AWC Going Dutch October 2019

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Going Dutch

October 2019

Holiday Bazaar

Kick Off Collage

Asian Food Festival

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The Magazine of the

American Women’s Club

of The Hague

5 Officers and Chairwomen

6 Message from the President

7 October General Meeting

8 Letter from the Editor

10 Membership

10 Newcomers

11 Clubhouse Corner

11 Your Vote is Your Voice

12 Ongoing Activities

18 One-of-a-Kind Activities

21 Cologne Christmas Market

22 Holiday Bazaar

26 October Calendar

29 AWC and the Arts

30 Fall Kick Off Collage

32 FAWCO Corner

33 Our Personal Food Chioces

for Health and Environment

36 Asian Food Festival

39 9/11 Memorial Collage

40 Mediterranean Cruise

44 Announcements

48 Classifieds

49 Index of Advertisers

and Ad Rates

50 Restaurant

Recommendations

OCTOBER 2019 3


Editor

Alex Moore

2019-2020 AWC Officers

Committee Chairs

AWC Clubhouse

Johan van Oldenbarneveltlaan 43

2582 NJ Den Haag

Tel: 070 350 6007

info@awcthehague.org

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Design and Layout

Teresa Mahoney

Cover Photo

Japanese Garden October 2018 by Melissa

White

Photography

Laurie Brooks, Jane Choy, Greetje

Engelsman, Amber Gatewood, Audrey

Goodman, Marsha Hagney, Suzanne

MacNeil, Melissa Rider, Anne van Oorshot

Melissa White

Proofreaders

Celeste Brown, Jane Gulde, Diane Schaap,

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Advertising Manager & Invoicing

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Contributors

Barbara Bookman, Mary Ellen Brennan,

Laurie Brooks, Jane Choy, Paula Daeppen,

Suzanne Dundas, Greetje Engelsman, Roberta

Enschede, Jan Essad, Amber Gatewood,

Audrey Goodman, Dena Haggerty, Jaimie

Keppel, Suzanne MacNeil, Sunita Menon,

Melissa Rider, Jo van Kalveen, Anne van

Oorshot, Hilde Volle, Melissa White

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Honorary President Diane Hoekstra

President Suzanne MacNeil

president@awcthehague.org

Vice President Melissa Rider

vicepresident@awcthehague.org

Treasurer Sheyla Karman

treasurer@awcthehague.org

Secretary Heather DeWitt

secretary@awcthehague.org

Club and Community Development

Amber Gatewood

community@awcthehague.org

Clubhouse Administrator

Jan Essad

clubadministrator@awcthehague.org

Communications Audrey Goodman

communications@awcthehague.org

Member-at-Large

Sunita Menon

Front Office

Liduine Bekman, Siska Datema-Kool,

Dominique Duysens, Georgia Regnault,

Melissa Rider, Jessie Rodell

Activities: Open

Arts: Jane Choy

Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Insalaco

Assistant Membership: Liduine Bekman

Board Advisor: Jessie Rodell

Bookkeeper: Lore Schnebelie

Caring Committee: Naomi Keip

Chat, Craft & Cake: Suzanne Dundas

eNews: Amber Gatewood

Evening Events: Open

FAWCO: Laurie Brooks & Barbara

Brookman

Front Office Coordinator: Open

General Meeting Programs: Open

Heart Pillow: Jan de Vries

Historian/Archivist: Georgia Regnault

Holiday Bazaar: Jaimie Keppel-Molenaar

IT Administrator: Julie Otten

Kids’ Club: Open

Library: Dena Haggerty

Lunch Bunch: Greetje Engelsman

Membership: Mary Ellen Brennan

Movie Network: Tina Andrews

Newcomers: Jo van Kalveen & Hilde

Volle

Parliamentarian: Georgia Regnault

Philanthropy: Holly Savoie

Public Relations: Open

Social Media: Ceci Wong & Julie Otten

Tennis: Molly Boed

Thirsty Thursday: Open

Tours: Liduine Bekman

Volunteer Coordinator: Laurie

Martecchini

Walkie Talkies: Emily van Eerten

Webmaster: Julie Otten

Women with Dutch Partners: Michelle

Voorn

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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.

OCTOBER 2019 5


Message from the President

by Suzanne MacNeil

I

trust that your September was filled with

getting back into the swing of things as the

last of the sand from your summer holiday

was vacuumed out of the car (or wiped off

your bike), children were well ensconced in

school, and your month was busy with all

things AWC The Hague. There were so many

fun events and activities offered, and I hope

you took advantage of at least a few of them

and reconnected with friends from the Club.

Once I returned from my three state―

Massachusetts, Florida and California―vacation

in August, I was ready to get back

into our very full Club calendar. While I was

away and thinking of my expat friends and

throughout September as we reconnected, I

came to realize that there’s so much more to

our Club than just events and activities. It’s

about sisterhood. And that point was driven

home by a chance encounter at 35,000

feet somewhere between California and my

Dallas layover. After finding a window seat

on my Southwest flight, I looked to my right

after takeoff and sitting across the aisle was

Teresa Braunschweig. Teresa repatriated to

Dallas four years ago when her husband retired

after serving as the military attaché at

the American Embassy. She holds a special

place in my heart because we met at an ASH

adult education cooking class not long after

I moved to The Hague. When I mentioned

I was a new expat, Teresa told me about

our Club and I joined. As soon as we were

both off the plane, we hugged and chatted.

No time seemed to have passed between us,

and our conversation was

just as easy as it was

when we were

learning how to

cook Italian cuisine.

We will

be forever connected.

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Being an expat,

as most of

our Members

are, doesn’t mean

we’ve made a

move to another

city in another

state in the same

country in which

we hold a passport.

It means we’ve

left easy access

to our family and

friends and may

be an ocean away

from those who hold a place in our hearts.

Making new friends may have felt daunting

when you first moved to the Netherlands.

For me, those first few months were fearinducing,

but that’s where our Club and our

Members come in because they may be the

only ones who truly understand. We are a

unique group. Our Club sisters understand

the highs and the lows of being an expat,

the challenges and joys we experience, and

offer a warm embrace when we need confirmation

that we can make it to the other side.

On the other side of expat life is having to

say goodbye. We bond, we get one another,

we can relate to unique struggles, but then

reality slaps us in the face. Hard. For many

of us this is a temporary assignment, which

means we have to say “safe travels” over

and over when our friends and Club sisters

leave. We have laughed, and perhaps cried

together, and then they’re gone. I’ve been

to many going-away lunches in my seven

years and sadly, I have three goodbyes this

fall, two of them to Members of your Board.

The now-retired Editor of Going Dutch

and Communications Chair on the Board,

Audrey Goodman, is moving back to

Baltimore in December, several months earlier

than she originally expected. A new job

opportunity is beckoning, and she needs to

be on the job by the first of the year. Her

contributions to our Club are immeasurable.

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October General Meeting

by Suzanne MacNeil

Internment,

Release,

Repatriation

Henriette van

Raalte was born

and lived in Java at

the start of World

War II, where her

mother worked for

Shell in the Dutch

East Indies and her

father was a tax inspector.

Not long

after war broke out, Henriette and her family

were interned in three different Japanese

camps. Once the war ended, Henriette’s

family repatriated to the Netherlands, specifically

the Archipel area and she now

lives in Benoordenhout.

Henriette never forgot her years in the

internment camps and she wrote a memoir

in the 1990s, Mogen Wij Altijd in Dit

Kamp Blijven? (Please, Can We Stay in

This Camp Forever?). It is the story of a

young child whose early years were shaped

by living in the camps and who wasn’t sure

why she had to return to the Netherlands.

