AWC Going Dutch Nov 2018


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Going Dutch

November 2018

The Magazine of the

American Women’s Club

of The Hague

5 Officers and Chairwomen

6 Prinsjesdag Collage

8 Message from the President

9 November Annual Meeting

10 Letter from the Editor

12 Membership

Denneweg 56

2514CH The Hague

Tel. 0703458442

Prinsjesdag at Garoeda

AWC Holiday Bazaar

Trekking in Nepal




13 Newcomers

14 Ongoing Activities

19 Tours

20 One-of-a-Kind Activities

22 Holiday Bazaar

26 Thanksgiving Day Service

27 Thanksgiving Day Lunch

28 October Calendar

31 Restaurant


32 Welcome Back BBQ Collage

33 AWC and the Arts

34 The Dutch Daily

36 FAWCO Corner

37 Handbag Auction

38 High Altitude Trekking -

Part I

44 Nepal Collage

46 Thank You from Puerto Rico

48 Announcements

52 Classifieds

53 Index of Advertisers

and Ad Rates

54 Proost! Interview



Audrey Goodman

2018-2019 AWC Officers

Committee Chairs

AWC Clubhouse

Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43

2582 NJ Den Haag

Tel: 070 350 6007

Going Dutch Magazine

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Design and Layout

Teresa Mahoney

Cover Photo

Wassenaar Woods by Melissa White


Jane Choy, Sabine Crowley, Greetje

Engelsman, FAWCO, Amber Gatewood,

Suzanne MacNeil, Tim MacNeil, Teresa

Mahoney, Julie Mowat, Melissa Rider,

Melissa White


Celeste Brown, Jane Gulde, Diane Schaap,

Debbie van Hees

Advertising Manager & Invoicing



Jane Choy, Susanne Dundas, Greetje

Engelsman, Roberta Enschede, Dena

Haggerty, Marsha Hagney, Eileen Harloff,

Jaimie Keppel, Suzanne MacNeil, Julie

Mowat, Melissa Rider, Holly Savoie, Anna-

Lena Thuren-Vogel, Melissa White


AWC Bank Account Number

IBAN: NL42ABNA0431421757

KvK Den Haag


Honorary President Diane Hoekstra

President Suzanne MacNeil

Vice President Marsha Hagney

Treasurer Sheyla Karman

Secretary Heather DeWitt

Club and Community Development

Naya Pessoa

Clubhouse Administrator

Jan Essad

Communications Audrey Goodman


Sunita Menon

Front Office

Liduine Bekman, Siska Datema-Kool,

Dominique Duysens, Amber Gatewood,

Machelle Hollar, Paula Looijmans, Melissa

Rider, Robin Rose, Holly Savoie, Carol

Schapira, Chelsea Wald

Activities: Greetje Engelsman

Arts: Jane Choy

Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Insalaco

Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip

Chat, Craft & Cake: Suzanne Dundas

eNews Amber Gatewood

Events & Tours: Open

FAWCO: Julie Mowat and Teresa


Front Office Coordinator: Open

General Meeting Programs: Dena


Heart Pillow: Jan de Vries

Historian/Archivist: Open

Holiday Bazaar: Jaimie Keppel-Molenaar

Hospitality: Open

IT Administrator: Julie Otten

Kids’ Club: Lindsey Turnau

Library: Dena Haggerty

Membership: Melissa Rider

Newcomers: Holly Savoie, Greetje


Parliamentarian: Georgia Regnault

Philanthropy: Holly Savoie

Public Relations: Open

Social Media: Ceci Wong and Julie Otten

Tennis: Molly Boed

Volunteer Coordinator: Laurie


Webmaster: Julie Otten

Women with Dutch Partners: Loren


Deadlines: Submissions are due no later than the last Monday of the month preceding the publication month.

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Legal Notice: Articles in Going Dutch express the views and opinions of their authors alone, and not necessarily

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AWC Mission Statement

The AWC is an association formed to provide social and educational activities for American

women living in the Netherlands and to promote amicable relations among people of all nations,

as well as acquiring funds for general public interest. Membership in the club is open

to women of all nations who are friendly and welcoming to American culture. The association

does not endeavor to make a profit. The AWC is a 100% volunteer organization.




Message from the President

by Suzanne MacNeil

I’m pleased to share that all Board positions

are now filled. Audrey Goodman, the

same Audrey who is the Editor of Going

Dutch, has stepped up to chair the role of

Communications Officer! She met with the

Communications team not long after taking

the job, she helped her team sort responsibilities,

and has made an impact on the Board

in a short time. You can read her Letter from

the Editor on page 10! I know I speak for the

entire Board in welcoming Audrey.

I cannot believe we’ll be celebrating

Thanksgiving this month! In just a few weeks

many of us will try to figure out how to cram

a 10-pound turkey into our teensy ovens (no

can do in my kitchen!), while others will be

traveling back to the U.S. to enjoy the holiday

with family. This most traditional American

celebration leaves me feeling a bit down because

we’ve not crossed the pond to spend

time with our families in all the years we’ve

lived in The Hague.

I did realize a few years ago that even if

we can’t be with our relatives, our friends

and fellow expats are the family we need as

we head into the holidays. The first year I

was an AWC Member we were invited to

the home of a friend in the Club and it felt

like Thanksgiving. It wasn’t just the food,

though. It was the warm welcome, the casual

conversation, and being with other Americans

who were also away from home. Another year

we joined a long-since repatriated Member

who hosted almost 20 guests at her home.

Some of the guests were

fellow Members, others

were her family.

The noise, the

chatter, the variety

of food that

guests brought

that are part of

their family’s


made it feel like




is one of the

great experiences



If you’re hosting

a dinner, think

about Members

of the Club who

may be away

from home for

their first time

and invite them

to sit at your

table. There’s something special about sharing

your family traditions with families who

are still trying to find their footing as expats.

I appreciated it all those years ago, and if I

had an oven large enough to roast a turkey,

I’d invite a gaggle of guests!

The Club will be sharing an early

Thanksgiving after our Annual General

Meeting on Thursday, November 15. As is

our tradition, we’ll have turkey, all the fixings,

and friendship to start the holiday season. It’s

a lovely way to jump start this hectic time

of year and I hope you’ll join us. The meeting

itself is an important one for the Club

as we’ll review finances, share updates, and

look ahead at what we hope to accomplish

this Club year.

While we may long to be with family,

there is a way to turn this year’s Thanksgiving

into much more than just turkey and dressing.

The Dutch connection to the Pilgrims

who landed at Plymouth Rock is strong.

The Pilgrims didn’t sail straight to the New

World. They first stopped in Leiden, where

they lived for 11 years, before returning to

England and then crossing the Atlantic. Many

of the Pilgrims chose to stay in Leiden, and

are celebrated every year at the Pieterskerk

(Peter’s Church) in Leiden. The service at

Pieterskerk is as American as it gets in the

Netherlands and I highly recommend that you

attend on Thanksgiving morning. If you >>45

Annual General Meeting

and Thanksgiving Dinner

by Dena Haggerty

Plan to join us for the Annual General

Meeting in November, a key meeting

for all Members. Sheyla Karman, the

Club’s Treasurer, will present the proposed

budget for the 2018-2019 Club year. A copy of

the budget will be available at the Clubhouse

after November 1. In addition, Emily van

Eerten, who is on the Budget Review Team,

will present an overview of the 2017-2018 fiscal

year. There will also be reports reviewing

the previous Club year’s activities.

It is important that all Members vote on the

proposed budget. If you are unable to attend

the November 15 meeting, please submit

a proxy ballot. The ballots are available at

the Clubhouse on Tuesdays and Thursdays,

between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or call the

Clubhouse 070 350 6007 during open hours.

