AWC Going Dutch March 2019

The monthly magazine of the American Women's Club of The Hague

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Going Dutch

March 2019

The Magazine of the

American Women’s Club

of The Hague

Denneweg 56

2514CH The Hague

Tel. 0703458442


Winter Activities

re-Building Lives Benefit

Our Carbon Footprint




5 Officers and Chairwomen

6 Winter Activities Collage

8 Message from the President

9 March General Meeting

10 Letter from the Editor

12 Membership

13 Restaurant


14 Ongoing Activities

20 One-of-a-Kind Activities

22 re-Building Lives Benefit

26 March Calendar

29 AWC and the Arts

30 FAWCO Corner

31 2018: The Year Planet Earth

Cried for Help

34 Unconventional Travel:

Paris and Athens

38 How We Spent our Winter


40 The Dutch Daily

42 WWDP Christmas Party


44 Announcements

48 Classifieds

49 Index of Advertisers

and Ad Rates

50 Proost! Interview

MARCH 2019 3


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


Clubhouse Hours

Tuesday and Thursday

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday Closed

Dues (Effective 2018-2019)

€ 110 per year (€ 66 after January 1)

€ 90 business, professional

€ 55 valid US military ID

€ 35 student

€ 35 Outside the Netherlands (Going

Dutch magazine not included)

Add € 15 new member registration fee

Design and Layout

Teresa Mahoney

Cover Photo

The Plein by Melissa White


Mary Adams, Celeste Brown, Susan Cave,

Susanne Dundas, Greetje Engelsman,

Amber Gatewood, Rachel Hines, Suzanne

MacNeil, Teresa Mahoney, Julie Mowat,

Melissa Rider, Emily van Eerten, Michelle

Voorn, Melissa White


Celeste Brown, Jane Gulde, Diane Schaap,

Debbie van Hees

Advertising Manager & Invoicing



Mary Adams, Laurie Brooks,Jane Choy,

Suzanne Dundas, Greetje Engelsman, Dena

Haggerty, Marsha Hagney, Eileen Harloff,

Rachel Hines, Suzanne MacNeil, Julie

Mowat, Melissa Rider, Holly Savoie, Anne

van Oorschot, Melissa White



AWC Bank Account Number

IBAN: NL42ABNA0431421757

KvK Den Haag


BTW or VAT: 007408705B01

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,

Shanon Gonzales, Melissa Rider, Jessie

Rodell, Holly Savoie

Activities: Greetje Engelsman

Arts: Jane Choy

Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Insalaco

Benefit Event: Michelle Voorn & Deana


Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip

Chat, Craft & Cake: Suzanne Dundas

eNews Amber Gatewood

Evening Events: Elizabeth Zeller

Events & Tours: Liduine Bekman

FAWCO: Julie Mowat and Teresa


Front Office Coordinator: Open

General Meeting Programs: Dena


Heart Pillow: Jan de Vries

Historian/Archivist: Georgia Regnault

Holiday Bazaar: Jaimie Keppel-Molenaar

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

Tours: Liduine Bekman, Sabine Crowley

Volunteer Coordinator: Laurie


Webmaster: Julie Otten

Women with Dutch Partners: Michelle


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

For example, for the May/June issue, submissions are due before Monday, March 25

Please Note: Articles submitted to Going Dutch will be published subject to space limitations and editorial approval.

All rights reserved; reprints only by written permission of the Editor. Please email to: goingdutchmag@


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

those of the AWC of The Hague, its Members or this publication.


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.

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Artist Spotlight


Winter Activities

Dutch Democracy

Femmes Fatales

Thirsty Thursday

Out to Lunch Bunch

Pearl Party


Message from the President

by Suzanne MacNeil

March General Meeting

by Dena Haggerty

I’ve been keeping tabs on some of our

newest Members since we ramped up

after the holidays. The Welcome Back

Kickoff in early January was split into two

sessions: a mimosa morning and an evening

borrel for those who work. The morning session

was jammed. At one point, we had almost

40 women in the Clubhouse, many of

whom we did not recognize. We welcomed

the newcomers with open arms, warm conversation,

and a chance to get to know us. The

evening borrel, while not as well attended,

gave one prospective Member our undivided

attention. We chatted, learned a lot about

her, just as she learned about what we can

offer her. She joined, as did 10 others who

attended the Kickoff.

In early February, I took part in welcoming

potential Members at this year’s Feel at

Home in The Hague Fair at the Stadhuis.

It’s an annual event hosted by ACCESS, a

nonprofit organization that serves the expat

community. You may have learned about

our American Women’s Club if you worked

with the staff at ACCESS when you first settled

in The Hague, as it offers information

and guidance to help expats make sense of

living in our little neck of the Dutch woods.

Some of the guests I spoke with asked what

the Club offers its Members. For the first

few hours of the fair, we rattled off our

laundry list of opportunities to become

involved, including our weekly Walkie

Talkies, Chat Craft and Cake, our monthly

Out to Lunch Bunch,

Thirsty Thursday,

Heart Pillows,

the General

Meetings, and

then worked

our way to the

tours, events,

activities, and

discounts at

Sligro, Hanos,

and the American


Book Center.

Toward midday

I answered

the question of

what we offer

with a counter

question; what

would you like

from our Club?

The replies

were interesting.

Many of the women liked the fact

that we are a social organization with philanthropy

as a key part of who we are as

an organization. Some of the guests even

asked how they can become involved in our

philanthropic activities. Melissa Rider, our

Membership Chair, has contacted all the

women who provided their email the day of

the fair. I’m happy to report that their feedback

has been positive and Melissa has supplied

membership information to those who

have responded to her emails.

We gained more than 15 new Members in

the last two months, all women who want

what we all wanted when we joined: new

friends, a ready-made social life, the chance

to participate in a meaningful way in our

community, to learn new skills, and to have


Who are these new additions to the Club?

While we honor the privacy of Members

in Going Dutch, and I won’t share names,

I suggest you take an opportunity to introduce

yourself to these interesting women

the next time you see someone new at a

Club event or activity. Here’s a bit of information

about some of our newest Members:

• Finance professional who is an investment

analyst with experience in the oil

and gas industry and consumer products.

• Color specialist who offers color

analysis classes to empower women

to feel confident in themselves. Her

philosophy is that confidence >>47

For our March meeting, Tetyana

Benzeroual from Volunteer The

Hague will be joining us. Volunteer

The Hague is a non-profit project founded

by the Municipality of The Hague and PEP

(Participation Emancipation Professionals).

The project connects internationals with

meaningful volunteer opportunities at Dutch

non-profit organizations in The Hague area.

The organization’s website hosts hundreds of

volunteering vacancies especially suited for

non-Dutch speakers of every age, skill-set

and availability. In addition to introducing the

project and the opportunities for non-Dutch

speakers, Tetyana will be discussing how you

by Jan Essad and Sunita Menon

The construction on Johan van

Oldenbarneveltlaan is now just outside

our front door!

According to a Dutch website,

works will possibly continue

until July. However, we hope

they will finish early. Due

to this ongoing construction,

parking will be limited and public

transportation is recommended.

Parking is available on the southside of

the street and on the one-way streets off

can volunteer your way into a potential job.

Her presentation will discuss the value of

volunteering for building relationships and

career opportunities. During this presentation

you will discover ways to build confidence

and help the community, strategies to adopt

when considering volunteer organizations,

hidden career opportunities, and how to leverage

volunteering for career success.

Thursday, March 14

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Construction Around the AWC


Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan. However,

public transportation is highly encouraged.

The Clubhouse is accessible

via Tram #16, Tram #1, and

Bus #21. Consult www.9292.nl

for the best means of travelling

to the Clubhouse from

your area.

We sincerely hope this minor inconvenience

won’t keep you from

coming to the Clubhouse to enjoy

scheduled activities and great company.

See you at the Club!

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Letter from the Editor

by Audrey Goodman

When we first arrived in The Hague,

I was worried about boredom. No

full-time job, no pets, no children…

What was I going to do with myself? But my

worries quickly disappeared (and my calendar

filled up) after I joined the American

Women’s Club. There are numerous ways to

become involved in the organization, and I

have taken every available opportunity. I attend

as many events as possible, I sit on the

Board as the Communications Officer, I’m

the Editor of this awesome magazine, and I

recently joined the Planning Committee for

our Club’s annual benefit.

park, hosting thousands of miniature replicas,

all representative of the Netherlands.

There are 5,500 miniature trees, 4,452 cars

and trucks, 338 buildings, and 4,500 kilometers

of train tracks!

Attendees will be invited to partake in a

scavenger hunt through the park, which will

remain open just for our event. The evening

will also include a 50/50 cash raffle, live and

silent auctions, a three-course dinner, and a

variety of beverages. All proceeds, including

a portion of ticket sales, go to our beneficiary.

As you grow older, you will

discover that you have two

hands: One for helping

yourself, the other for helping


-Maya Angelou

I am beyond excited for this year’s re-Building

Lives Benefit. Our event will take place

at Madurodam on the evening of Saturday,

April 13 (please see pages 22 – 25 for more

details). For those of you not familiar with

Madurodam, it is a charming Dutch theme


The beneficiary of this event is Stichting

Not For Sale Nederland, a global organization

with an independent operation in the

Netherlands. Not For Sale helps victims of

human trafficking get back on their feet and

live independently. Trafficking victims receive

education and training from the organization,

which helps them build a new life.

From the American Women’s Club’s perspective,

it is important to us that we use our

philanthropic ventures to help other women

and the local Dutch community. We are so

grateful for the hospitality we receive in our

host country, and supporting other women is

of upmost importance to our organization;

Not For Sale is a perfect fit. I hope to see

you at Madurodam!


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by Melissa Rider

You will notice many new faces at the

Clubhouse with the successful recruitment

of Members at our Winter

Welcome Coffee and Borrel. With new

Members trying to connect with the existing

membership, please make sure that your

personal information is correct in our new online

membership directory. With our updated

website came a new online directory, which

only has the Member’s name and email. Each

Member needs to enter her address and phone

number into the directory, by logging in to

her personal AWC account.

If you change your address in the membership

directory, you still need to notify

the Membership Coordinator, by emailing

me at membership@awcthehague.org. This

will ensure that you continue to receive your

Going Dutch magazine and my membership

records are correct.

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Restaurant Recommendations

by Audrey Goodman

Recommendations by Suzanne Dundas, Suzanne MacNeil & Jo Van Kalveen

Please send your recommendations to goingdutchmag@awcthehague.org.

The Trammmhuys

From the chef and owners of Hooftrammm, this

restaurant contains an actual tram that has been

converted into an open kitchen. With three menu

options to choose from, you can customize your

visit to fit your time and budget.

Laan ven Middenburg 1, 2275 CA, Voorburg

070 406 7422


Fusion, Vegetarian


Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – Midnight

Brasserie Mauritshuis

Relaxed atmosphere, and a nice spot for a late

afternoon glass of wine and borrel. Great before/

after touring the museum, or anytime!

Plein 29, 2511 CS, Den Haag

070 302 3480


Dutch, Café, European

€ - €€

Monday, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Friday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Due to changes in European privacy

laws, and because Going Dutch will soon

be posted on our external Facebook

page, we won’t be sharing birthdays

in print any longer. Instead, you’ll see

Members’ birthdays in the weekly

eNews, which is sent to your private

email account and is more secure. We

value our Members’ privacy. If you have

any questions, please contact Melissa

Rider, our Membership Coordinator, at


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


Buitenplaats Plantage

Located in a converted greenhouse now filled

with eclectic furniture and books, with a relaxed,

gezellig vibe. The food is fresh, natural and “slow.”

Lots of veggie options. And they welcome dogs!

Vogelenzangseweg 49B, 2114 BB, Vogelenzang

064 190 3986


Dutch, European, Vegetarian

€€ - €€€

Monday, Noon – 5 p.m.

Tuesday & Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

(Kitchen closes at 4 p.m. after lunch, & 9 p.m.

after dinner)


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Credit: Amazon

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 bookclubday@

awcthehague.org or bookclubevening@

awcthehague.org. Happy reading!

Daytime Book Club

March Selection:

21 Lessons for the 21st

Century by Yuval Noah


By the author of Sapiens,

this is a probing and visionary

investigation into

today’s most urgent issues

as we move into the

uncharted territory of the

future. As technology advances faster than

our understanding of it, hacking becomes

a tactic of war, and the world feels more

polarized than ever, Harari addresses the

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

awcthehague.finance@gmail.com 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.

Daytime Book Club Reading List:

April 25: Who Asked You? by Terry


May 23: Perfume River by Robert Olen


June 27: The Witch Elm by Tana French

challenge of navigating life in the face of

constant and disorienting change and raises

the important questions we need to ask ourselves

in order to survive. Harari’s unique

ability to make sense of where we have come

from and where we are going has captured

the imaginations of millions of readers. Here

he invites us to consider values, meaning,

and personal engagement in a world full of

noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged

with irrelevant information, clarity is power.

Presenting complex contemporary challenges

clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the

21st Century is essential reading.

Thursday, March 28

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Daytime Book Club Recap – December

A book with a long, hopeful title drew us in.

We admitted over our annual holiday luncheon

(hosted by Georgia Regnault, and

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 services.

as delicious and convivial as usual) the title

of Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong

about the World—And Why Things are

Better Than You Think encouraged us. We

were hoping to come away with our fears,

especially about climate change, lessened

and feeling buoyant and encouraged about

the future. Author Hans Rosling didn’t quite

get us there. What he did do was convince

us data-based and reasoned thinking was

necessary to solve any problem. He stressed

things could be improving and still bad at

the same time. He was anxious to highlight

the illogic of claiming there is a huge gap between

rich and poor. In fact, he claims, most

people on planet earth are “in the middle” of

his four income distribution categories. Fair

enough. But with the richest of these middle

families in the third category, living on $32

dollars a day, there’s still a huge difference in

wealth distribution even if you won’t call it

a “gap.” (We AWCers are firmly ensconced

at the tippy top of the richest category, four.)

His tone is pragmatic and hopeful, but this

book is not without its flaws or its critics.

Think of Rosling’s book as a guide to letting

our irrational fears go and to improving our

epistemological practices. Most importantly,

we have to use our knowledge to inform our

actions and then act.

Daytime Book Club Recap – January

Irish poet/playwright/novelist Sebastian

Barry was our guy… until he kinda wasn’t.

We chose The Secret Scripture for January

because we were impressed with his

Days Without End, our September selection.

