Pau is the winner of Bidroom’s interactive game for Krakow’s startup community – Mission: Amsterdam. Her glowing enthusiasm led her through the challenge and into the busy city of a million bicycles. She’d like to tell us if it was fun.
Mission: Amsterdam was organised on the 16th of August for all participants of the OMGKRK Summer Jam meet-up in Krakow. Startuppers, entrepreneurs, and networkers could become Agents in Bidroom’s covert operation stylised after the Mission: Impossible series. It started with a challenge to decrypt a coded message of 4 parts held by 4 Bidroom operatives that were hiding in the area. Further instructions remain classified to this day. The big win – for those who accepted the mission – was a visit to the Dutch capital with the flights and hotel stay covered.
Overcoming the effort that needed stealth, espionage, and divine hearing abilities, Pau completed all objectives with no measurable effort. The world would like to know what happened.
What was the hardest part of your mission?
The hardest part, without any doubt or hesitation, was waking up at 5AM to head to Katowice. I’m most definitely not an early bird, so that was a big challenge!
Which skill of yours was the most useful?
My sense of direction was pretty helpful! Four years ago, I backpacked around the Netherlands and I set base in Amsterdam for a while, in the house of an amazing lady I met on Couchsurfing. Because of that I know the city well and could locate myself pretty accurately with little need for using Maps.
Starting today, you’re a professional Agent. Would you rather be fast, rich, or charismatic?
On one hand, I’m Spanish, we invented siesta; we live slow, so definitely fast is not what I’m aiming for. On the other hand, I’m firmly believe that money comes and goes. As far as I have enough to take care of myself and my loved ones, I’m a happy Agent. In my free time, I like to do Stand-Up comedy, so charismatic would definitely be a handy skill!
What do you like about spy movies?
Gadgets! I love the awesome gadgets they get for their missions. I would love to get a hold of some of those for my daily life, like Tom Cruise’s remote control car; it would be pretty handy for me, as I don’t have a driver’s license yet!
How was your stay in the Netherlands?
The trip was absolutely amazing! I had some tasty food, walked around the canals and got to meet the lady who hosted me when I was jobless a few years ago. We caught up and chatted for hours; it was lovely!
My favorite band named Will and the People was playing on Saturday night, and it was the absolute best ending the trip could have. I left them a note saying they were amazing, and they acknowledged it by posting it on Facebook on the following day! I couldn’t be happier with the whole experience.
What’s your top district in Amsterdam?
De Pijp! A man in the subway corrected my pronunciation – which was quite literal- and told me it’s actually pronounced ‘The Paip’. It’s a lovely neighbourhood with the best street food market in the city – Albert Cuypmarkt – and green areas and hip bars. It’s less overpriced than the center and has a very cool vibe.
And your favorite Dutch snack is?
Bitterballen, which are small ‘meatballs’ with a creamy texture on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Dutch people dip them in mustard.
Also unmissable, their cheese dip! They drench their gorgeous cheeses in different dips – like mustard and dill – and it’s the best combination you could imagine. I got so many of them in small glass jars that security looked at me weirdly when I went through the control! Totally worth it.
What’s the next travel destination on your list?
I’m travelling next Friday to Taiwan and Japan! I’m spending two weeks in a culture lab with a work-away project, in a small coastal city in Taiwan, called Keelung. And after that, I’m flying to Japan for eight hectic days, when I will be going to both Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. I cannot wait!
Best of luck for your next journey! Thank you for the interview.