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tíc Membership 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. 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!

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that:

🔹 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

As a member of tíc, you will be entitled to participate in a variety of events and activities especially geared toward expats living in Holland. Here are just a few of our diverse activities:

🔹 Special topic educational lectures featuring expert guest speakers
🔹 Book Club
🔹 Day trips to various destinations around the country
🔹 Workshops in a fun, social atmosphere
🔹 Happy hours at different bars and/or restaurants around town
🔹 Annual events including our Welcome to Tilburg event, Holiday Dinner, Christmas Cookie workshop and TICnic (picnic)
🔹 Special Interest Groups (SIG): Movie Night, Walking Group

Membership Benefits

Joining the club also means, you have a built-in social, business and cultural network.  It is a group in which you will find fun, support, friendship and information about Tilburg, Brabant and the Netherlands.  In addition, tíc is proud to offer its members:

🔹 networking and socializing opportunities with other internationals,
🔹 introducing partners and children to new people in a relaxed and fun social atmosphere,
🔹 participating in Book Club and lectures as well as first drinks at the borrels at no cost,
🔹 tours and day trips to other cities and attractions offered at a very attractive price,
🔹 Access to Sligro (volume shopping store), located at Ringbaan Zuid (must show membership card).
🔹 the Touch of Tilburg book produced by the city of Tilburg.  This is a compilation of history, local interest, restaurant and entertainment guide and much more!
🔹 tíc quarterly newsletter (September through June)
🔹 a tíc welcome gift

At home in the Netherlands

tíc helps internationals feel more at home in the Netherlands. We strive to help ease the adjustment process with practical tips, advice and information on daily life in the Netherlands. We offer a relaxed and fun social atmosphere for introducing partners and children to new people and for learning more about the Tilburg, Noord Brabant and the Netherlands. tíc can be an invaluable “home away from home” resource.

Interested in becoming a member? Download our Membership Form now!

#TilburgInternationalClub #Expat #Membership # Mission #Brabant

#TBT book review of Fear and Trembling

We’ll meet in September for our first book club of the new tíc season; a gathering that sometimes has intense debates, but is always a lot of fun. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at a book club review from a few years ago!

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review by Anne-Lise Artaud

This month’s book got quite exotic as we read about a very familiar and close topic to us, expats. Fear and Trembling by Amélie Nothomb was a very interesting book about expatriation, how to deal with it, how to survive it and make the best out of it.

We were able to discuss the struggles and advantages of living an expat life. Maybe nothing as exotic as Japanese expatriation, but even if the Netherlands is a welcoming country, we still all had some struggles to face with this new culture and some adapting to do.

The book itself is about a lovely young lady from Belgium going to live one year abroad. She is going to Japan, a country where she already has some attachments and knows the language. Through this book she explains, with a lot of self-derision, the struggle of adapting to a new culture. Given that the culture is Japanese, the challenge is even harder because she has to face the eternal cleavage between East/West. It was very interesting to exchange ideas on this particular topic because, this life experience is very personal and even if we could relate to others’ experiences, this is still a very personal challenge. The book could demonstrate this fact by the powerful and sometimes exaggerated emotional encounters and by the way the author was relating high points of her personal experience.

It was a very charming read that permitted us all to laugh and remember good memories about our first steps in the Netherlands. It reminded us too, the reason why we made this choice and why we decided to give it a shot, finishing by transforming us into the best version of ourselves, thanks to the rich learnings we have through expatriation.

#TilburgInternationalClib #bookclub #Expatlife #FearandTrembling #AmélieNothomb

Book Club reminder: Slaughterhouse 5

Date: Wednesday, 4 Sept 2019
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 3 Sept 2019 (registration form below)
Member Cost: Free!
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

As a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 US fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which…

reduced the once proudly beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens. For many years, Kurt tried to write about Dresden but the words would not come. When he did write about it, he combined his trademark humour, unfettered imagination, boundless humanity and keen sense of irony to create one of the most powerful anti-war books every written, and an enduring American classic.

Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller – these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. Slaughterhouse Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. While centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

  • `An extraordinary success. A book to read and reread. He is a true artist’ New York Times Book Review
  • `The great, urgent, passionate American writer of our century, who offers us a model of the kind of compassionate thinking that might yet save us from ourselves.’ George Saunders

Plenty of time in the summer to relax with a good and interesting book. Should you have time and a desire to read more, try one of the other suggested books :

  • Normal People, by Salley Rooney (304 pages)
  • The Sirens of Titan, by Kunt Vonnegut (224 pages)
  • Everything is Illuminated, by Johathan Safran Foer  (276 PAGES)

Wishing everyone a wonderful and relaxing summer, with plenty of time for a good book.

#bookclub #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Slaughterhouse5 #KurtVonnegut

Join Book Club!

Are 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.

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!

#TilburgInternationalClub #bookclub #Expatlife #English

Book Club INVITE: Slaughterhouse 5

Date: Wednesday, 4 Sept 2019
Time: 19:30 (7:30 pm)
Register by: 3 Sept 2019 (registration form below)
Member Cost: Free!
Guests: €5,00 pp (READ about how this can be pro-rated towards your membership fee)

As a young man and a prisoner of war, Kurt Vonnegut witnessed the 1945 US fire-bombing of Dresden in Germany, which… (more…)

Join Book Club!

22 Jan 2019. Are 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.

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!

#TilburgInternationalClub #bookclub #Expatlife #English

Book review: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

1 May 2019. Reviewed by Anita James. The book is a deceptively easy and amusing read about a brilliant and creative architect, Bernadette, who suffers recurring traumas from the wanton destruction of her revolutionary architectural creation, the move to an alien city, and after repeated miscarriages, the dangerous surgeries on the infant that was finally born.

One can get PTSD for less, and indeed Bernadette shuts out the world except for her immediate family, and then devotes her life to raising her daughter, Bee. Bee is a bright child who sees in her mother not an eccentric woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but a fun and magical creature who will always have her back, and would never ever abandon her.

On this basic story line an unconventional and quirky book is developed. It is told in a multitude of voices through mediums from emails, letters, narration, phone calls and even secretarial and hospital bills.

Yet the author nevertheless keeps the tale flowing, guiding it through a bewildering number of topics:  brilliance, creativity, eccentricity, high tech, Microsoft, agoraphobia, misanthropy, architecture, Russian mafia, Antarctica, psychiatric care, modern parenting, American education, snobbery, Seattle, Canadians, family relationships and even self-help groups such as the amazing VaV – Victims against Victimhood, not to mention adultery and leaking roofs.

After a hyperactive beginning, Bernadette disappears but Bee absolutely refuses to accept the vanishing and after assiduous detective work goes all the way to the South Pole to find her mother.

And there she is, happily involved in the challenges of polar architecture. Creativity, her raison d’etre restored, she can face life again and Bee gets her eccentric family back together. Kudos for Maria Semple for a vertiginous ride brought to a safe end.
#bookclub #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #WheredYouGoBernadette

Book Club review: Educated: A Memoir

Review by Anne van Oorschot

19 Mar 2019. For our March book club gathering, after getting a warm drink, we settled around a crackling fireplace and with a tray of yummy snacks. While not everyone had finished the book, Educated, all agreed that it was a remarkable story and well written.

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Tara was the youngest of 7 children and her childhood looked idylic on the surface – living on a breathtakingly beautiful mountain in rural Idaho with her own goats and horses. Her mother was a midwife and herbalist and Tara spent a lot of hours walking on the mountain, gathering rose hips and mullein flowers that her Mom could stew into tinctures. Tara’s father had a scrapyard and his children were his workforce. But the scrapyard was a particularly dangerous place and the kids had frequent, and sometimes serious injuries, a fact that Tara’s dad seemed unable to understand or react to. Her father’s word was law in their household and since he had a profound distrust of the medical profession, believing that doctors were agents of Satan, ALL injuries were treated with herbalism only.

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While Tara’s Mother homeschooled all the children, “there was not a lot of school taking place. We had books, and occasionally we would be kind of sent to read them. But I never took an exam, or never wrote an essay for my mother that she read or nothing like kind of getting everyone together and having anything like a lecture. So it was a lot more kind of if you wanted to read a book, you could, but you certainly were’t going to be made to do that.” Through her older brother Tyler, she discovered a love for classical music, as well as the fact that she had a gift for singing. Her horizons broadened when she became a part (and often the star) of local musical productions and she first felt a desire to learn about something no one in her family could teach her. After self-teaching herself enough to pass the A.C.T. tests, she was accepted at the Mormon Brigham Young Uiversity (BYU) and stepped into a classroom for the first time at age 17. She soon discovered she was clueless about much of what was common knowledge for everyone else. She kept her head down and made good use of the college library and the internet to fill in the many holes in her knowledge. The path of her education and intellectual broadening took her from BYU to Cambridge to Harvard where she ended up earning a PhD. But every step outside the expectations, the rules came at a cost. Do something different and lose a piece of connection to your family. And family was extremely important, particularly for a person whose entire life had been defined by family.

