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#TBT 2015 Welcome Day: Spoorzone

In just 2 days, we will be hosting another Welcome to Tilburg event!  For #ThrowbackThursday, let’s take a look at the festivities from 2015!

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Article by Patricia Gonzalez

Time flies. So with places as with people. From 1868 to 2011, the Spoorzone was an industrial site – a place where trains were built and repaired for Nederlandse Spoor and “migrants” from Utrecht came to work on the railways. Today, the Spoorzone is home to the Red Cross, an intended hub for entrepreneurs, a skate park for youth and, during Mundial festival or one of the many market weekends (e.g., Bazouq, Swan Market, Pasar Malam), a bustling event space.

Three years ago, I was a newcomer to Tilburg meeting other foreigners at TIC’s Open House. On 26th September, I was one of the “old faces” welcoming newly moved buitenlanders and sharing my own stories about living in this city.

Welcome Day began with a tour of the Spoorzone led by Stadsgidserij Tilburg. In the span of an hour, our guide walked us through history, bringing to life tales of railway workers – a smaller segment of the population in the then mostly textile-focused town. He made us smile to hear of the one-cent increase in workers’ hourly wages (big money then!) and how lunches used to be delivered via small pass-throughs in the imposing wall that enclosed the spoor zone. He also told us of the city’s future plans for the area, helping us imagine what’s in store for the space: the new public library, a passageway for bicycles and pedestrians traveling from above the tracks into the city center, and a possible seats2meet venue – all exciting additions to the city.  

We ended our tour at Restaurant De Houtloods, the oldest building in the 13-hectare zone. Under the steel trusses and the clear blue skies, Wethouder Marcelle Hendrickx gave a speech that was warm and welcoming – apropos for the day. Afternoon very quickly turned to evening, as happens when you’re having fun. There were drinks and borrelhapjes, old friends to catch up with, new acquaintances to make, and the shared experience of living and working and loving Tilburg to discuss. It was a pleasant way to kick off the club year.

If you couldn’t come to Welcome Day, don’t worry. There are still plenty of activities in store – a whole year’s worth. But don’t blink or you might miss it!

Welcome Day is an annual event for expats and internationals living in Tilburg and the surrounds. This year’s Spoorzone tour and borrel was organized by TIC, made possible through the combined efforts of Holland Expat Center South and Tilburg University, and generously sponsored by Gemeente Tilburg.  

Hatha Detox Yoga review

13 Apr 2019. by Essi Koskela. Right before noon on Saturday we gathered near the Spoorzone in Tilburg in the hip-looking studio Sooss, which many of us had been hoping to get a reason for to visit. Amazingly, everybody was on time, and after some review of yoga histories, we moved to the cozy classroom on the second floor, just big enough to host the eight of us.
We settled on our own matts, or the ones provided by the venue, and sat down to enjoy the daylight and view coming into the room from the big windows covering one side of the room. The atmosphere was tuned by the relaxing music playing during the class, accompanied by the sounds of the city and the ongoing Roadburn festival outside. Cross-legged, we began with breathing exercises.

The class represented the “hatha” style, which is one of the broadest and most allowing style descriptions for the physical practice of yoga. In our case, it described a gentle flow between stretching positions, with a couple of sun salutations and balancing poses in between. So what is specially “detox” about it? “Detox yoga contains relatively high amount of twists, which massage the liver and kidney”, our teacher Mihaela Anohina explained. We were literally squeezing the toxins out of our bodies, or at least concentrating our minds on it. Folding into, and out of, various asanas may have required more effort for the beginners in the class than for the experienced practitioners, but luckily Mihaela readily offered tips on how to ease up the tasks in hand. The class was enjoyable for all levels and participants, women and men alike (or one man, in this case).

Class ended traditionally with us laying down in the final savasana, dead man’s pose. Lying in the floor may not sound comfortable, but resting after such a yoga class is one of the most relaxing experiences available, perfect after a busy week.

As promised beforehand, we were offered accompanying tea, which turned out to be a special type not readily available in the Netherlands. Although the advertising speech for the tea mentioned mushrooms and aroma of the ground, the feeling of the warm tea was very comforting and the taste was surprisingly subtle. After thanking the teacher and ourselves for the wonderful practice, only one question remained: When should we do this again?

 

#tilburginternationalclub #yoga #English #expatlife #hatha #detox

2018 Welcome to Tilburg photo album

Our Welcome to Tilburg event last Saturday was a very fun and delicious way to spend the afternoon. With bites to eat, drinks to test and competitions to win, it was an exciting, yet relaxed way for expats to explore the city and get to know one another better.  Check out our 2018 Welcome to Tilburg Facebook album for a look at more of the festivities!

2018 Welcome to Tilburg Event a smashing success!

by Mala Raman

the tilburg international club (tíc) organised a very special and fun-filled Welcome to Tilburg event on 8 September 2018 for internationals in and around Tilburg to celebrate its 10-year Anniversary!

Over 100 expats joined in for a fabulous afternoon starting at the Mercure with bubbles and Tilburgse bossche bol. tíc president, Yolonda van Riel, gave everyone a warm welcome and underscored tíc‘s initiative to support internationals in better understanding the people and culture of the Netherlands as well as to provide a relaxed social atmosphere for meeting new people from around the world.

tíc‘s 10-year anniversary as a club also marks the 10th anniversary of several of its members who have been with tíc from the very beginning. 10-year members, Anne van Oorschot, Masako Kato, Yolonda van Riel, Anita James, Mala Raman, Fabio Castiglionesi and Jean-Francois Hennart, were given special recognition for their ongoing support and commitment to tíc. Yolonda also took a moment to acknowledge Bas van Steensel who designed the new tíc logo.

tíc was also immensely please to have Mayor Theo Weterings welcome expats to the city. He had invaluable words of encouragement for those settling into the area and stressed their impact on the social and economical development of the region. He was also very enthusiastic about the club and its goals to assist expats coming to Tilburg and Brabant.

After a taking a picture to capture the moment, the crowd was split into 4 groups who continued on for an “around the world” trip to local restaurants in Tilburg.  Doors were opened to culturally different worlds with a bite to eat and a drink.  Expats visited Italy and England at Jamie Oliver’s Pizzeria, America at Cat’s Back, Thailand at Aim Aroy, Japan at Jade and ended, of course, in the Netherlands at De Wagon. Along the way there was a video game contest and a trivia quiz to complete; the competition was fierce!

At the end point of the tour, prizes were awarded to the winning team of the trivia quiz and the pacman player with the highest score. There was also a random drawing for the grand prize €50 gift certificate to EVE in the Spoorzone! Many expats stayed to enjoy the great atmosphere and friendly company of fellow internationals long after the official end of the event.  New friendship were made and many expats found a new home with tíc!

Everyone had a great time and it was all made possible by our partner, the Municipality of Tilburg (Gemeente Tilburg) and our sponsors Holland Expat Center South (HECS), Tilburg University and P&D care!

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#tilburginternationalclub #welcome #tour #expatlife #Brabant #Tilburg

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