Updated: Nov 3, 2021
My partner keeps telling me it's because I dared to put myself out there that this happened, and of course he is right: this would have never happened if I had stayed calm and quiet doing nothing. But this is one of those rare occasions when things fall on your lap and I'm feeling reluctant to feel responsible about it. I feel lucky, fortunate and favored.
In early September I was contacted by Sarah Tekath, whom I knew absolutely nothing about, with an invitation to join her podcast, 'AmsterDames: Inspiring women in the Netherlands'. She had read a message I wrote on Facebook, a reply to a thread of in the Amsterdam Girl Gone International group that was asking people to post about their business and entrepreneurships. I had tagged this thread when I encountered it, thinking I would make a proper introduction of myself once I decided to stop procrastinating about my website and get it done.
Sarah, a German journalist, spotted me and thought me and my work as a birth doula were worthy of her show. Among her selected group of interviewees she has a journalist that wrote a book about the Afstandmoeders, a couple of expats who created a volunteering based platform so people could practice speaking dutch with a native despite the lockdown, the creator of an NGO dedicated to allow girls to learn sports like skateboarding and boxing, another entrepreneur that decided to create a business for people who would be willing to paddle through the canals in a kayak collecting the floating garbage, a very famous drag queen and many, many more.
I know I am a woman when I think I don't deserve this. Isn't it annoying, this complex of ours?
Well it turns out Sarah also co-hosts the show 'Dam Daily' in Broadcast Amsterdam, an online radio station. Tomorrow I'm invited to join from 10am and I am so excited about this! I've never had an experience like this and I'm really looking forward to it. They asked me to make a playlist with songs I likes and I'm gonna broadcast folklore from my motherland, Chile.
Sarah, thank you very much for the opportunity.
Tune in on November 3rd at 10am on broadcastamsterdam.nl !
Playlist - my selection of Chilean folklore to share with Amsterdam
'Diablo Rojo Diablo Verde', from Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna
Carnavalito del Cienpies, from Nano Stern
Somos Sur, from Ana Tijoux & Shadia Mansour
Las Flores, from Gepe (cover from Café Tacvba)
Cae y Calla, from Camila Moreno
Para Ti, from Pedro Piedra
Las Seis, from Joe Vasconcellos
For the original playlist on Spotify, which has a few more songs, you can click on the following link: