Stedelijk Museum for Modern Art

After its closure of eight years, an extensive € 127 million renovation, cost overruns of € 20 million, multiple delays, a bankrupt building contractor, temporary relocation to the Post CS building, a public outcry at the new design identity and two successive directors, art lovers can finally breathe a collective sigh of relief at the … Continued


Turning Technology Into Business

Where better to explore those ideas than at High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE)? Set up in 1998 by Philips, its doors opened to other companies in 2003, and the campus is now a hive of activity for many established companies and young start-ups. Companies at the campus are exploring solutions to issues in Health, Energy … Continued


Our Children Are the Future

When marriage turns out to be too big a challenge, Edith van Ruitenbeek tells her clients that the next biggest challenge is making a fair and sustainable divorce covenant and… parenting plan. As a divorce lawyer and mediator she always tries to make sure the spouses think as caring parents when they have to make … Continued


News from ‘the East’

The International School Twente (IST) is the only international school in the Twente region, located in Enschede. It is a so-called Dutch International School (DIS) which means that the school is fully recognized by the Dutch Ministry of Education and also subsidized by the Dutch government, which enables the IST, like all DI Schools, to … Continued


Haarlem

For a city this modest in size, Haarlem is rich in fascinating museums. We started out at the Frans Hals Museum www.franshalsmuseum.nl, where we thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition Emotions – Pain and Pleasure in Dutch Paintings of the Golden Age, which showed how painters portrayed emotions during that Age. An extraordinary museum is Teyler’s Museum … Continued


Is There a Monster Living Under Your Bed?

First and foremost, if you are an American expatriate living in the Netherlands – or many other countries – you absolutely need to report your income to the United States government, via a ‘tax return’ (Form 1040), regardless of how long you have lived abroad. Along with that obligation comes another surprise to many expats. … Continued


Social Media: Curse or Blessing?

Millions of people are active on the social media. They have rich social lives and are connected – online – to millions of others. However, your online data is sometimes used for unintended purposes. In their prenuptial agreements, movie stars arrange which information can and cannot be shared with the media. Now that so many … Continued


Choosing Between Local or International Education

When living outside your home country, you will undoubtedly encounter this question: is local or international education the best option for your child? There are various factors to consider, and what is best greatly depends on your family’s individual situation: there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this very important question. At Edufax, they specialize in … Continued


(In)famous Healthcare Customs

Elsewhere in this XPat Journal, you have read about what to expect when visiting a specialist and about mental health care for expats. In this article, we will go into the rules and regulations surrounding the (in)famous referral note, and the (in)famous custom of home births. One of the first issues that is always stressed … Continued


When Parents Stay, and Children Depart

Inevitably, international families are then confronted with the choices, dilemmas, and challenges which arise when they stay on in their expatriate assignment location, and the children are ready to move on – embark on their own. For those contemplating post-secondary education the question then is: Where? Do they go home? Where is home? Do they … Continued


Jip and Janneke

Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam offers Dutch for non-Dutch courses, during which expats learn something about the Dutch culture, as well as how to speak the language. It also runs a monthly NT2-café where expats have no choice but to speak Dutch. Volksuniversiteit students, and their guests if they want to take them along, can gather on a … Continued


A Parental Lesson to Learn

The majority of parents feel that it is important that their children know the language and culture of both parents. Among other things, this is expressed in the type of education they choose for their children. Many of these parents opt for an international school, bilingual education or extra language classes alongside the mainstream education. … Continued