The book has been translated into Japanese

and English with plans to turn Henriette’s

story into a movie. She will join us for

our October meeting to share her memories

about a piece of history that touched

the lives of many of our Dutch friends and

neighbors.

re-Building Lives Benefit:

Update and Check Presentation

Our Spring Benefit for Not for Sale raised

more than € 17,000. Toos Heemskerk, the

Director of Not for Sale, will be our guest.

She will receive a ceremonial check for

the organization and give Members a brief

update about Not for Sale’s work since the

benefit.

Thursday, October 10

10 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee and conversation

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Club news and

updates

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Presentation by

Henriette

AWC Clubhouse

Guests are welcome

Lunch at your own expense (Menu to be

shared on www.awcthehague.org)

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!

OCTOBER 2019 7


Letter from the Editor

by Alex Moore

It was a gray, muggy August evening. As I

walked to the Thirsty Thursday, the clouds

burst, pelting me with rain. I speedwalked

to the restaurant, trying not to trip in my heels

and faceplant into a murky puddle. I finally

made it to the restaurant, tying my wet hair

out of my face into a low ponytail, aiming to

look somewhat presentable. As I greeted my

fellow Members, I was asked, “Alex, do you

want to be the Editor of Going Dutch?” Why

yes, as a matter of fact, I do.

Since I’m the new Editor of Going Dutch,

it’s only fair to introduce myself. I’m Alex,

and I’ve lived in the Netherlands for a year

with my Dutch husband, Diederik. We met

through a mutual friend in 2012 and spent

much of our relationship crossing the globe

for each other. I live in Rotterdam but work

for Gracenote, which is an American company

in Amsterdam. When I’m not working,

I’m usually reading, writing, traveling,

or hanging out with Diederik embarking on

magical mystery tours around Rotterdam.

Now to regale you all with my life story. At

least, the more interesting details. Several

years ago, I got the bright idea to attend

Converse College, where I studied creative

and professional writing, minoring in studio

art because it’s what you do at a private, liberal

arts women’s college in South Carolina.

After I graduated, I returned to Florida for

my MA in English at the University of West

Florida. Then I taught at a community college

in the area before heading to New Zealand.

What was supposed to be a trip turned into

a working holiday where I lived and worked

in Auckland for several months. When I finished

my contract, I traveled to Australia and

the Cook Islands before gallivanting through

the North and South Islands, working for accommodation

in a hostel near Abel Tasman

National Park. Yes, there are more sheep than

people.

When I returned to the US, I taught for another

year before packing my bags again

and going to South Korea to teach English.

After waving goodbye to East Asia, I ended

up in New England, although I’m still not

sure how that happened. I spent a summer

in Vermont, eating at every farmer’s market,

driving to small towns with my mom, checking

out Burlington, and basking in the New

England summer that wasn’t as brutally hot

as down south. After getting a job in Florida

(of all places), I moved back, setting up shop

in Pensacola, a beachside town known for its

navy base and flight school, a town that can’t

seem to let go of me no matter how far away I

move, whether it’s Auckland, New Zealand;

Seoul, South Korea; or Vergennes, Vermont.

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Now that I’ve rambled enough, I’d like to

acknowledge Audrey Goodman and Teresa

Mahoney. Without their hard work and patience,

the magazine wouldn’t be as great as

it is. I’d also like to thank everyone else who

worked on this issue. There are not enough

words to express my appreciation for everything

you did to help out. I look forward to

working together on this magazine, and I

hope to see plenty of you around at various

American Women’s Club events.

Alex

OCTOBER 2019 9


Membership

by Mary Ellen Brennan

Thank you for renewing your Membership

with the AWC for the 2019/20 Club

year and a warm welcome to those

just joining. As an AWC Member you automatically

become a Member of FAWCO

(Federation of American Women’s Clubs

Overseas).

More benefits of being an AWC Member

include the ability to gain entry into the

wholesale stores Hanos in Delft and Sligro

in Leidschendam and The Hague. The

American Book Center in The Hague offers

a 10% discount and the Crowne Plaza

Promenade offers discounted rates on their

health club, spa, and other services to our

Members. Please remember to bring your

Membership card to these businesses.

If you have any questions about your

Membership, please feel free to contact me

at awcthehague.membership@gmail.com.

Welcome New Members!

Summer Fisk

Hannah Gray

Rebecca Niles

Clubhouse Corner

by Jan Essad & Sunita Menon

Did you know our AWC Clubhouse is

one of just a few of its kind left around

The Hague? It’s what the Dutch call

a Dijkhuis, the backside of the house is completely

built into a dyke or the dunes. That

means the back walls of our Clubhouse are

underground. One of our neighbors has the

most beautiful incline garden as high as our

roof and our other neighbors have rooftop

terraces/balconies with container gardens.

The Clubhouse was the site of many events

and activities in September, and sparkled after

the summer’s clean out. Without the help

of volunteers like Julie Mowat, the cleaning

and sorting would have been an overwhelming

task. Big thanks to Julie and all

who helped out!

Clubhouse Corner

Did you know you can use the Clubhouse for a private event or business workshop

or meeting? Interested? Contact your Clubhouse Administrators, Sunita and Jan, at

clubadministrator@awcthehague.org for more details.

Newcomers

by Jo van Kalveen & Hilde Volle

Your Vote is Your Voice

Coffee Morning

Join the AWC Newcomers Chairs for

an informal coffee morning at the AWC

Clubhouse. Meet and chat with fellow newcomers

whilst eating some home-cooked

treats. Stroopwafels will also be available.

This time will be a great opportunity for you

to ask any questions you may have about

living here in the Netherlands: from how to

use public transport, where to buy a certain

item, restaurant recommendations, or how

to navigate an invitation from your neighbor

for a borrel. We are here to help with anything

and everything!

If you have any questions about your

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Membership, please feel free to contact us

at newcomers@awcthehague.org.

Thursday, October 17

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Can I vote absentee?

You can vote absentee if you are a US citizen residing overseas.

Even if I do not have a legal residence?

Yes. Your legal state of residence is your address in the state in

which you last resided. This residence is valid even if:

• You no longer own property or have other ties.

• Your intent to return is uncertain.

• Your previous address is no longer a recognized residential

address.

If you choose to vote in upcoming elections, you should register

and request an absentee ballot immediately. Go to:

www.usvotefoundation.org or www.FVAP.gov for more

information.

OCTOBER 2019 11


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 can be reached at bookclubday@

awcthehague.org. Dena Haggerty handles

the evening meetings and can be reached

at bookclubevening@awcthehague.org.

Happy reading!

Daytime Book Club

October Selection: Lanny: A Novel by

Max Porter

There’s a village an

hour from London and

it’s no different from

many others today: one

pub, one church, redbrick

cottages, some

public housing, and a

few larger houses dotted

about. Voices rise

up, as they might anywhere,

speaking of loving, needing, working,

dying and walking the dogs. This village

belongs to the people who live in it, to

the land and to the land’s past. It also belongs

to Dead Papa Toothwort, a mythical

figure local schoolchildren used to draw as

green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing

out of his mouth, who awakens after a glorious

nap. He is listening to this 21st-century

village, to its symphony of talk: drunken

confessions, gossip traded on the street corner,

fretful conversations in living rooms.

He is listening, intently, for a mischievous,

ethereal boy whose parents have recently

made the village their home: Lanny.

