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2020 Welcome Event in Het Spoorpark!

Tilburg International Club Welcome Eventby Mala Raman

Welcome to Het Spoorpark!

19 Sept 2020. This year’s Welcome Event was a bit different from other years.  Because of the coronavirus guidelines, our event started at the T-Huis with masks, hand sanitizing and filling out of forms. Once that was out of the way, expats both new and settled were welcomed by Yolonda van Riel, President of the Tilburg International Club.  After the welcome drink and an official video welcome from the Tilburg vice-Mayor, our intrepid international crew set off to discover the hidden secrets of Het Spoorpark.

 

 

 

 

Tilburg International Club Welcome Event

Discover Het Spoorpark

From the T-Huis, everyone set off for their own self-guided tour of Het Spoorpark. We were given map and an explanatory guide to discover the highlights of this recreational area. We walked around at our own pace and in the order we chose. At each stop, we answered questions as part of a quiz hoping to be one of the winners of the promised prizes at the end. Our tour included de Kempentoren, Kunstwerk De Rits, BeweegR, Levend water, Scouting Esjeeka, Stadscamping Tilburg and the Urban Sport Area.

 

Meet and Greet Tilburg

After about an hour we headed back to the T-Huis where we had a reception, sponsored by Holland Expat Center South, toast to Brabant’s growing expat population while enjoying light snacks and chatting with other internationals living in the region. The winners of the quiz were awarded Intermezzo gift certificates.

Tilburg International Club Welcome Event

 

 

 

Tilburg International Club Welcome Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, as we do every year, we had a grand prize winner of a €50 gift certificate to the T-Huis sponsored by P and D Care.

 

 

 

 

We congratulate Anne van Oorschot for receiving a Royal Decoration
Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau

Tilburg International Club Welcome Event

 

 

One of our founding members, Anne van Oorschot who founded the tilburg international club in 2008 and served as its first president for 6 years, received a decoration from the Royal House of the Netherlands (Ridder van de Orde van Oranje Nassau) in April 2020.

 

Anne is a Knight of the Order of Oranje-Nassau! We were thrilled to recognize Anne for receiving this prestigious award for all her years of volunteer service to Dutch society (and especially our club!) over the past 20+ years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saying our Farewells

After enjoying an afternoon of good conversations and delicious snacks, our guests did not leave empty handed.

Tilburg International Club Welcome Event

Thanks to our sponsors and contributors, everyone could go home with an awesome goodie bag full of coupons and Tilburg business-friendly products.

Our guests had such a great time at our event, that they stayed at the T-Huis long after the “official” event was over: chatting, laughing, sharing stories and experiences and making connections.

This is the hallmark of the tilburg international club and a sure sign of another successful Welcome Event!
 

 

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Book Club review: Flight Behavior

Tilburg expat Book Club

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. Fortunately, 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.

While everyone was positive about the book, the intricacies of Kingsolver’s language, while nice once you got used to it, were initially challenging for those who were non-native English speakers. We saw similarities between the butterflies and Dellarobia, the main character, with her flame colored hair and her sense of being lost in her own life. It was interesting to see her change throughout the book: no more vanity so the needed glasses were always on, stop smoking, venturing out of her comfort zone to work with the scientists and finally taking charge of her life by setting a new course closer to her true desires for herself. We reflected on the pre-conceived notions both the area residents and the scientists had of each other. People the world over do the same thing, making it hard for differing groups to really see and understand each other.

Kingsolver, who was trained as a scientist before becoming an author, poses a lot of challenging ideas about climateTilburg expat Book Club change in the book. While the habits and behavior of the Monarch Butterflies described in the book is accurate, their unexplained landing in the Appalachian area rather than their usual spot in Mexico was made up. (It gave the author the opportunity to set the novel in an area she is familiar with.) However, the changes occurring in the butterflies normal roost area were accurate and pose questions about what effect a changing climate has on the fragile life cycle of Monarchs.

Another point as how can 2 groups look at information and come up with such different conclusions? Dellarobia felt that the realities of climate change were simply too far from her daily worries and explains that her work is, “meeting the bus on time…getting the kids to eat supper, getting teeth brushed. No cavities next time. Little hopes, you know?   There’s just not room at our house for the end of the world.”

