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  • 1. INFORMATION , ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR YOUR LIFE IN THE NETHERLANDS winter 2010 pick up yo own f ur r copy ee Ice skating in the Netherlands Special features | challenging those winter blues | third culture kids | winter warmers | health spa | culture shock! australia vs holland | courses | what’s on |
  • 2. YOU’VE GOT ENOUGH TO DISCOVER That’s why we offer financial services especially for expats. At ABN AMRO we are aware of the cultural and other differences you will encounter in the Netherlands. That’s why we’ll do everything to ensure that you won’t have to worry about your banking matters. Our International Client Service starts with quick and easy Internet Banking in English. But we communicate in more than 20 different languages. For advice on more complex financial issues, you can count on the expertise and assistance of a Preferred Banker. Would you like to discover more about our service? Please visit abnamro.com/internationalclientsABN AMRO Bank N.V. (“ABN AMRO”) is not licensed to conduct banking business or sell insurance products in the United States under applicable federal and state laws. The offering, sale and/or distribution of this product or service can also be limited to other persons by thelaws and regulations of other jurisdictions. Every (future) client is obliged to make inquiries after and comply with such restrictions. Neither this document, nor any copy there of may be sent to or taken into the United States or distributed in the United States or to a US Person.
  • 3. | content winter 2010 On the ice 10 challenging those winter blues 24ACCESS - The HagueZeestraat 100, 2nd floor2518 AD The HagueT. 070 - 346 25 25info@access-nl.orgACCESS - AmsterdamPrinses Irenestraat 59 Dutch Lit in1077 WV AmsterdamT. 020 - 423 32 17amsterdam@access-nl.org one monthOpen Monday to Friday,10 am to 4 pm 27visit acceSS at:The HagueInternational CentreThe Hague City Hall Atrium 5 Letter from Cathy Leung, 27 Dutch Lit in one monthSpui 70, The HagueMonday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm new Editor 31 Live London theatre broadcastsExpatcenter Amsterdam 7 About Access 32 Volunteer profileWorld Trade Center Amsterdam services & volunteers 35 Let’s meetup.comF-Tower Strawinskylaan 39(second floor) 8 Community news 36 Culture shock! Australia vs Holland1077 XW AmsterdamTuesday to Thursday 10 Cover story - Ice skating 39 Travel - Health spa9 am to 12 noon in the Netherlands 42 Winter warmth from within 14 Ten reasons to learn Dutch 45 ACCESS courses - Amsterdamwww.access-nl.org 17 Housing 49 ACCESS courses - The HagueACCESS was awarded Expatica’sExpat Service Provider of the Year 18 Shopping - Winter warmers 52 What’s on2010 for our dedication, service 20 Third culture kids 54 ACCESS who’s whoand commitment to theinternational expat community. 24 Challenging those winter blues
  • 4. Quality day-care for your child, peace of mind for you • Special activities: art, gymnastics, music and dancingComme à laMaison is an • Registered with the GGD. An activeinternational Parents Committeechildcare center • Warm, nutritional and balanced mealsin The Hague. We available dailyprovide a warmand welcoming • English and Dutch-speaking groups ofhome for both children aged 0-to-6Dutch andEnglish-speaking • Secure environment, fully equipped forchildren. play, sleep and educational needs • Swimming: unique to day-care, a chance to experience the world of water International Child Care House Comme à la Maison Duinweg 1, 2585 JT Den Haag 0031 (0) 70-404 9750 info@calmkid.nl www.calmkid.nl
  • 5. Letter from the editor Dear It’s quite a change for me, having spent the last eighteen months tucked up at my desk at work on a novel (not yet published). Never-ending showers or galeforce winds would easily keep me ACCESS indoors all day. Now, having worked for ACCESS since October 2010, I find there are appointments to keep, people to meet, meet- ings to attend - so no hibernation for me this year! readers, Seriously though, my new role working on this magazine and in the near future launching ACCESS’s new website, is an opportu- nity I’m very grateful for. I’m sure there are many like me out thereAs the new Editor of ACCESS Magazine I’m thoroughly excited to who have been frustrated at the lack of job opportunities forwelcome you to the Winter issue. We’ve tried really hard to cover expats at the moment. Volunteer work is a brilliant way to makepractical advice and to include stories that will help you settle into use of your skills and professional experience whilst out of work.your life in the Netherlands. We’d love to know more about what At ACCESS we’re lucky to have so many enthusiastic volunteersconcerns you and what you think about the magazine, so please helping us to provide our services and we couldn’t operate withoutemail me your thoughts at the address provided. them. Please contact us to find out more - we have a range of opportunities for those who are interested.Approaching my second winter in the Netherlands, I have been brac-ing myself for what I know is to come. I’ve invested in a pair of good Lastly, happy reading everyone!wellies, snowboots, and some waterproof trousers so I feel ready forthe onslaught. Now I’m fully equipped, I find I’m rather embracing Cathy Leungthe arrival of winter. Rain, wind, snow and cold - do your worst! EditorI’m determined to join in with the sturdy Dutch and their attitudethat hey, life goes on - there’s really no need to ditch the bike. editor@access-nl.orgACCESS Sponsors ACCESS Associates and Business PartersThank you for your continued and generous support Thank you for your supportPlAtinum SilvEr The Business Partners scheme (Associate scheme from 2011) is aimed• ABN-AMRO Bank • Adams Multilingual at small and start-up businesses to enable them to reach a diverse• Gemeente Amsterdam Recruitment Agency international audience. With our new Associate scheme we are offering• Gemeente Den Haag • International School the additional benefits of a listing both on the ACCESS website and in of Amsterdam the ACCESS Magazine, and promotional opportunities to our FacebookGold • Octagon Professionals and Twitter audience. Contact fnd-dh@access-nl.org to find out more• American School of The Hague about becoming an Associate.• The British School of Amsterdam BronzE• The British School in • American Book Center BuSinESS PArtnErS the Netherlands Amsterdam Isa Bella Linea, Kelly’s Expat Shopping, Kickstart School, Language• Deborah and Eric Brulo-Nisenfeld • The Xpat Journal and Institute TaalTaal, Thomas Consultancy, Together Abroad, Tulip Expats• Kamer van Koophandel Xpat Media Services Haaglanden• Renthouse InternationalYour organisation’s name here? Supporting ACCESS means helping over 20,000 people in the expat and international community each year. access | winter | 5
  • 6. Senior School Open Day Wednesday 16 February 2011 Her future is Come along and find out why more families make the BSN their international school of choice over any other in our focus The Netherlands The l Internationa www.britishschool.nl Choice Your child. Their future. Our School. contact: City of The Hague The Hague Hospitality Centre WWW.DENHAAG.COM Your first point of contact for (new) residents of the city of The Hague THE HAGUE IS JUST A CLICK AWAY! email: xpatdesk@denhaag.com telephone: 070 353 5043, every working day from 9.00 until 17.00 hours visitor’s address: City Hall of The Hague, Spui 70 (Atrium) opening hours: Monday through Friday from 9.00 until 17.00 hours22198_GDH_Xpat_Advertentie_190x135.indd 1 11-11-2009 16:29:32
  • 7. newsacceSS memory stick Join ourWe want to make your life a bit easier so we’ve put a selection of our most useful infor- social networksmation on life in the Netherlands on a portable memory stick. So no more heavy Whether you favour Facebook, Twitter, orbooks and multiple leaflets to plough through, thanks to the ACCESSing the Netherlands both, ACCESS invites you to join our onlineUSB. You also get lots of free space for you to save your own documents. social networks to keep up to date with our activities and volunteer opportunities.Order online via www.access-nl.org, price €10. To arrange a demonstration for your We also share useful links relevant to theorganisation, contact: Lucie Scott, Executive Director of ACCESS, Tel: 06 2444 1243, international community, photos of ourlucie.j.scott@hotmail.com. events and more. €10,- www.facebook.com (ACCESS-Netherlands)The ACCESS information includes www.twitter.com (ACCESS_NL)PDFs on: • Childcare and Having a Baby • Getting a Driving Licence • Housing and Accommodation • International Primary and Secondary Education Free ACCESS • Learning Dutch • Public Transport resources online • Starting Your Own Business • The Dutch Healthcare System We also have several free information book- • Working in the Netherlands lets available from our website as PDFs. See www.access-nl.org.about ACCESS How we do it ACCESS is supported by Dutch, international and expatriate busi- nesses and organisations through donations and sponsorships.Established in 1986, ACCESS is a not-for-profit organisation In return for their generous support, our partners benefit from thecommitted to supporting the international expatriate community provision of help, advice and direct support to their expat employ-in the Netherlands. We have since grown to become the leading ees. ACCESS is governed by an Executive Board made up of repre-source of free, personalised information in English for this sentatives from the business community and an Executive Directorcommunity. responsible for overall management. Volunteering for ACCESSWhat we do We offer volunteering opportunities in areas such as marketing,Our offices in The Hague and Amsterdam are staffed by an enthu- event management, advertising, fundraising, IT, finance, databasesiastic team of around 160 volunteers who have experienced the research, copywriting, and much more. The core of our team isexpat relocation process and are able to provide comprehensive made up of our Help Desk volunteers, this is the front line of ourinformation, advice and support on all aspects of living and work- service - helping and advising expats over the phone, by email oring in the Netherlands. ACCESS also offers a free referral service personal consulation at one of the expat desks in The Hague andto a private, professional counsellor network as well as cancer Amsterdam. You can volunteer for as little as six hours per week,support services. and our hours are flexible. access | winter | 7
  • 8. Community newsPolitical developments Arts and culture cuts The coalition agreement includes plans to slice off €200m from spending on the arts and to increase the value-added tax on tick- ets for the performing arts from 6% to 19%. Unlike performing arts events, tax on sports tickets would remain at 6%. Religious dress The government plans to introduce a ban PhOtO by nick van OrmOnDt on the burqa and face-covering garments, as well as a headscarf ban for police and justice ministry officials. Other plans: • Childcare and healthcare subsidies to be cut.mark rutte, Dutch politician and leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy. • The inburgering courses to be changed so that immigrants pay for their ownWith the Netherlands’ coalition govern- the rise in principle, they have said that integration lessons and the tests are toment installed as of 14 October 2010, noise and pollution issues will make the become harder.you should already be familiar with Mark increase impossible in many areas. ANWB • The minimum wage and welfare bene-Rutte, the new Prime Minister, by now. research shows only the A2 between Utrecht fits are to be reduced.Rutte, as leader of the right wing VVD and Den Bosch, the A12 from Utrecht to • The pension age is to be raised to 66Liberals, has formed the coalition along The Hague and the A4 from The Hague to (from 65) by 2020.with Maxime Verhagen of the Christian Amsterdam would be suitable. Source: www.dutchnews.nlDemocrats (CDA), with additional sup-port in parliament from Geert Wilders’anti-Islam PVV party. With a distinct pro-gramme of cuts and new measures to new Children’sbe introduced, here’s a summary of keydevelopments to look out for in the Ombudsman in 2011months ahead. The Netherlands is to have a special ombudsman for children, who will be responsible for ensuring that children’s rights are respected by governmentSpeed limits authorities. The new role should help promote the rights of young people, asIt is intended that the motorway speed enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. If all goes accordinglimit be increased to 130kph. According to to plan, the Children’s Ombudsman will start work at the beginning of 2011.motoring organisation ANWB it would Source: www.government.nlonly be possible on a few roads. Backing8 | access | winter