Unlike Days Without End, a rootin’

tootin’ gay romance set in the pre-Civil

War American west, The Secret Scripture

takes place in modern day Ireland, where

Roseanne Clear, a 100-year-old beauty, is

writing the story of her achingly woeful

life and hiding it under the floorboards of

the mental hospital in which she has long

been a patient —or prisoner, depending on

one’s view. Meanwhile, hospital clinician

Dr. Grene is exploring his own private and

professional struggles in a commonplace

book. Both transport us through the troubles

of 20th century Ireland through evocative,

though sometimes hazy, interludes and gorgeous

prose. There’s no doubt Barry is a

brilliant writer but some of his choices —or

failures, depending on one’s view—flummoxed

us. That’s all there is to say. No

spoilers here. This book is nonetheless recommended.

>> 16


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Credit: Amazon

Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 15

Evening Book Club

March Selection:

The Dinner by Herman


It’s a summer’s evening

in Amsterdam, and two

couples meet at a fashionable

restaurant for dinner.

Between mouthfuls of

food and over the polite

scrapings of cutlery, the

conversation remains a gentle hum of polite

discourse—the banality of work, the triviality

of the holidays. But behind the empty

words, terrible things need to be said, and

with every forced smile and every new

course, the knives are being sharpened.

Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told

by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner

promises to be the topic of countless dinner

party debates. Skewering everything from

Evening Book Club Reading List:

April 10: The Song of Achilles by Madeline


May 8: TBA

parenting values to pretentious menus to

political convictions, this novel reveals the

dark side of genteel society and asks what

each of us would do in the face of unimaginable


The location changes every month,

so please contact Dena Haggerty at

bookclubevening@awcthehague.org if you

are interested in attending.

Wednesday, March 20

7:30 p.m.

Location TBA


Evening Book Club Recap – December

Writing a review for A Gentleman in

Moscow by Amor Towles, is difficult.

Where to begin? Towles is obviously an accomplished

writer and storyteller. No wonder

it takes him four years to write a novel.

Count Rostov is an endearing character. His

charm knows no bounds. It is not ironic to

name him a gentleman, because he certainly

is one. He isn’t a snob, though. The secondary

characters are a delight to read—even

those characters who aren’t exactly delightful.

Of course, Sofia is adorable. She is the

perfect daughter for the perfect gentleman.

But the count’s cronies steal the show whenever

they arrive on stage. Towles seamlessly

intermixes history into the Count’s tale. The

account of the dekulakization of Ukraine is

especially moving. He weaves this tidbit of

history (and how misunderstood the slaughter

was by the West) into the story flawlessly.

This novel transforms the reader to mid-

20th century Russia. You may be surprised

to find you aren’t sitting in a Moscow hotel

with a view of the Bolshoi. A novel not to

be missed!

Evening Book Club Recap – January

The prose in The Only Story by Julian Barnes

makes it clear why the author is an award

winner. Although the story isn’t necessarily

captivating and the characters aren’t exactly

lovable, Barnes’ ability to weave a story

will captivate readers. The protagonist Paul

is not a likeable character. He is emotionally

stunted, immature, and a bit of a brat. He is,

however, one of the most honest characters

to be found in literature. His love—his only

love—Susan, isn’t a sympathetic character

either. Her personality doesn’t seem to be

of consequence. As this is Paul’s story, >> 18


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Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 17

who the “real” Susan is is left to conjecture.

The subtle social commentary throughout

the novel is one of the more interesting aspects

of the novel. Paul’s deep dislike of his

parents’ way of life echoes the feelings of

the youth of the 60s while Susan’s referral

to her alcoholism as a moral disease is

reminiscent of society’s views at the time.

There’s also spousal abuse about which no

one talks. Although Barnes does not tell us

what to think of these societal values, he

does bring them to the forefront and gently

prods us to contemplate them. Whether you

enjoy the novel or not, the story is undeniably


Chat, Craft & Cake

Chat Craft & 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 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 chatcraftcake@awcthehague.org

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 heartpillow@awcthehague.


Tuesday, March 12

Noon – 2 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Visitors Welcome

Out to Lunch Bunch - Special!

This month, we will take a tour of the

sculptures in Westbroekpark, before

having lunch at Restaurants Greens. Please

contact Greetje Engelsman at activities@

awcthehague.org with questions.

Wednesday, March 20

11 a.m.

Restaurant Greens, Kapelweg 18, Den



Registration Deadline: March 13

€ 20 for lunch and art tour

Maximum 15

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Thirsty Thursday

Join us again for our monthly gathering.

Thirsty Thursday is a casual evening of

companionship and good conversation – a

favorite for AWC Members and prospective

Members. Two soft drinks, wine or beer,

plus snacks.

Thursday, March 21

6 – 9 p.m.

Brasserie WW, Van Hogenhoucklaan 35

In Tennispark WW, Benoordenhout

€ 15 for two drinks and food

No RSVP needed

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 the AWC website to receive

email updates, or contact Emily van Eerten

or Greetje Engelsman at walkietalkies@



9:30 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse


Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Wassenaar Coffee & Conversation

If you live in or north of Wassenaar, join

your neighbors for coffee and conversation

once-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 chatcraftcake@awcthehague.

org. Because the location changes every

month, contact Suzanne if you are interested

in attending or for more information.

Thursday, March 7

9:30 a.m.

Location TBA


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One-of-a-Kind Activities

by Marsha Hagney

RSVP directly on www.awcthehague.org. 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, on the AWC website (www.awcthehague.org) or by bank

transfer to the AWC account NL42ABNA0431421757.

Humanity House Tour &

“Life Stories of a Refugee


Join us for a guided tour of the Humanity House

Museum, followed by a special presentation

“Life Stories of a Refugee Ambassador”

which is organized in conjunction with

Stichting Vluchtelingen Ambassadeur

(www.vluchtelingenambassadeurs.nl). The

Ambassadors are former refugees who tell

their personal journey as a refugee: their

country, how they fled, their experience

settling in the Netherlands, and their thoughts

on day-to-day life.

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members (All

funds support Humanity House)

Registration Deadline: March 4

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org

Erwin Olaf Tour

Join us for this special exhibit of one of the

Netherlands’ most famous photographers,

Erwin Olaf (born 1959). This is an exhibit

so unique and broad in scope that it will

be presented in a rare double exhibition

at the Gemeentemuseum and Fotomseum

Den Haag. Monique Varma will provide

another of her special tours through the

turn 60 this year—a good moment to stage a

major retrospective. The Hague Museum of

Photography will focus on Olaf’s love of his

craft and his transition from analogue photojournalist

to digital image-maker and storyteller.

Olaf will himself bring together some

20 photographs by famous photographers

of the past who have been a vital source of

inspiration to him. The Gemeentemuseum

will show non-commissioned work by Olaf

from 2000 to his most recent series, including

the work he produced in Shanghai and

Palm Springs, on display for the first time.

Olaf will be showing his photography in the

form of installations, in combination with

film, sound and sculpture.

Thursday, March 28

12:45 p.m.


