten minute walk leads you through a business area towards … Continue reading Living a VANtastic life

Life changing events: winning, not gaining

Winning over a hundred thousand euros and then giving it all away, is probably not what most of us will do. But for Frans Harinck (81) that decision wasn’t even a question.  Text by Thirza de Raad Frans Harinck has lived in the small town of Vrouwenpolder for over 30 years. Five years ago, he got called by his housekeeper, who told him the town … Continue reading Life changing events: winning, not gaining

Must-Listens: podcasts that change your life

We love blog posts and videos, but they demand our full attention. Podcasts give us the gift of multitasking. You can do pretty much anything while listening to a podcast: clean the house, walk your dog, take the metro to school, you name it.  That’s why they are so popular these days. The editors of ‘Shift’ think that you must listen to these 5 podcasts. … Continue reading Must-Listens: podcasts that change your life

Back to the 30’s

Mark Davids is not like every other 47-year-old living in Amsterdam. He lives in the 30’s. Text and photos by Ingrid Godager Davids always dresses like a gentleman and never goes out without wearing a hat. His house looks like a museum, furnished like houses were in the beginning of the 1900s. It’s packed with paintings, newspapers, books and furniture from the 20s and 30s, … Continue reading Back to the 30’s

Finding my father – with twelve others

Thea Agnethe Eriksen grew up in Norway with her mother. She never met her dad. Over the years, this started to bother her. What was he like? Does she look like him? Do they laugh at the same jokes? She decided to find out more about him, and herself, by attending a Family Constellation session. Text by Thea Agnethe Eriksen “I think we can continue with … Continue reading Finding my father – with twelve others