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Guests are Welcome!

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Guests are always welcome at any #TilburgInternationalClub event. It’s a great way to get a feel for the club, our members and the types of events you can come to expect as a member.  In the past, many of our guests have become members after a full tíc experience!

Many expats feel, even after living in the Netherlands for a longer period of time, never fully welcomed into Dutch society and therefore, never feel an affinity with the culture. A key upside to being a guest of tíc, is getting out to meet locals, learning about the country, better understanding social routines and customs all within a supportive group of individuals and families with like circumstances.

Want to know more about attending a tíc event as a guest? Check out our Guests Welcome page for more details.  Have questions or already interested in one of our upcoming events? Just let us know at til.int.club@gmail.com!

We look forward to meeting you!

The Museumkaart advantage

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Not sure what to do with the kids during the summer break? Take them to one of the hundreds of unique, kid-friendly, inspiring and fun museums in the Netherlands!

Did you know that you can gain entrance often at a reduced price or for free with the Museumkaart?

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ticnic a success!

by Mala Raman

30 Jun 2019. This year we had perfect weather for our annual picnic. To our regular participants, our once a year, pre-summer gathering is known as the tícnic. In a not too warm, not too cold outdoor venue, a big crowd of tíc members and guests came together to once again help bring the club season to a close.

In the middle of a lush green park on the campus of Tilburg University, everyone happily sat at the picnic tables or on the grass to enjoy a good old-fashioned cookout. Thanks to many of our male members who “manned” the grill, there were hamburgers, veggie burgers, braadworst and kip saté to be gobbled up. Members also brought many delicious types of salad or dessert to share.

No tícnic is complete without some fun group activity. This year we had a rousing game of “Finska” (an ancient Finnish game) that consists of 12 wooden pins arranged into a group. A throwing log (called the Mölkky) is thrown underarm in an attempt to knock down pins to score exactly 50 points. If points are scored that causes the score to exceed 50, the player (or team) has their score reset to 25. The winner is the first to achieve the 50 points. Judging by the theatrics, it was a nail-biter until the end!

All in all, we had a fantastic day; it was great to have so many of our members join this year’s outdoor festivities.  To all who attended: we hope to see you again in the upcoming club year. To those who couldn’t make it this year: come by next year and share in the fun!

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#TilburgInternationalClub #expatlife #summer #picnic #ticnic

#TBT: Another fun TICnic!

In just a couple of days we will once again meet up for our annual “TICnic” on the lovely grounds of Tilburg University.  For Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look the fun and games from last year!

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by Anne van OorschotI am back home after attending the annual tíc picnic…tícNic and it was, as usual, really fun. A couple of the guys did a great job of grilling all the different meats and vegetarian options and I feasted (OK, a bit too much!) on all the delicious and unique salads people had brought.

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Candle Making is fun!

IMG_881530 Mar 2019. Review by Mala Raman. We had a small but enthusiastic tíc crowd who were greeted by Mirjam at the Kaarsen Temple on a bright but cool Saturday afternoon. The kids received a brief explanation on the 2 types of candles they were going to make.

They happily got to work creating imaginative and elaborate pyramid candles. They had plenty of tools to help shape the candles of their dreams with metal cookie cutters, sheets of wax, sharp carvers and their own little fingers! Once they were done, Mirjam coated the candles with a transparent layer of wax as a finishing touch.

The second type of candle was about building layers of different coloured wax and then peeling back the layers to created a multi-coloured candle. After a quick break with a drink and “iets lekkers” the kids got back into the creative flow!

The kids were happy to take home their beautiful creations!

#tilburginternationalclub #tickids #candlemaking #expatlife #artsandcrafts

Delicious treats from the Christmas Cookie Party!

by Alisha Z. (tícKid!)

08 Dec 2018. The cookie workshop was a lot of fun. There was lovely Christmas music in the background for decorating different Christmas themed cookies.

There were snacks and drinks for everyone. All the people that were there made beautiful cookies with all the icing that was self-made. We also had plenty of cookie decorations.

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The tables were very festive and everyone had plenty of room to work on their creations.

Some cookies were left over, so people took them home to decorate on their own!

#tilburginternationalclub #expatlife #Christmascookies #decorating #holidays

Another fun TICnic!

by Anne van Oorschot.

I am back home after attending the annual TIC picnic…TICnic and it was, as usual, really fun. Jasper and Jonas did a great job of grilling all the different meats and vegetarian options and I feasted (OK, a bit too much!) on all the delicious and unique salads people had brought.

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There were also interesting desserts, with several delicious “ethnic recipes” – like making a little trip around the world while staying right in Tilburg 🙂

After our meal, the new Event Team had a fun photo scavenger hunt planned. There were teams of adults and kids scurrying around trying to complete their list of tasks. The team that completed all of their “tasks” and finished first as well as most creatively was declared the winner.

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Every year, we take a moment to give a big Thank You to the TIC Board Members who work hard to make sure TIC remains an interesting, educational and fun club for its members. And, after 10 years, I am leaving the TIC Board (but not the club!) and it was nice to take a moment to say a “proper” goodbye to our members.

After the inspired competition, great food and good company, most of our group stayed to enjoy the rest of the afternoon in the sunny weather while catching up with their TIC friends. A fitting close to another fun TIC year.

Our great new Event Team is already hard at work planning many fun activities for the coming club year (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019). They have lots of new and interesting ideas, but old favorites such as book club, movie nights and borrels will continue, as well.

We have a very special Welcome Event planned for Saturday, 8 September 2018 to mark TIC’s 10th anniversary, so jot it down on your calendar and plan to attend!

In the meantime, I and the rest of the Board wish you a good summer – full of sunny weather, interesting activities and relaxation.  We look forward to seeing you at a TIC event in the near future.

TICKids: Het Spoorwegmuseum

In a follow-up of our post from yesterday on the Museumkaart, for Throwback Thursday, here’s a look back at our trip to the Spoorwegmuseum (entrance fee is normally €17,50 per person over 3 and free with the Museumkaart!).

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The popular mini-train ride!

The popular mini-train ride!

16 March 2013

by Mala Raman

A small but enthusiastic group met at Het Spoorwegmuseum on a cold by dry winter day.  Since all of the attendees were Museumkaart holders, entrance to the museum was free! And, to add to the excitement of the day, most arrived by train from Tilburg that dropped them off right in front of the museum’s doors!

The group was greeted with bag lunches and while everyone munched away, a small explanation was given about what was available to see and do at this very large, historic site.

Around and around we go!

Around and around we go!

For the most part, the group stuck together and the kids set the pace of the day.  Luckily for this event, we had dry weather that allowed the kids to play outside for a while.  The kids took a spin on the miniature train that did slow loops around a pond, under a tunner and over “road” crossings.  After the testing out the slides and the climbing rock, the group went straight for the new exhibition, “Trial by Fire.”  The Fire Test, like all the other rides in the museum, was a real experience. Movies, props and special effects turned the Fire Test into a super-exciting journey through history.

Afterwards, the group separated and families explored their favorite parts of the

The mini-train with the life-size train in the background!

The mini-train with the life-size train in the background!

museum including the overhead viewing of the old steam locomotives, the Steel Monsters ride, the Örient Express” theater show and, of course, the gift shop!

The group met up again for ice cream (and coffee for the older kids;) and talked about what the kids found most interesting.  Of all the great exhibits in the train museum, the kids really loved the mechanical train (that you usually see outside shops) that took the kids on a stationary ride with motions and sounds to complete the experience!

After having a ton of fun, the group called it a day and headed home with tired, but happy, little people who won’t soon be forgetting their day at the Train Museum!

#TBT: 2017 TICnic

In just a couple of days we will once again meet up for our annual “TICnic” on the lovely grounds of Tilburg University.  For Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look the fun and games from last year!