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The break with her family came not through her increased education and intellect, but due to her relationship with her older brother, Shawn. He could be kind and understanding, but had a reputation as a fighter, sometimes turning his rage on Tara and her older sister. Possibly even worse was her family’s denial about it, even when it occured right in front of them. It is this denial that was hardest to bear. If your own parents would betray you by not believing you or looking out for you in the face of such blatant attacks, then what was the value of the family you held most dear in the world? Her refusal to “admit” she made up the stories of Shawn’s violent behavior is what ultimately led to the split with her parents and 3 of her siblings. Tara struggles with the yin and yang of her upbringing to untimately led her to find her true self. It was truly a remarkable story!

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Not only is she one really smart lady, small snippets of online interviews showed her to be relaxed and poised, with great insights. See part of an interview with Bill Gates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7Y6Udf_Nzo . Not only that, she can really sing, as you can see in the following short clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIO_QKq9cE  We – along with President and Michelle Obama, Bill Gates, Oprah, and Maarten t’ Hart – all found Educated to be a great and thoughtful read and we highly recommend it!

 

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#bookclub #Tilburg #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Educated

 

Book Club review: Maybe Tomorrow

review by Anne van Oorschot

13 Feb 2019. Even though the weather outside was cold, the atmosphere at Book Club was warm and friendly. We were welcomed into the beautiful home of one of our members and offered warm drinks and tasty Valentine treats! 🙂

We had a lively discussion of Maybe Tomorrow by Boori Monty Pryor and Meme McDonald and compared its descriptions of the Australian Aboriginal’s plight to the discriminated minorities in other countries. While many shocking things were done to Australia’s indigenous population in the past, harder to understand are the many injustices and predjudices they still face. A good book, but hard to think it portrays a positive future…

 

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#bookclub #Tilburg #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #MaybeTomorrow

Book Club: Review of Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon

14 Jan 2019. Reviewed by Anita James. This book is a favorite of mine and I hoped to share it more widely but whether because of the season or because nobody liked it – we ended up with a small intimate group (any more intimate and we could have held it cozily in bed with baby, Eleanor! (note: Those could/could not attend who read the book, highly recommend it! It is an easy read and a great story so do keep it on your “to read” list 🙂

Gabriela the woman-child glides through the Brazilian town of Ilheus, capital of cacao country, at a time of profound change. The gun slinging ‘colonels’ who carved out plantations have had their day and modernity is here, with roads, street lights, bus services, a real port and even an elevator at the hotel…. No longer can a ‘colonel’ kill his wife and her lover and be a hero, nor can the old timers shoot their way to winning an election.

Jorge Amado serves up a rollicking historical tale, poking gentle fun at the bombast of small town notables, at eccentric inhabitants, at immigrants and migrants, and at the love story of two of those, enmeshed in the transition roiling all around them.

Luckily Ilheus sorts itself out, as does the love of Gabriela and Nacib, after finally getting over their ill-advised and unfortunate marriage. Again is Gabriela a happy cook, Nacib naps after a delicious lunch and they meet for torrid nights in the back servant room.”

 

#bookclub #Tilburg #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #GabrielaCloveCinnamon

tíc Membership 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. 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!

tíc is a non-profit volunteer organization that:

🔹 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

As a member of tíc, you will be entitled to participate in a variety of events and activities especially geared toward expats living in Holland. Here are just a few of our diverse activities:

🔹 Special topic educational lectures featuring expert guest speakers
🔹 Book Club
🔹 Day trips to various destinations around the country
🔹 Workshops in a fun, social atmosphere
🔹 Happy hours at different bars and/or restaurants around town
🔹 Annual events including our Welcome to Tilburg event, Holiday Dinner, Christmas Cookie workshop and TICnic (picnic)
🔹 Special Interest Groups (SIG): Movie Night, Walking Group