This thinking also illustrates the difference in the carbon footprint between the poor and those more well off. When a man comes to the Butterfly sight to get others to sign a sustainability pledge to reduce their carbon footprint, he reads off the questions/goals to Dellarobia and is stunned to learn that the majority of them don’t apply:

Number one. Bring your own Tupperware to a restaurant for leftovers, as often as possible.”
“I’ve not eaten in a restaurant in over two years.
“Okay, number two. Try bringing your own mug for tea or coffee. Does not apply, I guess. Carry your own Nalgene bottle instead of buying bottled water.”
Our well water is good. We wouldn’t pay for store-bought. Is that it?” she asked.
“No. There are five other categories.”
“Let’s hear them…. You came all this way. To get us on board.”
“Okay – Everyday Necessities. Try your best to buy reused. Use Craigslist.” “What is that?” she asked, although she had a pretty good idea.
“Craigslist,” he said. “On the internet.”
“I don’t have a computer.”
“Or find your local reuse stores.”
Find them,” she said.
“Switch some of your stocks and mutual funds to socially responsible investments, skip, skip. Okay, Home-slash-office. Make sure old computers get recycled. Turn your monitor off when not in use. I think we’ve got a lot of not applicable here.” ….. “Okay, this is the last one,” he said. “Fly less.”
“Fly less,” she repeated.

The book gave us all a lot to think about and was an enjoyable read as well. We can certainly recommend it for reading in these stay-at-home-corona-times.

StD: tícMovie Night – 30 Oct!

Expat Movie Club

More details coming soon…

#FlashBackFriday: Pub Quiz / Annual General Meeting

Tilburg International ClubNext week we’ll have our rescheduled Annual General Meeting and Pub Quiz from last May. For #FlashBackFriday, let’s take a look back one of our past pub quiz evenings!

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by Yolonda van Riel

14.05.2015 If you missed TIC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 14th, you missed a great time! A great time at an AGM? Yes, you read correctly!

tíc Board of Directors hard at work!

We had a nice turnout and, after a welcome coffee with sweets, we began the evening as we do every year, with a short presentation over the club and how we are performing. All board members are still in term, so no need for a vote but our treasurer, Yiyi Bai, will be leaving us at the end of the club year and we are in search of a replacement. Next, Anne shared our membership numbers which are slightly up from last year but still considerably lower than when we had the first influx of university members. The board is working hard by visiting companies, international schools and using social media to attract more members. We have also printed new flyers and business cards with our new logo and are busy handing those out as well. Yiyi then presented the financials and showed that we are doing well keeping within our budget and still offering many incentives to our members. Lastly, Patricia gave an overview of all of the events so far this club season complete with photo’s. You can view the presentation here for the complete details.

Pub Quiz competition was fierce!

Then came the fun part! Our originally planned speaker had to cancel due to illness so, at the last minute, we improvised and held a reception complete with drinks, snacks and a pub quiz. We divided up into three teams while Patricia asked questions over 4 rounds of play. What a drama!! We had bartering for partial points, we had contesting of the answers (even though they were right there in black and white), we had debating amongst the teams and we had to do all this without looking at our phones for help! In the end, after much laughter, eating and drinking, a winning team emerged and went home with gift certificates from Bagels & Beans, while the losing team went home with a “beautiful” magnet. But everyone went home with homemade macaroons from Patricia which – I must say – were absolutely delicious!!

One last note: If you or someone you know would be interested in filling the board position of treasurer, please let us know. This is an integral part of our board and we would love to welcome you to the team.  We realize these positions are voluntary and, while participation is vital, we try to keep the commitment to a level that is “doable” in our busy lives!

tícWalkie Talkies in Koningshoeven

3 Nov. 2019. Here are a few reviews from our walkers!

I really enjoyed getting to know more fellow club-members during the walk. I still had a great time despite the rain, so that just shows how fun it was 🙂
-Katie

A lovely rainy walk  with a fascinating bit of local history thrown in.
-Wendy

“Even though the weather was not so promising, everyone showed up and brought a good attitude. Start feeling the dutch autum-ish weather, Welkom naar Nederland.”
-Lily

We started with 15 enthusiastic walkers at the La Trappe Brouwerij for a 8km loop around the areas of Koningshoeven and Moerenburg. Despite the soggy weather, everyone had a good time
chatting 
and getting to know one another. Afterwards, we found a spot
inside the brewery to have a drink together afterwards.
-Mala

Take a look at some of our other fun walks!

