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.

Carola’s Corner in 100 Words |16|

Carola Eijsenring

Carola Eijsenring

BACK HOME

Just over a  week ago our last swim, last pitjit (massage), last packing our bags before going back home. Indonesia has been an intense and enriching journey with both my sons.

Connecting with our old Eisenring clan as well as to our new Indonesian friends, has been a great gift. Sniffing, tasting, feeling our Asian roots, our tropical ‘tanah’, birth ground, made me happy, grateful, reflective and somehow sad as well, due to an inevitable being cut off and teared apart.

To us the challenge to integrate those spread out roots and create our own home, filled with this abundancy.

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Yummy Turkish Cooking Workshop

Deepti Throat

Deepti Throat

Last Thursday we had a great time in the common room cooking with Seda Baskurt. Seda conducted a wonderful workshop on Turkish cooking. In this workshop, we learned how to make Kisir Salad and Yaprak Sarma. Kisir salad is a delicious appetizer which is made of bulgur which is a cereal food made from the groats of wheat, fresh vegetables, and citron which gave it had nice tangy taste. We helped Seda with washing and cutting the vegetables after several efforts by Carola in motivating us to do so 🙂 Yaprak sarma is a traditional Turkish fingerfood which is made of rice cooked with some spices, olive oil and tomatoes. In the beginning we were not sure how to turn on the stove for cooking the rice, but luckily we figured that out with the help of several suggestions. Finally, the cooked rice is rolled in grape leaves in finger-shaped rolls and they are boiled in a sauce until it is perfectly cooked. As making the rolls is a slow process, a lot of us decided to give hands so that we can eat faster 🙂 Finally, it was eating time and all the efforts and handwork was worth it. We would like to thank Seda for this wonderful Workshop and looking forward for similar delicious workshops in the future.

Seda is teaching us :)

Seda is teaching us 🙂