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- tíc Welcomes You to Tilburg! 7 September 2019
17 October 2013
review by Patricia Gonzalez, photos courtesy of Patricia Gonzalez
“The most beautiful sound in the world is silence. When it is quiet you can listen to yourself and others. Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom. Silence starts with attention and what you give attention grows. Silence is the white between the written lines. Things become more intense in silence. Taste the silence.”
So said the advertising copy for La Trappe beer. As a marketing campaign, it had me impressed. It was poetic, well written and had me excited about the product. And I’m not even an avid beer drinker.
TIC’s Trappist Tour outing certainly started off with silence. Maybe because
the adventurous few in the group who had biked to the monastery had done so at breakneck speeds in order to reach the tour and were busy catching their breath? Maybe because some TIC members hadn’t met one another yet? Or maybe on some level we recognized that Abdij
Koningshoeven, while less than 15 minutes away from the city center, was hallowed ground – a space separate from the hustle and bustle of daily life that demanded a few moments of quiet reverence.
The stillness and silence quickly dissipated as we followed the booming voice of our jovial tour guide through the abbey grounds. His funny quips had us laughing and smiling (even groaning at times) as we walked through the old brewery where beer was once prepared for first fermentation and the more modern factory where it’s now bottled and undergoes that all-important second fermentation. The tour over and our complimentary glass of beer drunk, we sat down in the gardens of the Tasting Room to get to know one another over shared french fries, assorted borrelhapjes, and (of course) more beer. We discovered that our group of 15 adults and 3 kids spanned 3 continents (Europe, Asia and America were represented!).
We welcomed an expat from Eindhoven who had made the journey to see what attractions Tilburg had to offer and, while picking out bread and chocolates at the Abbey gift shop, talked to guests about whether TIC would be a good fit for them. By the end of the afternoon the silence was gone. Instead, we were left with only the noisy chatter of new friends.
Our Welcome to Tilburg event last Saturday was a very fun and delicious way to spend the afternoon. With bites to eat, drinks to test and competitions to win, it was an exciting, yet relaxed way for expats to explore the city and get to know one another better. Check out our 2018 Welcome to Tilburg Facebook album for a look at more of the festivities!
tilburg international club has undergone a make-over thanks to Bas van Steensel of Studio Stoom! Although, we are already using the new logo, most notably on our recently designed tíc bags, our updated identity deserves an official announcement.
Over the past 10 years, tíc has grown in many different ways from its membership base and types of activities to its partnerships and sponsors. And, with the current popularity of image presentation on all of the various social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and many others, it was definitely time to refresh our appearance.
We needed a modern emblem to symbolise the breadth of our membership as well as our overall goals as a club. So, Bas gave us what we asked for in this thoughtfully constructed, contemporary design.
• The “tíc” showcased in our new logo is how we affectionately refer to our club.
• The blue, complimented by the orange circles, embodies the City of Tilburg within the Netherlands.
• The coloured circles exemplify our members made up of individuals from all nationalities.
•. And last, but not least, the shape of the globe signifies the international nature of our organisation.
We thank Bas for his thoughtful consideration of our needs as well as for his time and effort in making this a logo we are proud to display.
Though we have a new look, underneath the make-up and fancy clothes,
tíc is the same, solid organisation dedicated to helping expats
better understand the people and culture of the Netherlands
as well as providing a relaxed social atmosphere for meeting new people.
#international #expatlife #club #Tilburg #branding
the tilburg international club (tíc) organised a very special and fun-filled Welcome to Tilburg event on 8 September 2018 for internationals in and around Tilburg to celebrate its 10-year Anniversary!