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by Mala Raman

This year we had perfect weather for our annual picnic. To our regular participants, our once a year, springtime gathering is known as the TICnic. In a not too warm, not too cold outdoor venue, a big crowd of TIC members and guests came together to once again help bring the club season to a close. In the middle of a lush green park on the campus of Tilburg University, everyone happily sat at the new and improved picnic tables or on the grass to enjoy a good old-fashioned cookout. Thanks to Andrew, our grill master (who received many compliments on his handiwork), there were hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken drumsticks and steaks to be gobbled up.

It was great to have so many families join this year’s outdoor festivities.  On this Father’s Day, TIC presented all of our TIC father’s with a take home gift basket of a Trappist Dubbel bier with nuts and a commemorative Trappist Brewery glass.

No TICnic is complete without some fun group activities. This year we had a “TIC-athalon” that had 5 teams racing around trying to accumulate as many points as possible in the Great Egg Race, TIC Tac Toe darts, Obstacle course, Mini golf, Jump Rope, TICpic, Bowling, Bean Bag Toss, Pass the Parcel and Air Guitar.

All in all, we had a fantastic day. To all who attended: we hope to see you again in the upcoming club year. To those who stayed home or couldn’t make it this year: come by next year and share in the fun!

#expatlife #Tilburg #picnic #fun #TBT

#TBT: Bowling Borrel 2012

This evening we’ll meet at the Dolfijn Bowling Center for our combined bowling/happy hour.  For Throwback Thursday, let’s take a look at the TIC experience from 6 years ago!

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23 November 2012

by Anne van Oorschot

TIC members met at the Dolfijn bowling alley in Tilburg to combine our monthly happy hour with a little bowling. All claimed to be amateurs, but when Sondra arrived …

The winning team!

The winning team!

We started by splitting into 2 teams for the 2 lanes we had reserved (and just getting names in the scoring machine was a challenge to begin with!!) then…let the bowling begin! Everyone had a different style and with no gutter guards, a variety of techniques became visible: Straight into the gutter, first a lovely curving path…then into the gutter, a partial hit, and the occasional strike. Consistency did not seem to be anyone’s strong point, even Yolonda who took bowling as a class in College and Mala, whose parents are championship bowlers. Go figure.

The little ones have a go!

The little ones have a go! The TIC kids who attended had a great time rolling the ball, with the smaller ones getting help from their parents, and really did pretty well. Of course there were drinks for all to keep us going and a lot of time for exchanging bowling tips and chatting about daily life and challenges. At the end of our time bowling, the winner was…unknown!? At the end of one game it just jumped to the next game, with all stopping at the end of our 120 minutes! Actually, since everyone had such a fun start to their weekend, we were all winners!

#tbt #expatlife #Tilburg #bowling #happyhour #borrel

Annual Holiday Dinner review

by Molly Johnson

New Year seems to stretch itself out in the Netherlands, so in true Dutch style, TIC celebrated its holiday dinner on January 20th – better late than never! It was great to see so many members, both old(not like that) and new, turn out for this popular event where we ate, drank, and mingled.

‘t Elfde Gebod (the 11th commandment) created an almost exclusive atmosphere in itsupstairs room for the 30+ internationals, and among the religious-themed decor, we alltold stories of Christmas and New Year, with a welcome drink of bubbly. According to Andrew, the 11th commandmentis “thou shalt drink” and several of us were more than happy to oblige.

After an initial hour of catching up, it was to the tables, where a delicious three course meal was served, and conversation turned to country cultures, as well as the usual “how I ended up in Holland” story for those newer members. Curiosity kicked in when another group joined us in the upstairs space and we were keen to know what club they belonged to.

Between courses some seat-swapping went on so everyone had chance to catch up and introducethemselves to any unfamiliar faces, as we filled ourselves on salmon, steak, pasta, dame blanch, and other treats in between.

