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08 Dec 2018. The cookie workshop was a lot of fun. There was lovely Christmas music in the background for decorating different Christmas themed cookies.
There were snacks and drinks for everyone. All the people that were there made beautiful cookies with all the icing that was self-made. We also had plenty of cookie decorations.
Some cookies were left over, so people took them home to decorate on their own!
#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Christmascookies #decorating #holidays
As I look out my office window and watch the rain continue to fall, I am searching for ideas to write in my next message. It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close. This past year was one of both joy and sadness (as are most years!) but as an expat so far away from home, losing a parent makes you acutely aware of just how far removed we are from our former life.
It is also, however, an opportunity to take stock of the wonderful treasures life as an expat has to offer. One of my “treasures” is being a member of the tic family. Our club has a special place in my heart and, in some respects, is my family abroad. With all the different nationalities, ages and personalities within tic, every event becomes a new experience and the possibility to make yet another friend.
Your events team is already planning for the second half of the club season and I am excited to see what they have in store for us in 2019. Whether you spend the holiday season here with your expat family or travel home to be with loved ones, I wish you and yours all the best with the hope that you make joyous memories to last a lifetime.
Tomorrow we’ll meet up again for our annual Christmas Borrel. For #ThrowbackThursday, here’s a look at our “ugly” gathering from last year!
by Mala Raman
Once again, we had a great time socializing and snacking during our traditional Christmas borrel. This year we met at Cafe Bakker with everyone charged with wearing their best “ugly sweater.” It was interesting to see what our members’ ideas were of an “ugly” sweater.
Despite the overcrowding around the Korte Heuvel that we were expecting, it was pleasantly cozy in Cafe Bakker where members shared their happiness of starting the holiday season and discussing Christmas and New Year’s plans.
A borrel was the perfect way to bid everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
#Expat #Tilburg #borrel #happyhour #Cafebakker
This weekend, tíc is taking a trip to the Dickens Festival in Deventer. In honour of #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look back at last year’s trip to the Christmas Market in Muenster, Germany.
by Andrew Kelly
10 December 2017. It has become a tradition that every year tíc takes a winter day trip and this year we chose to go to the wonderful German city of Muenster. Our meeting point was at Tilburg University where our bus was waiting to take us to Muenster. The bus was very comfortable and sharing Christmas cookies made the bus ride go a little more quickly.
Of course, once we arrived it started to snow and the city really started to get the Christmas spirt.
Let’s just say it was really cold and a lot of my time was spent drinking the hot Gluhwein in their traditional mugs and eating all the lovely food which I think added an extra 10kg to my weight.
Exploring the Classical city of Muenster in the snow was also an experience and I would recommend it to anyone if they enjoy taking a drive down to see the city.
On 8 December 2018, Christmas Cookie enthusiasts will once gather to merrily celebrate the holiday season by decorating (and eating) their favourite cookies. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at our Christmas Cookie Workshop from 2014!
On a chilly December evening I arrived at the Boomstraat in Tilburg not quite knowing what to expect. Although, I had baked biscuits (cookies) before, our tradition in New Zealand and Australia leans more towards slices and cakes.
I walked into a hive of activity with the chocolate already melted au bain marie on the cooker. The Ingredients were all set out and the butter softened ready to be beaten into the flour, butter and sugar to make the following choice of cookies:
Jam Thumbprints, Grandma Edith’s Pecan Delights, Peanutbutter cookies and Ting-a-lings.
Anne supervised us while we got to work weighing out the ingredients and mixing flour, sugar, and butter together.
Myself, Thijs and Yiyi worked on making the Jam Thumbprint cookies. Thijs ground the walnuts using a small hand mill while Yiyi and I worked together weighing and mixing the ingredients. Anne showed me her Grandma’s method of beating the butter and sugar together. Once the mixture was combined we rolled the dough into small balls dipped them into egg white and then rolled them in the walnuts before making an indentation in the middle for the jam.
Meanwhile Yolonda, Patricia and Emerald got on with making the peanutbutter cookies and Grandma Edith’s Pecan Dreams. Kris and Thijs made the Ting-a-lings by combining the Cornflakes together with melted chocolate to create small, hedgehog like mounds of delicious cookies.
Trays were being ferried back and forth to the oven under the careful supervision of Anne so that nothing got burnt. Timing is everything when baking cookies because if they are underdone they will be the wrong consistency and overdone means picking off the charred edges.
Once the biscuits had been transferred to the cooling racks and allowed to cool sufficiently to either sprinkle with a dusting of icing sugar or filled with jam, and of course tasted. Although biscuits are usually better eaten the next day this is not always possible.
By this time the wine had appeared and the activity became slightly less intense as we packed our goodies into plastic containers to be taken home and shown off to the family.
17 November 2018. tíc members met at the Tilburg station to take the train together to go to Eindhoven and discover GLOW, the International Light Art festival.
Right out of the station, the Student Hotel was animated on a facade by a projected video.
Then, we began a tour in the city centre, where we could admire different video projections showcasing this year’s theme of “Shadows and Light” including the Catharina church, the Philips Tower of Light or the Immersive Decelerator on the buildings of the Markt place.
There were also different journeys in shopping centres, such as the Heuvel, with bright objects inside or outside.
It was a nice discovery!
You can check out more about the event here: https://www.gloweindhoven.nl/en
#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #lightfestival #GLOW #eindhoven