Stadhouderslaan 41, Den Haag

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members

Museum entrance fees not included

(Member-only registration through

March 14)

Maximum 15

Registration Deadline: March 24

Cancellation Deadline: March 14

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org

Hidden Gems City Walk – Save

the Date

Monique Varma leads us on a special walking

tour of hidden gem including “Hofjes”,

statues, monuments, gardens and religious

buildings. We start at Plein 20, De Haagsche

Kluis. They will open earlier than usual

(just for us!) for coffee at 10:00 and we depart

from there at 10:30. Many of the places

we will tour are now closed to the general

public for various reasons, mostly the

change in security standards over the past

several years. More details will be available

before the tour. A unique tour with the

disclaimer that it involves covering a fairly

large distance, so good walking shoes and

the interest in covering much ground are


Wednesday, April 17

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

De Haagsche Kluis, Plein 20, Den Haag

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org

Humanity House was established on

December 9, 2010 as an initiative of the

Dutch Red Cross, with support from The

Municipality of The Hague and the European

Fund for Regional Development of the

European Commission. Humanity House

raises discussion about humanitarian themes

such as equal rights, a secure supply of food,

freedom of speech, and migration. Through

their programs, facilities and exhibits, they

seek to enhance understanding and inspire

people to contribute positively to a life in

peace and freedom for everyone.

Wednesday, March 6

1:45 – 4 p.m.

Humanity House

Prinsegracht 8, Den Haag

Gemeentemuseum portion of the show.

Olaf, whose recent portraits of the royal

family drew widespread admiration, will

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e-Building Lives Benefit

From Trafficking to Independence

by Michelle Voorn

Everywhere we turn, there are stories

to be told and lessons to be learned.

Stories about starting anew, about

rebuilding, about opportunities. Within the

streets of Amsterdam, among the picturesque

canals and the buzz of the

locals and the tourists going

about their business, we

found a story which captured

our hearts. We knew,

for many reasons, this was

the story we wanted to

celebrate this year at our

re-Building Lives Benefit,

which will take place April

13 at Madurodam.

From the start, our mission was clear: Find

an organization focused on helping women

improve their lives, local to our host

country of the Netherlands, and where we

could make a direct impact in someone’s

life. It wasn’t long after we began our research

and received many recommendations

from AWC Members, that we had the

honor to learn about Stichting Not For Sale

Nederlands (www.wearenotforsale.nl).

We sat down to speak with the Director of

Not For Sale, Toos Heemskerk, about the

possibility of them becoming our 2019 beneficiary.

We joined her for lunch at one of

the Dignita restaurants, which are part of the

organization’s self-sustainability. We left

lunch with boxes checked, joyous hearts,

and renewed spirits. We found our beneficiary!

Although part of an international organization

that uses social enterprises to fight human

trafficking, Not For Sale has been active

since 2012 and operates independently.

Its mission is to offer victims of human trafficking

a new perspective on their future.

This is done in part by providing training

and education through the beautiful Dignita

restaurants (www.eatwelldogood.nl). It is

here where much of the experience is gained

for some of the women, who are offered an

opportunity for a new life, a path to employment,

independence, and new-found pride.

Toos spoke to us about her days as a social

worker in Amsterdam and how she knew

there had to be a way to not just get the

women out of their current situation, but

also offer them something to rely on after

they were taken to safety. She knew the only

answer was to provide training and employment

opportunities as a long-term solution.

And this thinking is what put her in the path

of Not For Sale, the global organization.

Through her tireless efforts, and with the

help of the Regional Education Center

(ROC Amsterdam), they developed a training

program. After placement in a shelter in

Amsterdam, the healing and training process

begins. The program includes working in a

professional kitchen where they learn about

the many aspects of working in a restaurant.

After the course, they receive a certificate of

completion which is paramount to building

their self-esteem, and provides the empowerment

needed to make plans for their future as

capable members of society. In many ways,

this supports the recovery process of the victims.

The story of Not For Sale is just beginning,

and as of today 251 trainees have followed

the basic training course at Dignita, and 53

trainees have followed the training modules

at the ROC. They have plans to expand to

other cities in the near future, including The

Hague, and they will continue to make a

difference for victims of human trafficking.

Many of these victims may otherwise have

not have found a viable option for a chance

to succeed and achieve a dignified life. Please

visit www.awcbenefitevent.org for tickets

and additional information. Join us for a

delicious dinner and a

scavenger hunt, while

being a part of this

amazing story!


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March 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1 2

3 4




8 9

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Humanity House Tour and

“Life of a Refugee”

1:45 p.m.

Wassenaar Coffee and

Conversation 9:30 a.m.

10 11

12 Buddy Check 12

13 14

15 16

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Heart Pillow Workshop


Coffee 10 a.m.

March General Meeting

10:30 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

17 18




22 23

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Out to Lunch Bunch

11 a.m.

Evening Book Club

7:30 p.m.

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.

24 25


27 28

29 30

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Erwin Olaf Tour 12:45 p.m.


Save the Dates:

April 3: Rembrandt Art Talk

April 13: Benefit Event

April 17: Hidden Gems City Walk


MARCH 2019 27

The new AWC Website is now up and running!

Please visit


for all of your Club-related needs:

Payment of Membership dues, registration for activities and events, Membership

directory, etc.

If you have any questions about the website, please contact


AWC and the Arts

Rembrandt: Bohemian or

Businessman, Romantic or Rebel

AWC Member Jane Choy graciously opens

her home and shares her knowledge once

again. Holland has designated 2019 as

Rembrandt Year commemorating 350 years

since his death. This is a great opportunity

to learn about Rembrandt as you experience

one of the many tours and exhibits in

the Netherlands through 2019. Rembrandt is

considered by many to be Holland’s greatest

artist and the equal of Mozart, Shakespeare

and Michelangelo. Unlike van Gogh, another

great Dutch artist, Rembrandt has not left

much written material explaining his views

on art. But what he has left is a unique autobiography

in his self-portraits, which he

did from the time he was 20 until he died at

the age of 63. This lecture will use the selfportraits

as a thread through his life and with

his other masterpieces explore the man and

what, why, and how he painted. Was he indeed

a businessman or bohemian, rebel or


Wednesday, April 3

Evening, specific time TBA

Private home in Voorburg. Registered

attendees will receive address in advance

of the event.

€ 15 Members / € 20 Non-Members –

Includes refreshments

Maximum 20

Registration/Cancellation Deadline:

April 3

Sign Up at www.awcthehague.org

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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


2018: The Year Planet Earth

Cried for Help Loud Enough

for Humans to Hear

by Anne van Oorschot & Rena Levin (AWC Oslo), member of FAWCO’s Environment


The upcoming biennial conference

will be held this month in Edinburgh,

Scotland. Several AWC Members are

attending, and we look forward to sharing

what we have learned when we return. A

beautiful quilt has been made by members

of clubs all over the world, including several

panels from our own Members. It looks gorgeous!

If you would like to try to win this in

the raffle held at the conference (you do not

need to attend, I will bring it back for you),

please contact me at fawco@awcthehague.

org to buy your tickets. Quilt raffle tickets

are one for €5 or five for €20.

Repatriating to the U.S.? FAUSA is an

alumni organization for FAWCO and has

chapters all over the U.S. It’s a great way

to keep in contact with people who have

had similar experiences. Membership is

$25 a year. Please contact me or visit www.

FAUSA.org for more information.

FAWCO has a youth cultural volunteers

program that our youth could participate

in. The purpose of the program is to help

youth discover volunteering, develop their

cultural understanding and awareness of

global issues, and create a sense of global

citizenship. If you have a child aged 15 –

18, they could be a part of this great experience.

Last June, AWC Berlin hosted 12

youth. This year’s group served refugees,

homeless, disabled, and severely ill people

living in Berlin through their volunteer

work at multiple organizations. They also

took tours, a youth in democracy workshop,

a cooking evening with Syrian refugees, and

a session with a 96-year-old Holocaust survivor.

Please contact fawcoyouth@fawco.

org if you are interested or have any questions.