Thursday, October 24

10 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Daytime Book Club Reading List:

November 21: Beloved by Toni Morrison

December TBA: An American Princess:

The Many Lives of Allene Tew by Annejet

van der Zijl

January 23: A Strangeness of My Mind by

Orphan Pamuk

Daytime Book Club Recap – August

The Dry is an “award-winning novel.”

That’s true. What award? Given by

whom? Who else was considered for the

award? We wondered these things as we

discussed journalist Jane Harper’s first

novel, a murder mystery set in a currentday,

drought-ravaged, Australian farming

community. (We also wondered what “ute”

and “avro” mean. The book is heavy with

Australianisms.) Awards aside, The Dry

was Australia’s best-selling book in 2017,

which is probably a more accurate barometer

of this book’s value. It’s a crowd pleaser,

no doubt, and an engaging read with a

woman’s sensibility. The violence and sex

scenes were discreet. This would have

been a very different book if it had been

written by a man. But it is flawed. One

Member knew the identity and motivation

of the killer immediately upon their introduction

into the story. Others felt the book

was written by outline―not in itself a flaw,

but obviously a flaw when the outline is

obvious. The protagonist, detective Aaron

Falk, is also the protagonist in Harper’s

follow-up book but many of us felt he was

not fleshed out enough to carry a series. We

gave Falk credit for being pleasant, handsome

and smart enough. “Enough” sums

up our judgment on The Dry. It’s engrossing

enough and well-written enough for a

vacation read.

Credit: Amazon

Evening Book Club

October Selection: The Red Tent by Anita

Diamant

Her name is Dinah. In

the Bible, her life is only

hinted at in a brief and

violent detour within the

more familiar chapters

of the Book of Genesis

that are about her father,

Jacob, and his dozen

sons. Told in Dinah’s

voice, this novel reveals

the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood―the

world of the red tent. It begins

with the story of her mothers, the four wives

of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts

that are to sustain her through a damaged

youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new

home in a foreign land. Dinah’s story reaches

out from a remarkable period of early

history and creates an intimate, immediate

connection. Deeply affecting, The Red Tent

combines rich storytelling with a valuable

achievement in modern fiction: a new view

of biblical women’s society.

Our location changes every month, so

please contact Dena at bookclubevening@

awcthehague.org if you are interested in

attending.

Wednesday, October 9

7:30 p.m.

Location TBA

FREE

Evening Book Club Recap – August

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn brought

WWI alive. This novel featured two female

protagonists: Eve and Charlie. Our

group enjoyed wartime events being told

from a woman’s standpoint. And not just

any woman: a woman who had been on the

front lines and not as a nurse. Eve is a great

character. With each chapter, the reader

slowly peels back the different layers of

her personality until her truth is revealed―

and what a truth! Oh, the stories she could

tell. Charlie’s character, on the other hand,

started a bit flat. She was a messed-up girl

who, instead of facing her future, went off

on a fool’s mission to find her cousin Rose,

lost during the war. Charlie grew on us as

her character was developed. Slowly, but

Evening Book Club Reading List:

November 13: TBA

December 11: TBA

surely, we learn how the two stories are

interconnected and how the past of Eve

and the present of Charlie weave together.

These two stories together were necessary

to complete the overarching story.

Although fictional (even if roughly based

on true characters), these characters and

their stories were believable, which made

them powerful.

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

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 13

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

FREE

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.

org.

Tuesday, October 8

Noon – 2 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

FREE

Visitors Welcome

Out to Lunch Bunch

This month’s restaurant, recommended

by Amber Gatewood, is the urban bistro

MaMa Kelly (www.mama-kelly.nl), which

opened its doors in 2015 in the former boiler

house of the Caballero Cigarette Factory

in The Hague. The high ceilings, original

boilers and other references to the history

of the building make MaMa Kelly a very

interesting place. Lunch is served next to

the big dining area: don’t forget to take a

look! Expect the unexpected because MaMa

Kelly specializes in lobster and chicken. Ask

yourself: how often have you put your fork

into half a chicken or lobster in an industrial

estate on the outskirts of The Hague?

Friday, October 11

Noon – 2:30 p.m.

MaMa Kelly

Saturnusstraat 100, 2516 AH, Den Haag

Registration Deadline: October 9

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

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 mollyboed@gmail.com for

more information.

Every Tuesday

(except specific holidays TBD)

1 – 3 p.m.

Dekker Tennis Courts

Veerpolder 14, Warmond

€ 275 Members / € 325 nonmembers

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Ongoing Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 15

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 are included in the fee

payable at the restaurant.

Thursday, October 17

6 – 9 p.m.

Domo Eclectica Conceptstore

Annastraat 11, 2513 AT, Den Haag

€ 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

Upcoming Thirsty Thursdays:

November 21: Location TBA

December 19: Location TBA

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. Please

check the AWC Facebook page or contact

Emily van Eerten at walkietalkies@

awcthehague.org for last minute updates

and cancellations.

Mondays

9:30 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Free

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 a.m. on the

first Thursday of every month. Prospective

Members are welcome too. The location

changes every month, so contact Suzanne

Dundas at chatcraftcake@awcthehague.org

if you are interested in attending or for more

information.

Thursday, October 3

9:30 a.m.

Location TBA

FREE

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 vicepresident@awcthehague.org 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.

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One-of-a-Kind Activities

by Melissa Rider

RSVP directly on www.awcthehague.org. Direct any questions to

vicepresident@awcthehague.org

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.

Dutch Democracy Talk

To better understand the relationship between

democracy and royalty in the

Netherlands, as well as the differences between

the US and Dutch styles of government,

join us for a discussion on the topic

led by Greetje Engelsman. It will be the

perfect accompaniment to the following

week’s tour of the Parliament buildings in

The Hague.

Wednesday, October 9

10 – 11:30 a.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Free

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

in both continents and have become part

of many municipal and private collections

on both sides of the Atlantic. We hope you

will join us for this opportunity to meet

Albert, enjoy some wine and cheese while

viewing the contrasting collection of oils,

watercolors and pastel paintings of Holland

and the US. For a preview of his life and

work, his book Painting is My Life is available

from the AWC Front Desk and Library.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, October 13

4 – 7 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

All are welcome. Please bring a friend!

Free

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Dutch Politics Tour of Parliament

Buildings and The Knight’s Hall

This tour will give us a complete overview

of the remarkable origin of The Hague’s city

center and its current place in the Dutch political

system. We will visit the Parliament

buildings and the Hall of Knights. Don’t

miss this opportunity to tour the Binnenhof,

which soon will be closed to tours while undergoing

a major renovation project.

Wednesday, October 16

10 – 11:30 a.m.

Arrive by 9:45 a.m. at the Pro Demos

Visitor Center, located at Hofweg 1

€ 15 Members / € 20 non-members

Cancellation Deadline: October 9

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Floral Arranging Workshop

Have a vase but not sure how to create a

floral arrangement? Bring that vase to the

Clubhouse and join Linda Sisselman, a floral

designer from Nashville, when she explains

the principles of how best to use the

abundance of flowers in the Netherlands to

create decor for everything from a simple

tabletop to an elaborate design for special

occasions. You’ll go home with a vase filled

with beautiful flowers of your own creation!

Monday, October 21

1 – 4 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Minimum 5 / Maximum 15

€ 30

Cancellation Deadline: October 17

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org >>20

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for entrepreneurs

Meet the Artist Reception

The first artist invited to exhibit his work

in the US Embassy in The Hague, as well

as in many other prestigious international

venues, Albert Dolmans returns once more

to the AWC with his paintings, as our Artist

in Residence this fall. The Dutch-American

partner of AWC Member, Sheila Gazaleh,

he now resides in his native Holland having

spent the larger part of his life in the San

Francisco Bay Area. His modern classical

paintings are the result of extensive travels

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One-of-a-Kind Activities (cont.)

