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#TBT: Bowling Borrel 2012

This evening we’ll meet at the Dolfijn Bowling Center for our combined bowling/happy hour.  For Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look at the TIC experience from 6 years ago!

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23 November 2012

by Anne van Oorschot

TIC members met at the Dolfijn bowling alley in Tilburg to combine our monthly happy hour with a little bowling. All claimed to be amateurs, but when Sondra arrived …

The winning team!

The winning team!

We started by splitting into 2 teams for the 2 lanes we had reserved (and just getting names in the scoring machine was a challenge to begin with!!) then…let the bowling begin! Everyone had a different style and with no gutter guards, a variety of techniques became visible: Straight into the gutter, first a lovely curving path…then into the gutter, a partial hit, and the occasional strike. Consistency did not seem to be anyone’s strong point, even Yolonda who took bowling as a class in College and Mala, whose parents are championship bowlers. Go figure.

The little ones have a go!

The little ones have a go! The TIC kids who attended had a great time rolling the ball, with the smaller ones getting help from their parents, and really did pretty well. Of course there were drinks for all to keep us going and a lot of time for exchanging bowling tips and chatting about daily life and challenges. At the end of our time bowling, the winner was…unknown!? At the end of one game it just jumped to the next game, with all stopping at the end of our 120 minutes! Actually, since everyone had such a fun start to their weekend, we were all winners!

#tbt #expatlife #Tilburg #bowling #happyhour #borrel

#TBT: Canal ride and walking tour review

Throwback Thursday brings you a look at our boat and walking tour from this past October.

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by Andrew Kelly

Being October, we decided to arrange a boat trip and nature walk as October means good weather, right? Well, as I have learned coming from northern Europe, that is not always the case.

The trip was split into two parts, the boat trip through the Piushaven Tilburg and then a nature walk through nature preserve Moerenburg.

This sunny afternoon started at the Doncurado Tilburg, which has the best coffee in all of Tilburg. At 14:00, the TIC group was picked up by our guide for the day Gert Brunink (owner of Mee Naar Buiten).

Walking from our meeting point to the boat, I would say the sky just opened up and then we discovered that there was no roof to the boat. But Gert was on hand with umbrellas! So, a little wet, we set off around the Piushaven.

The trip was great fun and we did learn a lot about the history of Tilburg and how in the past, the Piushaven was the life blood of the city. I will not go into too much detail because I feel I would not do it justice but if you are interested in knowing about the history of Tilburg I would defiantly invest a afternoon.

Then, as it always is, as soon as the boat docked, the rain stopped and Gert lead us on our nature walk through Moerenburg. This area is a natural swamp and was previously a water reservoir for Tilburg. But now, it is a quiet place to enjoy a stroll near the water and admire the many animals that are present.

We ended the tour at one of the most impressive attractions, the re-creation of the old land house. Much of the history of 
this building is lost but luckily, they are finding more info every day.

Tilburg is a place with lots to offer, including plenty for the nature enthusiasts. I would definitely recommend taking this tour.

#Expat #Tilburg #Piushaven #MeeNaarBuiten #tour

We need your EVENT IDEAS!

Every year, the TIC Board works hard to plan activities and events that are fun, inspirational and educational for its membership. We strive to create experiences that encourage our members to form social networks while getting to better know the city and country in which they live.

This year we will soon be introducing our “Event Team”. By utilizing a small team, we hope to bring you more exciting and diverse events for you to enjoy.

Our new event team needs your ideas for a fantastic 2018 – 2019 club year!

Do you have some great ideas that would be perfect for our club members?  Do you know of some awesome activities that every club member should experience? Do you believe there is a way that our club can give back to the local community? We want to hear from you!

Please take one moment to fill in the form below, we would love to hear from you!!

#tilburg #expatlife #International #club

President’s message

Spring is in the air! As the warm weather (hopefully!) approaches, most of us begin to slowly come out of hibernation and our thoughts turn to getting out and having some fun. So … take a big stretch and shake off the winter cobwebs because TIC has lots of events in store for you before the club season ends! There are borrels, books and bowling activities just to name a few. And, of course, one of the high points of the season … the annual TICnic.

Your board is also hard at work planning our Welcome Event where we will celebrate our 10-year anniversary after the summer break. We are also making a few changes to the board and will soon be introducing our “Event Team”. By utilizing a small team, the workload can be spread more evenly which results in more exciting events for you to enjoy. Break out the sunglasses and join us for the many things we have planned. Don’t forget to check the website for updates and newly added events!