Membership Benefits

Joining the club also means, you have a built-in social, business and cultural network.  It is a group in which you will find fun, support, friendship and information about Tilburg, Brabant and the Netherlands.  In addition, tíc is proud to offer its members:

🔹 networking and socializing opportunities with other internationals,
🔹 introducing partners and children to new people in a relaxed and fun social atmosphere,
🔹 participating in Book Club and lectures as well as first drinks at the borrels at no cost,
🔹 tours and day trips to other cities and attractions offered at a very attractive price,
🔹 Access to Sligro (volume shopping store), located at Ringbaan Zuid (must show membership card).
🔹 the Touch of Tilburg book produced by the city of Tilburg.  This is a compilation of history, local interest, restaurant and entertainment guide and much more!
🔹 tíc quarterly newsletter (September through June)
🔹 a tíc welcome gift

At home in the Netherlands

tíc helps internationals feel more at home in the Netherlands. We strive to help ease the adjustment process with practical tips, advice and information on daily life in the Netherlands. We offer a relaxed and fun social atmosphere for introducing partners and children to new people and for learning more about the Tilburg, Noord Brabant and the Netherlands. tíc can be an invaluable “home away from home” resource.

Interested in becoming a member? Download our Membership Form now!

 

#TilburgInternationalClub #Expat #Membership # Mission #Brabant

Book Club Review: We All Began As Strangers

review by Melissa Donders

12 November 2018. 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.

Discussing how and if we would notice if something had been moved around in our own homes, most of us agreed we would assume it was another person who we live with and not be worried.

We also discussed the similarities of ourselves, living in a country where we have moved for work or love, compared to one of the characters who had moved from her hometown of London to live with her new husband in this small village, which led onto discussion of how we all came to be living here in the Netherlands.

Overall, a lovely night was had, swapping well read books, saying farewell to one of our members and getting to know some new members.

 

#bookclub #Tilburg #tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #WeAllBeganAsStrangers

Book Club review: Alamut

reviewed by Renata Kenda

On 9 October 2018, we enjoyed another interesting tíc book club gathering. Only three of us finished the book, but this did not prevent us from having a nice discussion among eleven book worms.

Some agreed that the style of writing is not the best, however being a historical novel, the author clearly spent a lot of time researching the topic and providing a story based on sound historical facts. We agreed that it is fascinating how the novel, which was written in 1938, fits with today’s world.

Anita also provided us with a historical and religious overview of Persia, which all of us thoroughly enjoyed. Some readers agreed that the content of the book would easily be condensed in much less than 500+ pages. Moreover, others have found the ending of the book rather unexpected or abstruse.

As usual, we also enjoyed a general chit-chat and swapped some books while enjoying hot tea, snacks and home-made pastry. We also chose a new book, titled “We all begin as Strangers”.

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#bookclub #Tilburg #expatlife #Alamut

#TBT: tíc Book Club review of Nocturnal Animals

Next week we will be meeting for our next book club; a gathering that sometimes has intense debates, but is always a lot of fun. For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at a book club review from earlier this year!

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Book Review by Molly Johnson

We all agreed that the latest book discussion choice didn’t quite hit the spot and live up to the glowing reviews plastered on the cover. Perhaps the original title “Tony & Susan” should have already indicated a not so exciting read, but despite the difficulty some of us had to power through its 370 plus pages, we did all think it showed some promise at the start.

Austin Wright, the author of this novel – recently made into a movie with a slightly more enticing ‘Nocturnal Animals’ title – has a rather unique writing style. But many of us felt like it lacked any flow, and struggled to get going at times.

Tony & Susan tells the story of Susan Morrow, who receives the transcript of ex-husband Edward’s newly completed novel, Nocturnal Animals. She is tasked with giving her critique on his writing efforts, which she’d struggled to praise during their marriage. While the intention of Wright, we thought, was to create some kind of link between the life of “Tony Hastings” – Nocturnal Animal’s protagonist – with that of Edward and Susan, many of us were left disappointed by the lack of such a revelation. (more…)

Book Club review: Love in the Time of Cholera

reviewed by Molly Johnson

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.

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#bookclub #Tilburg #Expats #expatlife #LoveintheTimeofCholera

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