Continued from page 19

Cologne Christmas Market Trip

by Melissa Rider

Quiz Night

“John, Paul, George and Ringo were the first

names of which British musical quartet?”

“True or false: A watermelon falling on his

head inspired Sir Isaac Newton to ponder

what would become his Law of Universal

Gravitation.” Feeling clever? Then you’ll

enjoy Quiz Night at the Clubhouse. You’ll

compete in teams of six, and there will be

prizes for each round as well as a grand

prize for the overall winners. Come with

a complete team or form one that evening.

Spouses and guests are welcome. To keep

things simple, it’s BYOB. We’re asking

everyone to bring your own drinks and/or

snacks for your table to share. If you have

any questions, contact Suzanne Dundas at

activities@awcthehague.org.

Saturday, October 26

7:30 – 10 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Maximum 36

€ 10 Members and non-members

Cancellation Deadline: October 19

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Halloween Party

Your ghouls and goblins are invited to a sugary

party at the Clubhouse for Halloween!

Children of all ages are welcome to spend

Halloween evening playing games, trick or

treating, having their faces painted, and enjoying

a night to get to know other 'junior'

AWC Members! Moms and dads won't be

forgotten as adult treats will be served.

Thursday, October 31

6 - 8 p.m.

AWC Clubhouse

Costumes requested!

€ 15 per family

Registration Deadline: October 28

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

Haagse Markt Foodie Tour

Come spend your Saturday morning exploring

the Haagse Markt (The Hague Market),

one of the largest multicultural markets in

Europe. Our guide will take us on a twohour

culinary world tour that stimulates

the taste buds. As we walk along the rows

of colorful stands, we’ll stop to taste exotic

and Dutch products from a range of vendors.

Depending upon the season, each week between

35,000 to 42,000 people visit the market,

which hosts more than 500 stands. You

can find fruits and vegetables from around

the world and some of the best fresh fish in

town. Before beginning our culinary journey,

we’ll meet our guide for coffee at 10 a.m. at

the Marketplace located at Hoflandplein 17,

at the end of Herman Costerstraat and on the

Hoefkade side of the market. It’s easily accessible

by tram 11 or 12.

Saturday, November 2

10 a.m. – Noon

Marketplace

Hoflandplein 17, Den Haag

€ 18 Members / € 23 non-members

Cancellation Deadline: October 26

Sign up at www.awcthehague.org

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 non-

It’s never

too early

to make

plans for the

annual AWC

Christmas

Market Trip

if you want

the best price.

To allow for

more flexibility

for our

Members this

year, we’ll

be traveling

to Cologne,

Germany

via train on

Tuesday,

December 10.

You can opt to spend the day or stay overnight

to enjoy the city’s seven markets.

The Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral

is the largest and most well-known with

over 150 wooden stalls, and nearby, in front

of Town Hall, is the Alter Markt. These

aren’t the only markets in the city. There’s

also the Market of Angels, the city’s oldest

market, located on the Neumarkt Square,

while Heavenue has only been in existence

for two years. The Harbour Christmas

Market with its maritime flair is held at the

Chocolate Museum in a picturesque setting

beside the Rhine River. The Village of St.

Nicholas on the Rudolfplatz has the medieval

Hahnentorburg as its historic backdrop.

The smaller and quieter Stadtgarten Markt

is located in the Belgian Quarter of the city.

Finally, if you want a break from shopping,

eating, and drinking glühwein, you can follow

the Route of the Nativity Scenes to see

these displays in more than 110 locations

throughout the city.

this event, Liduine Bekman and Melissa

Rider, please follow these instructions:

Train

Go to www.nsinternational.nl to purchase

your train ticket. You should purchase your

ticket from Utrecht Centraal to Koln Hbf

on the ICE train, 1st class. You want 1st

class to have a reserved seat and it is only

€ 10 extra. You can use your OV-chipkaart

to buy the portion of your ticket from Den

Haag Centraal to Utrecht on the day of travel—just

don’t forget to check out at Utrecht

Centraal.

Dates/Times

Tuesday, December 10: Depart Utrecht

Centraal 8:37, arrive Koln 10:46

Wednesday, December 11: Depart Koln Hbf

17:46, arrive Utrecht 20:01

NOTE: You will be on the same train as

Liduine and Melissa if you book these

dates/times.

Hotel

Liduine and Melissa have booked rooms at

the Hotel City Class Residence am Dom,

www.cityclass.de. If you prefer to reserve

through www.booking.com, contact Melissa

to get the link.

Once you have completed your travel

arrangements, or if you have questions,

please send me an email at vicepresident@

awcthehague.org.

member fee. Only Members are entitled

to use babysitting services.

Members must book their own transportation

and overnight accommodations. If

you want to travel with the organizers of

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OCTOBER 2019 21


Holiday Bazaar – Festive

Cheer and Shopping Joy

As the leaves change color

and start falling, you know

that winter is not far behind.

And that means it is almost time

for the 2019 Holiday Bazaar! This

year we’ll be at The Hague Marriott

Hotel. The ballroom of the Marriott

will be filled with sparkling jewelry,

cuddly scarves, warm hats, delicious

wine, and joyful decorations. You’ll

also be able to support several of our

own Members who will be selling

their goods. Come to The Hague

Marriott Hotel on November 9 and

10, where you’ll find a wide selection

of unique gifts sure to please everyone

on your gift list—including you.

Saturday, November 9 and

Sunday, November 10

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Hague Marriott Hotel

Johan de Wittlaan 30, 2517 JR,

The Hague

Entry: € 2 Adults / Children

under 12 Free

by Jaimie Keppel

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OCTOBER 2019 23


Santa’s Elves Unite!

by Amber Gatewood

We’d love for our shoppers to see your friendly face at the 2019 AWC Holiday Bazaar

– our Club’s most important fundraising event! Whether you’re a smiling greeter,

selling tasty baked goods, or taking payments, our Bazaar is the ultimate way to

spread a bit of holiday cheer. Volunteers are needed on both Saturday, November 9 and

Sunday, November 10, with two shifts each day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. – closing.

Most jobs involve working in pairs made up of an experienced Member and a newer one.

There is absolutely a job for everyone to choose from, including:

• Entry Table (Welcome guests and sell entry tickets)

• General Floor Monitor (Help where needed)

• Bake Sale Table (Sell baked goods)

• Raffle Table (Sell raffle tickets)

• Payment Table (Take/track PIN payments)

Laurie Martecchini is our Volunteer Coordinator. Please

send her an email at volunteercoordinator@awcthehague.

org to let her know which day and job you prefer. See you at

the Marriott with bells on...sleigh bells, that is!

Santa Needs Baking Elves, Too

by Jaimie Keppel

As the holidays roll around, we recall wonderful times with family and friends. And I

bet you also have fond memories of a favorite cookie or pie or savory treat. Dust off

those recipes for your favorite sweet or savory

dessert for the annual AWC Holiday Bazaar. Your delicious

baked goods will help sustain those who are busy

shopping!

If baking isn’t your talent but you’d like to help the

shoppers enjoy the sweet treats, we are also looking for

people to volunteer at the Bake Sale during the Bazaar.

To volunteer to bake, please email me at holidaybazaar@

awcthehague.org.

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October 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

1

2 3

4 5

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Wassenaar Coffee and

Conversation 9:30 a.m.