  • 9. Community newsthe Hague place during each district’s turn. Areas covered so far: Haagse Hout, Loos-Bridge duinen, Laak and Scheveningen. The next district to be in the limelightproject will be Escamp, which encompasses Leijenburg, Rustenburg, Oostbroek, Morgenstond, Bouwlust, Vrederust,The Haagse Brug (Hague Bridge) aims Zuiderpark, Moerwijk, and Wateringseto help local and international resi- Veld. The opening event is on Tuesdaydents to intergrate by organising vari- 7 December and will be followed with PhOtO by gemeente Den haagous events where both parties can various activities organised for themeet and find out more about the benefit of international and local resi-environment that they live in. Initiated dents in the district. The website willby the Municipality of The Hague, the be updated regularly as new eventsproject covers the various city districts are added.in turn with multiple events taking www.haguebridge.org “bon bini” to the Dutch Caribbean The administrative entity known as Netherlands. This means the two versial issues such as abortion, eutha- the Netherlands Antilles has been offi- countries now have more indepen- nasia and gay marriage. cially dissolved as a unified political dence in terms of law making and Together with Aruba, the five islands entity. In the new set up, Curacao and government but that the Netherlands have enjoyed a rewarding alliance St Maarten have become independent will keep an eye on their finances and with the Netherlands dating as far countries within the Kingdom of the remain responsible for defence and back as 1634. Initially discovered by foreign policy (Aruba has had this Spain, in the 17th century the islands tourist section of the willemstad harbor in curacao. status since 1986). The other three were conquered by the Dutch West islands, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Indian Company and were used as Saba are now direct divisions of the military outposts and trade bases. Netherlands with the status of bijzon- While Spanish, Portuguese, dere gemeenten (independent local Amerindian and African influences authorities) within the Netherlands - can be seen all over these islands, the the Dutch province of North Holland Dutch influence is most outstanding has officially adopted these three new and has shaped almost every aspect PhOtO by mtmelenDez municipalities as part of the province. of their cultural and governmental They are subject to Dutch law but can arrangements. take a different standpoint on contro- Sources: Roy Lie-A-Tjam, DutchNews.nl access | winter | 9
  • 10. striding wide and swiftly, skaters glide across the frozen expanse … cadence and crack of the blade cutting ice, speeding by in glorious movement!10 | access | winter
  • 11. Ice skating in the netherlands On the ice by nikki yOung Skating seems to be inextricably linked with Elfstedentocht, the eleven cities race the Netherlands, from Hendrick Avercamp’s The Elfstedentocht (or, in West Frisian, 17th century paintings portraying the joys Alvestêdetocht) in the province of of winter fun on the ice, to the popularity of Friesland, is the world’s largest and lon- the classic American children’s book Hans gest speed skating competition and leisure Brinker, or, the Silver Skates: A Story of Life in skating tour. It has been held at irregular Holland. The Dutch enjoy skating both as intervals, whenever the ice on the course children and as adults, both for leisure, and is deemed good enough, mostly because at the top levels of competition. not every Dutch winter permits skating on natural ice. The last races were in 1985, Skating actually started out as a necessity 1986 and 1997, and with global warming to traverse winter’s frozen rivers, canals taking its toll, it’s a matter of speculation and lakes when hunting to survive. The when the race may be held again. The Finns were the first to develop ice skates Elfstedentocht has only been held 15 times some 5,000 years ago from animal bones in the nearly 100 years since it was first fastened with leather straps. It was much organised as a competition in 1909. later, in the 16th century, that people started seeing skating as fun and perhaps The tour, some 200 km in length, is con-PhOtO by amSterDam tOeriSme & cOngreS bureau even a sporting activity. ducted on frozen canals, rivers and lakes between the 11 historic Frisian cities: However, skating and speed skating was Leeuwarden, Sneek, IJlst, Sloten, Stavoren, not limited to the Netherlands and the Hindeloopen, Workum, Bolsward, Nordic realms. The first skate to use a Harlingen, Franeker, Dokkum then return- metal blade was found in Scandinavia and ing to Leeuwarden. As well as the racers, was dated to the year 200. It was fitted with some 15,000 amateur skaters take part, a thin strip of copper, folded and attached putting high requirements on the quality to the underside of a leather shoe. By 1592, of the ice, which must be – and remain at – a Scotsman designed a skate with an iron a minimum thickness of 15 cm along the blade, and these iron-bladed skates led to entirety of the course. Spectators are also the spread of skating and, in particular, known to gather on the ice in their enthusi- speed skating. astic support of the racers, adding more access | winter | 11
  • 12. Ice skating in the netherlands stress to the surface. There is a limit of the magic words, “It giet oan!” (“It is on!” 15,000 skaters, and within that crowd, in West Frisian), are spoken to announce “ The longer groups of 600 skaters start at 8 minute that the tour is actually taking place. The intervals from 5am to 8am. day before the race many Dutch flock to the freezing Leeuwarden to enjoy the party atmosphere temperatures Since the Elfstedentocht is such a rare that surrounds the event. The evening occurrence, the possibility that it may before the race, the Nacht van Leeuwarden stay, the more take place creates a wave of excitement all (Night of Leeuwarden), becomes a giant intense this over the country. The media start speculat- city-wide street party. ing about the chances for an Elfstedentocht elfstedenkoorts as soon as a few days pass with sub-zero Let’s skate! gets.“ temperatures. The longer the freezing It stands to reason that surrounded by so temperatures stay, the more intense this much water, swimming and skating are the Elfstedenkoorts (eleven-city tour fever) gets - two obligatory skills for every Dutch child. culminating in a national near-frenzy when Many schools offer skating lessons as part of their sports curriculum, and for the rest, skating lessons are available at an ijsbaan (ice rink). The busiest period is duringSkating facts: the school winter holidays, when you can acquire your skaatsdiploma (skating• Women were first allowed to take part in the Elfstedentocht in 1985. Before that, women had to skate with the amateurs and no award was given. Lenie van der Hoorn diploma) within two weeks. A Dutch cus- was the first female to cross the finish line. tom which is quite handy for families is a• In 1986 the Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander participated in the Elfstedentocht, ruilbeurs or skate exchange, whereby people under the name, W.A. van Buren.• Each type of skating has its own specially developed skate: the figure skate, the bandy get together with their skates and exchange skate, the racing skate (speed skate), touring skate and double runners (worn by or ‘ruil’ them for the size they need. These young children when first learning to skate). events are usually advertised in the news-• Dutch speed skater, Sven Kramer, picked up four gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. paper or posted at the skating rink.12 | access | winter
  • 13. Something for the weekendAlthough for some this childhood activity Pop-up ice rinksis forsaken with age, there are plenty ofpeople who enjoy the thrill of the ice just as • Ice Paradise, Leidsenhage shopping centre, Leidschendam. www.iceparadise.nl • Cool Event, outside the Kurhaus Hotel, Scheveningen. www.cooleventscheveningen.nlheartily as adults. • IJspretparc Westerpark, Amsterdam. www.iamsterdam.com • Jaap Eden IJscomplex - Amsterdam’s largest skating centre. with an uncovered 400-metre oval, a covered rink, and a beginner’s corner. www.jaapeden.nlFor Harry Kleine, a partner in a global tax • Leidseplein, Amsterdam. www.iamsterdam.comconsultancy, skating is still very much a • Rembrandtplein, Amsterdam. www.winterlandamsterdam.nlregular activity when winter comes. “Lastyear, I skated every weekend” he said, “thisyear I’ll probably go a little less, perhapsevery fortnight.” During the skating seasonhe frequents FlevOnice in Biddinghuizen,the world’s longest man-made ice trackof 5km, where he can skate at a speed ofabout 20 to 25km per hour.When asked for his ideal skating condi-tions though, he answers quickly, “Naturalice is preferable, of course, and for thisI often drive to the lakes to the south ofAmsterdam, the Loosdrechtse Plassenand the Vinkeveensche Plassen”. He goeson to add, “Last year we were lucky andthere was a lot of natural ice - but we alsohad a lot of snow which was not so good.”He doesn’t forget to mention the sociableatmosphere on the ice when the lakes arefrozen and everyone comes out to skate,stopping for a hot chocolate or soup at a DidKoek en Zopie (a temporary food and drinks you kno w...stand, on or near the ice). The speed s kater, Sven Kram er, comSkating in town from Friesla esYou probably won’t have to go far for some ndskating opportunities this winter, though.Temporary artificial or man-made ice rinksseem to pop up as soon as the weatherchills and can be found in many cities, In Amsterdam, when cold enough, the So there should be plenty of opportunitiesincluding on Amsterdam’s Leidseplein Keizersgracht and surrounding canals are to try this classic Dutch past time for your-and Rembrandtplein. As an added bonus, closed to boats to allow the ice to form. self, or at least to watch and admire theand to help you combat the cold, many Generally, if the temparature drops to -4C skating skills of the locals. Who knows,vendors sell glühwein and Irish coffee for at least four consecutive nights, it’s a we might even have the long-awaitednear and around the ice rinks. definite possibility. Elfstedentocht! « access | winter | 13
  • 14. Education ten linda a. Janssen offers ten reasons why learning at least some Dutch reasons can enhance the expat experience. to Learn As newly arrived expats in the Netherlands it’s easy to end up in sensory overload. It takes energy and attention to find your way in a new country, culture, job, home, neighbourhood, school, and local Dutch Dutch community. For some, it’s hard to imagine grappling with a new language as well. And we are pleasantly surprised to learn that so many Dutch speak English. Perhaps you started with an introductory course, but by linDa a. JanSSen later found that you were able to survive without speak- ing Dutch. Or you may have had the best of intentions, thinking that you’d study the language ‘once things1. communication 2. when in rome ... 4. Feel a part,At its very core, attempting to learn a foreign lan- The original comments from St Ambrose in not apart 387 AD have been paraphrased into “Whenguage is about the basic desire to understand and Expats sometimes suffer from a in Rome, do as the Romans do.” It acknowl-be understood. When you choose to only speak sense of not really ‘belonging’. edges that while customs may differ fromEnglish, you are ensuring that you are understood. Learning the language can help one place to another, it helps to celebrate theNo matter how rudimentary your language skills, you feel more involved in your unique differences while seeking commonwhen you attempt to speak Dutch with your fellow surroundings. You feel more a ground. So while in the Netherlands, whycompatriots, you send a very clear message that part of Dutch life, rather than not try speaking Nederlands?you wish to understand them. merely an observer. 3. learn beyond the language Words and phrases call for explanation about mean- ings, culture and insights into how the Dutch live and 5. reSPect, find out what it means to me think. Learn more about your Dutch home and its Taking the time to try learning the language shows respect for your new home. It lets your con- cultural, social, political, economic, religious and versational partners know that you acknowledge and value the linguistic and cultural differ- ethnic customs and beliefs. Chatting with Dutch ences, and want to close the gap between your experiences and theirs. Friends and strangers friends about the news and recent experiences helps alike will quietly confide their appreciation that you’re trying to learn their language. build connections to the country and its people. 14 | access | winter
