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Book Club review: A Long Petal of the Sea

Tilburg International Club Expat Book ClubWe had a nice group of 8 members for our virtual Book Club for a lively discussion of A Long Pedal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.

This book followed 2 main characters from the Spanish civil war to the end of the military rule in Chile. In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain.

When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love.

In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires. Together with two thousand other refugees, Roser and Victor embark for Chile on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, the couple embraces exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war.

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Reminder: Morning Mug with tíc!

Grab your favorite drink and a quick morning chat with us!

Let’s start the week together.

Tilburg International Club coffee morningWe’ll meet every other Monday from 10:30 – 11:00. And, we’ve also added new dates! We’ll also have alternating Tuesday mornings.

Morning Mug Schedule

Monday, 1 February
Tuesday, 9 February
Monday, 15 February
Tuesday, 23 February

We’ll have a new discussion topic for every meeting.
So, mark your calendar and join us.

No worries if you’re unable join at the beginning or stay the entire time – just drop in to say hello. See you there!

REGISTER NOW!

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#FBF: Book Club Review of We All Begin As Strangers

Next week we’ll meet up for another Book Club.  For #FlashbackFriday, here’s a look back at We All Begin As Strangers.

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12 November 2018. by Melissa Donders. After reading the book, We All Begin As Strangers by Harriet Cummings, an interesting discussion was had at tíc’s Book Club.

The book was set in a small village in England where the inhabitants were frightened when small items in their homes would be moved around, or things went missing. Slightly based on a true story, the book followed the lives of different characters and how the intruder, whom they dubbed ‘The Fox’, impacted their life.

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What’s your favourite virtual activity?

Tilburg International Club event ideasThe tíc Events Team 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 (online) social networks while getting to better know the city and country in which they live.

What are your favourite online activities?  Do you know of some awesome games, quizzes or virtual tours? Do you know of a great way to give back to the local community by volunteering online or outside? We want to hear from you!

We are always looking for new and innovative ideas for our (virtual) events.

Make a suggestion!
Tilburg International Club event ideas

Movie review: The Honest Thief

30 Oct 2020. by Martina Leonard. We were so lucky to have had our movie night before the 2nd closure of cinemas!

Hoping to cut a deal, a professional bank robber agrees to return all the money he stole in exchange for a reduced sentence. But when two FBI agents set him up for murder, he must now go on the run to clear his name (“In-and-Out Bandit.” ) and bring them to justice.

Tilburg International Club Expat Movie NightMany thanks to Anne for arranging the bag of goodies, a must for munching during the film. All 10 tickets were taken and the usual suspects attended at the Pathe. We met in the lobby and had no trouble recognizing each other with masks!!

I was excited to see Liam Neeson in a role as the baddie….. turns out he was the bad guy turned good !!! and all because of Love. What a shock… poor Liam has aged drastically, his acting skills also deteriorated. The rest of the cast were cutout carboard actors!! All in all, a forgettable non-thriller, lacking action for 90 mins. Some scenes were staged so badly it was laughable…… and there were some laughs during the time spent in the cinema …..

Unfortunately due to restrictions there was not a real opportunity to discuss and share opinions afterwards over drinks and nibbles ….(those were the days!) I will not be going to the sequel …….Love after Lockup …….

 

tíc Membership and Benefits

Started in March of 2008, the tilburg international club has already hosted many activities to meet the needs and wishes of its international members living in and around the area of Tilburg.

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that:Tilburg International Club Membership

    • Provides social, educational and networking activities for internationals living in and around Tilburg;
    • Represents the international community to local governmental bodies; and
    • Aims to further positive relations among people of different nationalities

Our members join us from around the world, 30 different countries and counting! We try to provide information, activities and events that support and enhance the experiences of our expat member families while living in the Netherlands, whether they are here short-term or indefinitely!

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#FBF: Book Club review “The Coffee Trader”

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

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Expat Book Clubby 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.

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Book Club review: Before the Coffee Gets Cold

by Anne van Oorschot23 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.

Tilburg International Club Expat Book ClubThere 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! (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!

Book Club review: Flight Behavior

by Anne van Oorschot. 08 October 2020. With the Netherlands adopting stricter Corona rules – 3 guests per household – having our regular book discussion gathering was impossible.

Tilburg expat Book ClubFortunately, there are numerous online meeting platforms that make holding a virtual meeting easy to arrange and attend and I was happy to have a total of 9 attend our evening on October 8th. Two of those who attended were new to our small group and, while they hadn’t read the book, they wanted to get a feel for how our discussion evenings go. (more…)

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