Sing the Dutch national anthem this Kings Day
On April 27th the Dutch celebrate King’s Day (‘Koningsdag’). It celebrates the king’s birthday and all things Dutch. Usually the streets are decked out in orange bunting, with street markets and entertainment, but this year, due to social distancing measures, we have to celebrate Kings Day from home. And how better to do it than a national sing-along!Continue reading “Sing the Dutch national anthem this Kings Day”
Connect International Events Lockdown Style
Due to the ongoing government measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all face-to-face Connect International events have been cancelled.
However the Connect International team has been very busy over the last month to arrange events that you can attend online. Below is an overview of some of the online events. For more, check our events calendar.
UPDATE :: From 1st June Connect International will be restarting some face-to-face events, in accordance with the governmental measures.Continue reading “Connect International Events Lockdown Style”
Coronavirus Measures Update
Yesterday evening, during a national press conference, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, announced an extension of the Coronavirus measures currently in place. These measures will now be in force through 28 April 2020, an extension of an additional 3 weeks past the former date of 6 April 2020.Continue reading “Coronavirus Measures Update”
April 2020 Important Dates & Holidays
Coronavirus Measures and Connect International
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”
FietsFriend – “Rules of the Road” workshop
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”
Dutch Snack bar: Hamburger
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”
Step on the brakes! Reduced speed limits!
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!”