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.

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Groeten uit Eindhoven. Sending postcards.

One of the most curious things for me when I arrived in The Netherlands was to find postcards or cards everywhere. Despite the internet full of e-cards and all the apps for instant messages, Dutchies still love to write and send cards in the old fashion way. They have been sending postcards since the 19th Century.

The postcards have been redesigned many times. Until 1905 you only could write the name and the address in the back of the postcards, because adding messages was very expensive.  Nowadays its a very affordable and nice way to let people know about you.

In 2005,  The Netherlands was in third place when it comes to the greatest number of greeting cards sent per capita, with a total of 450 million cards. Also you can buy cards in 8000 shops across the country(1). 

I must confess i was reluctant to join that practice at the beginning, but then i start receiving so many beautiful cards and postcards that i couldn’t resist anymore…one day I surrendered! Now every time i go on holiday, i look for local post offices to send postcards and surprise family and friends.

Groeten uit Eindhoven

Groeten uit Eindhoven

Now, as part of the cultural integration, we have a new section in our blog, Groeten uit Eindhoven. Using the format of a postcard we will post pictures from expats in Eindhoven. The pictures can be about interesting places int he city, nice moments, something curious.. well the sky is the limit.

The pictures (jpg format) with a short description can be sent to info@indigo-wereld.nl

We start today with our first postcard,

and Groeten uit Eindhoven!!

(1) Source:  Wikipedia (Ansichtkaart)Wikipedia (wenskaart)

An evening with the 7 fingers – a fascinating display of mind and body coordination at work

Namratha Rao

Namratha Rao

I distinctly remember reading the quote ‘Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve’ by Napoleon Hill. Never has it made as much impact on me as it did during the performance titled Sequence 8 by 7 fingers. Each of the artists was a wholesome entertainer and a mind-blowing performer, to say the least. 

It all began as a follow up to the interesting group discussions organized by Jeroen van der Meij and Loes Barkema in coordination with Carola Eijsenring. To orienDSCN3932t us (the participants of the Group Discussion), with the activities/events at the Parktheater, we were invited to the show. The idea of poetry in circus intrigued me. How could one live up to such a claim I wondered, as I cycled to the Parktheater.

After most of the audience was seated, the show began with an introduction of the performance. The presenter mentioned that the troupe intends to take the audience on an experiential level rather than create a show that merely felt good when it was performed but which would fade away as time passed. After hearing this, my level of intrigue pretty much shot up to very high levels. In fact, one side of me began to prepare for the disappointment I would feel after a performance that didn’t live up to its promise…But I was wrong in so many ways, thankfully!

Beginning with a quirky monologue, the troupe surfaced on the stage in a manner that seemed casual and unintentional. I can only imagine the level of practice that goes into making a staged performance feel so effortless. Be it the act with the lady who tiptoed and somersaulted on a stretchy plank of some sort to the skilful juggling of wooden blocks (sometimes as huge as boulders) or the hilarious piece where the troupe used the pole to create humour, each piece performed was superb in its own right.

Besides moments throughout the performance where I almost skipped a few heartbeats, the performance on the see-saw depicting life and the relationships we have will always remain special to me. True to what was said in the introduction, the performance touched my soul and connected with me at a very deep personal level. Overall, it was a spectacular show with splendid performers. One that also reminded me of how blessed we are as human beings to have bodies that can be trained to perform such amazing feats and to have minds that help us conceive such incredible concepts. DSCN3954

Had I spoken to the performers, I guess I would say

Dear Performers,

Your talent awes me and I am astounded by the whole performance you put together. Thank you for showing me that with practice and perseverance, I am capable of achieving anything I want. I am amazed by your ability to impact your audience through your art. May your talent be celebrated now and for a long time to come. Thanks again!

Best Regards,

Namratha