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Olga Ellinghaus

Guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is probably listening to audiobooks while I fall asleep. It reminds me of my childhood and helps me take my mind off things! Also, watching cooking videos on youtube (see bon appétit). 

What’s your story? 

I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany - the epicenter of Germany’s former division into East and West. Today, there are some wonderfully contrasting sides to the city: the rich history haunting you everywhere in the central areas, a constant thrive for reinvention, pushed by young people. The city has become a lively, international space for creativity and self-expression, while still holding on to its Berlin-ness, the Berliner Schnauze, and cheap beer. I moved to Amsterdam in 2018, to study Sociology and Politics at Amsterdam University College. I can’t say that a specific event in my life has brought me to where I am today, I would say it is a combination of experiencing political shifts and a helplessness to deal with that, but also pure interest and a drive to dedicate my life to doing something good. Next to my studies I enjoy both running and going on walks through parks, exploring cities in NL, cooking, drinking natural wine, good books, good music, good journalism, great podcasts and the occasional visit to the Filmhallen. 


Favorite social / environmental project and why?

I don’t think I can single out one particular project, but coming to Amsterdam and being surrounded by so many young people who are involved in supporting a cause, who stand up for what they want or think is truly inspiring. Before coming to this city, I felt less agency and I felt my voice didn’t matter as much because of my age. Now, I have learned that this is not the case and that we are the ones who need to be heard.

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