Cheers,
Yolonda

 

#Expatlife #Tilburg #Internationalclub #newsletter

#TBT: TIC at the Tilburg Hap Stap Festival 2017

Tomorrow we’ll meet up again at the Hap Stap Festival.  In honor of Throwback Thursday, here’s a look back at the TIC experience from last year!

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by Tanya Ahern

The weather was perfect for an evening of munching and kletzen at the 22nd annual Hap Stap Festival. Sixteen local restaurants showed off their best tapas-style dishes and the tempting aromas of gourmet dining blanketed the revelers. The event was was made up of dozens of tents dotted throughout the Interpolis’ courtyard (near the Spoorlaan). TIC’s own crafty Corey secured the perfect cozy table right in the middle of the action and attendees sampled dishes such as fish and chips, steaks, burgers, friets and more.

Like every Tilburg International Club Borrel, the first drink was provided by the club and iced Schrobbeler with lime was the drink of choice for several attendees. Many club members danced to the 1960’s R&B sounds of the live band The Motown Marbles. The summer daylight extended to 10pm and the group enjoyed the lekker weer until the late evening.

 

#expatlife #Tilburg #HapStap #borrel #internationalclub

TIC’s day trip to The Hague

Anne van Oorschot knows her way around the Hague! This 13thcentury building survived the wrecking ball when … Down that way is a shop where, if you should every need a hat suitable for a posh wedding …  Today you will find in this unassuming Louis XIV building … The famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova died there in … So the king’s carriage passes under this gilded royal crest  …

The first stop of our in-depth visit was the Mauritshuis, once the stately residence of VOC sugar baron Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, today an elegant little museum. The majestic stairway and panelled walls hung with Golden Age masterpieces make you want to lower your voice to a whisper. We had a chance to see more Jan Steen (whose work figured prominently in the TIC guest lecture “Saints and Sinners “ of a couple weeks ago). Steen was from a wealthy Catholic beer brewing family. A complicated man, his paintings pull back the curtain sometimes on rich 17thcentury interiors, sometimes on intimate domestic scenes, and sometimes on episodes of Burgers-behaving-badly.

We had lunch at Schlemmer, haunt of politicians, artists and theatre folk, that appears little changed since subway tiles were put on the walls around the turn of the century (the one before this one that is).  We sat at a plank table, in a decidedly gezellig corner, and had an oh-so-Dutch lunch of hot soup and boterham.

Next stop: Panorama Mesdag (which is nothing at all likethe rather decrepit panorama at Waterloo).  A tiny gallery lined with exquisite seascapes ended at upward spiralling steps. As we climbed we began to hear screeching gulls and lapping water; at the top we walked into the sunlight and found ourselves in a gazebo on top of a sand dune, and before us a 360 degree view of Scheveningen, fresh as the day it was painted in 1881 thanks to a ten-year restoration—glass top to sandy bottom.

We took a coffee break in the bright adjoining café, but time was a wastin’ and there was still one stop to go before closing time. We headed at a quick pace for the Peace Palace. One side of the reception center is almost fully glass, the gardens beyond green and quiet, on the other side it’s dusk-dark, a black and white film of momentous international events showing in a loop—this is why the world needs a place like this. I could almost hear Bob Dylan singing Blowing in the Wind; Yes, and how many years …?

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#Tilburg #Expats #expatlife #thehague #tour

Pub Quiz at the Esplanade

Article by Mala Raman

This year we had another rousing pub quiz at the Grand Café Esplanade, that once again sparked the competitive streaks amongst our stalwart TIC members.  A group of hard core TIC members met at the grounds of Tilburg University to battle out the chance to be crowned the Winners of The Pub Quiz. Presented by Yolonda, the questions were challenging and informative under various international categories.

Mock fights, allegations of cheating and most of all laughter rang through the night. As usual, the drinks and snacks provided helped to calm even the most ardent pub quiz participants.

At the end of the night Estela, Tanya, Anita, Mike and Mala were crowned the Winners of The Pub Quiz and presented with a prize. Also lucky were the table that were crowned the Losers of The Pub Quiz as they were also presented with a small prize.

#expatlife #pubquiz #Tilburg #happyhour #borrel

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