  • 15. settle down’, only to find your days filling quickly with other activities. The result is many of us decide Useful resources: not to continue, thinking there really isn’t a compel- The ACCESS information booklet, Learning the Dutch Language, is available ling reason to learn Dutch. from www.access-nl.org • language schools Regardless of how long you have been in the • colleges and universities Netherlands or how long you plan to stay, mastering • local government or community centers • individual and/or group private lessons (see our Courses, p 47 & 49) fluency or speaking no Dutch at all needn’t be the only • the Dutch Word of the Day website, http://dwotd.web-log.nl options. Learning to speak at least some Dutch can • print and other media (e.g. Dutch radio and television channels, magazines, newspapers, etc.) positively impact your experience here. It does require some effort, but the benefits begin almost immediately as you interact with fellow stu- dents while learning the language. Practice these standing and deepen your connections to the society newly found language skills in the world beyond the you live in, resulting in a richer, more rewarding classroom and you will gain confidence in communi- expat experience. cating at home, at work and in your neighbourhood, with Dutch friends, family and your colleagues. Your It’s never too late to study Dutch, and there are Linda blogs at: efforts to learn and speak will broaden your under- many good reasons to do so. Here are ten… www.adventuresinexpatland.com6. widen your circle 9. there is no ‘right way’We can all benefit from meeting people and making new Some newly arrived expats dive into Dutch to help ‘acclimatise’ to theirfriends. What better way to get to know Dutch friends, col- new surroundings. Others haven’t the time or energy in the early daysleagues and neighbours than making an effort to practice when grappling with so much change. Or perhaps you’ve put it off, unsureyour Dutch with them? Learning of my language classes, how long you’ll be living here. It’s up to you whether you test the watersmy neighbour offered to practice Dutch with me. Now we with a quick introductory class, or join a more structured Dutch course.have coffee together and (despite my stumbling) chat away. 10. make the most of your time in the netherlands 8. Feed your brain Armed with whatever level of Dutch The mental challenge of studying Dutch is intellec- you’ve achieved and a good attitude, tually stimulating and helps keep your mind sharp.7. you never know when According to the American Council on the Teaching you will be more open to venturing out, meeting new people and seeingyou will need Dutch of Foreign Languages, learning a foreign language more of this wonderful country. SomeNot all Dutch people speak English. For expats living in has a ‘positive effect on intellectual growth ... of our most enjoyable day trips havesmaller cities and towns, days and even weeks can go by enhances mental development ... leaves students been to places and events recom-without encountering other English speakers. Whether with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity mended by Dutch friends, rather thanyou’re dealing with Koos the plumber or exploring a pic- to language, and a better ear for listening’. the usual places frequented byturesque village away from the tourist hordes, knowing tourists.some Dutch will prove useful. access | winter | 15
  • 16. DIJKMAN PUBLISHERS UITGEVERS / SPONSORED MEDIA Dijkman Publishers is a multimedia publisher in the center of The Hague. We are specialized in development, production and publishing of sponsored media including websites. Dijkman Publishers focuses for a large extent on real estate and semipublic branches like housing, health care, welfare and education. Our strength is fluent and accessible editorial content without losing the message. INFORMATION , ADVICE AND SUPPORT FOR YOUR LIFE IN THE NETHERLANDS Autumn 2010 pic up yok own freur copy e Biking in the Netherlands Special features | Culture shock! Brazil vs Holland | Visit Maastricht |Coaching | Dutch Design | Learning languages | Courses | Events | Volunteer profile | Food | News Clients a.o. Vestia, Texaco, Allied Breweries, NMi, Meeùs, Berk Groep, Window on the Netherlands, Fluor Daniel, Rocks, NVM, Rabobank. Communication is not a goal but a tool to accomplish goals Real Estate Publishers annually creates six yearbooks in print and in digital/online versions. We focus on European real estate developments, architecture, finance and industry trends with a global scope. Subscribe to the daily real estate newsletter at www.europe-re.com The bigger pictureKoninginnegracht 8 P.O.Box 84416, 2508 AK The Hague, the Netherlands. T: +3170 302 33 00, Contact: J. Dijkman
  • 17. HousingKnow your KK fromyour vOnI n fo r m at I o n , advIce and support for your lIfe In the netherlands Space is limited in this small country so it may come It’s also important to note that property listings as no surpise that finding the perfect place to live is (including those found on the popular, www.funda.nl) far from straightforward. The ACCESS Information will include the living room in the number of rooms, Booklet, Housing and Accomodation, is a useful guide to rather than just bedrooms. So a drie-kamerwoning buying and renting property in the Netherlands, written (three-room house) is in fact a two-bedroom house. expressly for the expat and international community. Remember too that in Holland you are expected to Your Home Housing and work with only one makalaar - they all have access Accommodation The role of the makelaar, (real estage agent) is to the same central database of properties so you explained, as well as some of the terms you will need shouldn’t miss out. to look out for, especially if you are thinking of buying property in the Netherlands. Kosten Koper (KK) and vrij Want to know more? The Housing and Accomodation op naam (VON), for example, are different arrange- information booklet is included on the ACCESS ments for the payment of legal fees when purchasing Memory Stick, order yours online at www.access-nl.org. a house, the former is paid on top of the purchase price, the latter is included in the purchase price.new hague ExpatProperty ServiceWith newly founded Expat & Property such as rental price and legal advice,Management, two young Dutch entrepre- conducting negotiations on the client’sneurs, Mariska van Hulsentop and Michiel behalf, checking the lease and guidingMartijn, aim to satisfy a demand for a one- clients through the inspection, municipal-stop website providing English informa- ity registration, telephone, health andtion on renting and leasing apartments and emergency contacts, international schools,living spaces. They wish to offer both ten- interior decorating, furnishing and styling,ants and landlords a complete service that childcare, babysitting and much more.involves the renting and leasing of suitable “Our mission is ... to offer a completehousing, and guidance to expats on their service from A-Z,” says Mariska, one ofnew location. This guidance could range the founders.from airport transfers, to practical matters www.expatpropertymanagement.nl access | winter | 17
  • 18. Shopping winter Furry! Scandinavian head- wear for the hunting look. Rabbit fur deerstalker, €79,Warmers Angel Agudo, Sarphatipark 46, 1073 CZ Amsterdam (Tel: 020 675 8374) have a hot bath Add some oomph to your soak with some essential oils. Chemist, Jacob Hooy & Co (established in 1743) sells medicinal herbs, teas, homeo- pathic remedies and cosmetics, many under their own brand. Jacob Hooy & Co assorted bath oils, €6.95, www.jacob-hooy.nl lighten up Feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder (see p24) For those new to the netherlands, Start your day right, with gradual light to welcome to the chilly Dutch winters - are you mimic the rising sun. Wake-up Light, €109, prepared? if you’ve been here for years www.philips.com already then maybe your woolies are already wearing out from overuse? Don’t worry - we’ve found a few things to help warm you up in the coming winter months.18 | access | winter
  • 19. Don’t worry, be happy Rain soaked toes need cheering up? Happy Socks, Hemp and recycled yarns, €9.95 a pair, Angel Agudo, Sarphatipark 46, 1073 CZ Amsterdam (Tel: 020 675 8374) eco Beanies Retain valuable body heat with a hat. Hate squishing your hair? Could be one for the kids instead. Ecolution hemp beanies, from €9.50, www.vegal-life.nl Snuggle up How about a big quilt to hide under? This one could fit the whole family. Vivaraise 100% cotton quilt, 180cm x 180cm, €215, www.rams.nl Fair trade Boot up! & funThese woolies have a story to tell, The word on the street is that there might be much more snow than usual this winter. These sturdy-looking made by a fair trade project boots should provide protection from in Peru. Rather on trend, both the rain and snow - check out too, with the legwarmers. those treads! Leather-free Airseal Alpaca wool headband, €27.50, Engineers’ Boot, €129.75, fingerless gloves, €29.95, and www.vegal-life.nl legwarmers, €54.95, www.fates.nl access | winter | 19
  • 20. Familythird Culture Kids a move abroad provides significant challenges and opportunities for families, not least of which is how children respond to having no dominant culture during their upbringing, but a broader cultural exposure instead. by canDace cOnnOr-kabela Dean is 5 years old. He has an American mother, As exhausting as all this sounds, it’s actually not so a Greek father and is living in Amsterdam. A typical unusual for children that have moved with their holiday season for Dean includes gifts from Zwarte families to another country. The family wants to Piet and the Sint on the 5th of December, Santa Claus naturally instill a sense of their heritage within their filling his stockings on the 25th and even more gifts children wherever they happen to live. The child on January 1st from St. Basil. Dean goes to Dutch wants to naturally be a part of the community in school during the week, speaks English at home which they live. Somewhere within these cultures, and attends Greek school on Saturday mornings. another culture develops.20 | access | winter
  • 21. A definitionThe term of ‘third-cultural kids’ or ‘TCK’ was coined The life of an expat family is naturally stressful.40 years ago by Dr. Ruth Hill Useem, Professor Experts say that it is important to do the following:Emeritus at Michigan State University, Institute forInternational Studies. • Preserve a sense of cultural identity. This can be through family stories, celebrating important festivities from a parent’s homeland or simply through traditional food.Initially, third culture alluded to the process of learn- • Create rituals. Having something that a family does together often creates a sense of continuity and security.ing how to relate to another culture. The term has now • Make connections. Having a support group of others in the same situation canevolved to define children who have “spent a signifi- provide a kind of substitute family.cant part of his or her developmental years outside the • Developing confidence. TCKs often spend their energy on trying to fit into the new culture rather than fully participating in it. Finding a way for the children to getparents’ culture” or “in one or more culture(s) other involved and finding things they are good at and that they like to do helps themthan his or her own, thus integrating elements of feel successful.those cultures and their own birth culture, into a thirdculture.”A mobile childhood What is home?Unlike adults entering a new culture, children don’t TCK’s lives are often so mobile that family tends toyet have a solid base of their first culture. Their sense become the only ‘homeland’ they have, so it’s crucialof who they are is still developing. As a result of mov- that parents create a loving and stable family life foring to other countries, they have a mix of values, cul- their children.tures, nationalities and often languages that end upforming their identity. Third culture children that have grown up straddling 2 or more cultures tend to most often feel they haveThis gives the child a unique perspective and a flexi- more in common with each other than with childrenbility that comes with adapting to new situations. that may share their own nationality.However, they can also grow up feeling a bitdetached - not truly belonging to any one culture In this way, children that do return to their ‘countryin particular. of origin’ tend to experience a type of reverse culture shock. They have found it easy to move and easy toThird culture children are constantly having to say become a part of other third culture communities,goodbye to friends and places they have known to be but do sometimes find it difficult to assimilate backhome. They are repeatedly having to relearn social into one single culture.rules that normally come quite naturally to singleculture children. This can, at times, result in having Allison (14) and Grant (11) recently returned toproblems with self-esteem, depression and relation- Michigan, U.S.A. after living in Mexico City.ship building. Although they were happy to be back and looked forward to reuniting with their friends, they alsoIn their book, Third Culture Kids; The Experience of found it a bit difficult to relate to their peers. TheyGrowing Up Among Worlds, authors David C. Pollock had acquired a broader view of the world duringand Ruth E. Van Reken state that parents can create their time living in Mexico while their friends hada sense of rootedness within an ever changing envi- stayed the same. As their mother, Pam, explained,ronment by having strong family rituals and a set of “it’s hard to not realise that there is more to life thanrules and values. Knowing what to expect and how to their little town when you see people washing theiract, even if it’s only within the family unit, is vital. clothes in the sewer!” access | winter | 21
  • 22. Academy for Counselling and Coaching English-language Diploma Course Counselling & CoachingExciting International classes with people from all over the worldYou can gain valuable skills and experience that make a positive difference in your personaland professional sphere. This course provides ample opportunity for useful learning anddevelopment and can be a starting point for setting up your own practice......... .The training for Counselling and Coaching is given in The Hague - Amsterdam or TeleClassesYour trainer is Els Barkema - Sala, an international professional in counselling and coaching.Expand your personal skills and professional repertoire and Register now for the newEnglish-language Diploma Course in Counselling & Coaching. Ask for further information Els Barkema-Sala, MPhil, MBACP at 071 - 52 82 661 or basal@planet.nl www.counselling.nl - (mind: double ll) SEARCHING FOR AN APARTMENT? Beheerskantoor Scheveningen is managing, exploiting and letting real estate in the seaside resort Scheveningen near The Hague. In case you need a semi-furnished or completely furnished 2-, 3- or 4-room apartment for a period of 6 months or longer, please contact us. Most of our apartments are situated in the Kurhaus-complex at the base of the luxury Steigenberger Kurhaus Hotel. Scheveningen-Bath offers a wide selection of in and outdoor opportunities for sports and recreation as well as a shopping centre and can easily be reached from all directions, tramways and buses have stops near the complex. Each apartment has a parking space of its own and is fitted with all modern conveniences. Please note that it is our policy not to pass on extra cost for mediation or administration to the tenant! For further information such as rents, viewing, etc. BEHEERSKANTOOR SCHEVENINGEN B.V. Mrs. L. van Overeem Gevers Deynootweg 970, 2586 BW DEN HAAG tel. (070) 351 48 11 or e-mail: verhuur@bksgroep.nl