FAWCO offers clubs workshops and webinars

on various topics including citizenship,

voting, taxes and banking concerns. Go to

www.fawco.org/club-workshops for more


Credit: Arbor Day Foundation

As co-Chair of FAWCO’s Environment

Team, I coordinate a group of 11

women, all members of FAWCO clubs

around the world very much like our AWC

of The Hague. Each month, we publish an

article about a current environmental topic to

try to increase awareness among FAWCO’s

members. The following article was contributed

by the very knowledgeable Rena, from

the AWC in Oslo.

2018 may be remembered as the year planet

Earth cried for help loud enough for humans

to begin to hear. Devastating forest fires

in California, a deadly heatwave in Japan,

drought in central and northern Europe,

severe flooding in Kerala, India—environmental

disasters were often on the news.

Though no single extreme weather event

can be attributed to climate change, the increasing

number and severity of them point

to the reality of what scientists have been

trying to tell us for years: we must reduce

greenhouse gas emissions drastically and


Though climate change is getting harder to

ignore, understanding how you can make a

difference can be challenging. If greenhouse

gas emissions were tangible, than reducing

them would be as easy to see as plastic collected

at a beach clean-up or trash and recycling

bins filling up more slowly than they

used to.

Carbon Footprint

Everyone has a carbon footprint. Your footprint

size is measured in tons of CO2 emitted

to fuel things you do over the course of

a year. In order to shrink your footprint, you

first have to know how big it is. Thankfully,

carbon footprint calculators are easy to find

online. The specific questions vary a bit, but

all of them focus on household energy consumption

(size of residence, power source,

insulation, etc.), transportation (local and

long-distance), and lifestyle (consumer habits,

diet, etc.). To get a sense of your footprint


• Global Footprint Network (www.


• UN carbon footprint calculator (www.



• Myclimate (www.co2.myclimate.org/


The results you will get are estimates based

on your best guess of what you do. They may

vary a bit and they will be imperfect.

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MARCH 2019 31

Planet Earth Cried for Help (cont.)

Continued from page 31

That’s ok. Don’t get hung up on particulars,

distracted by small discrepancies in results,

or immobilized by thoughts of how these

calculators may not be fully accurate.

Indeed, if anything the main problem with

footprint calculators is their tendency

to lowball estimated emissions (https://www.


jun/04/carbon-footprint-definition). So

don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the

good. The most important thing to do is to


Once you have a sense of how big your footprint

is and what contributes most to its size,

you can figure out how best to shrink it. My

husband and I live in a modest two-bedroom

apartment that runs on 100% renewable

electricity. We don’t have a car, are not big

shoppers and I am vegetarian. Nonetheless,

when I calculate my emissions on the Global

Footprint site the result comes back that if

everyone lived like me, we would need two

planet Earths. Yikes!

My results on other calculators are similar

and the culprit is not surprising. In a normal

year, about half of my annual emissions

are the result of flying. For those of

us who are financially comfortable and living

abroad, flying is not unusual. But from

a climate change perspective, it is one of

the worst things individuals do. A single

roundtrip transatlantic flight from London

Heathrow to New York JFK in economy

class (the most fuel efficient class) emits 2.1

tons of CO2 per person. That is the same

total CO2 emission as one would get driving

a compact gasoline car for 5,600 miles

(9,000 kilometers)―roughly the distance

from Anchorage, Alaska to Guatemala City.

Flying may be convenient and sometimes

necessary, but it is a major climate sinkhole

with emissions that are hard to fathom given

how quick and easy it is.

Sometimes Necessary…?

Note the phrase “sometimes necessary,” as


it is an acknowledgement of life’s realities.

I am cutting back on flying, but have made

a few transatlantic trips this year to help my

mom move into a senior community. It was

a big and necessary step that she could not

have managed on her own. But it has environmental

consequences. This is where

climate offsets come in. Reducing the size

of your footprint as much as possible is top

priority. Next best and very important is

to compensate for unavoidable emissions

by purchasing carbon offsets. Offsets fund

charitable projects that reduce, avoid, or remove

greenhouse gas emissions. Examples

include building solar power plants in the

Caribbean, supporting reforestation in

Nicaragua, making affordable efficient cook

stoves available in Kenya, and building

wind power plants in India.

Offsets are an imperfect science and

should not be used as a free pass for high

emission lifestyle choices, but they do

help (https://www.scientificamerican.com/


In addition, they make

more visible the hidden costs to the planet

of CO2 emissions. Myclimate.org and

the UN Climate Offset Platform (www.

offset.climateneutralnow.org) are two

places where you can purchase offsets.

The Myclimate site is doubly useful. In

addition to being able to buy offsets for

unavoidable emissions, its carbon calculator

can be used to make adjustments that reduce

unavoidable emissions at the outset. For

example, the calculator shows me that I can

spare half a ton of CO2 by flying to DC from

Oslo via Reykjavik vs. making the same trip

via Frankfurt.

Let’s Get to Work!

The budding environmental movement of

the 1970s brought us the familiar “reduce,

reuse, recycle” logo. Air pollution, poor water

quality, and waste management problems

were key concerns and that easy to remember

guidance has had a positive effect. Four

decades later the overarching environmental

issue is climate change. And with it comes a

new imperative concerning C02, “Measure,

reduce, offset.” Let’s get to work.

Interested in reading more

environmental articles? Check out the

FAWCO website at www.fawco.org.

They can be found under Global Issues

– Environment – Environment articles.

Did you know that any woman who speaks English is eligible to join the

American Women’s Club?

Invite your English-speaking friends, wherever they’re from, to join us today!

MARCH 2019 33

Credit: climateneutralnow.org

Unconventional Travel: Paris and Athens

While Ashlynn was off at castings for shows

during Paris Fashion Week (although she

wasn’t offered any jobs, she found the process

interesting and loved the opportunity to

really get to explore Paris), I took the subway

across the city to La Defense, which is

Europe’s largest purpose-built business district.

I had found a fantastic price for a long

weekend at CitizenM, which is an affordable

boutique hotel chain

that I highly recommend.

by Melissa White

While I was excited to be on my own

adventure in Nepal, I was quite

disappointed that I wasn’t in the

Netherlands when my 18-year-old daughter

Ashlynn set off for Paris to begin working as

a full-time international fashion model for her

gap year. I was thrilled when she invited me

to visit her just a few days after my return.

My window of opportunity was small because

of her nearly frantic schedule of “castings”

(interviews for modeling jobs), but it was an

offer that I couldn’t pass up. It was definitely

not a conventional trip to Paris.

Last-minute train fares in mid-September

were quite high, so I followed Ashlynn’s

lead and booked a ticket on the Oui Bus, a

French bus service serving much of Europe.

I’d never been on a long-distance bus ride

before, but the € 48 round-trip fare was hard

to pass up. The pick-up location was around

the corner from Den Haag Centraal, and the

bus made just two stops—Lille and Charles

de Gaulle Airport—before reaching Paris in

seven hours. The bus wasn’t full and I had

two seats to myself, which was handy as my

carry-on wouldn’t fit in the extremely small

overhead storage. It wasn’t the most exciting

way to travel, especially when we got

stuck in traffic, but it gave me plenty of time

to write my Everest Base Camp Trekking

articles and start on the related book, which

is my big project for 2019.

I was pleasantly surprised that Ashlynn was

there to greet me when I exited the bus as

she’d instructed me to meet her at the studio

apartment in the Latin Quarter that she’d

rented from Airbnb for five weeks. She was

very excited to show me her neighborhood,

so we walked instead of taking public transport.