Wandelbos

Moerenburg

Esbeek

Book review: Not Before Sundown (Do trolls really exist?)

Tilburg Expat Book Club

tíc book club’s summer reading Not before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo is a reimagined story from a classic Finnish song, The Goblin and the Ray of Light. We started our discussion session by listening to this sweet and melodic piece, before we immersed ourselves into the darker themes portrayed in the book. Not before Sundown is a dark satire of Mikael, or Angel, a freelance photographer working in advertising, who adopts a young, abandoned troll from the streets of Tampere city. It turns out that trolls do not make good pets. Pessi, the troll, secretes intoxicating pheromones which produce an insidious effect on Mikael and everyone around him. The symbolism behind the power-battle of Pessi‘s influence and the civilized world around Mikael made an excellent discussion point, as Mikael starts to struggle with the beast within. With the words of the author herself: ‘the book deals with themes bigger than life: the relationship between man and nature; the problems of different kinds of otherness; and how our biological ancestry as hierarchical pack animals still affects us.’

Although the book is classified into science fiction or fantasy, only the existence of the endangered and rarely seen Tilburg Expat Book Clubtrolls separates the world in the story from reality. In fact, the writer has constructed such convincing pseudo-scientific biological origin for the troll species accompanied with numerous (real) references to Finnish literature and folklore about the trolls that it was easy to believe in the existence of trolls. Arguably trolls have been very much real in the Finnish way of life before modern civilisation finally reached all the far corners of wilderness in the country, and remnants of those beliefs are still reflected in the language and children’s imagination. One of Sinisalo’s reference books, “Memories from Lapland” by Samuli Paulaharju, from 1922, which I happened to have by chance, dedicates a whole chapter to trolls. From this book, I shared the divine origin story of trolls, fabricated in the typical half-pagan way of the Finns. As it turns out, trolls are the secret children of Adam and Eve, which God condemned to live underground after Eve wrongfully hid them.

The creation aside, religion is another prominent topic in the book, already given away by the heavenly name of Angel. I dare to say, the writer creates a juxtaposition between chaste protestant tradition and the biological beastly nature of human beings. We were not sure what to make out of this, as the story does not seem to resolve in favor of the other. Although in the case of Mikael, nature takes over.

Those of us who had completed the book agreed that it was an odd but delightful reading experience. Deceptively short with only 214 pages, Sinisalo’s story seemed to contain yet another layer in chapters unwritten. What happened to Mikael in the end? Why did the trolls take him among them? Was Palomita (the human-trafficked mail-order wife of Mikael’s neighbor) rescued? And most importantly, are trolls real and where can we find them?

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Join 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. 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 of The Last Kingdom

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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 #FlashBackFriday, let’s take a look at a book club review from 2015!

by Leni Hurley

15 Mar 2020 The tíc Book Club met in Cafe Restaurant No Sikiriki, and the atmosphere was great. The book under discussion was The Last Kingdom, first volume in a series written by Bernard Cornwell. We all loved the book. This may seem odd, given that we were all women and that this historical novel describes a pretty brutal man’s world. In the book we followed a young warrior’s epic adventure of courage, devotion, treachery, duty, battle and love. The time is the middle of the ninth century AD; the place – the British Isles.

The action – the invasion of the Christian Anglo-Saxon world by Norsemen; men who came with their own, very vibrant gods.  All in all, the book lent itself to a spirited discussion: how did the two religions compare; how does this epoch of violent turmoil strike you? Are there similarities in our present day world? And what about the remnants of an earlier, much more advanced civilization? When they left in about 410 AD, the Romans abandoned their amazing structures and roads and not a Briton, so it appears, cared to imitate or inhabit them. Yet many centuries later, the Anglo-Saxons made grateful use of these roads, especially in times of war. Yet they continued to use mud and straw to engineer their civic landscape. What does this say about the original Britons, the Anglo-Saxons that took over, and the Romans that came in between? And could such a thing happen again? Perhaps it did happen, many times over? All in all, it was a great night!

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