It seemed as though a great night was had by all, which made for the perfect way to kick-start the second half of the TIC season and get chatting about some of the exciting events coming up on the agenda.

 #Tilburg #Expats #NoordBrabant #ExpatLife

Save the Date! TIC Annual Holiday Dinner

It’s time once again for the annual TIC Holiday Dinner!!!
Mark your calendar for Saturday, 20 January 2018.
 
It will be a fun evening filled with good cheer, food, drinks and great company!
Details to follow soon.
We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

 

Memory Lane: 2016 Christmas Cookie Workshop

Our 2017 Christmas Cookie workshop is just around the corner.  Here’s a quick look back at last year!

by Sondra Grace

‘Twas ‘bout a week before Christmas when all thro’ Verhalenhuis

Not a creature wasn’t stirring in butter, pecans or muisjes;

The potholders were hung by the oven with care;

In hopes that the cookie doughs soon would be klaar;

When all was baked and nestled snug into tins,

Wine and music and friendship had we all to our zin

Visions of jam thumbprints and ting-a-lings danced in each head

We left ‘gainst a winter’s night, glove and scarf gekleed

And Anne in her apron, with smile tinsel bright, called

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

TICKids: Maisdoohof (Corn Maze)!

Getting ready for the hunt!

Getting ready for the hunt!

by Mala Raman

For the first TICKids outing of the club season, 4 TIC families met up at ‘t Fazantje Maisdoolhof (corn maze) in Dongen to complete a challenging quest within the corn Successmaze. After a week of rain, we were very lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy very pleasant, sunny temperatures the entire afternoon.

The instructions were simple: walk through the cornfield looking for letters and pictures of emojis. The letters, when combined, form a message. Sounds easy? Not quite. Both kids and adults entered the corn maze armed with pen and paper to find all of the hidden emojis within the tall corn stalks.

Once in the maze, there were no signs to orient us, to remind us which paths we’d already trodden, which letters we’d already found. Even the tallest among us couldn’t see above the corn stalks and he was almost six feet tall! That didn’t faze the children at all. Each took a turn leading the group as we wended our way through the trail, peered through leaves for those elusive clues, walked along and doubled back down pathways. The maisdoolhof proved a challenge for children and adults alike. Each family moved at their own pace answering most, if not all, of the questions.

ne by one, families emerged from the corn having successfully completed their “speurtocht” (trailhunt). After all that running around, we sat down together for a drink and lots of chatting. Finally, dinner bells starting ringing and one by one everyone said “tot ziens” until the next TICKids event!

Check our website for upcoming TICKids events!

 

 

 

2017 TICnic Review

by Mala Raman

This year we had perfect weather for our annual picnic. To our regular participants, our once a year, springtime gathering is known as the TICnic. In a not too warm, not too cold outdoor venue, a big crowd of TIC members and guests came together to once again help bring the club season to a close. In the middle of a lush green park on the campus of Tilburg University, everyone happily sat at the new and improved picnic tables or on the grass to enjoy a good old-fashioned cookout. Thanks to Andrew, our grill master (who received many compliments on his handiwork), there were hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken drumsticks and steaks to be gobbled up.

It was great to have so many families join this year’s outdoor festivities.  On this Father’s Day, TIC presented all of our TIC father’s with a take home gift basket of a Trappist Dubbel bier with nuts and a commemorative Trappist Brewery glass.

No TICnic is complete without some fun group activities. This year we had a “TIC-athalon” that had 5 teams racing around trying to accumulate as many points as possible in the Great Egg Race, TIC Tac Toe darts, Obstacle course, Mini golf, Jump Rope, TICpic, Bowling, Bean Bag Toss, Pass the Parcel and Air Guitar.

All in all, we had a fantastic day. To all who attended: we hope to see you again in the upcoming club year. To those who stayed home or couldn’t make it this year: come by next year and share in the fun!

 

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