6 7

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

8

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Heart Pillow Workshop

Noon

9

Dutch Democracy Talk

10 a.m.

10

Coffee 10 a.m.

Ocober General Meeting

10:30 a.m.

11

Out to Lunch Bunch Noon

12

Buddy Check 12

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Evening Book Club

7:30 p.m.

13

14

15

16

17

18 19

Meet the Artist Reception

4 p.m

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Dutch Politics Tour

9:45 a.m

Newcomers Coffee Morning

10:30 a.m

Thirsty Thursday 6 p.m.

20 21

22

23 24

25 26

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Daytime Book Club 10 a.m.

Floral Arrangement

Workshop 1 p.m

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

Quiz Night 7:30 p.m

27 28

Walkie Talkies 9:30 a.m

29

Chat, Craft & Cake 10 a.m.

Guided Tour of Monet:The

Garden Paintings 11 a.m.

AWC Tennis 1 p.m.

30 31

Halloween Party 6 p.m

Save the Dates:

November 2: Foodie Tour of the Haagse Markt

November 9 –10: Holiday Bazaar

November 20: Royal Delft Trip

November 28: Thanksgiving in Leiden

December 10 –11: Cologne Christmas Market

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OCTOBER 2019 27


AWC and the Arts

by Jane Choy, AWC Member and Mauritshuis Docent

Guided Tour of Monet: The

Garden Paintings

Monique Varma will be our guide through

Monet: The Garden Paintings, the first

ever Dutch exhibition of this part of

Monet’s oeuvre, and will star the Gemeente

Museum’s own Wisteria alongside three

of its six siblings. This exhibit focuses on

the period 1900 to 1926. During this time

Monet lived a secluded life on his property

in Giverny, where he produced his

renowned paintings of his own gardens,

depicting the gardens in an increasingly

abstract style. Many art historians have

wrongly attributed this stylistic change to

failing eyesight. But, in fact, Monet—at

the height of his career —was still exploring

new artistic frontiers, which later had a

major impact on artists such as Rothko and

Pollock.

RSVP for all Arts Activities directly

on www.awcthehague.org

Direct any questions to

jechoy@me.com

Tuesday, October 29

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Gemeente Museum

Maximum 15 / Minimum 10

€ 10 Members / € 15 non-members

Museum entrance fee is € 19.50, or € 3.50

with Museumkaart

Cancellation Deadline: October 17

It is possible to sign up after this date if

there is space

The new AWC Website is now up and running!

Please visit

www.awcthehague.org

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

communications@awcthehague.org

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Fall

Kick

Off


FAWCO Corner

by Barbara Brookman & Laurie Brooks, AWC the Hague

FAWCO Representatives

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

consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council

www.fawco.org.

Last month we focused on the four

Global Issues Pillars of FAWCO:

Education, Environment, Health, and

Human Rights. This month, we’d like to focus

on a few other aspects of FAWCO: the Target

Program and our UN involvement.

The Target Health Education Chair, who

hails from our sister club in Amsterdam,

wrote a truly informative blog post,

Menstrual Health and the Problem with

Menstrual Stigma. There is a wealth of information

in the post (which can be found at

www. tinyurl.com/yxfu84dv), and here is just

a taste of what it includes:

“Globally, the stigma of menstruation is perpetrated

by cultural taboos, discrimination,

lack of education, silence and period poverty

(the inability to access/afford feminine

hygiene products). For instance, although

Nepal criminalized the use of menstrual

huts in 2017 after deaths had occurred, the

practice of isolating menstruating women

and girls continues. Instead of being banned

to a remote hut, separate areas of a house

or community are reserved for menstruating

females, who may not have contact with

other people or animals, prepare food, touch

books, etc., due to the belief that menstruating

females are impure.”

International Day of Peace

We also learned in this month’s FAWCO

News in Brief that September 21 is the

International Day of Peace. The UN established

this International Day in 1981 and

once a permanent date of September 21 was

set in 2002, an assembly declared that the

day should be observed as a day of global

ceasefire and non-violence.

The 2019 theme was Climate Action for

Peace, which drew attention to the importance

of combatting climate change as a way

to protect and promote peace throughout the

world. Please visit www.un.org/en/events/

peaceday to read more about this important

day devoted to worldwide peace.

Our Personal Food Choices

for Health and Environment

by Anne van Oorschot & Paula Daeppen (AWC Zurich)

Now that the newness of this Club and

academic year is behind us, I’d like to

introduce myself. In addition to being

a longtime AWC The Hague Member, I am

also the Co-Chair of FAWCO’s Environment

Team. FAWCO, of which our AWC is a founding

member, is an organization of volunteers,

much like our Club. In addition to offering

support and help to other clubs, FAWCO also

tries to make a global impact on important

issues by increasing awareness and encouraging

positive actions. The Environment Team

publishes monthly articles on current environmental

issues, and I like to pass these articles

on to you. They are all written by members

of the Environment Team, who are volunteer

club members just like you. This month Paula

from AWC Zurich offers new insights into

what we eat:

I can imagine that nearly everyone who

reads this is already doing many things to

help preserve the viability of our planet.

With our choices, we try to do our part: recycling,

avoiding plastic, composting food

and yard waste, shopping with reusable

bags, taking public transportation or driving

fuel-efficient vehicles.

At the same time, most of us are also concerned

about our own physical health. We

want to eat a healthy diet. We have all

heard that a diet rich in plant-based foods

and with fewer animal sourced foods will

contribute to improved personal health

as well as have urgently needed environmental

benefits. Eating healthy should be

a “win-win” situation for both people and

planet.

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Our Personal Food Choices (cont.)

Continued from page 33

A healthy diet within safe planetary boundaries

for food production should take into

consideration at least these six factors:

1. Is the product environmentally friendly?

2. Has soil and water been contaminated?

3. How many natural resources were used

up?

4. Has it had a negative effect on biodiversity?

5. What was the social impact of its production

on humans and animals?

6. What effect has its production had on

the lives and health of the local population?

The production cycles behind a lot of the

“healthy” foods that we consume can have

serious consequences for our planet and the

people who produce them.

Are Superfoods Really Super?

Everyone seems to be talking about “superfoods.”

We are told to eat things rich in

nutrients like avocados from Mexico, chia

seeds from Central or South America, goji

berries from China and Tibet, quinoa from

Bolivia, and other fashionable foods. We

are told that these, usually expensive, super

foods are better than competing items in providing

health benefits, ranging from fighting

disease or aiding in digestion to promoting

brain or heart health. With those claims, we

forget the dark side of their production: the

long transport, cultivation in areas suffering

from drought, deforestation, the working

conditions of the farmers, and the use

of pesticides. The foods themselves are not

the problem; the problem is the social and

environmental footprint of their production.

Food does not have to come from exotic

places to be healthy. There are wonderful

alternatives in our own gardens, available

from local farmers or the shelves in our local

organic shops. Transporting food is one

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of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse

gas emissions, according to the World

Watch Institute. Each year, 817 million tons

of food are shipped around the world. The

result is that a basic diet of imported products

can use four times the energy and produce

four times the emissions of an equivalent

domestic diet!

The Blood Diamond of Mexico

There are many superfoods that are taking

a bite out of the planet. One of them is the

much-loved avocado. The demand for avocados

has more than tripled in Europe in the

past ten years. One third of all the avocados

that are consumed globally come from

Mexico. The Irish star chef JP McMahon

calls the avocado “the blood diamond of

Mexico.” Every year 4,000 hectares of forest

are destroyed to make room for more

avocado plantations.

