Friday, January 31 - Sunday, February 2

It is hard to believe we find ourselves -almost- in February already. Winter in the Netherlands hardly showed its face yet, but as my mother says "it is only the beginning, there are two more months of winter ahead of us". Maybe we will still get a chance to see some snow or ice covered canals.

February is also the month we have our next break, a time that many of you travel to ski resorts. Please be reminded that when you are driving to a winter sport destination, you need to have the correct "vignette" or toll/emission sticker on your car. For more information visit www.tolltickets.com and emission tickets. You can check with your garage or the ANWB if the country you'll be traveling through (and to) requires your car to have winter tires. As I mentioned last week, Snowworld in Zoetermeer and other locations offer the possibility to experience the feeling of skiing and snowboarding without a trip to Austria or Switzerland. They also offer classes to get in shape for the next winter break in February!

On Saturday, February 1, the Wiener Ball will take place in Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin for the 52nd time. A tradition in a modern way. The Ball, originally from Vienna, is an evening with a musical diversity from Strauss to Swing and Disco. Dress up in gala and enjoy the festive ambience. Wiener Ball is the perfect evening out with friends or business relations. Would you like to attend the Wiener Ball? Please find more information at www.wienerball.nl.

Even if we live here for many years already, most of us are still expats. Whether you are a seasoned expat, or a new arrival, perhaps stop by the "Feel at Home in The Hague Fair", Sunday, February 2, 11:00 - 17:00: 150 to take a look at the diverse exhibitors with a dynamic program of activities and entertainment, workshops and seminars will be the trademark of this year’s Feel at Home in The Hague Fair in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall. Learn more about things to do and events and activities happening in your region. Nearly half of the stands represent local sports and social clubs or volunteer organisations. Entrance is free if you register in advance on www.feelathomeinthehague.com. Location: City Hall, Spui 70, The Hague.

We go over this weekend into the following week mainly to be aware of the possibility to reserve your tickets to a great annual sports event held from Saturday, February 8, through Sunday, February 16, the world’s greatest tennis players gather in Rotterdam for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, and all this, just around the corner. Visit www.abnamrowtt.nl/en for more information. And, I know it is cold outside, but this is an indoor event.

And if you like to stay close by this weekend maybe you can find some time to visit the Meermanno Museum, or The House of the Book. The current exhibition ‘Offensive books? is open until March 1 and is about books which have fallen out of favour or, have become taboo because of a changing Zeitgeist and more progressive perceptions. For middle and high schoolers (and their parents/caretakers) a very interesting exhibition to open discussions about how progressive and open we have become in our viewpoints today.

Enjoy the weekend and start to February!
Bernie