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Morning Coffee with tíc!

Become a member to join us for a virtual coffee!

Grab your favorite mug, fill it with coffee (or tea) and let’s start the week together.

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INVITE – Netflix Party!

Expat Movie Club

Join us for this Netflix Party where we all can watch a movie in the comfort of our home and “talk” together simultaneously.

Do you know of a movie on Netflix that everyone should see? Let us know via this link and we can all decide for the best one 😉 http://www.polljunkie.com/poll/pqaxwk/tic-netflix-movie-night-party

What you need:

  • Laptop/ Desktop computer.
  • An active Netflix account.
  • Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser.
  • Install the extension Teleparty in advance.
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Join (virtual) Book Club!

Expat Book ClubAre you up for a good discussion with a group of friendly book-lovers?

Would you like to expand your reading horizons by reading a book you may not have chosen yourself?

Do you want to spend a relaxed evening chatting about a book, and often many other life topics, with a cup of tea, coffee or perhaps glass of wine in your hand?

Join tíc’s Book Club where we meet up approximately once every 6 weeks to discuss the latest book pick by the group.Tilburg International Club Book Club

At the end of every Book Club meeting, one member presents three book suggestions to the group. The group votes on their favorite book choice and the group reads that book for the next book club meeting. Someone from the group volunteers to bring the new book selections for the following meeting. Locations and days of every meeting vary to allow the maximum number of book lovers to attend. New members are welcome to join our book club at any time.

If you are a member of the tilburg international club, attendance is free. If you would like to attend as a guest, the cost is €5,00 p.p. (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee.)

Would you like to join us at our next Book Club meeting? Let us know!

#FBF: Book Club review “The Coffee Trader”

Tilburg Expat Book Club: The Coffee TraderNext week we’ll meet up for another Book Club.  For #FlashbackFriday, here’s a look back at The Coffee Trader.

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by Sondra Grace

14 May 2016. It may have been Venetians who introduced coffee to Europe, but it was Dutch merchant Pieter van den Broecke who smuggled coffee bushes out of Mocha (Yemen), and the Dutch East India Company that cornered the coffee market and supplied it from plantations in Java and Suriname. David Liss sets his historic novel The Coffee Trader in the rough and tumble commodities market of seventeenth century Amsterdam.

One would have thought that (more…)

Resources for Expats

Visit our Resources page for regional and national expat resources.

 

Did you know that we have a page on our website dedicated to
national, regional and local expat resources?

 

This page covers the basics for Dutch life, but we’re looking to expand what we can share. (more…)

Pub quiz competition was fierce!

Tilburg International Club pub quizby Katie Schweitzer

22 Oct 2020. I went to my first general meeting for the Tilburg International Club the other week. It was a virtual event where they talked about the club, and then afterwards we had a pub quiz.

The “business” part of the meeting was very interesting. It was nice to get an understanding of how the club is organized and run. It was also nice to see all the events they do, and how they have grown over time.

Then we had a trivia quiz, which was really fun! We used our phones to submit answers, and then saw the results and rankings on screen. Although we couldn’t meet in person, I had a good time “hanging out” with everyone and trying to win a prize.

President’s Message – November 2020

Tilburg International Club goodie bag

Yolonda van Riel
President
Tilburg International Club

Like most of you, I have been working from home for what seems like an eternity. I can barely remember what my desk looks like or how long the commute is from home to office. I close my laptop in the early evening and take the long journey of three steps from work to home. What I miss most is the interaction with my family, friends, colleagues, and social activities at local eating and drinking establishments. With everything going on (or not going on may be a better way of stating it!), I am very excited that we have been able to arrange almost all of our tic activities online!Your board has been meeting virtually and working very hard to transition our planned in-person activities to fun, on-line experiences. We are learning a lot about technology as well – lol!