It takes approximately 1,150 liters of water

to produce 1 kilo of avocados. An estimated

850 liters of water is needed for production,

storage and transport, resulting in less water

making its way into rivers. In Mexico and

Chile, rivers have completely dried up as a

result of the avocado boom. Avocados are

also produced in California where there is

a long-term water shortage. The heavy fruit

is then shipped from the tropics and must be

kept cool in route.

There is really no replacement alternative

for the taste and versatility of this fruit. For

those who do not want to give up avocados

completely, look for organic and fair-trade

avocados and make this a special treat that

is consumed seldomly.

Grains and Seeds from Afar

For many of the other so-called superfoods,

we can find good alternatives in our local

shops that are less exotic and less expensive.

It seems that today the most popular grains

and seeds are those from afar, such as quinoa

from the Andes or chia, the super seed

of the Aztecs and Mayans.

Quinoa is a nutrient-dense, gluten-free

pseudo grain―it’s actually a seed―which

has been grown by indigenous peasants for

thousands of years. With the burgeoning

demand in Europe and the US for healthy,

gluten-free grains, quinoa has become very

popular. The dark side of this boom is that

today, most Bolivians can no longer afford

to consume their traditional grain, which is

now grown for export rather than local consumption.

The change in the traditional diet

has made the quinoa-growing region of the

country the most malnourished. The area

also faces decreased soil fertility, as farmers

mine their soil to grow quinoa year after

year to meet Western demand, instead of

using traditional methods of rotating crops

with llama pasture to restore fertility and

prevent erosion. The situation with the expensive

and climate sensitive chia seeds is

similar. Chia is grown mostly in Central or

South America requiring a long transport to

reach most of the consumers who want this

luxury superfood.

You might be surprised to learn that most of

us can have locally grown vitamin bombs

with the same benefits for a fraction of the

environmental price. Linseed is an excellent

alternative to chia as are walnuts and rapeseed

oil. We have plenty of healthy grains

grown closer to home, like barley, oats or

the gluten-free buckwheat that are good for

us and the planet.

Planetary Boundaries for Food

We can make a powerful statement against

the malnutrition and environmental devastation

caused by industrial export farming

by spending our money at home supporting

small farmers who use good land management

practices to maintain fertile soils and

produce high-quality, local food. Labels

need to be examined and questions asked

about source. We need to become mindful

shoppers and consumers giving as much

thought to the planetary effects of what we

eat as well as our own health.

An important new report by the EAT-Lancet

Commission states that “food is the single

strongest lever to optimize human health

and environmental sustainability on Earth”

and shows that feeding ten billion people a

healthy diet within safe planetary boundaries

for food production by 2050 is both possible

and necessary. How food is produced,

what is consumed, how much is lost or wasted,

effect the health of people and planet.

“Global consumption of fruits, vegetables,

nuts and legumes will have to double, and

consumption of foods such as red meat and

sugar will have to be reduced by more than

50%.”

Other sources:

www.biovision.ch

www.worldwatch.org/food-agriculture

www.smallfootprintfamily.com

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Asian Food Festival Utrecht

by Alex Moore

Okonomiyaki. Sushi. Soy sauce. Ramen.

Poke bowls. Loempias. Deep fried

sushi. Masaman curry. Panaeng curry.

Sriracha. Takoyaki. Nasi goreng. Yakitori.

Bulgogi. Dim sum. Gyozas. Hungry? Me

too. Confused? Read on.

Back in May, my husband and I went to the

Joy Sushi Festival in The Hague, where we

ate our way through East and Southeast Asia

including sushi, Korean fried chicken, bami

goreng and gyoza, to name a few. After rolling

our way back to Den Haag Centraal

for the long trek back to Rotterdam, I immediately

searched for other Asian food

festivals. As it turned out, the same food

festival would be in Utrecht in September.

After a discussion that lasted a nanosecond,

he agreed to go.

I’m lucky to have a husband who likes Asian

food as much as I do even if he leaves off the

peanut sauce because of his life-threatening

allergy. The fact that most of it is dairy free

is another bonus for him. Yes, that’s right. A

Dutchman who can’t have dairy or peanuts.

The jury is still out on his Dutchness, and

sometimes I wonder if I actually married

an American. Especially when he adopts

the same “go big or go home” attitude at

food festivals, a direct contradiction to the

Calvinist sensibilities he was raised by.

We drove to Utrecht and managed to find

a parking space near Griftpark. Judging

from that miracle, I could tell our day was

off to a good start. Food trucks were selling

Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese

and Indonesian food. It was mostly the

same as last time, but the difference was

we had Thai massages and live music in

one section. We also found a tent with arcade

games, a tent we skipped because otherwise

we would have spent several hours

there while I showed Ms. Pac-Man who is

in charge. However, certain things remained

the same such as the karaoke stand and the

sushi workshop.

A DJ played a variety of music from the

80s and 90s while a man on stilts played the

saxophone, notes from the sax matching the

early 90s bop Groove is in the Heart. As we

walked by the karaoke stand, we were treated

to an off-key version of I Will Survive. It

made me nostalgic for all the hours I spent

in karaoke rooms in Korea listening to everyone

belt out their favorite K-pop songs

in the privacy of a room where only friends,

colleagues and bystanders witnessed the lunacy.

Before we began eating, Diederik spotted

a tent offering sushi-making classes. We

considered the option before we realized

that being around sushi would only make us

hungrier. Food first, learning later. Unless

we collapsed from a food coma, a likely

occurrence given all of the deliciousness

coming from every direction. Another tent

nearby contained a wine bar, where people

enjoyed a Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc in the

warm weather. Several meters away was a

beer tent serving Asian beers such as Asahi

and Sapporo.

We began our culinary tour in Japan with

sushi. We sat on bar stools where a conveyor

belt displayed different plates of sushi and

side dishes such as edamame and shrimp

tempura. Diederik chose salmon nigiri,

while I chose tuna nigiri. This particular

stand got our attention because it reminded

us of the restaurant in Akihabara where we

ordered sushi in the same way on our

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Asian Food Festival Utrecht (cont.)

Continued from page 37

Tokyo trip in 2016. Savoring the unique flavors

of ahi tuna and wasabi mixed together

made our long trek worthwhile. After a few

plates of sushi, we said sayonara and continued

onward.

The next stop took us to another part of East

Asia: Korea. We said annyeong haseyo to

the rich, intense spices of Korean cuisine.

We found a food truck called Aginamu that

leaned towards fusion, combining traditional

Korean food such as bulgogi and gochujang

pork in a sandwich. I was torn between

the beef bulgogi and gochujang pork, but I

love spicy so we chose the gochujang pork.

Our sandwiches included kimchi, lettuce,

and onions. It’s hard to find good Korean

food outside of Asia, but this food truck did

not disappoint. The food truck name was

written in Hangeul, so I read it out loud because

I am determined not to forget how to

read Korean. I can’t speak it to save my life,

but reading it is my standard party trick. The

friendly owner explained to us that it means

“baby tree” in Korean, and it was one of

the first things he remembered hearing as a

child. He was born in Seoul but came to the

Netherlands as a young child. We’d never

tried Korean food in a sandwich, but now

we’ve discovered a new way to enjoy it.

As we strolled around in the sunshine, we

came across a Thai massage tent sponsored

by Take Care Thaise Wellness. As much

as I love eating my weight in Asian food,

I can’t resist a cheap massage. Neither can

Diederik. While we waited our turns for a

massage, we watched one of the live musical

groups perform. They started with

Finesse by Bruno Mars and Cardi B, a song

that sounds straight out of the 90s. Their

rendition of Price Tag could give Jessie J a

run for her money.

