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We know what “Too Loud A Solitude” feels like

Tilburg International Club Expat Book Club15 Mar 2021. by Essi Koskela. Our selection for book club this time was Too loud a solitude by Bohumil Hrabal, a mere 100 pages of quotable digression aimed to baffle the reader. This sentence from the book perhaps describes the best how Hrabal’s book should be read, “I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel.” (more…)

Meet the Board – Communications and Outreach

Tilburg International Club Communications

Mala Raman

Tilburg International Club has come a long way from its start in 2008.  Since we started the club, I’ve contributed invarious capacities on the Board and have enjoyed seeing the club from all different perspectives. I’m currently in the role of strengthening our online presence, supporting the growth of our membership base and developing sustainable business partnerships.

Our Online Presence

Our communications priority has always been to create a strong online awareness of our club, events, goals and attractive membership benefits through Facebook (feel free to visit now!), Twitter @tilintclub, Instagram @tilburg_international_club and, of course, our own Tilburg International Club website. We rely on our members, guests, sponsors and community leaders to help spread the word about what our club can offer internationals in Brabant. (more…)

Who runs the world? “Girl, Woman, Other”

Tilburg International Club Expat Book Club16 Feb 2021. by Estela Highet. I wish we could have had more time to discuss this very interesting book, it has plenty of different topics and they are very related to what the world has been going through lately.

World of Women

Feminism, racism, cultural differences, sex and many more topics in one single book. All this through the million characters and therefore million stories to be told from each of them – which also made it a bit difficult to read. The principal characters were (only) 11 black women and one non-binary living in the UK.

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#FBF Slaughterhouse 5 book review

Tilburg International Club Expat Book ClubOn Monday, we will be meeting for our next book club; a gathering that sometimes has intense debates, but is always a lot of fun. For #FlashBackFriday, let’s take a look at a book club review from 2019.

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3 Sept 2019. by Anne van Oorschot. Our first gathering of the Book Club took place on September 4th – very early in the club year and prior to the tíc Welcome Event. That may explain why we were quite a small group, including 1 brand new member. We had all read the book – not hard since we’d had the entire summer and it was quite a short story.

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 beautiful city to rubble and claimed the lives of thousands of its citizens. This atrocious act was a recurring theme in the book, and more horrific details of the bombing aftermath come out as the story progressed. (more…)

President’s Message – February 2021

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Yolonda van Riel, Tilburg International Club President

Where are we now?

In these strange times, I feel like I could have just done a “copy/paste” of my last president’s message. That is how much things have NOT changed. Like most of you, I continue working from home while struggling to find a way to balance mental and physical well-being while remaining productive for my family and my company. Although it looks like there might be some light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines slowly make their way to our most vulnerable, we still have a way to go before we will be able to venture out into society.

Fun Times

One bright spot for me has been the innovative spirit of the tíc board! Our usual Ugly Sweater Borrel still went forward – virtually but with merriment and a fiercely competitive game of Pictionary. Someone (who shall remain nameless – but you know who you are, lol) continuously kicked me out due to my horrendously bad drawings! (more…)

Book Club review: To Kill A Mockingbird

11 Jan 2021. by Yolanda van Riel. Our book club met virtually to discuss our latest read – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Tilburg International Club Expat Book Club

Perspective

As we began the discussion of a book that most of us had as required reading in our youth, we noted that our perception of the book as well as our perspectives had evolved. Since we were reading for pleasure and not for a grade, we found that we truly enjoyed the book even though some of the images and passages were quite disturbing.

Modern Comparisons

The book was full of “southernisms” and local dialect that made it a bit more difficult for some of our members to grasp the full intention of parts of the dialogue. This book is considered a classic but still felt relevant in its powerful descriptions of race, class and gender bias.

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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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Meet the Board – tíc President, Yolonda van Riel

The Tilburg International Club Board of Directors currently has 4 members who help lead our club activities. Meet Yolonda van Riel, our President!

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Tilburg International Club PresidentI have worked and lived in the Netherlands since 2005.  Sometimes it feels like I have been here forever and other times it feels just like yesterday! I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA but lived most of my life in Knoxville, Tennessee. I grew up as a typical American kid. My father taught high school and my mother was a secretary. My brother and I were very lucky to have such devoted parents and they always appreciated and supported that I had a different view of the world.  From a young age, I had a tremendous fascination for “all things European” and I desperately wanted to travel and take in all the beautiful wonders that Europe had to offer. But, alas, I put those dreams on hold and followed a more traditional path, working towards my Master’s Degree and taking a “safe and secure” government job. (more…)

President’s Message – November 2020

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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!

#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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