After pulling my suitcase along for an

hour, I was relieved that I didn’t have to

carry it up to her sixth floor flat. The elevator,

however, was so thin that it was difficult

to maneuver both the suitcase and my body

inside. It barely prepared me for how tiny

the apartment was. Ashlynn was absolutely

beaming when she opened the door to show

me the very first place she’d ever lived on

her own. It was truly compact, but quite

nice with an excellent view. Unfortunately

it only had a single bed, so I spent that first

night on the floor since she had to work the

next day and needed her beauty sleep.

Ashlynn would be joining

me at the hotel, so I

put our bags in storage

and set off to the Louis

Vuitton Foundation (www.


an art museum designed by

renowned architect Frank

Gehry that opened in 2014.

The museum was between

temporary installations and

only had a few sculptures

on permanent display, but

offered some interesting

free tours about the incredible building;

the facade consists of 3,600 glass panels

and 19,000 concrete panels. I was really

enjoying the two-mile walk back to the hotel

up until the point when the skies opened up

and I got drenched.

I met Ashlynn in the city center after her final

casting of the day and we set off looking

for dinner. Ever since Ashlynn switched to

a plant-based diet three years ago, we have

switched to using the Happy Cow app instead

of TripAdvisor when searching for

restaurants. Happy Cow allows users to

filter restaurants by vegetarian-friendly,

vegan-friendly, fully vegetarian or fully

vegan. In an effort to keep to a strict budget,

Ashlynn hadn’t been eating out much during

her stay in the city. She was thrilled that

I was along to foot the bill so she could try

some vegan restaurants.

The following day Ashlynn and I went to

the Atelier des Lumieres (www.atelierlumieres.com),

Paris’ first digital museum

of fine art. Housed in a former 19th-century

foundry, this museum features immersive

art displays unlike anything you’ve ever

seen before. Our tickets were time specific

so that visitors arrive at appropriate times to

see the entire show as artists’ paintings are

projected 360 degrees around the vast space

using 140 video projectors. During our visit,

we saw much of Gustav Klimt’s work >> 36

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leave it to them!”

“Every trip is

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Unconventional Travel (cont.)

Continued from page 35

projected including The Kiss, plus fellow

Austrian artist Hundertwasser’s works come

alive with sound and color on the 30-foot

(10-meter) high walls and pillars, as well as

on the ceiling and floor. It was incredible!

Little did I know then that another opportunity

to visit Ashlynn would present itself

just six weeks later. In fact, after spending

a week in England with her sister, Ashlynn

was only home in Holland for five days in

mid-October before flying to Athens for her

next “on-stay” (when a model stays in a city

for an extended time to meet local clients in

the hope of securing jobs). Athens is considered

a secondary fashion market and offered

Ashlynn a good opportunity to expand her

portfolio, which especially needed updating

since her Parisian agency (her “mother

agent” who scouted Ashlynn and makes all

major career decisions) convinced her to

bleach her blonde hair nearly white.

Athens is much less expensive than Paris,

so Ashlynn could afford to have more space

and stay longer. This worked to my advantage

as she had a double bed in a one-bedroom

apartment that she was happy to share

with me for five nights in mid-November. In

addition, flights were relatively cheap as it

was off-season in Greece. Ashlynn met me

at the airport and we took the subway into

the city. Her apartment was conveniently

just a ten-minute walk from the station. I

enjoyed visiting the bakery next door each

morning for Greek breakfast goodies.

While Ashlynn didn’t have any jobs while I

was in town, she had several castings, so I

tagged along and waited outside while she

had the short interviews. Although public

transportation in Greece is very affordable,

she prefers to walk for the exercise and to

further explore the city. On average, she

walked around 12 miles (20 kilometers) per

day. Our first walk together took over two

hours, with half of it along a major thoroughfare,

so we took the subway back.

Ashlynn had the entire weekend off, so we

set off on Saturday for Aegina, the closest

island, via a one-hour ferry ride. We had

planned to take the bus to visit the island’s

ruins, but it ran too infrequently during that

time of year. Instead we took a taxi across

the island to see the Temple of Aphaea, dating

from approximately 500 BC. After lunch

at a waterfront café, we enjoyed a wander

around the city of Aegina and the nearby ruins

of the Temple of Apollo.

It was so great that I happened to be with

Ashlynn when she got the good news that

her agent had arranged for her to go on-stay

in Seoul for eight weeks starting in early

January, likely followed by eight weeks in

Sydney. While I know that I probably can’t

visit her everywhere she goes, I can always


On Sunday we met up with an American

friend that I’d met in The Hague who now

lives in Athens. We watched the early finishers

of the Athens Marathon, running from

the city of Marathon to Athens and ending

within the Panathenaic Stadium. The only

stadium in the world entirely built of marble,

it was built in 144 AD and abandoned

at the end of the 4th century. It was renovated

in 1896 just in time to host the first

modern Olympics. Later we watched sunset

from Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in

Athens at 910 feet (275 meters). Another afternoon,

for even better views looking down

on the Acropolis and the city, we walked up

the 480-foot (145-meter) Filopappou Hill,

known as the Hill of the Muses as legend

has it that nine muses were buried there,.


MARCH 2019 37

How We Spent our Winter Vacation

by Suzanne MacNeil

Disclaimer: If you have lived in any of the

cities or states we’ve nixed, please don’t be


Flying from Schiphol in late December,

crammed into an economy seat, I set

off for Jacksonville, Florida to visit my

mother. Unfortunately, I had to change my

departure date, which meant I lost my business

class spot since the new flight was almost fully

booked. Fortunately, I had a window seat so

I could ignore my seatmates.

Staying with my mom is always interesting.

She’s in an independent living facility, in a

comfy one-bedroom apartment, with dinner

in the community dining room each evening.

I never joined a sorority in college and

spending time with Mom and her friends

must be the senior version of a sorority. I’m

her confidant and know about her neighbors

and their quirks, the mean girls, petty revenge

wars, and the lovely women who have

taken her into their clique. After almost a

week in Jacksonville, and having laughed a

lot with Mom (and eaten dinner at 4:45 most

nights), I said goodbye

to the ladies of

The Coves and flew

to San Francisco

where I met up

with my husband,

Tim. We were off to

the Nevada side of

Lake Tahoe.

Tim had been to Tahoe in the mid-70s and I

had been there in the 80s for a work-related

trip. We had equally fond memories of the

area, so we decided to spend the holidays in

Tahoe for 10 days. It wasn’t just a vacation,

though, it was also a fact-finding mission.

We are on a quest to find our forever-home

city because the end of our time as expats

will, sadly, end some day and we want to

know where to ship all the Delft Blue vases

and other souvenirs we’ve collected on our

European adventures.

Tahoe is a gem of an area, especially in the

winter with the snow and slopes. We didn’t

ski (no need to break a body part after not

having snow skied in 35+ years), but we did

enjoy having both my sons and one girlfriend

visit. Tahoe got a thumbs-up from

the boys for visitability. Max and Dylan

went snowboarding and Cameron willingly

went with us as we looked at homes for

sale. There are so many reasons we liked

Tahoe, but the nays overtook the yays. The

price for houses with the amenities we

want is sky high. Many of the houses in

our price range overlook the lake, but driving

on those hillside ice-covered roads was

unsettling. And, while there’s a plethora

of activities in the area, we decided Tahoe

is best for an Airbnb vacation rather than

year-round living.