Ten euros and ten minutes later, we felt more

zen. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear

I was at some massage parlor in Bangkok.

Minus the stinky sweet stench of durian that

reeked from outside. I picked up one of their

flyers where I learned that they have options

such as Thai Massage at € 50 for one hour.

Next time I’m in Utrecht, I will be sure to

stop by for a massage.

Before we left, I had to get one more Korean

food fix. I ordered Korean fried chicken

from the food truck Pass the Peas. As soon

as I took a bite of their extra crispy fried

chicken, I felt like I was back in Seoul chowing

down in a warm restaurant with good

friends during a brutal Korean winter while

the bright lights flashed outside. The perfect

9/11 Memorial Service

mix of crisp and smoky spice of gochujang

was a great way to end a culinary tour.

Indeed, I’m a sucker for Asian food.

Whether it’s East Asian or Southeast Asian,

I will eat it all from gyozas to samgyeopsal

to ramen to bami to curry to bulgogi. And

then some.

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Mediterranean Cruise

by Audrey Goodman

My husband and I set off for a ten-day

adventure in July, cruising around

the Mediterranean. Italy was on our

bucket list and we really enjoy cruises, so we

booked a seven-night Celebrity cruise on the

Infinity ship. Our trip started in Venice and

ended in Rome, with stops in Split, Kotor,

Corfu and Naples.

tour of the Doge’s Palace, which included a

pass over the Bridge of Sighs. We also took

a very touristy gondola ride and visited a

glass showroom that provided a demonstration.

We couldn’t make it to the island of

Murano, famous for its glassmaking, so the

showroom was the next best thing.

We arrived in Venice a day early and took

a water taxi from the airport to our hotel.

Seeing the city from the water was a fun way

to start our visit and a great introduction to

Venice. We spent the first day wandering the

streets; walking through the Jewish quarter,

over the Rialto Bridge, and back toward the

train station. We stopped for a quick dinner,

which obviously included pasta, alongside

one of the many canals. The next morning,

we took the People Mover to the cruise

terminal, where the check-in process was

incredibly quick and easy. We were on the

ship with a glass of champagne in hand, in

less than 15 minutes! Our first day onboard

was spent unpacking, lounging by the pool,

and making the most of our drink package.

The ship stayed in port the first night, giving

us another day in Venice. We booked a

Our next port was Split, Croatia, where we

took part in a walking tour of Diocletian’s

Palace, which was easily reached by foot

from the ship. After our tour, we stumbled

upon Diocletian’s Wine House, where we

had a fantastic lunch. The rest of our afternoon

was spent exploring the many markets

spread throughout the city, before returning

to the ship.

We woke up early the next morning to

enjoy the cruise into the Bay of Kotor in

Montenegro. The views of the coastline

were amazing, and well worth the six a.m.

alarm. And ordering room service the night

before was a smart choice! Since the port

is so small, our ship remained anchored in

the bay and we took a tender boat into town.

We booked a speedboat tour to Our Lady of

the Rocks, a tiny church on an island in the

bay, before returning to check out the town

of Kotor. Sadly, there were four other ships

in port that same day and the crowds completely

overwhelmed the narrow streets of

the small town.

The following day, we arrived in Corfu,

Greece, where we had scheduled a transfer

to Pazuzu, one of the beach resorts on the

other side of the island. It was the only

port in which we just relaxed and enjoyed

the views. We had beach loungers,

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Continued from page 41

Message from the President (cont.)

Continued from page 6

umbrellas and drinks waiting for us when

we arrived, and I can’t think of a better way

to spend an afternoon in Corfu.

After a day at sea, we arrived in Naples,

where we had a full day of sightseeing.

Our ten-hour tour included stops in Capri,

Sorrento and Pompeii. The heat was overwhelming

in Capri, and we luckily found a

café with refreshing nonalcoholic slushies.

I ordered a watermelon-lemon slushie, and

my husband opted for the strawberry-lemon.

He’s still talking about that delicious drink!

A couple hours in Sorrento was not nearly

enough, and we’d love to return for a long

weekend. The

weather cooled

down for our

walking tour of

Pompeii, which

was the highlight

of the day. The

ruins are very

well preserved,

and the history

was fascinating.

I would recommend

booking

a guide to get

the most of your

visit.

in the same neighborhood. And of course,

we ate gelato every day!

Most of our tours and activities were

booked through www.getyourguide.com

and our hotel rooms through www.booking.

com. I highly recommend utilizing Skip The

Line tickets in both Venice and Rome, to

avoid wasting hours waiting in line. I could

go on for pages about how much we have

enjoyed Celebrity Cruises. If you have any

questions about the cruise line or our trip,

you can contact me at communications@

awcthehague.org. This vacation was

unforgettable, and our favorite cruise yet!

She has created and implemented a solid

social media plan: adding Instagram and

overseeing the development of our external

Facebook page for non-members. Her

insights and input have changed the Club

for the better. There will be a going-away

party for her at a later date. I hope her replacement,

one of our newer Members,

Alex Moore, will be there. I am grateful

that Alex has stepped up to take over

Going Dutch as it’s a significant piece of

our Club’s enduring legacy.

Amber Gatewood has a new adventure

awaiting her in Singapore. Amber oversees

Club and Community, the philanthropic

arm of the Club, and she’s also the

Editor for our weekly eNews. Amber is a

regular at many Club activities and events

and is often the first to sign up. I sit on

the FAWCO PR and Media Team and one

of the team’s members has just moved to

Singapore. I connected her with Amber and

they’ve already made plans to meet when

Amber visits her new city this month to

find an apartment. This is our sisterhood at

its finest.

There was a recent going-away party for

Amber, and she shared the luncheon with

Holly Savoie, one of the kindest and bighearted

women I know. Holly is repatriating

soon and leaves behind her legacy of

overseeing several philanthropic activities,

including our TLC Dinner each February.

In her invitation to guests for the 2019 TLC

Dinner, she included this quote which perfectly

sums up our AWC sisterhood: You

can always tell who the strong women

are. They are the ones you see building

each other up. ~ Anonymous.

Tot ziens,

Suzanne

Our final port was Rome, which quickly

became our favorite stop. We spent two additional

days in the city, visiting the Vatican

Museum and touring the Colosseum and

Roman Forum. The heat was unbearable,

which hindered the amount of activity we

were able to do. We would have liked to

spend more time exploring the city, but the

sun was just a bit too much. During one of

our evening ventures, we stumbled upon

La Botticella Sports Bar, with hundreds of

sports paraphernalia from American colleges.

Our hotel, Relais Trevi 95, was in a

perfect location just blocks from the Trevi

Fountain. The best meal of our trip was at a

small restaurant, Da Brunello a Rosa Rosae,

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Announcements

Art Fair in The Hague

Art The Hague is a quirky contemporary

art fair which displays The Hague’s international

character. It is the fair’s ambition

to be a platform for both up-and-coming

and renowned art galleries in The Hague

and the Netherlands with 45 galleries participating.

Tickets can be purchased at the

door.

Wednesday, October 2 –

Sunday, October 6

Fokker Terminal

Binkchorstlaan 249, Den Haag

www.artthehague.nl

Leiden Liberation Celebration

This annual Leiden event commemorates

the Spanish siege and subsequent relief of

the city in 1574. It is the biggest celebration

of town identity in the Netherlands.

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The party starts on Wednesday, October 2

at 1 p.m. with a huge fun fair and market

that covers a large part of the city center.

