Looking back on Get in Touch | Seda Baskurt

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Seda Baskurt

Am delighted to present the inspirational and useful reflection of our former Get in Touch spouse: Seda Baskurt (Turkey, psychologist). She as been an active member of our Get in Touch Family for years. In 2014 she started to join the Get in Touch program until she had to leave us in July 2015  for a one year stay back home in the US , where she grew up. After returning back again to The Netherlands, she and her husband moved to a northern part of Holland. We’ve missed her ever since, but at the same time are happy that they found a good place to build their new life in The Netherlands!

Below you’ll find her answers on the GiT ‘looking back’ questionnaire for GiT spouses who had to leave GiT for various reasons.

Thanks a lot, dear Seda .. and welcome anytime whenever you’re visiting Eindhoven .. :)!

GENERAL OPINION ABOUT THE GIT PROGRAM

My general opinion about the program is that it is organized. There is always something to do every week which made me look forward to come to. The communication is very consistent. Every activity is reached out the all members via e-mail which I think was very nice. The e-mails are very detailed about what will happen and where we are supposed to meet. Continue reading

Secondhand & Vintage Stores Eindhoven | Carola Eijsenring

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Carola Eijsenring

Once in a while we make GiT Secondhand & Vintage Shop Tours, and sometimes it’s included in other GiT Tours like last Friday in our GiT Woensel West Side Tour.

Good and useful stuff for small prices .. recycling products for a good cause .. interesting and worthwhile to try and check out, I guess.

Below I’d like to present some of these venues and stores in Eindhoven.

Enjoy!

LIST OF STORES & VENUES

Unfortunately the info on the sites is mostly written in Dutch, but the details and pics might be useful to get a feel and find at least the details of those places with a variety of products .. toys, books, furniture, crockery & cutlery, lamps, vases, tools, children’s games, baby equipments, cloths, and much more odds & ends.

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GiT 5 year anniversary | Those were the days ..

DSCN5627The invitation for international spouses of TU/e to join the first GiT pilot group, was posted on in February 2011.

Shortly afterwards, the first Get in Touch Group started in the former location of Indigo-Wereld in the Hoogstraat ..

An exciting start of a great journey with international spouses from all over the world!

A long and winding road full of beautiful surprises .. below some looking back in key words and loads of images ..

Time flies .. already 5 years of warm GiT meetups, encounters, sessions with practical information .. sharing accomplished experiences & expertises from back home and developing new skills .. celebrating traditional feasts from ‘here’ and ‘there’ .. dancing, singing, music making  ..

Lots of visiting interesting and useful places in town .. tasting each others homefood in cooking workshops and creating handicraft in various art & craft workshops .. indoor and outdoor gatherings, picknicks, potlucks and more ..

Regularly extra activities such as participating in the Internationals Woman’s Days of Indigo-Wereld, in the colorful ‘Connect with my Culture’ event, creating our big ‘Get in touch with Get in Touch’ event @ TU/e ..

All the GiT spouses have ‘landed’ in Eindhoven from different places in the world .. and all of them brought their own tales, narratives and histories to Get in Touch .. and in sharing they/we always found common grounds ..

By discovering the new residential town together, GiT spouses created their own home in The Netherlands .. and found a balance in anchoring their new lives and still managing to stay deeply connected with back home ..

So many stories to tell about our Git gatherings .. from fruitgarden to dance shows .. from Sinterklaas parties to health care info .. from going on trips in and around Eindhoven and once even to the seaside to indoor reflection gatherings sharing stories from the heart .. and more ..

Looking back after 5 years I am thinking of all the awesome spouses and their partners in the past and present now and here today ..

It makes me warm and proud of our growing GiT family .. coming from everywhere and spreading out to everywhere again, but still keeping in touch somehow (thx to GiT Facebook and the GiT Blog too .. haha !) ..

Giving and taking .. no meeting the same, every single year a fresh adventure .. plus a brilliant recognition in the outside world as well .. with the international EMEA Award in London!

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Get in Touch .. energizing  .. socializing .. empowering ..  in the past, today and hopefully for many years to come .. inshallah !

Thanks to all the spouses, partners, helpers and others connected to Get in Touch

This post is to enjoy and remember some GiT highlights ..

Get in Touch Slideshow Eva Sperberg created for our GiT Hodgepodge Party (2014):

 

Below the interesting article, written by our former GiT intern Dirk van Eck: When ‘Space’ becomes ‘Place’

Last but not least our Get in Touch Film, realized by Duerinck Productions, about background & impact of our social support program for international spouses, created by Indigo-Wereld in close partnership with the Technical University in Eindhoven, and released @ our grand ‘Get in touch with Get in Touch’ Event.