Our holiday in Tahoe wasn’t our first city

search. We’ve visited Boulder, Colorado

Springs, and Denver, but neither of us felt

that ‘wow’ factor. I want to visit Santa Fe because

it has a strong arts community, there’s

also an area outside of Dallas we want to

explore, and maybe Arizona. We’re not interested

in Florida or any East Coast states,

California is too expensive, and Oregon and

Washington State are too rainy. We still own

a home in Nashville, but once it’s sold, we

may look for property in the area to build

a house. Wherever we land once this expat

ride is over, it will be open for guests with

those Delft Blue vases on display!


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Credit: Sotheby’s

The Dutch Daily

by Eileen Harloff


The Netherlands Tourist Bureau has designated

2019 the Year of Rembrandt and

the Golden Age. This marks the 350th anniversary

of the death of one of the country’s—and

the world’s—most famous artists.

There will be events in many places,

including The Hague, Leiden, Leeuwarden,

and Amsterdam. The year was officially

opened by Princess Beatrix on January 31 at

the Mauritshuis, with the opening of the museum’s

Rembrandt collection. This collection

was started by one of its first directors,

Abraham Bredius, in the late 19th century.

Over the years, some paintings which were

said to have been painted by Rembrandt

have turned up, only to be proven, after

careful study, not to be from his hand. Some

of these are owned by the museum and are

on display with the authentic collection.

In Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum has all its

Rembrandt paintings on display, along with

some 50 drawings and 520 prints. They

have been arranged thematically rather than

in the usual chronological fashion. The only

missing painting will be The Night Watch; it

will remain in its usual location, where it is

to be restored—an undertaking that will be

open to the public.

It is interesting to note that the Mauritshuis

recently purchased a painting in the US.

entitled The Preaching of John the Baptist,

by Pieter Lastman (1583 – 1633), who was

considered to have been one of Rembrandt’s

most important teachers. Although their relationship

was short-lived, Lastman is said

to have had a major influence on the artist’s

development. The painting is also important

because it depicts a story out of the Bible,

and was seen as one of the highest accomplishments

of a painter at that time.

The Times They Are A’ Changing,


After months of uncertainty and unrest, the

final answer has come: Bronovo Hospital

will be closing. Not all at once, but for the

near future no major disorders will be attended

to there. Not even the fact that the

three princesses were born there could

change this decision based on finance, staffing

and the need for updating premises and

investing in medical innovations.

The hospital will

address only minor health

issues and will be open only

on weekdays until 6 p.m.

There will be no emergency

personnel on hand; complex

and acute operations will be

carried out at Westeinde

Hospital, and planned operations

will gradually

be moved to the recently

modernized Antoniushove

Hospital in Leidschendam.

My sympathy goes out to

the residents of the Bronovo

neighborhood. Some years

ago, my neighborhood Red

Cross hospital suffered the

same fate. It was no longer

Credit: Theirry Schut Credit: HMC Bronovo

the local place to rush off to for emergency

treatment, or to have an operation or blood

tests. We have gotten used to other facilities

by now, but when we drive by it, we remember

how convenient it was in the good old


Some Like Them Blue and Pink

Steef van Adrichem is the owner of a nursery

in Wateringen, in the Westland. Thirtyfive

years ago he was in Thailand, where

he saw orchids growing on the top of trees.

They were blue and pink and were called

Vandas. He immediately fell in love with

them and decided to import and grow them

in his nursery. Over the years they have become

popular with flower arrangers and can

be seen in many of the most luxurious hotels

in the world, from Paris to Dubai and

Qatar. Emirates Airline places a Vanda at

every first-class seat as a welcome gesture.

It was no surprise when, last December,

Van Adrichem received a special order for

120,000 Vandas, for the wedding of the

daughter of the richest man in India. After

much sweat and tears, the order was on its

way to India within a week’s time. Now the

grower is waiting for photos of the wedding,

to see how the flowers were displayed at the

ceremony and after party.

In Short

• It appears that Dutch Brussels sprouts

are a hit abroad, with most being exported

to Germany, the U.S., the U.K.

and Italy. Their export value is in the

millions. In the Netherlands sprouts

nearly top the cultivation charts; they

are second only to the winter carrot.

• Hotel Des Indes in The Hague has been

added to the list of the 400 most exclusive

hotels in the world. All the hotels

listed are renowned for their high service

level and special location.

• In case you may have been wondering:

Kruidvat is the largest store chain in the

Netherlands, topping the list with 956

shops. Second is Albert Heijn with 852

locations, followed by Gall and Gall

with 593 stores.

• Good news! Film theaters, student

unions/societies, and fitness centers are

now required to decrease the volume

of their music, to protect their visitors’

hearing. All these groups have signed an

agreement to keep the sound down, as

damage to one’s ears cannot be reversed.

Research by the Academic Medical

Center in Amsterdam has shown that

a quarter of young people between the

ages of 12 and 25 have hearing loss. The

Hearing Foundation estimates that one

million people in the Netherlands have

buzzing in the ears which may well be

caused by loud noises.

• In the Province of Gelderland an intensive

search is under way to discover

if wolves have come there to live.

Simultaneously, a DNA investigation

is being carried out to determine if the

same wolves are seen repeatedly wandering

around the territory, or if there

are others as well. The aim is to help

people know how to deal with them,

with emphasis on the possible damage

they could cause. If the wolves are to

settle in the province, this will have

consequences for businesses and people.

Based on the research results, the

province will discuss measures to be

taken and are willing to help finance actions

to avoid damages.


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Amsterdam Boat Show

From Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March

10, the HISWA Amsterdam Boat Show will

be held at the Amsterdam RAI. As the largest

watersport exhibition in the Netherlands

with over 250 exhibitors and 40,000 visitors

anticipated, it features a huge range

of boats, nautical accessories, sportswear,

vacations and watersports services. There

is free entrance for children under 16 who

will enjoy the Sport Xperience where they

will find the coolest sports under one roof:

surfing, sailing, skimboarding and golf.

They will be able to try the activities, get

tips from pros and watch spectacular demos.


Mexico after World War II. Fascinated by

mountains, desert, adobe churches and sunbleached

bones, she painted constantly. This

lecture by James Russell, a British writer

and curator, brings to life one of America’s

greatest artists in one of its most beautiful

places. Non-member fee is € 13. www.


Tuesday, March 12

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Lecture begins at 8 p.m.

Cultural Centrum Warenar

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar

Social Irish Dancing Evening

The Irish Club of the Netherlands invites

youngest cultural night owls with activities

aimed at 4- to 12-year-olds. This year’s

theme is Fantasy. Every child and each parent

will need their own ticket which includes

entrance to all locations, participation in all

activities and use of historic buses between

the city center and further afield museums.

Please note that the Museumkaart is not accepted

for this special evening and activities

will be geared towards a Dutch audience.


TEFAF – The European Fine Art


The world’s leading art and antiques fair

will be held in Maastricht from Saturday,

March 16 – Sunday, March 24.

St. Patrick’s Festival

Wear something green and head to Grote

Markt to celebrate with all things Irish for

the largest celebration of St. Patrick’s Day

in the Netherlands. Get ready to turn green

with the best Irish dancing schools in Europe,

large pints, Irish food, great music and good

laughs. www.stpatricksdaydenhaag.nl

Sunday, March 17

Grote Markt, Den Haag

1 – 11 p.m.