Once the meeting ends, it will be time to

celebrate Thanksgiving a bit early with a

potluck lunch. Join us for turkey and traditional

sides with friends at the Clubhouse.

The Board will provide the roast turkey and

we request that you bring your favorite side

dish. Look for an email with instructions to

sign up for appetizers, bread, salads, vegetables,

dressing, and desserts.

The Prinsjesdag Luncheon

Thursday, November 15

10:00 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse



Letter from the Editor

by Audrey Goodman

The holidays are upon us, and I’m certain

many fellow expats share the same

homesickness I’m feeling. For my husband

and I, this will be our first Thanksgiving

away from family. It’s his favorite holiday,

and it’s certainly not one that is celebrated

in the Netherlands. Our Thanksgiving is

traditionally spent watching multiple football

games, cooking entirely too much food,

cracking open beers or bottles of wine by

noon, and finishing the festivities with card or

board games. The next morning is usually full

of Black Friday shopping, fueled by several

cups of coffee. This year will be a bit different,

but I’m looking forward to it.

the Koetshuis de Burcht (for details, see

Greetje Engelsman’s article on page 27).

We hope you’ll join us!

That evening, my husband and I have

been invited to a fellow expat’s home, for

a dessert potluck competition. My husband

accepted the invitation before realizing each

person needs to bring a dish, not each couple.

This should be interesting. I plan to

make the same dish I always brought to the

annual “Friendsgiving” we celebrated back

home with several friends. It was a favorite,

so I’m hopeful it will be well-received at

the potluck competition!

“Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.”

-Helen Keller

I just learned the Pilgrims spent over a

decade in Leiden, before they began their

journey to the New World. This is a bit

of history that I’m excited to explore this

November. Overseas Americans Remember

(OAR) hosts an annual Thanksgiving

service at the Pieterskerk in Leiden (see

Roberta Enschede’s article on page

26 for more information). Afterward,

Members of the AWC will have lunch at


That weekend, another expat friend is

hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

We might not be able to fit a full-sized turkey

in the oven, but we can certainly deep-fry

one. I’ve already located all the necessary

ingredients for a few traditional side dishes

like cranberry sauce, green bean casserole,

and stuffing. And there will be plenty of beer

and wine to go around.

When we first moved here, I dreaded the

holiday season and feared it would be lonely.

But I’m not even remotely lonely. I’m busier

than ever and surrounded by so many amazing

women. They all understand how I feel, because

many of them are in the same situation,

far from family and the familiarity of “home”.

These next couple months are a time when

other expats may need a little extra support.

The AWC has been just that for me: a home

away from home, full of wonderful and supportive

women. And who knows, maybe I’ll

pick up a new tradition or two!


NOVEMBER 2018 11



by Melissa Rider

by Holly Savoie and Greetje Engelsman

Our Membership needs to grow! Help

recruit new Members by inviting

friends to our activities and events

throughout the year. If you are interested

in being on the Membership Team, please

send an email to awcthehague.membership@

Welcome New Members!

Pamela Domittner

Jen van Ginhoven

Emma Patterson

Royalty and Democracy in the


At Prinsjesdag (Princes’ Day) we celebrated

the beginning of the parliamentary year in

the Netherlands. And we enjoyed the tour of

the King and the Queen in the Golden Coach

in The Hague. But, what do you understand

about the relationship between democracy

and royalty (government, parliament and

the queen/king) in the Netherlands? How

does it work and who is the “boss”?

more information, please contact Greetje at

Thursday, December 6

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Join us at the AWC Clubhouse, to learn about

the differences between the U.S. and the

Netherlands. Greetje Engelsman is Dutch

and has always been interested in Dutch

democracy. As a child she was a royalist,

as all children are. Now she is a democrat

and has mixed feelings about royalty. For


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Ongoing Activities

Book Clubs

The AWC Book Clubs are open to all

readers, and new Members are especially

welcome! There are no requirements that

you must attend every meeting or lead

a discussion. Snacks are provided by a

different Member each month. There are

two Book Clubs hosted by AWC Members:

One in the daytime and one in the evening.

Questions? Teresa Mahoney organizes the

daytime group, and Dena Haggerty handles

the evening meetings. For more information,

please contact them at awcthehague. Happy reading!

Daytime Book Club

November Selection:

Educated: A Memoir by

Tara Westover

An unforgettable memoir

about a young, homeschooled

girl who leaves

her survivalist family

and goes on to earn

a PhD from Cambridge

University. Educated is

an account of the struggle

for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family

loyalty and of the grief that comes with

severing the closest of ties. With the acute

Daytime Book Club Reading List:

Wednesday, December 12: Factfulness: Ten

Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and

Why Things Are Better Than You Think by

Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling


Thursday, January 24: The Secret Scripture

(McNulty Family) by Sebastian Barry

insight that distinguishes all great writers,

Westover has crafted a universal coming-ofage

story that gets to the heart of what an

education is and what it offers: the perspective

to see one’s life through new eyes and

the will to change it.

Thursday, November 8 (note new date!)

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Daytime Book Club Recap – September

Sebastian Barry is a poet and we know it,

even though we’ve never read one of this

Irishman’s poems. In his ninth novel, Days

without End, Barry regales us with the

fluidity, the economy, the lyricism, and the

power of his remarkable skill with words.

Days without End is difficult to categorize.

It’s a colorful first-person narrative that takes

place all over the American western frontier

in the mid-1800s. Barry draws us in with a

cheery tale of two young teenage boys who,

out of desperation, become chaste ballroom

dancing partners for rough miners in a

settlement with no women. When the novel

turns into a bloodbath of the U.S. Army

butchering entire Indian villages without

remorse—and vice versa—we’re already

hooked. This book opened our eyes to the

savagery of the young United States but

is, at its core, a story of friendship among

the dispossessed, homosexual love, and

the building of a family. The protagonist,

Thomas —or Thomasina, depending on the

situation—and his lover adopt an Indian

girl whose family was murdered by their

Army regiment. We highly recommend

Days without End and we’ve already added

another Sebastian Barry novel to our reading


Evening Book Club Reading List:

Wednesday, December 12: A Gentleman in

Moscow by Amor Towles

Wednesday, January 9: The Only Story by

Julian Barnes

Evening Book Club

November Selection: A

Long Way from Home by

Peter Carey

A Long Way from Home is

Peter Carey’s latest style

masterpiece; a thrilling

high-speed story that starts

in one way, then takes you

to another place altogether.

Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British

Empire, painting a picture of the Queen and

her subjects, black, white and those in-between,

this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates

how the possession of an ancient culture

spirals through history and the love made

and hurt caused along the way.

Wednesday, November 14

7:30 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse



Chat, Craft & Cake

Chat, Craft and Cake is a weekly highlight

for those who enjoy crafts and camaraderie.

Whether your craft is knitting, quilting,

needlepoint or simply mending your

clothes, or whether you are a beginner or an

expert, you are welcome to join us. Fish that

UFO (Unfinished Object) out of the drawer

and get going on it again. CCandCer’s are

always ready with a helping hand, a lesson,

or some advice. Each week, a different

Member brings a cake—tried and >> 16

Cancellation Policy

Members may reserve a spot for an AWC tour, activity or

event in advance. Payment is required within five business

days of the reservation or before the deadline date (whichever

is sooner) otherwise your name will be moved to a waitlist.

It is the responsibility of the Member to notify the Club at to cancel a reservation

prior to the cancellation deadline. Please note that there will

be NO REFUNDS (no exceptions) after the cancellation deadline.

Members may find a substitute in lieu of cancellation

provided that arrangements are made with the tour, activity

or event organizer. Members shall be held responsible for

their guest reservations in accordance with this policy.

