MAD Story | Laura Giurge


On a rainy day of September, by pure and happy coincidence, I stumbled upon Citinerary: an online community of amazing people across the world who enthusiastically share insights about the cities they live in. I knew then and there that I wanted to be a part of this community. So, I wrote an email to Robin Cox – the founder and editor in chief – and Wouter Vocke – the city captain of Rotterdam – to indicate my interest in collaborating with them.

The driving wheel behind Citinerary is the desire to create content about a city’s culture and lifestyle as experienced and known by locals – the people who make and shape cities. Locals hold unique knowledge about a city’s sublime beauties that are often hidden and easily missed by visitors. Citinerary connects locals with visitors, and even locals with locals, through its diverse online content that ranges from art and architecture to music and local events. As a traveler and city enthusiast myself, I strongly believe that people make the city and it is through the eyes of locals that one can truly experience and discover the underling beauties of a city. For me, Citinerary is therefore a great initiative that inspires people to explore cities from a different angle. It provides visitors not only with stories but also with powerful visuals that capture cities and their stories, leaving one longing to explore further.

Officially part of the Citinerary team, I see myself as a maker: I like to observe, capture, and show Rotterdam – the city I currently live in – though my eyes with the help of photography. Rotterdam is a city that is somehow either loved or hated by visitors. Yet, through Citinerary, Rotterdam is catching on a new light and puts on a new coat for there is so much more to Rotterdam than its modern and often unusual architecture. Among others, in Rotterdam you can explore the great outdoors such as Kralingse Plas – my often chosen detour within the big city to escape the ordinary. The photo above presents a glimpse of Kralingse Plas at sunset just as I experienced it on a cold and sunny day of October. What’s more, this photo might very well be my best photo, as of yet, that was published on Citinerary.

Starting as an online journal, Citinerary is growing and this year went offline by presenting to the world its first printed edition! It only took an email and the courage to reach out to become part of the Citinerary team. What is your passion and how will you pursue it?

My name is Laura and I am a fourth year PhD Candidate at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands.

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Laura M. Giurge

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