The Arts Society Lecture –

Georgia O’Keeffe

This colorful lecture explores the

relationship between American painter

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) and the

picturesque state of New Mexico. Having

visited the mountain art colony of Taos for

the first time in 1929, she moved to New

the AWC to join them for an evening of

social Irish dancing. No experience is

needed. Dance instruction will be given.

When Irish dance is mentioned, Riverdance

and competitive girls in embroidered

dresses usually come to mind. This is noncompetitive

traditional Irish dance, danced

at weddings, in community halls and for

St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are € 10 or free

for children under 12. Reserve your spot by

emailing irishclubnl@gmail.com.

Friday, March 15

6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Church of Our Saviour

Koningin Marialaan 2, Den Haag

Museum Night for Kids

On Saturday, March 16, around 20 museums

and cultural institutions in The Hague

and Voorburg will open their doors for the

Photo by Loraine Bodewes

This massive fair features 35,000 art objects

from 275 dealers from 20 countries in a

space as large as 7 football fields. What sets

this fair apart from others is that, despite the

dealers being the world’s finest, each item

is still investigated for its quality, condition

and authenticity. Even contemporary works

are vetted and checked against The Art Loss

Register. Enjoy the stimulating atmosphere

full of dealers, collectors, academics, art

critics and curators from major museums

around the world. Special for this year’s

fair, 23 highlights from the Dresden State

Art Collections will be presented. www.


Keukenhof Opens

Each year more than seven million flower

bulbs are planted in the historic park

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Announcements (cont.)

Continued from page 45

in Lisse, which opens its doors for the

spring season from March 21 through

May 19. The central theme for 2019 is

Flower Power with a 1970s vibe in honor

of Keukenhof’s 70th anniversary. The

strength of flowers will be evident in the

flower mosaic which was planted in two

layers, providing a longer flowering period

in the spring, with 50,000 tulips, grape

hyacinths and crocuses. Discounted tickets

with a special bus option from Leiden can

be purchased online. www.keukenhof.nl

Movies That Matter Festival

The Movies that Matter Festival, an initiative

of Amnesty International, takes place

Friday, March 22 – Saturday, March 30 at

Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het

Spui in The Hague. This festival presents

around 60 human rights feature films and

documentaries from around the world.

Many of these films will be screened for

the first and only time in the Netherlands.

Many film screenings are followed by an

in-depth program which might be an introduction,

debate or talk show. Most films

are in English or subtitled. For the program

and tickets, go to www.moviesthatmatter.nl

The Hermitage is Ten!

The tenth anniversary of the Hermitage

Amsterdam begins its celebration with

Treasury, the first of two anniversary


St George Killing the Dragon by Tintoretto,

State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

exhibitions, featuring a cross-section of

masterpieces from the entire collection

of the St Petersburg State Hermitage.

Through August 25, see masterpieces

ranging from Da Vinci, Van Dyck, Matisse,

and Rembrandt, to outstanding works

of art from cultures dating back to early

prehistory (23,000 BC) and from Ancient

Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome. www.


All the Rijksmuseum’s


In 2019, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

marks the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s

death with the Year of Rembrandt. The celebration

opens with All the Rembrandts,

in which the Rijksmuseum will present

for the first time an exhibition of all

its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and more

than 300 of Rembrandt’s prints. As well

as holding the world’s largest collection

of Rembrandt paintings—including The

Night Watch and The Jewish Bride—the

Rijksmuseum collection offers the world’s

most comprehensive and representative

overview of Rembrandt’s work. Given

the extreme rarity and delicate state of

many of the drawings and prints, this is a

once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore

Rembrandt the artist, human, storyteller

and innovator.

Message from the President (cont.)

Continued from page 8

creates a positive effect, not only for

the individual, but for those with whom

she interacts with at home, socially, and

at work.

• We have a social worker who worked

with hospitalized children.

• A creative writer has joined the Club.

• One of our new Members is an awardwinning

documentary film director

whose work has been shown at numerous

international film festivals, including

Sundance. She has won a Peabody

award, been on the Oscar shortlist for

Best Documentary, and was nominated

twice for an Emmy.

• A Canadian tech company has its

Director of Digital Marketing and

Marketing Operations working virtually

from her home in The Hague, which

allows her plenty of mom-time with her

six-month-old daughter.

You may be wondering why we push so

hard to grow our membership. It’s simply

because we need to, due to the fact that

many of our Members are in the country

for their, or their partner’s, short-term job

assignment. Unlike many organizations

whose members live long-term in a city, our

Club is expat-focused and we experience

ebbs and flows in our numbers. About 10

years ago, we had 600 Members. In the last

few years, we’ve lost a significant number

of Members due to the economic realities of

the oil and gas industry, with many of our

Members having to repatriate as the industry

readjusted. Today, we have more than

170 Members with hopes that that number

continues its healthy growth.

The diversity of our membership is a sure

sign that what we offer is wanted and needed

by expat women. With that said, I ask

you what I asked the women who stopped

by our table at the Feel at Home in The

Hague Fair: What do you want from our

AWC? Please don’t hesitate to contact me

if you have ideas or see that we’re lacking

in our social or philanthropic events and activities.

Your voice matters!

Tot ziens,


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Learn the basic requirements

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Main topics: Domain names,

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management systems.

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COST: €149, AWC Members

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Apr 12

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Coffee, tea, juice, & light lunch


Taught by: Julie Otten (AWC


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Proost! Questionnaire

Answers by Rachel Hines

Why are you living in the Netherlands?

After living in Asia for a few years, my husband

and I thought it would also be fun to

experience life in Europe. Luckily, we were

able to move to The Hague with his employer.

What do you enjoy most about the AWC?

The breadth of interests of the women in the

Club, which means Members can dabble in

lots of interesting and worthwhile activities.

It’s also really nice that there are women of

all ages in the Club, for a variety of perspectives

and life experiences.

What do you consider the most overrated

virtue of being an expat?

Having to explain to friends that while our

life is super-fun, it isn’t quite as adventurous

as they may think. We still have to take out

the trash, etc.!

Which Dutch words or phrases do you

most overuse?

I’m enjoying adding “je/jes” to the end of


What is the quality you most like in a


Being able to really connect via talking and

also doing cultural and fitness activities together.

Which locations haven’t been ticked off

your bucket list?

So many, but right now I’m obsessed with

seeing the Northern Lights.

Where would you most like to live?

Chasing autumn by living half the year in

New York and half the year in Australia.

What’s your hobby?

I love listening to podcasts. Can’t miss: The

Brian Lehrer Show, Invisibilia, Slow Burn,

Happier with Gretchen Rubin, The Nod,

Planet Money, It’s Been a Minute, Radiolab,

The Longest Shortest Time, She’s All Fat, By

the Book, and of course This American Life.

I’m breaking the Five Thirty Eight podcast

habit now that the midterms are over.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Singing, but I do it anyway.

Who are your heroes in real life?

I am in awe of people who can resolve disputes

while maintaining their principles in

everyday life and on the wider stage.

If you have pets, tell us breed, name, and

why they’re the best pets ever!

My fantasy pet family involves two cats and

a dog who all get along. Allergies may mean

that they remain fantasy pets.

What is your motto?

“Just do what’s next.” I lifted it from a new

father quoted in the Washington Post and

have found it to be very useful.

What constitutes a perfect day for you?

Well, it starts with coffee, a croissant, and a

word puzzle . . .


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