You’ve lived in different countries during different important moments of your life. What’s the best and worst you take from each? (Spain/Belgium/Germany/Luxembourg)?
Indeed, each country represents a different stage and I experienced it differently. Spain is partly my home where I intend to come back in the future. There are tons of good things about living in Spain, of course: people and enthusiasm, the life quality, the lively culture, the bar culture and of course the tapas! :). From my experience in Ghent (Belgium) and Heidelberg (Germany), I keep fond memories from the many wonderful people I met and still keep in touch with. I was exposed to different languages and cultural perspectives which fostered my interest in further pursuing my education abroad. As for Luxembourg, the high cultural and linguistic diversity on the daily basis. Everyone is international! On a less positive note, I think that in Spain there is some place for improvement in bureaucracy… . And from Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg, the weather is definitely not the best I take :). I sometimes find myself planning my weekends depending on the weather.
As an avid language learner, what impact had all the languages you speak in your life?
I think the languages we speak have an impact, to a certain extent, on the way we understand and interpret other cultures. There is a lot of research conducted in the field of multilingualism and the deeply rooted relationship between language and culture. I myself explored this topic in my Master’s thesis. In my case I would say that the command of different languages helps me better understand the culture that comes with the language. Also, the more languages we speak the easier it is to learn other languages and make connections between them. For example, I’m currently learning Swedish, and thanks to my knowledge of German, I can ‘guess’ the meaning of quite many terms without even learning them and this is due to the Germanic language roots shared by Swedish and German.
True to Katherine Hepburn style, how would you say your fashion sense/style has evolved over the years? Do you think it has to do with our jobs, friends, environment, city, etc.?
Fashion is a means of self-expression, so indeed I think the way I perceived style might have been shaped by my environment, city, jobs, situation, etc. I have found myself many times, and I think many women, saying ‘I have absolutely nothing to wear’. But really? Is that so? For me at least, this statement translates into ‘I have nothing to wear that communicates the right message for today’ because in the end, style is a dialogue and so it was for the legendary K. Hepburn. The important thing, is if the style is in line with my beliefs and the message I want to transmit. In general, Hepburn’s style inspired my personal style in terms of simplicity, classic design and masculine looks and I carved out my personal style adapting it to current trends. It always depends on the period but lately I found my style in brands such as Massimo Dutti or Uterque that connect with an independent and urban public.