  • 23. Benefits “ Third culture children possessAlthough the childhood situations that TCK childrenface are as challenging as they are unique, most adult a global perspective and tendthird culture children believe living overseas to be a to be more politically astute.”positive experience.Third culture children possess a global perspectiveand tend to be more politically astute. This influenceshow they relate to the world around them. They havea greater appreciation and understanding of other as children were four times as likely to earn a bache-societies and as a result, they are usually less preju- lor’s degree, half of those earned postgraduate degrees.diced than others their age. Growing up in a mobile childhood also seems toBecause of their own experiences of feeling different, influence career paths of TCK-ers. Most seemed tothird culture kids are much more likely to reach out enter into careers that could potentially provideand accept new people, especially those with differ- future opportunities to work abroad. Perhaps theent cultural backgrounds. most significant findings are that third culture chil- dren grow to be adults who are adept at solvingIn a study conducted by Dr. Useem of American adult problems and mediating conflicts. They are flexibleTCKs in the early 1990s, it’s interesting that of those and adaptable in situations, able to relate to a varietywho spent at least one year outside their home country of people and are very culturally aware. « FurtherOur Dutch-Chinese family information: Expat Life: Have Children,by amy ting Will Travel by Peter FosterI’m married to a Dutchman and have been living in Dutch than ‘mixed’. Now that they are much older Third Culture Kids;the Netherlands for 13 years. Our boys are now 13 and have formed strong friendships with other Dutch The Experience of Growingand 15 so when we moved here, they were practically boys, they have started bringing the Dutch culture Up Among Worlds by David C Pollock and Ruth E Vanstill babies. Even from as young as four, they quickly back home. For example, they would like me to cook Rekendecided that they were “Dutch boys” rather than certain Dutch foods like “stampot” for dinner.Chinese or mixed (50% Dutch and 50% Chinese). Upcoming event: ‘Raising Bilingual Children’I remember taking them to The British School in The In terms of family values, I instil in them the Wednesday 2 February 2011,Hague to learn Mandarin. They did not feel at home Confucian filial piety of honouring elders, such as The Haguewith “the other (100%) Chinese kids” and refused to addressing my sister-in-law with “tante” before €35 per person or €52.50 per couple for a two-hour semi-go there again. Clearly even at this young age, they’ve her name (although they were admonished by her nar, registration essential.decided to be 100% Dutch. for doing so), and taking care of each other. So I think that my kids will grow up to be real Dutch men Contact Soul Robertson passionateparenting@I do not enforce a particular culture at home but who will honour (and care for) their elders and par- gmail.combecause they attend a Dutch school, they feel more ents in a particularly Chinese way. « www.passionateparenting.nl access | winter | 23
  • 24. Healthchallenging As winter approaches, is it difficult to wake up? Are you eating more? Do you struggle to concentrate or to socialise? Are you feel- those ing down, or worse yet, truly depressed? Seasonality may be the culprit. Many of us become testy and withdrawn commutingWinter Blues to and from work in winter darkness. My personal experience with seasonality includes an overriding sense of dissatisfac- tion, almost like holding my breath, wait- ing to exhale in spring. I also develop a veryevery march, when i’m tempted to admire my strong desire for carbohydrates.therapeutic prowess after noticing the improved Like animals who either hibernate or migratemood of many in my practice, i instead consider according to seasonal changes in the quan- tity and quality of sunlight, we’re affected bythe effect of seasonal change. the pronounced difference between northern European summer and winter light. Until the advent of electric lighting, most people woke at dawn and retired at dusk. They slept lon-by gary FiShbein Studies indicate that most northern ger and were less active in winter. Although European residents experience seasonal technology now allows us to override our mood and behavioural changes, known as natural rhythms to facilitate modern life, seasonality. A more pronounced form of our physiology hasn’t caught up. Like jet-About the author: seasonality, dubbed ‘the winter blues’, lagged travellers or night-shift workers, effects about one-tenth of us. Although our body clocks are disrupted. For those having the winter blues rarely requires relocating from sunnier climes, the effect medical attention, people who suffer from can be extreme. it feel less happy, social, and energetic dur- ing the darkest months of the year. Its Identifying SAD extreme form, seasonal affective disorder Seasonality symptoms can be misunder- (SAD) affects an estimated two percent of stood. A Brazilian in my practice (I’ll call northern-European adults. SAD causes him Marco) came to me about family prob-Gary Fishbein is originally great distress, including problems func- lems during his third year in thefrom New York City, where he tioning at work and in personal life, and Netherlands. He described a pattern ofspent most of his life. He took can require the intervention of a doctor. depression, irritability, and anxiety, duringup his graduate studies at NewYork University, and received Seasonality, in any of its forms, is not an which he argued frequently with his familypost-graduate psychoanalytic illness. It is a normal physiological and became withdrawn. This was followedtraining at the Institute response to one’s environment that can abruptly by a period of unusually high spir-for ContemporaryPsychotherapy, also located in become problematic for those of us who its and hyperactivity. Marco began to won-New York City. He has lived in are most sensitive to it. Research shows der if he was bipolar. As his low periodsThe Hague since 2007. Gary that geographic location, genetics, gender, began in late-autumn and changed toFishbein is a member of theACCESS Counselling Services and cultural factors can affect sensitivity to elation in early-spring, I suggested thatNetwork: www.garyfishbein.com the change of seasons. seasonality might be an issue for him.24 | access | winter
  • 25. “ Like jet-lagged travellers or night-shift workers, our body clocks are disrupted.”There are several treatments available for We have additional options to combat the have concerns about this, consult yourSAD. It’s best to first discuss options with winter blues: doctor before making plans.your huisarts (doctor) before choosing one. • Make the most of winter sunlight: Go • Reach out: Share your experience with outdoors at midday and on bright days. family and friends so they learn what toTreatments Sit at a window whenever possible. expect, and how they can be supportive.Bright light therapy helps about 80% of • Avoid stress: When your body says,SAD sufferers, usually within a few days. “hibernate”, simplify. Plan significant After consulting his huisarts, Marco pur-It requires daily exposure to light ten times tasks like home renovation for the sum- chased a light visor to wear while reading,the intensity of domestic lighting. mer. When possible, avoid important watching television, relaxing, and duringSuntanning lamps should not be used, as changes like switching jobs or moving to meals at home. He discussed his seasonal-they emit carcinogenic, eye-damaging UV a new home during the winter. For those ity problems with his family who becamelight. There are many light equipment with SAD who are planning a family, allies in his struggle with SAD. Marco soonchoices, including light boxes, portable summer is the best time to have a child. felt happier, more relaxed, and argued less.light visors, and dawn simulators. ‘Talking • Stay active: Physical activity improves This past spring, he experienced no con-treatments’ like psychotherapy or counsel- mental well-being. fusing mood swing.ling help people cope with SAD symptoms, • Eat healthy foods: Counter your sea-and assist in resolving issues contributing sonal carbohydrate-lust with vegetables There’s much to appreciate about winter into them. Talking treatments help people and fresh fruit. the Netherlands: ice skating, the gezelligheiddiscover what they can do differently to • Pamper yourself: Have a massage; go of relaxing indoors with family and friendsfunction better with seasonality. SSRI anti- skiing and benefit from snow-reflected while the Dutch wind shrieks outside.depressants, which increase production of sunlight, or vacation somewhere sunny. With planning and understanding, we canserotonin, are sometimes prescribed for However, SAD symptoms can worsen make our winters here more productivesevere cases of SAD, and can be used with for some people returning from and enjoyable. For further information:bright light therapy and talking treatments. extremely sunny destinations. If you http://sada.org.uk « access | winter | 25
  • 26. Dual Degree in Psychology and Sociology Webster University Leiden offers you the chance to earn both an American and a Dutch accreditedBachelors in either Psychology or Sociology. One study, two degrees. Dutch, American and truly international - with this program in Applied Behavioral and Social Sciencesstudents from the Netherlands and other EU countries receive an education that is absolutely unique. Contact Webster University today for more information and call +31 (0)71-516 8000 or look at www.webster.nl. +31 (0)71-516.8000psuch-acces 190x 1351.indd 2 08-07-2010 11:58:19The best booksin AmsterdamFrom the hottest new fiction to thecoolest classics, our expert Booksellers willhelp you explore Amsterdam’s greatestrange of English-language books atWaterstone’s, the English bookshop.Waterstone’s, the English bookshopKalverstraat 152, 1012 XE AmsterdamTel: 020 638 3821
  • 27. Arts & entertainment Dutch Lit in One month annemarie coevert is a journalist for the dailyamsterdam newspaper, het Parool. here she presents four translated, successful and defining works byDutch writers, for both eager bookworms and casual readers. if we estimate that the average novel takes around a week to finish, you could have a fine introduction to Dutch literature in just one month. One look at the canon of Dutch literature is enough to notice that the dominating theme of novels is ‘the war’, aka World War II, which defines the recent his- tory of the country for a great many Netherlanders. To understand why this is, and explore some of the consequences of the war for Holland, you should turn to one of the most renowned Dutch writers of the last few decades who passed away in October 2010 at the age of 83: Harry Mulisch. His most acces- sible novel is probably The Assault, a story told Taking a leap in time and leaving the war behind, through the eyes of Anton Steenwijk, a traumatised another suggestion is the cheerful, easy-read, Joe boy growing up into a traumatised man. At eight Speedboat, a contemporary and literary bestseller years old, Anton lost his entire family during an written by Tommy Wieringa. It involves several, assault in the war - this defines his life and his iden- smoothly told, yet absurd storylines in a style that has tity as he goes on to become a teenager, a doctor, a been compared to John Irving, author of The World husband and a father. At the same time there is an According to Garp and A Son of the Circus. The novel interesting puzzle: a mystery unfolds regarding the follows the development of two boys: Frankie, an background of the assault, and it is slowly revealed aspiring writer with multiple handicaps, and Joe how a few small decisions by a few people came to Speedboat, a highly intelligent inventor. In a tiny have a massive impact on those around them. It is a Dutch village where time seems to stand still, they symbolic book that helps explain the influence of just manage to get by. When the two meet they have this intense period on the generation that grew up in little in common but still become close friends, and the decades afterwards. end up falling for the same girl. She develops a rela- access | winter | 27