AWC Guest Policy

Guests are welcome

to participate in AWC

activities and tours

on a limited basis.

As a nonmember, a

guest is limited to

attend two functions

per calendar year

and will be charged

an additional

nonmember fee. Only

Members are entitled

to use babysitting



NOVEMBER 2018 15

Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 15

true, or experimental. Babysitting is not

available and there are lots of sharp objects

about (pins, needles, scissors and wit) so

we cannot accommodate children. Contact

Suzanne Dundas at awcthehague.crafts@ for more information

Every Tuesday

10 a.m. – Noon

AWC Clubhouse


Heart Pillow Project

Members work together to make heartshaped

pillows designed to help support

the arms of recent mastectomy patients.

Each pillow is made with TLC, wrapped,

and comes with a note signed by an AWC

volunteer. No sewing skills are needed, as

you can cut, stuff, or wrap the heart pillows.

We are proud to provide men and women

with something both practical and comforting,

and we know our work helps because

we often receive thank-you notes and emails

from the patients who have received a heart

pillow. For more information, please contact

Jan de Vries at awctehhague.heartpillow@

Tuesday, November 13

Noon – 2 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Visitors Welcome

Tennis League

Players needed! The AWC Tennis Group

plays doubles every Tuesday in Warmond.

Ladies move up and down the courts according

to a ladder tennis system. The emphasis

is on having fun! The League is available

for all levels except true beginners. Contact

Molly Boed at for

more information.

Every Tuesday

(except specific holidays TBD)

1 – 3 p.m.

Dekker Tennis Courts

Veerpolder 14, Warmond

€275 Members / €325 Nonmembers

Thirsty Thursday

Need a Ladies’ Night? Join us for the

November Thirsty Thursday at Paluco in the

van Hoytema neighborhood. Paluco closes

at 7 p.m. but is staying open for an exclusive

Thirsty Thursday. We do need a head

count, so please RSVP in GroupSpaces.

Contact Suzanne MacNeil at awcthehague. for more information.

Thursday, November 15

6 – 9 p.m.


Paul Gabriëlstraat 62 (Corner of Paul

Gabriëlstraat and van Hoytemastraat)

€15 for two drinks and food

Sign up on GroupSpaces >> 18


NOVEMBER 2018 17

Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 17

German Christmas Market and Tours

by Suzanne MacNeil

Walkie Talkies

Whether you count your steps or just want

to walk with friends, the Monday morning

Walkie Talkies is a fun, healthy and energetic

way to start the week. The group meets

in front of the Clubhouse before heading out

to walk to various destinations in the area,

usually racking up 10,000 steps along the

way. Sign up on GroupSpaces to receive

email updates or contact Emily van Eerten

a month without having to drive to the clubhouse.

One Member will host a casual coffee

at her home at 9:30 on the first Thursday

of every month. Prospective Members are

welcome too. Suzanne Dundas coordinates

these meetings and can be reached at Because

the location changes every month, contact

Suzanne if you are interested in attending or

for more information.

Thursday, November 1

9:30 a.m.


We’re heading to Aachen, Germany on

Tuesday, December 11 for our annual

Christmas Market trip. Aachen’s market is

considered one of the top five markets in

Europe! We’ll take a private coach from Den

Haag Centraal to Aachen, spend the morning

shopping and then be treated to an Englishlanguage

tour of the spectacular Aachen

Cathedral. Construction of the cathedral

started c. 790-800, it is a UNESCO World

Heritage site, and is Charlemagne’s burial

place. We’ll also tour the Aachen Cathedral

Treasury which houses a collection of sacred

gold and silver items including chalices and

alter pieces.

a medieval center, half-timbered houses, and

narrow cobblestone streets. We return to Den

Haag late on Wednesday by coach. If you

haven’t been to a German Christmas market,

this year’s trip is not to be missed, especially

if you haven’t tried glühwein!

or Greetje Engelsman at awcthehague.


9:30 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Sign up on GroupSpaces

Wassenaar Coffee & Conversation

If you live in or north of Wassenaar, join your

neighbors for coffee and conversation once

That evening we’ll dine together and may

want to drop in to the city’s spa to rest and rehab

after the busy day. Sabine Crowley and

Liduine Beckman are organizing the trip

and we’ll be staying at an Aachen hotel, with

more details to come. You can opt for a single

or double room, to be priced accordingly.

Wednesday, December 12, we will drive to

the neighboring town of Monschau, called

the Pearl of the Eifel. This small town boasts

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 11 - 12

Estimated cost € 200-250 (includes transportation,

hotel, spa, Aachen Cathedral

tour, and breakfast)

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:

November 20

Look for more details in eNews

If you are interested in joining us, please

email Suzanne MacNeil at awcthehague., for a head count to

finalize transportation details.


NOVEMBER 2018 19

One-of-a-Kind Activities

by Marsha Hagney

RSVP directly on AWC Direct any questions to

Payment must be made within 5 calendar days of reserving or your name will be moved to

a waitlist. Payment can be made in the Front Office by PIN or by bank transfer to the AWC

account NL42ABNA0431421757.

Visit from FAWCO’s Amanda


Amanda Lane,


Director of

the Collateral

R e p a i r

Project, will

be visiting

to discuss


Target Project:

Hope Beyond


This is a great opportunity to ask her questions

and learn more about the efforts to

support refugees. See the FAWCO article in

September’s Going Dutch for more information.

Monday, November 5

10:30 a.m. – Noon

AWC Clubhouse


Sign up on GroupSpaces

AWC Members, please connect

with us on LinkedIn



Tour of Private Art Collection

The AWC and The Arts are honored to offer

this very special activity. The collection you

will visit is a private art space that houses

a multidisciplinary collection spanning the

genres of painting, sculpture, photography,

installations and video. You will visit this

collection in a unique building which in part

is built eight meters underground. It is situated

close to The Hague; you will receive

location information once you have signed

up on GroupSpaces and confirm that you

will be taking part in the tour. For more information,

contact Jane Choy at jechow@

Tuesday, November 13

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Location will be provided upon


Maximum 22

€ 10 Members (€ 15 nonmembers)

(Late registration is possible, if there are

still spots available)

Sign up on GroupSpaces

Members: eNews Distribution

A weekly electronic newsletter

is sent to all AWC Members.

If you have not been receiving your

eNews, please contact Melissa at

Thanksgiving Ceremony and

Lunch in Leiden

Each year, Overseas Americans Remember

(OAR) hosts a wonderful non-denominational

Thanksgiving Ceremony at the

Pieterskerk in Leiden, where our Pilgrim

story began. After the ceremony, we will

have lunch at the Koetshuis de Burcht. This

restaurant sits at the base of a historic castle

ruin, built in the 11th century. For more information,

please see the articles on pages

26 and 27, or contact Greetje Engelsman at

Thursday, November 22

9:45 a.m. – Meet at Starbucks in Den

Haag Centraal Station

11:00 a.m. – Ceremony begins

FREE Ceremony (Lunch at own expense)

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:

November 20

Sign up on GroupSpaces

Chat, Craft and Cake – Open


Several Members joined our Club specifically

to participate in Chat, Craft and Cake,

so we are opening up one regular CCandC

meetings to the entire community. Think of

it as a recruitment morning. If you know of

anyone who enjoys crafts and would like

to craft along with a lively and welcoming

group, invite them to join us for our

November 27 meeting. We’ll be displaying

some of our completed projects and are

willing to advise on projects or solve a technical

problem or two. We welcome women

who do any sort of craft, from needlework

to quilting to scrapbooking to sewing. Invite

your friends to our open house and, remember,

all AWC Members are always welcome.

Contact Suzanne Dundas at awcthehague. for more information.

