GiT Network Partner |5| Susan Brinkmann

Susan Brinkmann Library De Witte Dame

Susan Brinkmann
Central Library Eindhoven

This is the 5th edition of our ‘GiT Network Partners’. In six questions our partners give their impression of the Get in Touch program and offer some advices to make the life of internationals in Eindhoven happier and easier.

Big Thanks to Susan!

I AM ..

My name is Susan Brinkmann, I’m a ‘Business Developer’ at the central public library of Eindhoven (de Bibliotheek Eindhoven).

I first met Carola when she contacted the library in search of a place for a theatre performance. I think this must have been in 2008 or so.

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Later on we connected again through several projects, one of them being the opening of a ‘Europe Direct Information Point’ in the library. A large group of GiT ladies was present, and a number of them sang and danced in a wonderful performance.

Last year we organized several activities at the library, during which GiT spouses from various countries told us about their culture and about literature that had an impact on their lives.

Carola and I organize English spoken tours through the library for new GiT groups on a regular basis, during which the ladies are offered a free try-out membership for three months.

  1. MY THOUGHTS ABOUT GET IN TOUCH ..

I love the diversity of the GiT organization with all its beautiful cultures. The ladies I have met are inspiring, interesting women with vibrant personalities.

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I spent several enjoyable mornings at the previous location of Indigo-Wereld in the Hoogstraat (then also used as ‘base camp’ for GiT), where I was never allowed to leave with an empty stomach.

  1. MY ADVICE FOR INTERNATIONALS ..

Although I have lived in the Netherlands for a long time, I have the British nationality and my relatives live all over the world.

My advice would be to try to meet as many local people as you can to help you adjust to the Dutch culture and way of life.

GiT helps new members with this too, by introducing them to Dutch habits, festivities and showing them the ‘Places to be’ in Eindhoven.

  1. MY QUESTION FOR INTERNATIONALS ..

I would really appreciate any feedback from you concerning what you would like the library to offer expats.

You can send an email to s.brinkmann@bibliotheekeindhoven.nl

  1. ‘TYPICAL DUTCH’ IS FOR ME ..

Dutch people are very liberal minded, and they all speak (or at least understand) English, better than anywhere else in the world.

But… if you keep speaking English with them (which is very tempting, I know…), you will never learn the Dutch language. So grab the opportunity to learn Dutch by talking to the people around you!

  1. LAST BUT NOT LEAST ..

I hope to see lots of you at the library or attending GiT activities.

You are lucky to have such a warm GiT ‘Mother’ in Carola!

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