  • 28. ACCESS associateThe Associate scheme is aimed at small and start-up busi-nesses to enable them to reach a diverse internationalaudience. Become an ACCESS Associate and we canincrease your exposure to the expatriate community inThe Hague, Amsterdam and the wider Randstad region. Yes I want to be an ACCESS Associate and I will receive:• my details and events promoted on the ACCESS website • my details listed in the quarterly ACCESS magazine• my events promoted on ACCESS’ social networks• my details included on the ACCESS database • my details and events displayed on the ACCESS expat desks• my details displayed at fairs that ACCESS attends• an ACCESS seal of approval• a copy of the ACCESS magazine delivered on publication • a complimentary ACCESSing the Netherlands USB stick• bulk copies of ACCESS magazines if you wish to stock them• bulk discount on ACCESSing the Netherlands USB stick marek maakt grafische ontwerpen• a 6 monthly update on the results of our partnership. Brouwersgracht 11, 2512 EP Den Haag Contact fnd-dh@access-nl.org to find out more about www.marekmaakt.nl becoming an ACCESS Associate. 90_135_Access:Opmaak 1 02-11-2010 11:16 Pagina 1 The Unwanted Land Tiong Ang | David Bade | Dirk de Bruyn | Sonja van Kerkhoff | Renée Ridgway | Rudi Struik | 22.10.2010-13.02.2011 Harteveltstraat 1 Dirk de Bruyn (1950), Home comings, 1987, 100 min., 16 mm, 2586 el Den Haag optical sound | Mogelijk gemaakt door Fonds voor Beeldende (070) 358 58 57 Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Stroom Den Haag, vsb Fonds, Dinsdag t/m zondag Vrienden en Zakenvrienden, Sculpture Club en BankGiro Loterij 11.00-17.00 uur www.beeldenaanzee.nl
  • 29. Arts & entertainment“ The pages are filled with stories of individuals who might have been forgotten”tionship with both, leading to an unusual love trian- If you ‘re interested in Dutch country life, anothergle. The quirky characters share their inner realities of Mak’s titles, An Island in Time, looks deep into theand absurd experiences with the reader, and in the personality of tiny Jorwerd in Friesland. For thiscontext of Dutch literature, the style of the author is charming Northern village, a way of living seemsextraordinarily humourous and descriptive. to be dying out but the writer records their stories eloquently, saved for posterity at least.An alternative to these novels would be to read one ofGeert Mak’s non-fiction titles. He is known for his So as we have seen, discovering Dutch writers willgraceful Dutch histories, describing major events and give you historical and cultural knowledge about thetheir consequences on our society with meaningful land you currently live in, but it is also a useful talk-subtleties. In Amsterdam: The Brief Life of a City, what you ing point with your Dutch aquaintances, friends,get is a great deal of valuable information presented via family and colleagues. Being able to comment onenjoyable and dramatic tales about our capital. Mak these broadly known books could help you to con-starts off around the year 1000 and goes on till the nect with the new Nederlanders you meet. «present - including the 2004 murder of Theo van Goghin later editions. The pages are filled with stories ofindividuals who might have been forgotten if it wasn’tfor this book, and the author muses, “No one can tell Useful resources:their stories for them, but the mute witnesses to events Websitesare still there, thousands of them … In the streets, The Dutch Foundation for Literature provides a drop-down list of Dutch authors,everyday life roars on. But beneath the ground and with profiles and a list of their translated works, not just English language transla-behind the facades the city walls are still standing, tions www.nlpvf.nlthe Gothic timbers of the monasteries still creak, Most of these titles should be available from public libraries in the Netherlands.windmills and old chapels and the earth contain hand-fuls of treasures and thousands of forgotten names.” Bookshops Several English language bookshops, such as Waterstones (Amsterdam) orSo, if you search out a copy of Amsterdam, you could The American Book Center (The Hague and Amsterdam), have a shelf or twoprobably tell the locals a thing or two about their city. dedicated to Dutch authors translated into English. access | winter | 29
  • 30. Teaching the Whole Child Our mission speaks for itself: “American School of The Hague nurtures and inspires character, commitment, creativity, and learning.” admissions@ash.nl www.ash.nl Ages 3-18Advertise in the ACCESS magazine!contact our advertising department on 070 346 25 25 or email adv-dh@access-nl.org.acceSS magazine is published quarterly and distrubuted free of charge in theinternational community. reach 1000’s of expat and international readers!www.access-nl.org the windmill ✆ 070 3272088 www.thewindmill.nl preschool for international children aged 2 to 5 years old The Windmill uses a structured curriculum Session times to suit your child’s needs all day - 09:00 to 14:45 to promote child development or mornings - 09:00 to 12:00 in accordance with the or afternoons - 12:15 to 14:45 UK Department of Education Foundation Stage or a mixturea solid foundation for your child’s educationalso on Friday’sthe windmill toddlersfor children aged 0 to 4 yearsaccompanied by a parent / guardian
  • 31. Arts & entertainment live London 13 January 2011 FELA! A provocative and unique hybrid of dance, theatre theatre and music, FELA! explores the world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo- Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend broadcasts to of jazz, funk and African rhythm and har- monies), FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist. An holland cinemas original Broadway production, staged in London, featuring Tony Award-winning choreography from Bill T Jones. a new international initiative brings the best of 3 February 2011 Donmar Warehouse’s King Lear london theatre to holland, minus the airmiles. Derek Jacobi plays the title role in the Donmar Warehouse production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, to be broadcastBroadcast live and simultaneously to local performance, to the advantage of the cin- from the Donmar’s home in London’scinemas around the world, productions ema-goer, the cameras provide occasional Covent Garden.from The National Theatre in London, close-ups of the actors. The reactions ofhave been opened up to the international the theatre’s audience remain audible 17 March 2011 Frankensteincommunity. The NT Live initiative was throughout, however it’s a one way feed Danny Boyle’s production of Frankenstein,launched in 2009 with a screening of Helen so at the end, when the cinema audiences a play by Nick Dear, based on the novel byMirren in the classical play, Phèdre. across the world join in the applause, it’s Mary Shelley. «Performances are filmed in high definition sadly ‘lost to the ether’.and beamed via satellite to over 300 cine- Tickets: €22.50mas around the world and luckily for expats upcoming broadcasts: nt live International broadcast dates may vary.in the Netherlands, cinemas in Amsterdam 9 December 2010 Hamletand The Hague are participating. An acclaimed, modern-dress production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The prince ofWhat to expect Denmark sees his father’s ghost and tor- For more information:Typically, before each screening there’s an mented with loathing, and consumed by www.ntlive.cominterview with the director in one of the grief, he must avenge his father’s murder. www.pathe.nl/special/theater (Amsterdam &theatre’s boxes. You can hear the buzz and What he cannot foresee is the destruction The Hague cinemas participating) www.cinemec.nl (Cineplex and conference Centreaudience chatter in the background, and that ensues. ‘This is a Hamlet for now.’ in Ede, Gelderland province)indeed, see part of the theatre and stage as The Times www.forox.nl (Cinema in Sittard, Limburg)a backdrop to the interview. During the access | winter | 31
  • 32. Volunteer Profilethe magical market of Amsterdam a young woman, adrift in amsterdam, turns to her love of fairy stories to help interpret her new surroundings. by nanDini chhatre Not so very long ago, my husband’s work transfer brought us from India to the Netherlands and my first time living abroad. In the beginning, whilst my hus- band was at work, I had a lot of time by myself to explore Amsterdam. One fine day, I found myself at the famous Albert Cuyp Market in the Pijp neighbourhood of Amsterdam. I found it a perfect spot for browsing and watching the world go by. It’s now one of my favourite places. Situated near the centrum and accessible to anyone from anywhere; this is the busiest part of the city. Set your foot here, and you will feel as if you have stepped in the bazaar of Agrabah - surely you will look around for Aladdin and the gang. Traders bustling around, finding a buyer for their wares, colourful stalls beckoning the shoppers with the eclectic goods and displays, and vendors selling fascinating merchandise ranging from party poppers, costumes, masks, and confetti, to everyday items and edibles. Like the Diagon Alley from the Harry Potter series, it seems as if you can get everything Nandini blogs at: http://nandinichhatre.blogspot.com in this one place, and like the Alley, the32 | access | winter
  • 33. Albert Cuyp Market is bursting with people cians? You can hear the faint notes of anand activity. There are the round-the-cor- accordion while you are exploring this Albert Cuyp Marketner-cafes, eateries and grill rooms, serving market, adding to its charm and charisma. Street traders have been setting upthe Dutch special of the day. There’s a juice along the Albert Cuypstraat for over aand smoothies stall that reminds me of One thing that I have absolutely come to century, and since 1912 the market hasfalooda (a milk and rose syrup drink) and love about Amsterdam now (and which I been open six days a week.gola gaadis (ice cones) back home. ‘Fries did not like earlier) is the speed of life in The market is said to be the biggestwith Mayo’ is a favourite snack of the Dutch the city. Or rather, lack of speed. Things market in Europe and the busiest inand the stall selling it in the Albert Cuyp move at a leisurely pace which is quite a the Netherlands.Market is equally famous, with people contrast to the ‘life-by-nanoseconds’ of Old photos of the market are availableswarming in a queue to grab their share, Mumbai. This slow pace has encouraged at: www.albertcuypmarkt.comeven in the rain! While you may not find me to sit around; sip my coffee and smellwands and cauldrons there, there’s plenty the beans too. Most importantly, I haveof regular clothes, shoes, jewellery, fabrics time to appreciate the accompanying sweetand textiles, cheese, bed linen, lingerie, cinnamon biscuit, too. Sometimes lookingtoys, pots, pans and furniture, and more. up at the old, crooked houses and eerie waterways I am reminded of bedtime sto-I found the seafood stalls to be the most ries from my childhood; for me, comingfascinating of all. Fresh clams, mussels, from India, Hans Christian Andersen andfish, shrimp, all displayed in shimmering the Brothers Grimm didn’t live so very farglory for the delight of customers and away. There is a touch of history and charmpassers by. The sellers are good people too. that I would really miss about AmsterdamEager to help out and make a sale, they should we have to move country again.encourage unsuspecting buyers like me This is a kind of place that should inspireto try new things. For example, I’ve never storytellers from around the world tocooked salmon before, for me it was a weave their most magical tales. use my skills and professional experiencecompletely unknown variety of fish, but once again. To and from work each day, thethe seller gave me cooking tips, thankfully. I like to write myself, and apart from job- bus passed by lovely fields, lambs and deer;My old Mumbai neighbour, Teja Kaku, hunting I keep myself busy writing a blog. and whoosh - I would be back in a world ofwould love this place. She is known back I have a media and marketing background beautiful stories, like Bambi, once again! Returning again and again for a cup of tea at the Albert Cuyp Market, I wonder - if “ this slow pace has encouraged Jack, too, came here to buy the beans for his bean stalk, or if Little Red Riding Hood me to sit around; sip my coffee bought her lovely crimson hood at one of and smell the beans too” the stalls here or whether the Pied Piper of Hamlin ever played his flute here? Whether Johnny tried his luck at buying a bunch of blue ribbons to tie up my bonny brownhome for making the best seafood - when so I like to share observations on Dutch hair? With a little fairytale imagination,she comes to visit I will definitely bring her advertising in particular. On Craigslist.org it’s quite possible they found it all here, inhere. And how can a market be complete I found a three-month PR internship with the hustle-bustle of the magical Albertwithout the flower sellers and local musi- Wolters Kluwer which gave me a chance to Cuyp Market. « access | winter | 33
