Marie Borenstein, owner of Nostress café

What did you want to be when you were a kid?
An elephant trainer.

In which country would you like to live?
In paradise.

What truth about yourself would you like people to know?
Some people search for happiness their whole life, whereas happiness is actually the search.

Do you think it is better to say everything or not to know everything?
To say everything – with a little reserve.

What is never missing from your fridge?

What was the last thing that was stolen from you?
My phone and my energy.

How do you get up in the morning?
On the right foot, which means in a good mood…almost always.

What is your favorite activity during the day?
To meditate.

What is the best place to make love?
Under the sky, on a warm night, on the prow of a boat.

And what is the worst place?
In the sand.

Do you need to love to make love or do you need to make love in order to love?
I still believe in love; I’m romantic.

What do you like the most about women and what do you despise?
Friendship / jealousy.

What you like the most about men and what do you despise?
Vulnerability / their phone. It’s getting really ridiculous.

To where will you never return?
To my nightmares.

Who is your favourite fictional character?
Lara Croft.

Your favourite insult?
Merde (shit). Nothing extraordinary, but that’s it.

Your favourite saying?
Criticism is easy, art is difficult.

Which meal can you prepare yourself?
The energetic soups…superb.

If you were organizing a dinner to which you could invite five people from any place and any era, whom would you invite?
The Dalai Lama, Emanuel Smith, Sebastiao Salgado, Sean Penn, and Jack Nicholson.

How would you like to die?
On the top of Himalayas.

What would you like to have written on your gravestone?
Now I know that we never know.

If you had to sacrifice one of your senses (sight, hearing, taste etc.) which one would it be?
Taste – and I would finally be liberated.

If you won in a lottery and no longer had to work to earn a living, what occupation or vocation would you pursue?
Fighting famine and junk food, meditation, traveling, taking photographs.

Would you like a role in an action movie?
I’d like to be Faye Dunaway in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Which of your dreams has come true?
To be zen and independent.

What is your worst nightmare?
To be taken as a hostage by terrorists.

Did you ever make any unusual bet and what were the consequences?
I wanted to stop working, and everytime I started again.

What would be the first thing you would warn an extraterrestrial creature?
You will have a lot of work. Could I go with you…?

Do you like happy endings?
Yes, yes, yes, yes.

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