As our world is changing due to the pandemic, it is vital to our mental well-being to interact with each other and keep up-to-date on how everyone is coping. I’m trying to keep a glass half-full attitude by being thankful for good health, the ability to keep working and knowing that I am part of a great group of fellow board members dedicated to finding ways to keep our expat community connected, engaged and offering innovative ways to enjoy some social interaction. I hope you will join us for some of the upcoming fun and unique things we have planned. Your board is looking forward to seeing you at a virtual event soon!

Book Club review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold

Tilburg expat Book Clubby Anne van Oorschot.

23 Jun 2020. Since our last book discussions had been virtual ones, it was a special treat to be able to actually get together this past June. There was still a virtual flavor to things as Katie, an active past TIC member who relocated to LA, California 7 years ago, had heard about our Book Discussion evening, read the book, and joined us as well. So the laptop was open on one end of the table which was very fun!!  The weather was beautiful so we sat outside in our back garden and enjoyed the scenery as well. Since the weather was warm, we skipped the hot tea and opted for ice cream…always a good choice! 

The book had been suggested by Kelly who was unfortunately unable to attend, but she sent discussion questions and admitted she hadn’t liked the book. Actually, she thought it was terrible!

Tilburg Expat book clubAlthough we didn’t totally agree with her, there were a number of aspects we didn’t like about the book. There was so much emphasis on clothes – what each character wore was minutely explained; actions were often over explained – she picked up the coffee cup, she drank some coffee; and the characters were quite flat in general. There were also things whose significance we kept thinking would be explained later, but never were, such as the 3 clocks with different times hanging in the café.  

In spite of all that however, it was an interesting book with an interesting premise. Would you go back in time if you could not change anything that had happened? The book focused on 4 different relationships: lovers, husband & wife, sisters and Mother & child and the exchanges these characters had was often very emotional. A wife going back to meet the husband who does not remember her, in the early stages of his Alzheimer’s; a woman going back to meet her sister prior to her death in a car crash, and a Mother and daughter who never met traveling to the past and future to meet. These were emotional encounters and ended up changing lives even though they could not change circumstances.

The book seemed almost better suited as a screenplay and it has indeed been made into a movie. Maybe in the next club year we can find it and see how this unusual story works as a film… 

We congratulate Anne van Oorschot for receiving a Royal Decoration!

Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau
Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau

Tilburg International Club Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassauby Hein van Oorschot

April 2020. 

Anne van Oorschot is one the founding members of the  tilburg international club.

She established the club in 2008 and served as its first president for 6 years.

She recently received a decoration from the Royal House of the Netherlands (Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau) in April 2020!


What is the Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau?

The Order of Orange-Nassau is a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry founded on 4 April 1892 by the Queen regent Emma, acting on behalf of her under-age daughter Queen Wilhelmina.

The order is a chivalric order open to “everyone who has earned special merits for society”. These are people who deserve appreciation and recognition from society for the special way in which they have carried out their activities.

Anne’s many years of contributing to Dutch Society

Anne was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She moved to The Netherlands in 1981 and married Hein van Oorschot in 1982. She became a Dutch citizenship in 2003. They have 3 children (all in their 30’s) and Anne took up many volunteer jobs which led to the Royal recognition. (more…)

#FBF: tícMovie Night – Blinded by the Light

 

Tilburg International Club Expat Movie ClubNext week we’ll meet up for another tícMovie Night.  For #FlashbackFriday, here’s a look back at the Cinecitta movie “Blinded by the Light”!

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by Dietrich Haas

27 September 2019. For September’s tíc movie night, we were all “Blinded by the Light” at Cinecitta.

Without spoiling too much for those who still want to watch this film about the impact of “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen’s music has on a Pakistani teenager living in England, I give it two thumbs up!

Not only an uplifting and touching story of courage, hope and the unique way in which family can lift the human spirit, this film was also a good starter for discussions while having drinks and hapjes after the movie. I found it a great chance to get to know new people while having interesting chats on life in and around Tilburg as well as future activities of tíc. Count on me for the next movie night, I will be definitely in!

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