Tuesday, November 27

10:00 a.m. – Noon

AWC Clubhouse


German Christmas Market

We’re heading to Aachen, Germany for our

annual Christmas Market trip, with a stop in

Monschau! Please see Suzanne MacNeil’s

article on page 19 for more details & RSVP


Tuesday, December 11 –

Wednesday, December 12

Cost is estimated around € 200-250

(Food and shopping at own expense)

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:

November 20

Details TBA on eNews

NOVEMBER 2018 21

Photo credit: Aachen Tourist Service e.v.

Ho, Ho, Ho Holiday Bazaar

As the days are getting shorter, so is the

time to do your holiday shopping. Let the

AWC’s annual Holiday Bazaar take some

of your stress away! We have over 40 vendors

that will cover your every gift-giving

need. So much to highlight—where should

I begin? Let me just give you a sampling of

the vendors for you to explore…

Some of our new vendors:

Chocolate sculptures, by Anat Ratzabi

Vintage advertisements, by Srok Ads

Jewelry from nature, by Floralia Jewelry

Some of our returning vendors:

Romanian wine, by Roemwijn

Paintings of the Netherlands, by Typical


English books for youth, by Usborne Books

Can you give us a hand to share the holiday

spirit at the Holiday Bazaar? We’re

looking for volunteers:

• Entry Table: Welcome visitors and

sell entry tickets

• Floor Monitors: Help as needed

• Bake Sale: Selling at the Bazaar, as

well as baking

• Raffle Table: Sell raffle tickets and

highlight all the wonderful donations

• Payment Tables: Accept payment

for goods using a PIN machine and

tallying funds received. No prior experience

needed, just a comfort with

taking payments.

by Jaimie Keppel

Some of our Members who are

returning vendors:

Essential oils, by Ginny Mees

Handmade cookie dough, by Julie Otten

Handmade 3D Christmas cards, by yours

truly (Jaimie Keppel)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, November 10

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, November 11

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hilton Hotel, Zeestraat 356, Den Haag

Entry: € 2 Adults / Children FREE

Kids’ Corner: Now you can leave your

child in the good hands of the Playball

volunteers while you shop!

€ 5 per child, ages 2 to 10

It’s Fun to Give as Well as Receive

by Jaimie Keppel

Will you come and help? Please contact

our master Volunteer organizer Laurie

Martecchini at

to let her know in what area you’d like to

work and your availability.


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Meet us in the Kids’ Corner at

the Holiday Bazaar


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Thanksgiving Day Service

by Roberta Enschede, Coordinator

We hope you will join us at the historic

Pieterskerk on Thanksgiving morning. A

Catholic priest, Protestant and Anglican

ministers, a rabbi and a cantor will conduct

a non-denominational service. Bring your

Dutch friends and friends from all nations

and beliefs. This is a service for everyone

and everyone is welcome!

Thanksgiving in the Pieterskerk in Leiden

is unique. In that church, the Pilgrims recorded

their births, marriages and deaths.

Their Minister John Robinson was once interred

there. They lived in its surroundings

from 1609 to 1620. Some of their descendants

still live in Leiden. In fact, the Koet

family are the only non-Americans who are

members of the Mayflower Society. Ria

Koet is Dutch and a direct descendant of

Moses Fletcher, a signer of the Mayflower

Compact. She will talk about what the

Pilgrim’s story means to her and her family.

There will be music and hymns we love

to sing. Coincidentally, a hymn familiar to

most Americans, “We Gather Together” is

originally the Dutch hymn, Wilt Heden Nu

Treden.” Mayor Henri Lenferink of Leiden

will welcome the congregation and the

Honorable Shawn Crowley, the US Chargé

D’Affaires will share his thoughts. The

Scouts of all ages will Present the Colors

and “Little Pilgrims” will walk with them.

JAKK, the American School chorale group

will sing and, for the first time, the ASH

String Ensemble will play during the offering.

A young student will speak of his

memories and a small child will share her

Children’s Prayer on Thanksgiving.

In Leiden, one feels how inextricably the

values of the American nation are linked

with the Netherlands. The story of a group

of English dissenters who were welcomed

I felt a respect and veneration upon entering the church at Leiden.


~ Abigail Adams

there and able to live and worship freely

and even publish at a time when freedom

of religion and the press were certainly not

the norm, is a Dutch story, an American

story and a story of all nations that aspire

to be free today.

On the occasion of the first visit of a sitting

American President to the Netherlands,

the Pieterskerk was the chosen site for

President George H.W. Bush to speak. The

Bush family traces their ancestry to Francis

Cooke, also a signer of the Mayflower

Compact and a Leiden pilgrim. President

photo credit to Pieterskerk Leiden

Barack Obama has family roots in Leiden

too —the Blossom family who sailed on the

second Mayflower in 1628.

Some historians speculate that the idea

of Thanksgiving after a winter of hunger

might have come from Leiden. After the

Hunger Time in 1574, when the Spanish

Siege was lifted, there was a Service of

Thanksgiving in the Pieterskerk that continued

year after year. Though the Pilgrims

were Separatists and did not worship there,

perhaps after that first harvest and their

hunger winter, they remembered the stories

of the Hunger Time in Leiden and were

familiar with the service of thanks in the


by Greetje Engelsman

You won’t forget Thanksgiving in Leiden.

We hope you will join us.


Please bring some cookies for coffee after

the service.

CAR POOL if possible!

(Unless you have a Permit from the

Pieterserk, you will be ticketed if you park

in the area in front of the church!)

Thursday, November 22

11 a.m.

Pieterskerk, Leiden



Sponsored by OAR – Overseas Americans Remember

Thanksgiving Day Lunch

Each year, Overseas Americans Remember

(OAR) hosts a wonderful non-denominational

Thanksgiving Ceremony at the

Pieterskerk in Leiden, where our Pilgrim

story began. Please see the article on

the facing page, by Roberta Enschede,

Coordinator for OAR.

We will meet at Starbucks in Den Haag

Cenraal Station at 9:45 a.m., to travel to

Leiden Centraal Station by train (bring your

O.V. Chipcard). In Leiden, the group will

walk from the station to the Pieterskerk to

listen to the Thanksgiving ceremony. The

church opens at 10 a.m., and the ceremony

begins at 11 a.m.

After the ceremony, we will have lunch at

the Koetshuis de Burcht. This restaurant sits

at the base of a historic castle ruin, built in

the 11th century. It was a coach house from

1657, until being opened as a restaurant in

1981. For more information, please contact

Greetje Engelsman at awcthehague.

Thursday, November 22

9:45 a.m. – Meet at Starbucks in Den

Haag Centraal Station

11 a.m. – Ceremony begins

FREE Ceremony (Lunch at own


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November 20

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November 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat


2 3

Save the Dates:

December 11–12: Aachen Christmas Market

December 14: Christmas Lunch

February 21: Handbag Auction

Wassenaar Coffee and

Conversation 9:30 a.m.

Guided Tour of Dutch

Masters from British Country

Houses 6 p.m.

4 5


7 8

9 10

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.

Presentation from FAWCO’s

Amanda Lane 10:30 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

AWC Holiday Bazaar

11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

11 12

Buddy Check 12


Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.



16 17

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Tour of Private Art

Collection 10:30 a.m.

Coffee 10 a.m.

November Annual Meeting

10:30 a.m.

AWC Holiday Bazaar

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Heart Pillow Workshop


AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Evening Book Club

7:30 p.m.

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.