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  • 35. Lifestylelet’s Meetup.comnewcomers to the netherlands will have no in the park, cycling trips along the sand dunes, rock- climbing lessons, and, for the brave, skydiving indoubt already sought out local groups in a search Texel and introductory flight lessons. The Mobilefor new friends, like-minded people and special- Monday meetup is easily one of the best attended - over 400 people network at the bi-monthly eventsinterest activities. but sometimes you need a little where speakers share cuting edge developments inhelping hand. the mobile phone industry. So far the Amsterdam region is well covered with far fewer groups running in the The Hague area. [Ed - Perhaps ACCESS How do you go about finding kindred spirits in a new Magazine readers can address this issue?] country or city? Seven million people across the world have turned to Meetup.com, to do just this. It’s How it works a social-networking website with a difference - the To start using the website, you have to set up a free prime aim is to get people meeting up in real life. It’s user account, stating what your interests are, and stated mission is, “to help the world’s people self- therefore what kind of groups you’d like to hear organise into local groups.” With 134 groups regis- about. The website automatically suggests relevant tered in the Netherlands to date, it’s already helping meetups for you. Most groups will have scheduled our expat community and the locals to ‘meetup’. ‘meetups’ already listed, with subjects or specific activities, and date and location provided. Most reas- What’s out there suringly, you can see how many other people have There are already all sorts of different meetup groups already RSVP’d, together with photo IDs. Although in the Netherlands: sporty, cultural, work-related, it’s generally a safe way to meet new people, always religious, mum’s groups, and more. One of the most take adequate safety precautions when meeting upnetherlands active groups, The Netherlands Adventurers Meetup, with new groups, eg meet in a public space and takeadventurersmeetup organises a range of activities, including weekly runs a friend if possible. Starting a meetup group If you wish to start up your own group, bear in mind that group organisers pay a small, monthly adminis- tration fee. You can choose whether to absorb this yourself or spread the cost amongst your group members - it’s up to you. One ACCESS volunteer recently took over the running of a group when the organiser stepped down and says, “I didn’t want to see the group disappear, and I think we were all wait- ing for someone else to step up, but I went for it in the end. I pay about $12 a month in admin fees and although I don’t mind this as I get a lot out of the group, I’ll either ask for contributions at each meet- ing or get everyone else to buy the drinks!” « access | winter | 35
  • 36. Lifestyle culture shock: Australia vs Holland what is it like to leave your homeland behind and exchange all those familiar things for a new land, culture and way of living? we all have a story to tell but this one’s from all the way ‘Down under’. by Farrell brOcklebank acceSS vOlunteerI’ve always been fascinated by travelling. After a short trip to the country last year I beaches and an amazingly large rockFor me, culture shocks, such as getting knew I wanted to move back to live. It had smack bang in the middle of an ochreoff a plane into a new world delight me. all the elements of adventure I needed to stained desert.Although, as an Australian, these “culture be living on the edge of my comfort zone.shocks” don’t always necessarily happen I fell in love with Holland, be it the beauti- We Aussies savour the simple things, likewhen on a trip to a westernised world, fully imperfect, crooked, narrow houses, a cold beer on a hot day, and anythingI found quite the opposite with the the stoic patriotism I caught a glimpse of involving sun, sand and surf. Our workingNetherlands; this small country manages or the ‘no matter rain, hail nor shine’ bike life, although a hardworking one, is simplyto feel like a foreign world before you riding. Whatever it was, I was sold. After there to fund a good life and “chucking aeven step out of the plane. deciding on the move, I then had to explain sickie” is never ruled out on major sporting to people why on earth I was leaving occasions. It is this relaxed, nonchalant Australia. attitude to life that’s made us famous the world over (just think “she’ll be right”, Aussie life “no dramas” and “it’s ridgy didge love”).Ugg Boots Australia is a land of sunburnt plains, tor-Ugg Boots were originally worn rential rains and a population who thrive With only 23 million people spread outby Aussie sheep-shearers. They on a collective goal to abbreviate every over the largest island on Earth it makes itbecame a mainstream fashionitem during the early naughties word in the English dictionary, at every completely feasible that practically everyand have done particularly well in possible opportunity, (think “G’day mate”, one of us have houses that sprawl endlesslythe Netherlands. Tall Dutch girls “throw another shrimp on the barbie” and on a single ground level, with swimminglove the Uggs and skinny jeans orshort denim skirt combo, even in “take a squizz at this”). We’re known for pools in our backyards with still morethe summer. our quirky wildlife, immaculately beautiful than enough garden left over to run a36 | access | winter
  • 37. small farm. But most importantly we’re The only wildlife, bar cows, that I’ve seen, There are many things I miss aboutknown for our enviable, seemingly peren- are cats! The Netherlands seems to have a Australia like the beach near my house,nial summers. cat fetish with all and sundry exercising the ease of finding employment, the their right to have one curled up furrily in freedom of wearing whatever I wish with-So far in Holland every window in sight. Cafes, restaurants out worrying about the cold, my familyLiving here I have naturally begun to make and bars alike no one is safe from being and friends. But feeling the pieces fallingsome comparisons with my homeland. adopted by a feline prowling the streets. into place after slowly building the founda-For a start, I soon realised that a popula- tion of a new life, in a new culture, istion not dissimilar to Australia is squashed Australia is a young country and there incredibly exciting. Little by little thingsinto an area 7,645,324 square kilometres is a noticeable lack of heritage. The come together and until I return home I’llsmaller ! Also the Dutch have a different Netherlands definitely wins out on this. be polishing up my Dutch and thinkingdefinition of summer than in my diction- There is a delightfully cavernous historical Oranje! «ary; only two months and the rest of the and cultural background almost ingrainedyear you play Russian roulette with in daily life, which I love. Aside from thewhether or not to take an umbrella. odd Australia day celebrations, or theDespite the language being hard enough to familiar “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi,master already, the folks here enjoy stitch- Oi” the feeling of proud togetherness ising as many words together as humanly never as prevalent in Australia as a day inpossible. It seems as though abbreviation Holland when everyone is orange. Thatis a foreign concept and is definitely the sense of community within a country soopposite to the Aussie way of talking. small is fantastic. “ The only wildlife, bar cows, that I’ve seen, are cats!” access | winter | 37
  • 38. Anna’s Makelaardij Anna’s Makelaardij Need a dentist? The Jan van Nassau Dental Clinic is new in The Hague Buying? Renting? Selling? R Renting?State–of-the-art dentistry with the latest equipment and techniques Appointments after office hours also possible. Contact our english speaking team Sign in on www.janvannassau.nl or call our friendly staff on 070 324 55 30 for all your property needs.Opening hours:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8am - 9pmThursday: 8am - 4.30pmFriday: 8am - 12.30pm 070 361 49 04How and where you can reach us:Jan van Nassaustraat 99 info@annasmakelaardij.nl2596 BR The Hague070 324 55 30 www.annasmakelaardij.nlE-mail: info@janvannassau.nlwww.janvannassau.nl ^ La Fenetre. The ultimate convenience in the city centre. SALE O FOR NOW ALS 9,000 31 From rking space) a ding p (exclu PRINS WILLEM ALEXANDERWEG, THE HAGUE Available immediately OPEN FOR VIEWING: - Luxurious 2-bedroom apartments In uneven-numbered (93-150 m ) from 319,000 (expenses 2 weeks, every Thursday forthe account of the buyer) from 16.00 to 17.00 hours - Spacious balconies with a view on The Hague and every second Saturday of the month from - Private Healthclub 12.30 to 13.30 hours. - Private parking space in garage - Air-conditioning - Concierge - La Fenetre is situated next to The Hague Central Station, the motorway and the Pr. Bernard flyover. Interested? www.lafenetre.nl for sale or rent. Potential buyers can also contact Nelisse Makelaarsgroep (070) 3501400. www.lafenetre.nl CREATED BY
  • 39. health SpaTravel Seek out the Soothing Pleasures of a Spa Japan , an hour from Amsterdam Health Spa Ryokan in the eastern province of Gelderland, has taken its name and idea from tradi- historically, spa towns and resorts developed tional guest houses in Japan, where visitors can relax and be soothed during their stay. The owners, Tina and in europe and Japan as places for the ailing André Visch, got the idea for their spa from the hospi- and elderly to take in the benefits of healing tality they have experienced for themselves in Japan. mineral waters. the natural spas of the From the first step of my tour around Ryokan I felt netherlands may be hard to find now, but our an overwhelming peace. There is no rush or noise, wherever you move the only sound you hear is a modern equivalent, typically offering saunas waterfall swoosh and relaxing, oriental music. Every and facials, certainly aren’t. ewelina interior is painted with natural colours and decorated with traditional Japanese ikebana flower bouquets.Szczepaniak tries out different spas in holland Nudity might be a problem for beginners, but I found and discovers they have even more to offer. that as soon as your bathrobe falls on the floor you feel free and natural like the day you were born. The spa offers both indoor and outdoor hot bath- by ewelina SzczePaniak tubs, infrared cabins and many steam and dry saunas with different temperatures. For me, what caused a access | winter | 39
  • 40. Travel jaw-dropping reaction was their beautiful Japanese When I asked Tina what differentiates their Japanese garden, a perfect place for a walk, meditation or spa from the others, she knows what to say instantly. warm bath in an outdoor swimming pool. A new “Most importantly, whatever we do we want our visi- indoor steam swimming pool uses vitalised water tors to feel positive energy and a balanced state of and air, free from pollutants and high-frequency mind. In everybody’s life there is too much rush and radiation. I would encourage visitors to try one of the stress, we tend to forget about harmony and peace. traditional Japanese body treatments. They can have This is why we created Ryokan, so that our guests can relaxation, beauty or health purposes - I tried the slow down and stop for a moment.” body scrub massage. During a relaxing, oil-scrub As the idea of Ryokan lies in traditional Buddhist phi- losophy, I wondered - what if you don’t believe in it? Again, Tina has a good answer ready. “Results are the best proof, really. I have witnessed so many make- overs among our guests, people who went through a complete metamorphosis from ‘busy and stressed’ to ‘happy and optimistic’. We don’t imply philosophy, we guarantee peace and positive energy.” She goes on to explain how they are used to non- Dutch guests, “We have many foreign business pro- fessionals who come via Amsterdam, and from Germany. We also accomodate bachelorette parties and business groups.” Indeed the spa tries hard to suit a variety of people; I can see how you could go with a family, or if you prefer, keep it to share with your best friend or partner - perhaps as a gift? It is equally somewhere you can just go on your own to massage your body is gently warmed up by a heated escape your daily routine. stone table at the same time. When you have pleased your body and mind it’s time to think about your Make friends in Houten spa stomach. Ryokan offers traditional Japanese cuisine Near to the city of Utrecht, Houten Sauna is a large and it’s delicious and healthy - I recommend a glass spa centre, offering a wide range of beauty treat- of fresh, green tea and a plate of sushi snacks. ments (both facial and body), saunas, infrared cab- ins, relaxation rooms and swimming pools. It may be big, but its designers have created cozy relaxation zones and facilities that should delight even frequent spa visitors. I began my tour with a facial treatment.Special offer Ryokan Starting with a warm towel compress and gentle,‘The Ryokan Sauna & Lunch Experience’. Includes: Day Entrance to Sauna/Spa cleansing milk massage, my face was then treated tofacilities and a choice of Salad (meat, fish or vegetarian) or Sushi Lunch a vitamin spray and massaged again. At the end I(10 pieces of Maki or Nigiri Sushi). experienced something slightly shocking; a specialAvailable to readers of ACCESS Magazine for: € 49,50 for 2 persons (normal price cream was applied on my face, soon it started to gen-€ 79,50 for 2 persons) Valid until 31 March 2011. Reservations required. Not to be tly sting and warm my skin, five minutes later mycombined with other offers. entire face was red! I was just about to cancel my eve-Health Spa Ryokan de Bronsbergen ning date when all of the redness disappeared leavingBronsbergen 25, 7207AD Zutphen, 0575-538420, info@ryokan.nl, www.ryokan.nl my skin sensationally soft and smooth. Panic over.40 | access | winter
