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People Behind Marie: Bernar

In the column ‘People Behind Marie’ we introduce you to the Marie-Stella-Maris team. Every month, we put the spotlight on one of our ‘Marietjes’ who – in his / her own way – contributes to our social mission ‘clean water for everyone, everywhere’.


This month in the spotlight: Bernar. Stubborn, sarcastic and cheerful: that’s our Financial worker Bernar. Since April, Bernar has been occupied with the administration and invoicing within Marie-Stella-Maris.


We asked Bernar six questions to get to know him a little better.

Passport

Name: Bernar

Age: 25

Place of birth: Leiderdorp, the Netherlands

City: Voorschoten

Study: Spanish and Business Administration

Function: Financial worker

Favourite meal?

''I don’t really have one favourite dish. I’m not a difficult eater, but neither very experimental myself. If I cook for myself it’s quite straightforward. The only thing I'm less fond of are (string)beans, but also fries I will eat because of obligation or convenience rather than really enjoying it. I also have an aversion against everything that is precooked and meals that you have to heat up. I once worked in a nursing home where people always got ready-made meals, with meatballs that you could basically throw out of the windows and beef rags that they are probably still chewing on. It does not have to be very special, but I think freshly cooked food tastes the best.''

Favourite artist?

'’From modern to baroque and the Middle Ages - every time period has its own charm and artworks that I can admire. I have a canvas hanging at home from Van Gogh's ‘Country road in Provence by night’ from 1890 (see below). It’s a beautiful painting. I’d could of course say that it’s my favourite artist and then place some sort of intellectual remark about the artwork. The honest story, however, is that I thought the blue matched the dark blue carpet on the floor perfectly.''


''I think that art mainly stands or falls with creativity and variety, so with one favourite artist or artwork the whole idea behind art is, in my opinion, gone. That’s why I don’t have one favourite either. However, I am very interested in history, so an old work of art with a story, such as the 'Bayeux Tapestry'.''

''I think that art mainly stands or falls with creativity and variety, so with one favourite artist or artwork the whole idea behind art is, in my opinion, gone.''



Favourite hotspot?

''Honestly, I think that with the right people, you can have fun everywhere. It’s true that you often go back to the same places. I like The Hague very much, but that’s always a bit too far away for me. That’s why I’m more often in Leiden. I like to drink cocktails at Bar Bruut.''

Place to visit that is now at the top of your wish list?

‘’I think my next big trip is going to take place in Asia. Where and when exactly is the question. For a while, I have been thinking about going to Mongolia, but my brother went to Burma and that looked beautiful as well. So, for now I have some time to worry about this luxury problem.''

''Honestly, I think that with the right people, you can have fun everywhere. It’s true that you often go back to the same places.''



Favourite way to relax?

''Due to relocation stress I have neglected taking time to relax a bit, but normally I go to the gym three times a week. I always do my typical little routine all by myself. Having nothing or nobody on my mind. Amazing. On the other hand, I can also enjoy a dinner with friends at home or having a drink with one or two of my mates on the terrace. Mostly, I enjoy the small intermittent moments. Drinking coffee with someone, drinking something with a friend at home before you go out or just a short moment to catch up. Stay up-to-date about all the ups and downs. I often like what’s coming after drinking something, but I still consider that more as occupational therapy.''

Favourite Marie-Stella-Maris product?

''When I look at the people around me - and in comparison with my colleagues for sure – I’ve stayed a bit behind in the field of 'personal care'. For my beauty I actually rely entirely on genetic selection. I sometimes see friends and colleagues walking around with tight haircuts or pretty shirts. Every now and then I think: 'that's pretty cool'. But I'm apparently not interested enough to go over my own 'coupe blown away'. My style or fashion is not necessarily the characteristic that I’ll be remembered for later on (or maybe it is, but not in the way you would like to be remembered).''


'’I think it's nice that Marie-Stella-Maris transfers part of the earnings of every sold product to the Marie-Stella-Maris Foundation to support clean drinking water projects worldwide. We can worry about all kinds of little trivialities about how we look or how good we eat. That’s something personal, but many other people in the world don’t have that luxury. Not that we now have to lie crying on the bedspread every moment of the day, but it’s good to occasionally realize the relativity of your daily concerns. I think it's good that Marie-Stella-Maris also thinks about that with the Foundation.''

''Not that we now have to lie crying on the bedspread every moment of the day, but it’s good to occasionally realize the relativity of your daily concerns.''