18 19

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m


Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

21 22

Thanksgiving Ceremony

and lunch in Leiden

9:45 a.m. at CS / 11 a.m. at

the Pieterskerk

23 24

Happy Thanksgiving

25 26

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m


Special Chat, Craft & Cake

Open House and Display

10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

28 29 30


NOVEMBER 2018 29

Restaurant Recommendations (NEW!)

by Audrey Goodman

AWC Member Jessie Rodell came up with the wonderful idea of adding a Restaurant

Recommendations section to the magazine. This is a work in progress, so feedback is

wanted and welcome. I’ve started with a few of my favorite restaurants, but I certainly

hope future issues will contain selections from other Members. Please feel free to email your

comments and recommendations to

Tri Tunggal

This is absolutely my favorite Indonesian

restaurant, and the service is fantastic.

Space is limited, so reservations are recommended.

Noordeinde 143, 2514 GG, Den Haag

070 360 0152

Indonesian, Asian, (vegetarian friendly)

€€ - €€€

Monday – Friday, 6 – 10 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 5 – 10 p.m.

Little V

The lunchboxes and their specialty (nonalcoholic)

iced teas are simply amazing. A

must-visit venue in the city center.

Rebbijn Maarssenplein 21, 2512 HJ, Den


070 392 1230

Vietnamese, Asian (vegetarian friendly)

€€ - €€€

Tuesday – Sunday

Lunch: Noon – 3 p.m.

Dinner: 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Encore by Simonis

A beautiful view and wonderful food make

this a great spot for a date-night, or to celebrate

a special occasion.

Doctor Lelykade 5, 2583 CL,


070 306 0070

Seafood, Sushi


Monday – Thursday, 5 – 11 p.m.

Friday – Sunday, Noon – 11 p.m.


NOVEMBER 2018 31

AWC and the Arts

by Jane Choy, AWC Member and Mauritshuis Docent

RSVP for all Arts Activities directly on


Direct any questions to


Back BBQ

Tour of a Private Art Collection

The AWC and The Arts are honored to offer

this very special activity. The collection you

will visit is a private art space that houses

a multidisciplinary collection which spans

the genres of painting, sculpture, photography,

installations, and video. You will visit

this collection in a unique building which is

partly built 26 feet (8 meters) underground.

It is situated close to The Hague.

You will receive the information about the

location once you have signed up on Group

Spaces and confirm that you will be taking

part in the tour. For further information,

contact Jane Choy at

Tuesday, November 13

10:30 a.m. – Noon

Location will be provided upon


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Maximum 22 / No Minimum


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Credit: de Volkskrant

The Dutch Daily

by Eileen Harloff

Good Luck, Wilson!

There is no one solution to the problem of

large collections of plastic and other materials

in the world’s oceans. Obviously,

the place to start is where plastic items are

made, used and disposed of. The harbors of

many cities are often regarded as garbage

disposal sites for food and unwanted items

of everyday use. And when the debris of

one city goes out to sea and joins the debris

of other cities, the eventual result is one

huge circle which swerves about with some

items ending up on the sea bottom, while

the rest of it morphs into one huge plastic

soup. Local and national governments are

adopting and attempting to enforce laws

relating to trash and waste disposal, now

and in the future. But the results of former

years’ habits are still floating around in the

world’s seas, a danger to sea creatures, fish

and those who eat them, and sea birds.

Last year we reported on the idea of the

now 24-year-old former Delft Technical

University student, Boyan Slat, who was

working on a way to clean up the oceans

by way of a large U-shaped “plastic gatherer”.

His idea received wide attention and

last summer a trial run took place outside

Scheveningen Harbor. This resulted in

technical changes and a great deal of interest

from scientists, environmentalist technicians

and the general public. And now

the gatherer, named “Wilson” after the volleyball

that kept Tom Hanks company in

the film Cast Away, has been launched in

San Francisco’s harbor and is under way to

attack “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”,

which is estimated to contain some 1.8 billion

plastic items. Wilson consists of a tube

600 meters long that will become U-shaped

by the force of the currents. It contains

lamps and sensor-location determiners to

warn ships, and a screen underneath which

will drive the plastic together and under

which fish can swim. Will Wilson be able

to withstand the harsh conditions of the

ocean, where the waves can be 12 meters

high? Will it indeed sweep up the plastic?

Will there be any as-yet unknown after effects?

And will it be possible to recycle the

plastic? Time will tell.

The Story of the Wooden Bicycle

The former “night mayor” of The Hague,

René Bom, was renowned for riding his

wooden bicycle through the city streets

until two years ago when his vehicle was

stolen while parked outside his house. This

past summer a Facebook user saw, to his

astonishment, a picture of a wooden bicycle

that was up for sale on a Polish website.

He informed Mr. Bom of this fact and Bom

confirmed that it was indeed his long-lost

cycle, as could be proved by the tear in the

saddle’s covering and the wooden steering

bar. Feeling like a detective, the Facebook

user then contacted the Polish seller and

convinced him that the bicycle had in fact

been stolen in The Hague. Arrangements

were then made for it to be taken to a spot

Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

Credit: Oertijdmuseum Credit: René Bom

in Poland from where it could be returned

to The Hague. Once in The Hague, the bicycle

was taken to the shop where it had

been purchased, was renovated and renewed,

and was then brought back to its

owner. The end of the story, though, is that

not only the original but also an electric

version was delivered to the delighted Mr.

Bom, who had originally purchased the

wooden bike and had been a long-time customer.

For Bough Bikes it was a gesture of

friendship intended to give him a new start.

A Diplo for Ourselves

Have you ever seen or heard of a

diplodocus? Probably some young people

who are interested in paleontology will

answer, “Yes”, while the rest of us will ask,

“What is it?” The answer, not surprisingly,

is that it is a long-necked dinosaur who

lived on this earth 150 million or so years

ago. Its bones were found in Wyoming quite

a while ago and since then have been lying

for many years in the basement of a Swiss

museum. Now these bones, and a bit of

skin, are being reconstructed in a speciallyequipped

laboratory and will eventually

be on display in the Oertijdmuseum

(Prehistoric Museum), in Boxtel, the

Netherlands. During the reconstruction

period of three years visitors can view

the daily work in progress. The museum

already has replicas of a diplodocus inside

and outside the building, but having a real

skeleton—even if its long neck is made of

artificial material—is a matter of pride.

The Boxtel diplo will be the third of its

kind in Europe.


• The Hague is one of two cities in the

Netherlands with the most 100-yearold

citizens. According to a study by

the Central Bureau of Statistics, the

largest number of people over 100

live in Rotterdam, with 107 residents

over a century old. The Hague has 91

residents over 100, of which 82 are

women and only 9 are men. Together

they form 3.4% of the total population.

In the nearby city of Zoetermeer,

15 women and 1 man are older than

100; in Delft there are 11 women;

and in Westland there are 13 women

and 1 man who have reached the century

number. The oldest woman in

the country lives in Gorinchem and is

113-year-old Geertje Kuijntjes.

• Despite protests from both sexes,

a study undertaken by Leiden

University has determined that when

it comes to map reading, there is no

difference in ability between men and

women. The findings go on to say

that men overestimate themselves,

while women are better at it than they

think they are. Clearly stereotypes

play a role in which one sex is better

at a task than the other sex. This was

a conclusion following a testing of

8,000 people of all ages, who were

asked to play an online game in which

they were shown a video whereby they

were required to follow a route on an

unknown planet. They were then asked

questions, requiring them to point out

where certain items were located,

which had been passed by in the game.

The result was barely any difference

between men and women.


NOVEMBER 2018 35

FAWCO Corner

by Julie Mowat, AWC The Hague FAWCO Representative

Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, a United Nations NGO with

consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council

• is a wonderful website

with lots of information. As a Member

of AWC The Hague, you are automatically

a member of FAWCO. Check out

their website and sign up. There are

several monthly newsletters that you

can receive if you wish. Topics include

issues on human rights, the U.N., environment,

health, education and U.S.