  • 41. Special offer Houten€28 for two people (normal price€56 for two). Offer not availablebetween 20 December and 10January 2011. Reservation is notrequired. Not to be combined withother offers.Please note: Bathing costumesare not permitted in the complex,apart from the restaurant.Contact: info@houtensauna.nlwww.houtensauna.nlWith vitalised skin I moved on to experience a won- Surprisingly, neither saunas, nor swimming poolsderful spectacle of steam, music and sciences. The seems to be why Houten is so popular. Receptionist,sauna master, by pouring a mixture of water and oils Urias Rahakbauw, told me “We like what we do and weon hot stones, created a pleasurable humidity. With know that professional and friendly service is something thatan accompaniment of oriental music and lights he distinguishes us from other spas in Holland”. When I askedcaught the steam and directed it towards everybody some guests what they liked most about the spa, theyindividually. When it’s your turn it feels like your body seemed to confirm this; all agreed that the over-has been covered with a warm, steam blanket. The whelming charm of the place lies in its consistentlyspectacle is very popular, and many there clearly saw welcoming, enthusiastic and helpful staff.it as the climax of their visit. Another treatment toconsider at the Houten Spa is a potting session. While So escape...guests sit in a relaxation room on massage mats, These kind of travel plans are not so much to dis-employees rub the edges of special metal pots with a cover more of Holland, but to discover peace ofbrush or their fingers. After a few minutes the pots mind; escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, andmake vibrating sounds that help lead you to a deep, immerse oneself in a warm and soothing glowmeditative state of mind. The potting concert lasted whilst all around you is probably raining and cold.almost half an hour and I needed another ten minutes Sometimes, you don’t know how much you need ato fully wake up. spa visit until you get there. « access | winter | 41
  • 42. Foodwinter Warmth In the olden days glögg was used as medicine to cure winter depressions. Soak the raisins in the rum/port in an air- Healing herbs and spices were added to warm wine, which Vikings in the tight container for 3-4 days. Boil the spices Nord were very fond of in medieval times. The word, glögg, can be traced under a lid in 3-4 dl water for 10 minutes back to the meaning, ‘glowing wine’. and then transfer to an airtight container. Let the spices and liquid rest for at least traditional 3 days. Then, put the spice extract through a sieve, throw away the spices and pour the liquid Scandinavian in a pan with the lemon and orange zest. Let it simmer for a couple of minutes, add the red wine and warm it up (under a lid) Glögg till it is burning hot, but not boiling. Add the raisins (and the rum/port), the brandy and the almonds. Stir and add angostura bitters, salt and sugar to taste – but be careful not to make it too sweet. Ingredients Carefully warm it up again and serve the S uper Glögg 10-15 serving s (note: 1 dl glögg hot (not boiling), in glasses. = 10 ml) • 350-400g ra isins Make sure everybody gets raisins and • 5-6dl brown almonds in their glasses. rum or Port • Spice extract: • 25 cloves • Glö • 3-4 cinnamon gg: sticks • 10- • 7-8 cm fresh 15 cm ginger, sliced • 10- lemo • 25 whole card 15 cm n zes amons • Jui oran t stri ce of ge ze ps • 3 tsp whole co 1½ o st str riander • 3 b rang ips • 30 whole blac ottle e k peppers • 1 b s full ottle bodi • 3-4dl water port ed re • 5d d win l cog e • 25 nac o 0g al r bra mon ndy ( • 5-1 d spl optio 0 dro its nal) (opti ps of onal) Ango • 2 p stura inche bitte s of s rs • Su alt gar Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud and the furies fight: Spice it with love and stir it with care, And I’ll toast our bright eyes, my sweetheart fair Minna Thomas Antrim42 | access | winter
  • 43. from withinDays have become shorter,nights longer. it is the seasonfor bringing out all yourcandles and enjoying thecosiness of the fire and thecompany of friends andfamily with these winterwarming feel good drinks…american Ingredients Am Eggnog erican Eggnog 12- 16 Ser vings • 6 large eggs • 3 cups milk • ½ - 1 cup of bour bon whiskey • ½ tsp pure vani lla essence • ½ - ¾ cup of su gar (according to taste)American eggnog is deliciously rich and potent. It is very traditional and popular • ¼ tsp saltin the winter months. It gives a warm glow to parties and holiday festivities. • ½ cup of heavy cream (whipped)But beware, it can really hit you when you stand up and start to swagger as you • 1 tsp nutmeg an d/or cinnamonmake your way around the room!Warm 3 cups of milk on a stove over a low them. Bring the egg and milk mixture toheat, to just under a boil. While the milk the stove and cook over a low heat untilis heating, beat the eggs thoroughly (to the temperature reaches 70°C. At this point Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.emulsify them before mixing in sugar), it will coat the back of a spoon. Chilling the eggnog overnight mellows theotherwise you will get a lumpy texture. alcohol’s taste. Just before serving the egg-Add the sugar to the eggs, a little at a time, Take the mixture off the heat. If the mix- nog, whip the heavy cream until it formsuntil thoroughly whisked-in. Whisk in ture has bits of cooked egg in it, strain it soft peaks. Fold the whipped cream intothe salt. through a sieve. If still too grainy, putting it the eggnog, mixing it in gently so the in a blender will smooth the texture. Add in cream doesn’t lose its airiness. FoldingAdd the warm milk to the egg mixture, the vanilla essence, an additional cup of whipped cream into cooked eggnog givesslowly stirring it in. Doing this will gradu- milk, or light cream, and stir. Slowly stir it a thicker consistency. Sprinkle withally warm the eggs, so that you don’t curdle in the alcohol. grated nutmeg and/or cinnamon. access | winter | 43
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  • 45. ACCESS courses - amsterdamPleaSe regiSter FOr cOurSeS On-line at www.acceSS-nl.Org, Or telePhOne acceSS amSterDam, 020 - 423 32 17 Date / Time Title Details Location Cost Contact childbirth & baby courses January 11, 18, 25, Childbirth Led by Truus Gale, Dutch-English speaking, British School of €195 ced-ams@access-nl.org and February 1 and 8, Preparation qualified midwife, aimed at expectant mothers Amsterdam, Anthonie plus a postnatal session Course in their last few months of pregnancy. v. Dijckstraat 1, Amsterdam Available on request Childbirth Led by Truus Gale, midwife, an individual 2½ At attendee place, if €135 truusgale@yahoo.com Preparation hour session to cover your particular interests required - individual and worries. sessions Tuesdays, 18:00-19:30 Yoga for Four classes, led by Burcin Ozyurek, yoga instruc- Noordhollandstraat 48, €70 ced-ams@access-nl.org Pregnancy tor. “The practice of yoga during pregnancy 1081 AV, Amsterdam awakens the natural intelligence of your body to Zuid help you through both the physical and psycho- logical changes that occur.” *Pre-registration is required, limited number of participants. Mondays, 12:00-13:15 Yoga for Six classes, led by Burcin Ozyurek, yoga instruc- Herengracht 607, €100 ced-ams@access-nl.org Pregnancy tor. (as above) Amsterdam Centrum Call or email for dates Breastfeeding Led by Myrte van Lonkhuijsen, this course is Amsterdam €15 020-4700321 designed for first-time mums. Explore breast- (couples info@borstvoedingscentrum.nl feeding in more detail. The workshop is fun and €25) interactive. Mondays and Thursdays Buggyfit New! Led by Lorna Wilson (personal trainer), Buggy- Mondays: €10 per ced-ams@access-nl.org 10:30. fit is basically power walking, strengthening Westerpark, outside session See and re-toning (walking fast while pushing your Espressofabriek, www.wilsonsworkouts.nl buggy!). You get to bring your baby to work out Gosschalklaan 7 for updates with you and you get an opportunity to meet Thursdays: other mums, chat, and keep each other Vondelpark, outside motivated. Kinderkoekkafe Orientation for newcomer courses Available on request ACCESSing New to Amsterdam? Come to our workshop for: ACCESS Office, €30 ced-ams@access-nl.org Amsterdam practical advice, insider knowledge, fill in gaps Prinses Irenestraat 59, in your knowledge of how things work, broaden 1077 WV Amsterdam your understanding of the Dutch way of living and also meet people in a similar situation. Once a month; dates to be dutch Habits and Led by Joelle Verkooyen, includes: how to deal Bloemstraat 25-I, €25 joelle_nobel5@hotmail.com announced. traditions New! with Dutch behaviour, how to interact with Jordaan, Amsterdam Dutch people and families, Dutch manners and morals, habits in the kitchen and holidays. The course will take place in a Dutch home, an informal setting with drinks and Dutch bites (maximum 6 people). Available on request Buying a House Led by Tania Hudig, freelance consultant, ACCESS Office, €40 ced-ams@access-nl.org and mortgages in includes searching for the right house, the Prinses Irenestraat 59, the netherlands mortgage, and negotiation and settlement. 1077 WV Amsterdam access | winter | 45
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  • 47. ACCESS courses - amsterdamPleaSe regiSter FOr cOurSeS On-line at www.acceSS-nl.Org, Or telePhOne acceSS amSterDam, 020 - 423 32 17 Date / Time Title Details Location Cost Contact Personal development and Job Seeking workshops Wednesdays, Beginners dutch language Led by Caroline van den Bogaard. Small groups ACCESS Office, €225 info@cctransitions.com (A1 level) – 10:00-11:30; training for (3/5). Improve your communication in Dutch Prinses Irenestraat 59, Absolute beginners – Beginners and feel more at ease in daily situations. Lessons 1077 WV Amsterdam 11:30-13:00 will focus on daily conversations and some grammar. Nine 1½ hour sessions. Email for the schedule intermediate Led by Caroline van den Bogaard. Small groups ACCESS Office, €225 info@cctransitions.com dutch (3/5). For those who have received previous Prinses Irenestraat 59, Conversation Dutch training and would like to become more 1077 WV Amsterdam confident and proficient in speaking the lan- guage. Students will read articles and discuss current topics of the Dutch society and politics. Classes entirely in Dutch. Nine 1½ hour sessions. Email for the schedule dutch@work Led by Caroline van den Bogaard. Kleine group ACCESS Office, €180 info@cctransitions.com Course - (3/5). Training voor gevorderden, die zich goed Prinses Irenestraat 59, “nederlands als willen voorbereiden op de Nederlandse arbeids- 1077 WV Amsterdam werktaal” markt. Leer jezelf presenteren in het Nederlands. Four sessions of 2 hours each. Email to make an Personal and Led by Caroline van den Bogaard. One hour ses- ACCESS Office, €75 info@cctransitions.com appointment for a free Career Coaching sion providing insight into the impact of inter- Prinses Irenestraat 59, introductory call cultural differences on various areas of your life 1077 WV Amsterdam such as your career and your well-being. See Camera Basics Led by John De Silva, professional photogra- Amsterdam tbc ced-ams@access-nl.org www.johndesilvaphotogra- and Photographic pher. Targeted at beginning and intermediate phy.com for dates and Principles photography enthusiasts. 2½ hour workshop prices including a 90-minute field trip to Vondelpark or the centrum. See www.anneswines.com Wine Course A 12-session series, led by Anne de Bérard, Amsterdam tbc ced-ams@access-nl.org for dates and prices designed to provide information and knowledge while having fun tasting wines and meeting new people. caring for yourself See mindfulness “‘Mindfulness’ is an effective way to deal with Amsterdam, €550 lot.heijke@planet.nl www.presentmind.nl/en/ training everyday issues such as stress, anxiety, fatigue. Prinsengracht includes for dates Eight-week workshop based on Kabat-Zinn work programme.” 10% discount available if you book and book through ACCESS. CDs Tuesdays 19:30-21:00 and Sivananda Hatha Led by Burcin Ozyurek, includes breathing Noordhollandstraat 48, €40 per ced-ams@access-nl.org Wednesdays 18:00-19:30 yoga - Yoga for all exercises, sun salutations, classical yoga pos- 1081 AV, Amsterdam 4-class tures and a long final relaxation. Limited to 4 Zuid card, €12 participants. drop ins, €12 for 2 trial classes access | winter | 47
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  • 49. ACCESS courses - the haguePleaSe regiSter FOr cOurSeS On-line at www.acceSS-nl.Org, Or telePhOne acceSS the hague, 070 - 346 25 25 Date / Time Title Details Location Cost Contact childbirth and baby courses 5 January (March/April due Childbirth Six two-hour sessions on Wednesday evenings Bronovo Hospital €200 Nester Moyo/Lee Tolman date), 18:45-21:00 Preparation preparing for childbirth in the Netherlands, led 0619724750 Course by our very experienced trainers. ceb-dh@access-nl.org 16 February (May due Childbirth Six two-hour sessions on Wednesday evenings Bronovo Hospital €200 Nester Moyo/Lee Tolman date), 18:45-21:00 Preparation preparing for childbirth in the Netherlands, led 0619724750 Course by our very experienced trainers. ceb-dh@access-nl.org 30 March (June due date), Childbirth Six two-hour sessions on Wednesday evenings Bronovo Hospital €200 Nester Moyo/Lee Tolman 18:45-21:00 Preparation preparing for childbirth in the Netherlands, led 0619724750 Course by our very experienced trainers. ceb-dh@access-nl.org 1 February (start date) Prenatal Yoga Complete preparation for labour through Bronovo Hospital €135 Joke van Roosendahl 18:15-19:30 breathing and relaxation techniques, yoga pos- 070 326 2638 tures. Eight sessions on Tuesday evenings. sport-en-spirit@hotmail.com Tuesdays, 20:45-22:00 Postnatal Yoga Relaxation techniques, muscles strengthening Bronovo Hospital €80 Joke van Roosendahl Register anytime, six of pelvic floor, pelvis, stomach through Pilates 070 326 2638 weeks after birth method, energy building through Hatha Yoga. sport-en-spirit@hotmail.com Eight sessions. 26 January 19:30, Breastfeeding Qualified lactation consultant offering one Nootdorp €30 Sharron van der Linden-Woodley 23 February 10:00, Course 2-hour information session on breastfeeding 0619724750 30 March 19:30 for pregnant women. ceb-dh@access-nl.org On demand Prenatal exercise Two session course led by qualified physiothera- Oegstgeest €120 Vera Atlas pist for women in their 3rd trimester who want to 619724750 get fit in preparation for the birth of their baby. ceb-dh@access-nl.org Orientation for newcomers Start dates: “At Home An intensive language course with a Certified A location near €600 + Henny van Santen 13 January and 3 March Abroad” - dutch Dutch Language Teacher, providing a running Valkenbosplein, €92 for 0657194646 09:15-12:15 for Starters start to learning Dutch, in a relaxed atmo- The Hague course hennyvans@casema.nl language Course sphere. The course consists of twelve three- book & hour sessions over four weeks. Students will CD learn in groups of four to six people. Start in January or March. Personal Development and Job Seeking 24 January 09:30 -12:30, Job Hunting in “This interactive workshop will help you on ACCESS office, €107 Teresa Moynihan 21 March 09:30 -12:30 the netherlands your way to finding a job by receiving valuable Zeestraat 100, 0626654708 or go to information and guidance. Increase your The Hague www.moynihan-hr-consulting.com chances on the job market by strengthening your job application techniques; improve your CV and cover letter, practise interview skills and find out where to find the jobs.” Includes a personal follow-up consultation. access | winter | 49