On Thursday, October 3, the official day of

liberation, Breestraat is turned into a lively

street theater boulevard with a giant parade

featuring floats, bands, and dancers starting

at 1 p.m. This year is the 132nd anniversary

of the parade. There is also a carnival

and market with fireworks at 11:30 p.m.

www.3october.nl

Seafood Festival

VISSCH is an annual culinary seafood festival

at Scheveningen Harbor inviting you

to try special sea dishes such as lobster

burgers and exotic fishy delicacies as well

as the infamous Dutch herring. Learn how

to fillet fish during workshops and demonstrations

and be entertained by local pop

bands and DJs. Entrance is free.

www.vissch.nl

Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6

Visafslagweg 1, Den Haag

Open Ateliers The Hague

Sixty-five artists in the center of The

Hague will open their studios to visitors on

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October

6 from noon to 6 p.m. Within the informal

atmosphere of these studios, visitors can

view and buy artwork as well as see artists

working in different disciplines.

www.openateliersdenhaag.nl

www.expatfairamsterdam.nl

Sunday, October 6

10 a.m. − 5 p.m

Beurs van Berlage

Damrak 243, Amsterdam

The Arts Society Lecture

The Rockefellers

Fueled by oil, this famous yet private family

amassed one of the greatest art collections

in the world during the 20th century. They

founded the Museum of Modern Art in New

York’s Central Park and managed to create

the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan during

the Great Depression. Lecturer Andrew

Hopkins is an architectural historian. The

Arts Society The Hague aims to bring people

together through a shared curiosity for all

types of art. Nonmember fee is € 13. www.

theartssocietythehague.org

Tuesday, October 8

Doors open at 7:15 p.m.

Lecture begins at 8 p.m.

Cultural Centrum Warenar

Kerkstraat 75, Wassenaar

Japanese Garden Open

The Japanese Garden in Clingendael Park,

home to rare trees and plants, is so fragile

that it is only open eight weeks per year,

six in the spring and two in the fall. Don’t

miss the chance to see this special garden

in magnificent fall colors.

Free entrance.

Saturday, October 12 –

Sunday, October 27

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clingendael Park, Den Haag

Canal Race in Amsterdam

On Saturday, October 12, the canals of

Amsterdam will come alive with 140

rowing teams participating in the 33rd

edition of the Grachtenrace Amsterdam,

a 15-mile (24-kilometer) race in the city

center. In addition to staying out of each

other’s way, the boats must contend with

many narrow bridges and tourist boats.

www.grachtenrace.com

Community Fair for

International Children’s Art

Internationals

Festival

From October 18 to 26, children between

Experience the 17th annual “I am Not a

the ages of 2 and 12 years old will be

Tourist” Expat Fair, a community fair for

treated to 550 enchanting performances

internationals living in the Netherlands,

of both Dutch and international origin and

hosted by Expatica in Amsterdam.

workshops at 55 different locations around

Whether you’ve lived in the Netherlands

The Hague as part of De Betovering (The

for five months or five years, you will no

Enchantment). Performances, a number of

doubt find a workshop or entertainment

which are suitable for a non-Dutch speaking

audience (highlighted in the program

session of interest to you. One hundred and

twenty-five exhibitors will be available

as NDR), include puppet shows as well as

to offer advice on topics as diverse as

dance, music and film. To see the program,

employment, housing, relocation, taxes

go to: www.debetovering.nl

and banking. Free tickets are offered online: >> 46

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Announcements (cont.)

Continued from page 45

LEGO World

LEGO World is the largest LEGO event in

the Netherlands for kids of all ages. Your

kids can play and build with millions of

LEGO bricks, giving them the possibility to

build anything they can imagine. Your little

ones can play with DUPLO in a separate

area. Discounted tickets are available online:

www.legoworld.nl

Thursday, October 17 –

Wednesday, October 23

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Jaarbeurs Utrecht

Jaarbeursplein, Utrecht

Dutch Design Week

During Dutch Design Week (DDW) in

Eindhoven from Saturday, October 19 –

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Sunday, October 27, you can see with your

own eyes how tomorrow’s world is taking

shape with smart solutions and inventive

designs by 2,600 national and international

designers offering new perspectives. This

year’s theme is If Not Now, Then When? is

literally a call to action: don’t postpone your

plans and ideas for the future any longer,

do it now! DDW offers 400 events at 120

venues throughout Eindhoven, including

exhibitions, experiments, lectures and workshops.

www.ddw.nl

International Jazz Festival

On Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October

26, Jazz International Rotterdam will display

the versatility that characterizes jazz music of

today, but also the adventurous spontaneity

that makes jazz so distinctive. This year’s

festival focuses on the Rotterdam scene and

sound. www. jazzinternationalrotterdam.nl

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.

Tuesday, October 29 –

Sunday, November 3

Various venues in Den Haag Centrum

www.crossingborder.nl

Wildlife Film Festival

This multi-day film festival, organized

by a non-profit foundation, focuses on the

screening of 40 wildlife films and documentaries.

The main program consists of a juried

competition that is open to professional and

non-professional nature filmmakers from

the Netherlands and abroad.

Wednesday, October 30 –

Sunday, November 3

Cinerama Filmtheater

Westblaak 18, Rotterdam

www.wffr.nl

Affordable Art Fair

Amsterdam is also hosting an art fair this

month. 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, and all under €3,000.

The work of young, emerging artists hangs

alongside some of the biggest household

names.

Thursday, October 31 –

Sunday, November 3

De Kromhouthal

Gedempt Hamerkanaal 231, Amsterdam

www.affordableartfair.com

I’m Your Mirror

Through November 19, the Kunsthal in

Rotterdam is featuring a large number of

sculptures and installations of the famous

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. With

a profound respect for her Portuguese culture

and traditions, she gives reality her

own feminist twist. She is known for her

masterly use of color and unusual choice of

materials, such as rotary telephones, cooking

pots, steam irons and plastic cutlery.

Free admission with Museumkaart. www.

kunsthal.nl

Naturalis has Reopened

After two years of construction, Naturalis,

the National Research Institute for

Biodiversity, has opened their stellar

expanded facility in Leiden, accommodating

the entire national collection of 42 million

objects. Appreciate the richness of nature

in the impressive new museum halls with

plenty to interest all ages. See the new

permanent home to Trix, Europe’s only

T-Rex who moved from Montana to the

Netherlands in 2016, and some of her

contemporaries. Free admission with

Museumkaart. www.naturalis.nl

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Restaurant Recommendations

by Audrey Goodman

Please send your recommendations to goingdutchmag@awcthehague.org.

Palmette

A favorite for brunch, the Palmette Breakfast

Platter (2-person minimum) is absolutely

delicious and will keep you full until dinner.

Plaats 27, 2513 AD, Den Haag

070 412 7512

palmette.nl

International, European, French

€€

Sunday – Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – Midnight

Thursday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Hotel Restaurant ‘T Goude Hooft

Situated in The Hague’s oldest inn, the restaurant

offers both inside seating and a terrace.

It’s a great spot for breakfast, lunch,

dinner, high tea or drinks.

Dagelijkse Groenmarkt 13, 2513 AL,

Den Haag

070 774 8830

tgoudehooft.nl

Bar, European, Central European

€€ – €€€

Sunday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – Midnight

Tasca

Authentic, southern European dishes made

with fresh ingredients. The service is great,

and the atmosphere is wonderful.

Ankerstraat 2, 2586 RK, Den Haag

070 220 7161

restauranttasca.nl

International, European, Vegetarianfriendly

€€ – €€€

Wednesday – Sunday, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.

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