• Our Biennial conference will be held

in Edinburgh, Scotland from March 21

to 24, 2019. All are welcome to join.

Please go to for registration

information. It should be very interesting

and fun.

• Our target fundraiser for Hope Beyond

Displacement (February 21 —more

details to follow) will be our popular

Handbag Auction. We are adding a

new item this year—art! If you have

art that you loved but now needs a new

home, please consider donating to our

auction. And, of course, your handbags

as usual!

November 25 begins the yearly U.N.

Human Rights 16 Days Campaign.

This is a campaign to end gender-based

violence. The FAWCO Human Rights

Team has decided to make this a yearlong

campaign. We will be sharing info

throughout the year. We are recommending

that everyone watch the movies

Miss Representation and the Mask

You Live In. If there is interest, perhaps

a group viewing of one or both films

can be arranged. Let Julie Mowat or

Terri Mahoney know!

• If you are repatriating to the U.S.,

FAUSA (alumni of FAWCO) is a great

group to join. Check out their website


• CSW63 and the NGO Forum will

be held at the U.N. in New York

from March 11 to 22, 2019. If you’re

interested in global women’s rights,

join the FAWCO delegation. You do not

have to attend both weeks of CSW; you

can do both—experience CSW and go

to the FAWCO Biennial Conference!

Check out details at


NOVEMBER 2018 37

High Altitude Trekking – Part I

by Melissa White

Two weeks before departing for Nepal,

James joined me, Carlin and Kent for a long

weekend of trekking in the Lake District in

England. We started with a hike to the top of

Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England.

The following day we hiked up Scafell Pike,

England’s highest peak at 3,209 feet (978

meters), which made the hike to Helvellyn

look like a walk in the park. The path started

out interesting enough with several waterfalls

and stream crossings, but eventually we

reached boulder fields. Little did I know just

what good preparation this hike would be for


After spending two nights in Kathmandu in

late August, we had an early wake-up call

for our flight into the Himalayas. We were

lucky since all flights were cancelled due

to poor weather the day before to Lukla,

Nepal’s second highest airport at 9,334 feet

(2,845 meters). It is considered one of the

world’s most dangerous airports due to its

very short runway of 1,729 feet (527 meters)

with a 12% gradient ending in a mountainside.

Our 14-seater plane had no overhead

bins; our daypacks were wedged in front of

our seats. I ended up sitting behind the copilot

and could see out of the windshield. We

were given cotton to protect our ears against

the loud engine sounds. The 35-minute flight

was quite smooth and never actually scary.

It was remarkable how fast the passengers

and luggage were off-loaded and re-loaded.

Our guide Ishor was on the next flight. He explained

that since tourists pay $150 per flight

and locals only pay $50, tourists always have

priority. Once Ishor was on the mountain, he

would stay there until the trekking season

was over in late-November with no visits

home to see his wife and toddler son until the

two month break between seasons.

The trek began! We walked just above the

runway and then through the village of

Lukla. Ishor got our trekking permits and we

passed under the National Luminary Pasan

Lhamu Memorial Gate, dedicated to the >> 40

Although I can’t remember when the

topic of trekking in the Himalayas to

Everest Base Camp (EBC) first came

up, I do remember the logic: this trip would

be a compromise to allow my friend Kent to

see Mount Everest without having to climb

to the top of the world. Two summers ago my

husband James and I hiked across England

with Kent and his wife Carlin, so it wasn’t

surprising when we were invited on this latest

adventure. James was in the midst of starting

a new company, so he couldn’t commit to the

almost three-week trip or the dozens of training

hikes. Financially it was a bad time for me to

be splurging on a trip without him, but I found

it impossible to pass up this once-in-a-lifetime

opportunity. I started thinking about who could

join me and I quickly thought of my old Going

Dutch partner-in-crime, Teresa Mahoney. I was

thrilled when she said yes.

By November 2017, Kent had booked a private

tour for the four of us with Himalayan

Wonders (,

a trekking company based in Kathmandu,

Nepal, that he’d been referred to by some

folks he’d met while climbing. Kent always

does his homework and books a local trekking/climbing

company for their expertise on

the route as well as the culture.

Our training got off to a slow start as we

didn’t begin walking together until April, and

it was rare for the four of us to be in the same

place at the same time. We also knew that no

matter how far we walked in flat Holland, it

wouldn’t be enough to properly prepare us

for the steep hills of the Himalayas, so we

needed to get further afield. Teresa ramped

up quickly by hiking for a week in coastal

England and then for another week around

the base of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s

highest peak.


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High Altitude Trekking (cont.)

Continued from page 39

first Nepalese woman to climb to the summit

of Mount Everest in 1993 (unfortunately, she

did not survive the descent due to bad weather).

The scenery was beautiful with lush

greenery and amazing waterfalls. As usual, I

was the weakest link on the rocky bits, going

very slowly whether we were going uphill or


At one point on that first day, we stopped

for a slight rest and to buy some water (tap

water would need to be purified, so we usually

bought bottled water). That particular

teahouse’s idea of a toilet was rather novel:

an outhouse with three planks with gaps in

between to stand over the ground. I’ll spare

you the descriptions of the many other less

than stellar loos that we encountered. Just

know that we always carried toilet paper and

hand sanitizer.

Teresa and I were both quite nervous when

we encountered our first suspension bridge,

mostly because we were worried that there

might be a way to fall. Once we discovered

that the bridges were very well constructed

with absolutely no way to fall, our fears

evaporated. In fact, the following day we

crossed five suspension bridges and didn’t

even hold on as we were too excited about

taking photos to be worried. The highest

at 425 feet (130 meters) above the raging

Dudh Kosi River was named in honor of Sir

Edmund Hillary, in 1953 the first non-Nepalese

to climb Everest.

We also encountered our first of many yak

trains. Yak and yak/cow hybrids are used to

carry heavy loads up and down the mountain.

I should mention that there are no cars anywhere

in the Khumbu region (also known as

the Everest region). The closest bus goes to

Jiri, but that is still a ten-day hike away from

the airport. While the same plane that flew us

to Lukla can apparently fold down the seats

to carry cargo, and helicopters can bring

cargo to several of the mountain villages, the

majority of goods and food are carried by

yaks, mules or human porters. There is definitely

a “yak tax,” meaning that the higher

up the mountain you go, the higher the costs.

I had read several warnings to make sure to

always keep against the mountainside when

being passed by a yak train, so a wayward

yak doesn’t accidentally bump you off into

the abyss.

Our group had two porters carrying our four

duffel bags containing clothes, toiletries and

sleeping bags. These “trekking porters” were

hired for the duration of our trek and were

paid by the job. The porters carrying goods

and food are paid based on the total weight

and distance. We saw porters carrying some

crazy large loads of goods ranging from giant

steel bars, rice, mattresses, toilet paper and a

small freezer. It seems that many Westerners

have been misusing the word Sherpa as it is

actually the last name for an ethnic group native

to the eastern Himalayas. Not all Sherpas

are porters or mountain guides nor are all

porters or mountain guides Sherpas. Ishor is

not a Sherpa, but he worked first as a trekking

porter until his English was good enough for

him to become a guide.

With two exceptions to allow us to better acclimatize

to the high altitudes, we spent just

a single night in each teahouse as we made

our way up. Each had the same basic design:

a large and cozy dining room with benches

along the outer wall, tables and chairs, a

stove that could burn wood, oil or yak dung,

plus guest rooms with no heat. We always

ate dinner and breakfast wherever we were

staying, and the food was surprisingly good.

The higher we were up the mountain, >> 42


NOVEMBER 2018 41

High Altitude Trekking (cont.)