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  • 51. ACCESS courses - the haguePleaSe regiSter FOr cOurSeS On-line at www.acceSS-nl.Org, Or telePhOne acceSS the hague, 070 - 346 25 25 Date / Time Title Details Location Cost Contact 10 February 09:00 -14:00 mothers Workshop especially designed for women who ACCESS office, €180 Teresa Moynihan and Colleen (further dates to be returning to want to return to work after a career break. Zeestraat 100, Reichrath-Smith announced) Work Gain confidence, update your CV, learn how to The Hague 0626654708 or go to find work. www.moynihan-hr-consulting.com 18 January, 09:30-12:30, understanding Three-hour interactive workshop to clarify what The Hague €88 Marie Dewulf 18 February 09:30-12:30, Yourself: using is important to you as a person, a professional 0624401355, 17 March 09:30-12:30 Your values as a or a parent, to help you identify your values, info@coach2moveon.com Personal Compass your needs and your limits. www.coach2moveon.com culinary and wine expertise 11 January, 8 February, the Wine Series – You can sign up for one or more evenings on the ACCESS office, €55-€70 Anne Nielsen de Bérard 8 March, 22 March Wine Course following subjects: Zeestraat 100, 0626317807 19:00 – 21:00 • How to taste The Hague anne@anneswines.com • Food and Wine Matching www.anneswines.com • Pinot Noir • Spain Special. Taught by certified WSET tutor. Price includes tapas. caring for yourself Start dates: Have a Better Learn how to improve your sleep, how to fall A location near the €180 Mireille BARREAU 12 January and 6 April Sleep for a Better asleep, and how to reduce your insomnia by Peace Palace, 0630030888 Wednesdays 10:30-11:45 day! protecting yourself from stress. The course uses The Hague info@4moreharmony.com or 17:30 -18:45 relaxation and techniques of Sophrology. Ten www.4moreharmony.com one-hour sessions, including an audio CD. Parent education Seminars 2 February 19:30 – 21:45 raising Bilingual An evening seminar exploring how to raise van Hogenhoucklaan €35pp Soul Robertson Children multi-lingual children. Provides all the guide- 89, The Hague €52.50 0641857773 lines, practicalities and important details that (couples) www.passionateparenting.nl you need to know. Guest speaker: Eowyn Crisfield. 3 February 19:30-21:45 dutch Wills & “Every expat parent should have a Dutch will to van Hogenhoucklaan €35pp Soul Robertson testaments avoid legal and tax related problems, should the 89, The Hague €52.50 0641857773 unthinkable happen. Especially guardianship ... (couples) www.passionateparenting.nl Learn how to get it done quickly and pain- lessly.” Guest Speaker: Yolanda Bokhorst 14 March 19:30 -21:45 money matters for Many women depend on their partners for van Hogenhoucklaan €35pp Soul Robertson mothers financial support but don’t pay attention to 89, The Hague €52.50 0641857773 money matters directly. Learn about budgeting, (couples) www.passionateparenting.nl insurance, retirement, and financial planning. This course provides valuable advice and practi- cal tips on finance for mothers. Guest Speaker: José de Boer. access | winter | 51
  • 52. What’s onSpecial events - winter 2010POSt a cOmmunity event in thiS magazine? cOntact acceSS PublicatiOnS at Pub-Dh@acceSS-nl.Org, PleaSe title yOur mail aS ‘what’S On’. December 6–11, 14–30 The Very Big Holiday Show amsterdam The Boom Chicago Theater will be decorated with holiday cheer and video screens for that warm winter feeling and will open on both December 25 and December 26. Special holiday menus created by Head Chef Dave Cahill. The show will be full of the joys and frustrations of the Christmas season. The producers say, “Jesus Christ and Santa Claus somehow co-exist in a world of sharp written sketches, sharp improvisation, video and music. This show features the big laughs and quick thinking Amsterdam has come to expect from our superstar comedians.” Tickets from €20 (Note: Boom Chicago will be closed in February for renovations.) Info: www.boomchicago.nl 16-18 December 14 December 20 November – 22 December Grote Kerk Gouda by Candlelight Fluweelengrot Christmas Market Literally thousands of candles will be lit in one breath- Christmas Market Deventer taking instant as the Markt lights up for Christmas. valkenburg The all-day event features a full schedule of activities Deventer’s seasonal Christmas Market takes place in for the entire family – including a typical Christmas Christmas markets often look the same from one town the city’s impressive Lebuïnuskerk, offering a host of market on the Wilhelminastraat – and runs from to the next, but not in Valkenburg. The Fluweelengrot gift ideas. The market coincides with a Dickens 10am to 10pm, with the candle and Christmas tree Christmas Market takes place underneath the town’s Festival, featuring various characters from the great lighting ceremonies beginning around 7pm. ruined castle. Cosy market stalls sell Christmas arti- man’s novels. cles and traditional Dutch handicraft items. Info: http://www.vvvdeventer.nl/ Info: http://www.goudabijkunstlicht.nl/ Info: www.kasteelvalkenburg.nl 20 November – 9 January 12-15 January 2011 Winterland Maastricht Eurosonic Noorderslag groningen Winterland Maastricht, on the Vrijthof, incorporates a huge ice rink, a fairground, theatre productions, live Eurosonic Noorderslag is one of Europe’s most impor- music and a Christmas market. Mulled wine, hot tant live music industry conference and showcase fes- chocolate and pancakes in the square complete a tivals for new talent. With over 2,800 music profes- magical family experience. sionals attending, and more than 260 showcases from the best European talent performing in 41 venues. Info: www.winterland.nl Info: www.noorderslag.nl52 | access | winter
  • 53. 20-23 January Jumping Amsterdam amsterdam rai PhOtO: rutger geerling (FOtOgraFeren.net) The best dressage and show jumping riders in the world compete in this international, equestrian sports event. Competitions such as the FEI World Cup Dressage and the BMC Grand Prix of Amsterdam. Info: www.jumpingamsterdam.nl 18 February HOOGTIJ Cultural Tour1 January the hague HOOGTIJ is a quarterly tour which follows a route vis-The Unox Nieuwjaarsduik (New Years Dive) iting art initiatives, galleries and art institutions inScheveningen The Hague. The locations are open from 7pm until 11pm and admission is free. The evening begins with aAn annual tradition in The Hague is the Nieuwjaarsduik (The New Years Dive) taken by 10,000 people into the icy cold pre-party at the Vrije Academie in The Hague and freewaters of the North Sea by the Pier at Scheveningen Beach. The event features a sea of people wearing orange wool- soup will be served.len hats from midday, and afterwards, split pea soup and hot chocolate are served. Info: www.hoogtij.netInfo: www.unoxnieuwjaarsduik.nl 26 January - 8 February11-12 February 29 January International Film FestivalDe Koninck Blues Festival Giving Birth in the RotterdamDelft Netherlands Conference hotel casa 400 amsterdam The Netherlands’ biggest film festival sees its 40thIncludes: Chicago and Texas-blues, blues-rock, edition in 2011. “IFFR is the essential hub in Hollandrhythm and blues, boogie woogie, jump and jive, rock Expat-friendly half-day conference in English, for discovering film talent, for catching premieres,and roll, and cajun blues. followed by a birth preparation workshop. and for exploring its competitions, main sections of recent feature films, short films and documentaries,Info: www.delftblues.nl Info: www.babyfacenl.com visual arts exhibitions, theme sections and debates.” cOurteSy OF internatiOnal Film FeStival rOtterDam Info: www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com3 FebruaryChinese New Yearchinatown, amsterdam (and various other locations in the netherlands)In Amsterdam, the streets around the Nieuwmarkt and Zeedijk are the heart of Chinatown. “Red, the colour of joyand happiness, washes over the streets and houses, whilst the most impressive events, the dragons and lions, sym-bols of prosperity, take over neighbourhoods and dance in a sea of firecrackers - the noises are to chase bad spiritsaway.” (For CNY events in other areas, see your local websites near the time.)Info: www.iamsterdam.com access | winter | 53
  • 54. the who’s whoACCESS magazine The Hague Amsterdam Stichting ACCESSwinter 2010 Management Team Management Team Executive Directorvol. 23 no. 4 Manager, The Hague Director, Amsterdam Lucie Scott Anne MacDonald Anna Lysenkocirculation: 15,000 Executive Board Advertising Community Education ChairmanPublisher Wiggert Sackman Candace Conner-Kabela Kiri Kikis, Kikis InvestmentsStichting ACCESS Community Education Computer Services Vice Chairmaneditor@access-nl.org Christine Fischer Andy Nicastro Gary Hays, Fonterra (Europe)Advertising info Computer Services Information Research SecretaryThe Hague: 070 346 2525 John Pellet Jennifer Walsh Imanda Wapenaar,Amsterdam: 020 423 3217 Counselling Services Marketing Director, WFIA Alina Avarvarei Mikal Rahman MembersSubscriptionsinfo@access-nl.org Event Management The Help Desk Charles van Beuningen, Roy Lie A Tjam Gillian Brooks van Beuningen advocatenEditor Finance Volunteer Resources Connie Moser,Cathy Leung Patricia Axelrad Helen Bilbe Real Estate Publishers B.V.Assistant Editor Information Research Sheila Bull Willemijn van Oppen-Stuyt,Carina Hyllested Wang Ju Tsai EducaideMorgan Wood The Help Desk Jessie Rodell,Design & Layout Roxanna Boon American School of The HagueMarek Moggré Volunteer Resources Lars Tomson, ABN AMRO Rosemary FarrellProduction Vacancy: TreasurerDijkman PublishersImages acceSS magazine is distributed free of charge. below is a list of locations to pick up your copy.Cathy Leung The Hague Amsterdam The Wider Randstad RegionAlice de Groot American Book Center, Lange Poten 23 ABC Treehouse, Voetboogstraat 11 delft Bronovo Hospital, Bronovolaan 5 American Book Center, Spui 12 DOK Library Delft, t.a.v. R. van Gorp Vesteplein 100Contributors Carlton Ambassador Hotel, Sophialaan 2 Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce/ TU Delft Library, Prometheusplein 1Annemarie Coevert Central Public Library/Centrale Kamer van Koophandel, De Ruyterkade 5 Unesco IHECandace Connor-Kabela Openbare Bibliotheek, Spui 68 City Hall/Stadhuis leidenGary Fishbein Chamber of Commerce/Kamer Voorlichtingsloket, Amstel 1 North End English Pub,Roy Lie-A-Tjam van Koophandel, Koningskade 30 Amsterdam Public Library/Openbare Noordeinde 55Linda Janssen Cheesecake Company, Torenstraat 32 Bibliotheek Oosterdokskade 143 Public Library/OpenbareEwelina Szczepaniak GEM, Stadhouderslaan 43 Bagels and Beans, Spaarndammerstraat Bibliotheek, Nieuwstraat 4 International Health Centre, 149a and Parnassuweg 218 rotterdamAmy Ting Prins Willemstraat 41 Dienst Persoonsgegevens, City Hall Library/GemeenteNandini Chhatre The International Centre, The Hague City Hall Stadhouderskade 85 Bibliotheek, Hoogstraat 110Farrell Brocklebank Kelly’s Expat Shopping, Piet Heinstraat 105 ExpatCenter WTC, F-tower, Chamber of Commerce/KamerNikki Young Mercure Hotel, Spui 180 2nd Flr. Strawinskylaan 39 Van Koophandel, Blaak 40 MUSEON, Stadhouderslaan 37 Town Council/Gemeente Amstelveen, Expat Desk Rotterdam, Beursplein Novotel Hotel, Hofweg 5-7 Laan Nieuwer-Amstel 1 voorschoten Nuffic, Kortenaerkade 11 Htel, Laan van de Helende Meesters 421 Public Library/Openbare Paagman bookshop, Frederik Hendriklaan 217 Hilton Hotel, Apollalaan 138 Bibliotheek, Wijngaardenlaan 4 Sherlock Holmes Bar, Sumatrastraat 314 Horlings, Josef Israelkade 46 Wassenaar Thomas Green Shop, Frederik Hendriklaan 71 Waterstones, Kalverstraat 152 Wassenaar Health Center, Hofcampweg 65Copyright©ACCESS 2010 De Vulpen bookshop, Public Library/OpenbareAll rights reserved. No part of the ACCESS Frederik Hendriklaan 173-179 Bibliotheek, Berkheistraat 55magazine may be used in any form withoutexplicit permission in writing from thePublisher. Every effort has been made toensure that the information in this publication you will also find that the acceSS magazine is available through the human resources Departments of manywas correct at the time of going to press. international companies, organisations, ngO’s etc.However, ACCESS and its writers cannotaccept any responsibility for the accuracy of if you would like your employer to also have copies available contact 070 346 25 25 (the hague) orthe information included. 020 423 3217 (amsterdam).54 | access | winter
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