Connect International Blog

Welcome to the Connect International Blog!
Starting from January 2017, Connections is moving fully online and digital in the form of a blog.

We will keep you up to date on international news, events and more, with articles published through out the month. You can also now easily search back through our archive, with articles going back to 2009.

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Transporting Kids Dutch Style

To truly settle into the Dutch lifestyle you need to own a bicycle. When I moved from the UK to the Netherlands I bought myself a second hand bike within a week and have not been without one since. I use it for getting around the city, daily errands, leisurely outings, even moving house (with a rented bakfiets). So last year when I had my baby girl I was faced with a dilemma: how can I continue using my bicycle while transporting a baby?

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Groningen Earth Tremors

Maybe you have heard or read about it in the news; the earthquakes affecting the province of Groningen. Or maybe you have felt one yourself; it can be alarming.

In 2014 I was living in Groningen city centre when a earthquake hit near the city. It measured only 2.8 on the Richter scale, and yet I could feel the house around me trembling. At the time I had not heard about the earthquakes caused by the extraction of gas in the north of the province, so when it hit I was not prepared and did not know what was happening, or if I should be running out of my flat, or taking cover under a table- similar to the panic I felt the first time I heard the air raid siren drills.

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