Continued from page 41

the higher the risk of food having spoiled

from lack of refrigeration, as most had been

transported up from Katmandu. All of our accommodations

had electricity and one or two

Western toilets in the hallway. A few were

even en suite, ranging from a decent two-star

down to barely a one-star made of plywood.

Once we were above 12,800 feet (3,900 meters),

there was no running water, so we used

buckets of water to flush the toilet. At the

highest elevations, we were happy to rent hot

water bottles to keep us toasty warm in our

sleeping bags.

Technically we started our trek at the end

of monsoon season, about two weeks before

the peak trekking season begins. Ishor

called many of the waterfalls “monsoon waterfalls,”

because they are only active during

monsoon season (June through August); this

was an unexpected advantage of taking a

risk in trekking before the season officially

started. Another advantage was the lack of

crowds both on the trail and in the teahouses.


We were especially fortunate that it never

poured on us. While there were heavy rains

most days, we were safely inside before they

were fully unleashed in the late afternoons.

I wished that I had bought a proper poncho

to fit over me and my pack as Teresa did: I

looked like a complete goofball whenever it

did start to rain, in the hot pink poorly fitting

poncho that I purchased on the mountain.

Unlike in England where we hiked up, up,

up and then down, down, down, we encountered

a constant series of up and down referred

to as “Nepali Flat.” There was nothing

flat about it! It was not uncommon for us to

get excited that we had successfully climbed

1,200 feet only to discover that we would be

losing all of the gain during the next descent.

What Ishor would call “gradual,” I would often

call “steep.” I got in the habit of hiking

directly behind him and just locking my eyes

onto his shoes while trying to ignore how difficult

or scary the trail was. This was especially

successful when we reached a dreaded

boulder field next to rushing glacial waters.

Just like at Scafell Pike, I heard Kent in my

head: Don’t intellectualize it, just do it!

Ironically, one of the best ways to avoid altitude

sickness is to go slow. Ishor kept saying,

“slowly, slowly,” but I just laughed as

I only had one speed. Unfortunately, Teresa

got fairly sick on our third night, but she got

a good night’s sleep and started taking the

high altitude sickness medicine and was fully

recovered by the next morning, which was a

huge relief. I avoided the medicine until the

seventh day when I had a bit of a breakdown

after my oxygen levels read very low; luckily,

I felt better the next day in time for the big

push to EBC.

Once we crossed above the tree line, the terrain

changed drastically to that of an alien

landscape. There were some bushes, but

mostly just rocks and dirt with a mossy covering.

It was crazy to realize that we were now

higher than any mountain in Western Europe.

Our final day to EBC started with a four-hour

trek to Gorak Shep, the highest trekker’s village

in Nepal at 16,800 feet (5,125 meters),

where we would be eating lunch and then

later spending the night.

After lunch, we lightened our day packs for

the big climb to EBC. Ishor suggested that

I hire 21-year-old Sagar to carry my bag as

he knew that I would be struggling in the

high altitude. I was worried how I would access

my hydration pack, which I referred to

as my morphine drip since I seemed to be in

constant need of water and electrolytes, but

Sagar made it easy for me to grab my drinking

tube whenever I needed it. Nonetheless, I

was still so slow that I suggested that Teresa,

Carlin, Kent and Ishor go on without me. I

had set a turnaround time since I didn’t want

to be stuck out after dark and wasn’t confident

that I’d make it up to the camp. By then

it had started to lightly hail, so I put on my

lovely hot pink poncho.

I was so thrilled that Teresa and gang were

still at the site when I arrived about 15 minutes

behind them. We all hugged―it was very

emotional. It was also a bit anticlimactic: as

it was not Everest climbing season (May –

June), there were no tents. There’s also no

view of Everest from this spot at 17,600 feet

(5,364 meters), which is ironic, but at least

we’d been warned. Most importantly, we set

ourselves a goal, and on our eighth day of

trekking we succeeded. The following morning

began with an optional trail to Kalapather

to watch the sunrise over the peaks. I opted

to sleep in, but Teresa, Carlin and Kent thoroughly

enjoyed seeing Everest in all of its


To be honest, I never actually saw Everest,

but I saw enough other beautiful peaks to

more than make up for any disappointment.

Most of all, I am proud of what we accomplished.

We only hiked for a little more than

three hours on our first day, but most days we

trekked for six to eight hours. We had two

so-called “rest days” to help with acclimatization,

and yet we hiked for over four hours

on each of those as well. We were by far the

oldest group of trekkers that we saw while

on the mountain. The majority of the groups

were university kids; the only other group we

encountered around our age had helicoptered

up and were only hiking down. Of course,

what goes up must come down, so I will continue

our adventure to get off the mountain in

another issue. >> 44

NOVEMBER 2018 43

High Altitude Trekking (cont.)

Message from the President (cont.)

Continued from page 8

have family visiting for the holiday, be sure

to bring them! You can read the details of

the non-denominational service on page 26.

What about the rest of the holidays?

Chanukah? Christmas? Kwanzaa? The Club

is getting into the spirit with our annual trip

to a German Christmas market. This year

we’ll head to Aachen, which sits close to the

borders of both Belgium and the Netherlands.

While Aachen doesn’t have a large Christmas

market, it is ranked in the top five of Christmas

markets in Europe. The market sits at the foot

of the Aachen Cathedral, founded sometime

around 800 A.D. You’ll be able to taste traditional

glühwein, a mulled cider, that will

warm your insides if the weather is chilly.

The details are still being sorted as I write this

letter, so look for more information in eNews,

Facebook, and emails. Whichever holiday

you celebrate, there are always trinkets and

gifts that are perfect for everyone you share

your holiday with in the Netherlands or your

home country.

Absolutely. But being with my AWC friends

will help make up for that piece of my heart

that tugs at me this time of year. I hope you

find yourself in the company of those you

love, whether related by blood or this crazy

expat life! I wish you a happy Thanksgiving.

Tot ziens,


Will I miss my sons, my mom, my siblings,

and my stepfamily this Thanksgiving?

NOVEMBER 2018 45

Thank You from Puerto Rico to Our AWC

by Roberta Enschede

The Puerto Rican town of Comerío

has been adopted by the Puerto Rican

Agenda, and is the recipient of the

Club’s contribution of $ 4,160. The donation

is being used to help in the Rescue, Relief,

and Rebuild efforts that are taking place in

Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane

Maria, which is still reeling from the storm’s

devastating effects more than one year later.

office of my congressman, Luis Gutierrez

(D-IL.). His parents were both born in Puerto

Rico and I knew he was deeply involved in

the recovery efforts. His aides referred me to

the Puerto Rican Agenda of Chicago. I visited

their humble offices and spoke with Professor

José Lopez, their senior advisor. After I spoke

with him and met other caring, committed

people, I was convinced we were in the right

place. Our AWC did what it has always done;

helped people in need. Puerto Rico is not an

ocean away to us, it is part of who we are.

Our efforts to help Puerto Rico began immediately

after the hurricane struck and the

2017-2018 AWC Board agreed to help! I was

not surprised, just very moved. To find out

where and how we could help, I called the

Credit: The Puerto Rican Cultural Center


NOVEMBER 2018 47


Crossing Border Festival

Ever since the first edition in 1993, Crossing

Border has examined the frontiers of music

and language in the city center of The Hague.

It has expanded to become one of the most

progressive international music and literature

festivals in Europe featuring more than

100 artists ranging from renowned names to

promising upcoming talent.

Thru November 4

Various venues in Den Haag Centrum

Affordable Art Fair

This four-day event presents a wide array of

contemporary art from a variety of galleries.