Over 100 expats joined in for a fabulous afternoon starting at the Mercure with bubbles and Tilburgse bossche bol. tíc president, Yolonda van Riel, gave everyone a warm welcome and underscored tíc‘s initiative to support internationals in better understanding the people and culture of the Netherlands as well as to provide a relaxed social atmosphere for meeting new people from around the world.
tíc‘s 10-year anniversary as a club also marks the 10th anniversary of several of its members who have been with tíc from the very beginning. 10-year members, Anne van Oorschot, Masako Kato, Yolonda van Riel, Anita James, Mala Raman, Fabio Castiglionesi and Jean-Francois Hennart, were given special recognition for their ongoing support and commitment to tíc. Yolonda also took a moment to acknowledge Bas van Steensel who designed the new tíc logo.
tíc was also immensely please to have Mayor Theo Weterings welcome expats to the city. He had invaluable words of encouragement for those settling into the area and stressed their impact on the social and economical development of the region. He was also very enthusiastic about the club and its goals to assist expats coming to Tilburg and Brabant.
After a taking a picture to capture the moment, the crowd was split into 4 groups who continued on for an “around the world” trip to local restaurants in Tilburg. Doors were opened to culturally different worlds with a bite to eat and a drink. Expats visited Italy and England at Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, America at Cat’s Back, Thailand at Aim Aroy, Japan at Jade and ended, of course, in the Netherlands at De Wagon. Along the way there was a video game contest and a trivia quiz to complete; the competition was fierce!
At the end point of the tour, prizes were awarded to the winning team of the trivia quiz and the pacman player with the highest score. There was also a random drawing for the grand prize €50 gift certificate to EVE in the Spoorzone! Many expats stayed to enjoy the great atmosphere and friendly company of fellow internationals long after the official end of the event. New friendship were made and many expats found a new home with tíc!
Everyone had a great time and it was all made possible by our partner, the Municipality of Tilburg (Gemeente Tilburg) and our sponsors Holland Expat Center South (HECS), Tilburg University and P&D care!
#tilburginternationalclub #welcome #tour #expatlife #Brabant #Tilburg
In just 2 days, we will be celebrating tic‘s 10-year anniversary at our grand Welcome to Tilburg event! For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2017!
by Mala Raman
We had another great day on 9 September 2017 for our annual Welcome to Tilburg event that officially opens our club year!
Every year we pick a different area of Tilburg to present to new and established members of the international community in Noord Brabant. This year we focused on the Nieuwlandstraat in the city center. The streets in and around this area are full of eclectic cafes, bakeries and shops … something a little different from the mainstream shopping area.
We officially welcomed expats back from the summer starting with coffee and a sweet at Locals Café, followed by a welcome from Tilburg’s Vice Mayor, Erik de Ridder and finished off with drinks and snacks at WijnBar Cru – and of course juice and treats for our littlest expats! There were games and prizes from local eateries which procure, whenever possible, goods from local vendors in and around Tilburg.
As in past years, TIC partnered with Tilburg University, P&D Care, Holland Expat Center and the Municipality of Tilburg for a fun afternoon program while finding some hidden gems in the heart of Tilburg.
We ended the afternoon with the grand prize drawing of a €50 gift certificate to the restaurant Bij Vermeer. It was a relaxing and entertaining afternoon meeting new people, catching up with old friends and just having fun!
Watch the slideshow on tíc‘s Facebook Page to see more great pictures from this fun event!
Although only a couple of us actually finished the book, the latest book discussion evening was filled with floods of conversation as we all caught up on everybody’s summer holiday antics.
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márque had been the summer read and despite having longer to finish it, most in the group did not enjoy its non-existent chapters and dense text. However, a handful made it to the end and some others had read it several years ago, and they assured the rest of the group it was worth sticking with it.
For those that had given up, Anita was keen to express that they had missed out on many funny parts of the story, some of which she had written down to share with the group. We all agreed, especially when it came to the part of the “edible dogs”. Estela, who had to read several Gabriel Garcia Marquez books in high school, was also keen to note that some of his other titles were much better.
With the new insights into the novel, a couple of those that were just half way through promised to keep with it and get to the end.
Aside from book-centered chats, everybody shared stories from their summer trips, while drinking tea and nibbling on cheese Kindly provided by Estela in her lovely, cosy apartment.
#bookclub #Tilburg #Expats #expatlife #LoveintheTimeofCholera