Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15
Please take the appropriate health care precautions as outlined by the WHO before participating in any events or activities, local and abroad.
 
To all our Irish families, colleagues and friends, a Happy St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, March 17. You do not necessarily have to cross the sea to celebrate. Join the Irish in festivities taking place in The Hague or visit one of the Irish pubs in Amsterdam;" sláinte"! For our family, we celebrate the 31st birthday of our youngest daughter Michelle, on St. Patricks Day! 
 
Saturday evening, March 14, from 17:00 - 22:00, The Hague and Voorburg organize the annual Kids Museum Night, which is especially fun for young cultural night owls aged between 4 and 12 years old. Around 20 museums and cultural venues in The Hague and Voorburg are opening their doors with a special program full of the best activities. It is a great way to see some of the best museums in the area.
 
Spring, summer and fall are also great times to discover the Netherlands from the water. This country can be toured completely by boat. The HISWA, the Amsterdam Boat Show, has everything to help you find the right boat, water activity or anything to prepare you to be ready for the upcoming watersport season. The HISWA starts on Wednesday March 11 and runs until Sunday, March 15 at the Amsterdam RAI.
 
I would like to draw your attention to a special exposition in the Rembrandt House: Black in Rembrandt's Time. This special exhibition is about overlooked works of art and representation, and about recognition and acknowledgement. This is a small museum, located close to the metro/tram station Waterlooplein in Amsterdam, but allows you to enjoy the engaging works of art in a very intimate setting.
 
For the readers amongst us, you might have noticed that this week we celebrate "The Week of Books" or, in Dutch, "Boekenweek". (You may remember a few weeks ago we celebrated Kinderboeken Week, a very similar event). A way to support our writers, bookstores and libraries by purchasing a book written by a Dutch writer. When you spend 15 Euro's you'll receive a Dutch book written by Annejet van der Zijl "Leon & Juliette". Also, upon showing this book while you are on the train going anywhere in the Netherlands on Sunday, March 15, it works as your train ticket! So, enjoy free travels while reading this book. Unfortunately, this book is only in Dutch but if you just started learning Dutch, it is a nice incentive to try reading  in our language. Or, discover the translations of famous Dutch writers, talk to your librarian at school, ask around at the book store or in the public libraries. We have to keep on reading!
 
With only one more week before spring officially starts, which means the Keukenhof opens (unfortunately the weather is not really cooperative lately with all the rain, so be sure to keep your winter coats out a while longer).  Please make sure you plan ahead and book your tickets online!  
 
Enjoy reading and the weekend.
Bernie