You can find thousands of original paintings,

prints, sculptures and photography all under

one roof, with pieces from € 100 to € 6,000.

The work of young, emerging artists hangs

alongside some of the biggest household


Thursday, November 1 to

Sunday, November 4

De Kromhouthal

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, Amsterdam

Annual Church Bazaar

The American Protestant Church of The

Hague will host its 61st Annual Bazaar. You

can savor appetizing dishes and delicacies

from the international kitchen, as well as

shop for books, clothing, accessories, arts

and crafts, and more. Free entrance with

proceeds from sales to support charities


Saturday, November 3

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Esther de Boer-van Rijklaan 20,

Den Haag

13th Leiden Film Festival

The Leiden Film Festival (LIFF) showcases

feature films that examine the border

between art-house and mainstream cinema

from all over the world. This year’s theme

is Famously Unknown. The American Indie

Competition is LIFF’s main event that focuses

entirely on young American talents

who are yet unknown to international audiences.

Friday, November 2 to

Sunday, November 11

Various locations in Leiden

IamExpat Fair in The Hague

The IamExpat Fair is designed for global

citizens with local needs. It features stands

from dozens of companies and organizations

working in housing, careers, education,

expat services, health, leisure, and

family needs. Free workshops and presentations

will take place throughout the day.

Entrance is free with online registration at

Saturday, November 10

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Grote Kerk, Den Haag

GLOW Eindhoven

At this annual free festival, dozens of light

artists give Eindhoven’s facades and public

spaces in the city center an entirely new face

as nightfall changes the colors and shapes

on the city’s streets. The theme of GLOW

2018 is Shadow & Light, a reminder that

without shadow and light there is only a

gray landscape.

Saturday, November 10 to

Saturday, November 17

6:30 p.m. each night

The Arts Society Lecture

Art, Politics and Pestilence in

Renaissance Sienna

Italian painter Duccio di Buoninsegna

founded the Sienese school in the early

14th century with its refined, gracefully

linear and decorative approach. Simone

Martini was his pupil and had strong ties to

the courts of Naples, Milan and Avignon. It

was Siena’s Golden Age. Lecturer Jeremy

Boudreau is the Head of History of Art at

the British Institute in Florence.

Tuesday, November 13

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Lecture begins at 8 p.m.

Cultural Centrum Warenar

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar

Nonmember fee is € 13

Sinterklaas Arrival

Sinterklaas arrives from Spain in the

Netherlands every year on the second or

third weekend in November, visiting different

towns at various times. He will arrive

aboard the SS Madrid in Scheveningen

Harbor on Saturday, November 17. After

his arrival at 10:30, he will make his way

on his white horse, accompanied by a full

parade of Zwarte Piets, through the streets

of Scheveningen and the Statenkwartier into

The Hague Centrum. Even if you don’t have

young children, this annual event is uniquely

Dutch and is quite a wonderful sight.

Saturday, November 17 >> 50


NOVEMBER 2018 49

Announcements (cont.)

Continued from page 49

International Food Fair

The Parish of the Church of Our Saviour

sponsors this large International Food Fair

every November for charity, this year for

the 50th time. The diverse members of the

parish community come together to provide

entertainment and to prepare and sell their

own national food specialties, wines and pastries.

There are kids’ activities, a raffle, used

book sale and flea market. The proceeds are

donated to small charitable organizations for

projects such as beekeeping, women’s support

and children’s education. In 2017, the

fair raised € 44,000 with 100% of the proceeds

dispersed to charities around the world.

Saturday, November 17

Noon – 6:30 p.m.

Francois Vatel School

Granaathorst 20, Den Haag

FREE entrance


Antique and Art Fair

PAN Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ premier

art and antiques fair, is renowned for

its high-quality, international offerings by

110 galleries of paintings, furniture, maps,

prints and sculptures from the 16th century

to the present. The common denominator is

that all the objects are vetted by a group of

70 experts for authenticity, artistic quality

and condition. Prices range from € 500 to

€ 500,000. Over 45,000 visitors, from museum

curators to private art enthusiasts, are

attracted to this fair every year.

Sunday, November 18 to

Sunday, November 25

Amsterdam RAI Parkhal, Europaplein

St. Andrew’s Charity Ball

The St. Andrew’s Society hosts a yearly

charity ball in celebration of St. Andrew’s

Day (the feast day of St. Andrew, the patron

saint of Scotland). A highlight will be

Scottish dancing to live music for enthusiasts

of all abilities. Bringing a dance partner

is unnecessary. The € 99 ticket includes a

four-course dinner with haggis, wine with

dinner and dancing throughout the evening.

Kilts are optional. Tickets may be purchased

from Marion at If

you want to practice a few dances before the

ball, you are welcome to join the Reel Club

which meet on Fridays in the British School

at Diamanthorst 16 in The Hague from 8 –

10 p.m.

Saturday, November 24

6:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Van Stolkweg 1, Den Haag

Iris van Herpen, couture collection Ludi

Naturae, 2018 Photo by Jean Baptiste


Fashion Exhibit

From November 17 through March 24, the

Gemeentemuseum will host the first ever

fashion exhibition in history devoted exclusively

to female designers: Femmes Fatales

– Strong Women in Fashion. Never before

have so many fashion houses been run by

a female designer, some of whom are very

vocal about their views on women’s rights

and politics. The work of a range of famous

Dutch and international designers

will be featured, including: Coco Chanel,

Vivienne Westwood, Miuccia Prada, Maria

Grazia Chiuri for Dior, Sarah Burton for

Alexander McQueen, Clare Waight Keller

for Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and Iris

van Herpen. In addition to the internationally

famous names, the exhibition will also

consider the women behind the scenes of

many fashion houses, whose far-reaching

influence is something that has been completely

overlooked in fashion history.

Saturday, November 17 to

Sunday, March 24

Gemeentemuseum, Stadhouderslaan 41,

Den Haag

Jack and the Beanstalk, a


Distinctively British, a panto is a popular

form of family entertainment incorporating

song, dance, slapstick comedy, cross-dressing

and audience participation. This holiday

season, the Anglo-American Theatre Group

(AATG) invites you to follow the exploits of

Jack and his mother, Dame Trot, as they try

to find the money to pay the rent before the

nasty Baron throws them out of their house.

Friday, December 7 to

Sunday, December 9

Theatre aan het Spui

Spui 187, Den Haag

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Proost! Questionnaire

Answers by Anna-Lena Thuren-Vogel

Why are you living in the Netherlands, and

when did you arrive?

We moved to the Netherlands about three

years ago, because of my husband’s work.

What do you love best about living here?

It’s close to our families in Germany and

Finland. I also really appreciate the Dutch

way of enjoying life.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Perfect happiness doesn’t happen every day,

as it shouldn’t. That moment that lasts for a

few minutes, when you think: Now I’m really

happy. And it can be anywhere, at any


What is it about the AWC that you most


Meeting nice people and doing something

good for society.

Which travel experience made you the


I cannot just mention one experience, it’s

so many things coming together. Meeting

people, culture and just letting go of everyday


What is your favorite travel purchase?

I got six hand carved wooden plates from


Which locations haven’t been ticked off

your bucket list?

Still so many, but Australia and Japan, just

to mention two.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to speak more languages and

be able to sing.

Who’s a better chef at home, you or your

partner, and why?

We are both decent chefs, but I’m better in

cleaning up afterwards.

What’s your hobby?

I love to travel!

Which living person do you most admire?

I really admire people that have experienced

hard times in whatever shape and form, who

come out stronger on the other side.

What is your most treasured possession?

All the great memories I have from people

I have met along my journey through life.

Where is your favorite place in the


I love the sea, so wherever I can find that

spot I am at ease.

What is your favorite drink?



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