These are strange times for us all, but especially, perhaps, for those who are new residents in the Northern Netherlands. In this time of face-to-face social distancing, new residents may feel particularly disconnected as they may be far from their home countries and not yet rooted in the Netherlands society and culture. Even long-term residents may find the adjustment to living smaller and more contained a challenge.Continue reading “Coronavirus Measures and Connect International”
Aside from being one of the most energy-efficient forms of transport, cycling is a wonderful way to keep fit and is an incredibly cheap way to travel locally. Luckily, too, within most cities in the Netherlands, it is the quickest way around the city centre. In Groningen, for example, two-thirds of all journeys taken are by bike, and in the 1970’s the city decided to re-design the city centre in favor of bikes rather than cars.Continue reading “FietsFriend – “Rules of the Road” workshop”
Following on our series of Dutch snack bar options, today were are going to look at what you get if you order a hamburger. And also all the variations you may be able to order, so you get the burger you were hoping for.Continue reading “Dutch Snack bar: Hamburger”
You may have heard about it from colleagues, or via the news, but here is a full break down of the new speed limit that will come into effect in March.
From mid-March 2020 new road rules will come into effect on Dutch motorways where currently the speed limit is 120 or 130 kilometres per hour. On these roads, between the hours of 6am and 7pm, a new reduced maximum speed limit of 100 kilometre per hour will be in effect.Continue reading “Step on the brakes! Reduced speed limits!”
It is official. On January 31st 2020 the UK left the EU. There is a transition period from February 1st 2020 up to and including December 31st 2020. During this transition period you can continue to live, work and study in the Netherlands, however after the transition period you will need a residence document in order to stay in the Netherlands.Continue reading “Brexit and your right of residence”
Connect International organises various events and activities every month to give international residents a sense of community, to help them better understand the Dutch culture, to find their way in their daily lives in the northern Netherlands and simply to have fun. So come and try out some of the Connect International clubs and events.Continue reading “Enjoy 2020 with Connect International”
- 5th December – Sinterklaas
- 13th December – Friday the 13th!
- 22nd December – Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year)
- 22nd December – Chanukah lasts 8 days
- 25th December – Christmas Day (1e Kerstdag)
- 26th December – Boxing Day (2e Kerstdag)
- 26th December – Kwanzaa
- 31st December – New Year’s Eve