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One Minute Travel Stories: China


One Minute Travel Stories: China

My experience of trying to explain what I did for a living to a Chinese man on a flight between Beijing and Shanghai.


Win a dinner for two at the Hard Rock Cafe

Win a Dinner for Two at the Hard Rock Cafe with the Britsoc Summer Photo Competition. (Email entry details below)


Britsoc Summer Photo Competition


 Send JPEG format images via email to  Benjamin Arthur (Click name to open email)



Freaking awesome Amsterdam sunset

What a breathtaking welcome back to Amsterdam.

After a short weekend in the UK, I flew back to Amsterdam on Sunday night to be welcomed back by this gorgeous sunset.



Arkwright’s Amsterdam

British Food Store Arkwright’s Amsterdam has a new owner.

10367158_249826115219179_2020691359776904896_nArkwright’s is your true home from home, among its collection of goods, Arkwright’s offers Colman’s mustard, Aunt Bessie’s baking products, Cadbury’s Chocolates, Cheerios, Shreddies, Crunchy Nut corn flakes, HP sauce, Branston pickles, Irn-Bru and much more. They also stock premium Clonakilty Irish sausages and different types of bacon for those who crave an English breakfast. It is fully stocked with Christmas goodies, including Christmas Cakes, puddings, Brandy sauce, double and clotted cream, Christmas crackers, selection boxes, and more. The shop originally opened in 2001, but on 2013 changed ownership and has been rennovated and is now better than ever. Arkwright’s is conveniently located on the Rozengracht #13 – only 500m from Dam Square, and only 2 mins walk from the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank House.

Find us on Facebook @ ArkwrightsAmsterdam and on our webshop at

Summer for kids 6 - 16

Summer Club for kids 6-16 years



Our new courses just started, below you’ll find the lesson schedule. It’s still possible to join the course and you can always try the first lesson for free to see if you like it. You can email us for more information at

Summer Club summer-kids
Ages 6-16
July 14 – 18, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Costs: 225,- 200,- if you register before July 1st.
Location: Huis van de wijk Lydia, Amsterdam-Zuid. Entrance at Bronckhorststraat 3.

Summer holidays long and boring? Not this year! Artifact organizes a Summer Club from July 14 to July 18. Everyday from 10am until 3pm we’ll do fun and energetic drama games and we’ll work towards a play!
The Summer Club is for kids aged 6 and up.

Register before July 1st and receive an early bird discount!

Register by clicking this link. 


Alvin and the Queen

Performance of our Drama Rocks group

The teenagers of our Drama Rocks group will perform the play ‘Alvin and the Queen’ for you
on Wednesday June 25th at 8pm.

Alvin and the Queen

The play is about Alvin the nerd who’s in love with Barbara, the prettiest girl in school. Everyday he sees her at the Kozy Korner snack shop working up the courage to talk to her. Will Alvin and Barbara find their happily-ever-after?

Come and find out! The address is Bronckhorststraat 3 in Amsterdam. Admission is free.


Muddy Mates

Everything you need to know to survive a fun day running in the mud

Muddy Mates invites everyone to grab a mate and get training!

On Saturday the 19th of April Muddy Mates presents their 2nd edition of Mud Runs at the specially designed parcours at Spaarnwoude in Velsen (near Amsterdam). Mud Runs are increasingly becoming more popular and Muddy Mates knows what it takes to survive your mud-filled day out. Muddy Mates is one of the most approachable mud runs in The Netherlands and they want to let people know there are only a few things you need to have a great time: a team of mates, a fun attitude, a creative outfit (fancy dress is optional) and a pair of really old trainers. The Muddy Mates adventure challenge invites teams of two (or more) to navigate a 5km mud-filled parcours made up of 12 specially designed obstacles. Their objective is to promote a fun, healthy and active lifestyle. Therefore the fastest time is not the goal, just muddy fun!

Jeff Povlo, the American founder of Muddy Mates who is now based in Amsterdam says: “We really want to create a great outdoor festival atmosphere. So it’s going to have food, it’s going to have beer, it’s going to have music and of course a lot of mud! You do not have to be a seasoned athlete to join in, all you need is a mate and a sense of humor, adventure and you need to be ready for the muddiest experience of a lifetime.  It’s a great opportunity to get fit while having fun.”

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 12.12.59Muddy Mates is an event for all ages and sexes with even a family-friendly 500m Mini Muddy Course for the ages 4-11 (accompanied by a parent) with mini-sized obstacles so kids can slither through the mud and have fun just like the adults.  The festival will be going all day long, with live music, food and fun while Muddy Mates run.  Spectators get in free.

Muddy Mates is a one-day event on Saturday 19th of April from 11.00 to 22.00 at Spaarnwoude in Velsen (near Amsterdam).

Tickets prices (includes free t-shirt and medal):

Adults: €32.50

Kids €12 (parents free)

Team and family discounts are available

Register NOW for your chance to get 50% off with the Early bird special

For more information and to register, go to

Expat Housing Seminar

Expat Housing Seminar: Tuesday February 18th , 2014

Dear British Society,

We would like to offer your members a free information evening, where we would like to explain the process of buying a property in the Netherlands.

We hold the Expat Housing Seminars in Amsterdam  on a regular base.

There will be four speakers: a mortgage advisor, an estate agent, a notary and a tax advisor, who will inform the expats in English.

We explain all there is to know about the legal, financial, tax and practical matters of buying a home in the Netherlands.

At the end of the Seminar people have the possibility to ask questions.

They all are specialized in working for expats.

We would like to know if the members of the British Society would be interested in such an evening as well.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write us or give us a call.

Kindest regards,

Mie-Lan Kok
Certified Estate Agent

Mie-Lan Kok Estate Agency
J.H. Weissenbruchweg 19
2102 AE Heemstede
Tel: 023- 5475941     



Tuesday February 18th , 2014

The venue will be: Restaurant Nine, Arnold Schönberglaan 9, 1082 MJ Amsterdam, 020-6465158 

Please click ‘sign up‘ to register.

Admission is free, but the number of places is limited to 40.

Four speakers will each give a presentation of 15 minutes in English (of course!), leaving plenty of room for questions.

The programme:

18:30        Welcome drink & snacks.

19:00        Start: Expat Mortgages will outline the rules when taking out a loan for your residential home in the Netherlands.

19:15        Mie-Lan Kok will explain how the house hunting process works in the Netherlands and she will explain why hiring an estate agent can save you money.

19:30        Bert Buma, specialised on the highly diverse property market, will explain the legal aspects of buying a home in the Netherlands.

19:45        Arjan Enneman from Expatax will illustrate the tax implications and advantages related to financing your primary residence and the implications of the 30% ruling.

20:00        Q and A session with the four experts.

20:15        Drinks with snacks and the possibility to talk to the experts individually.

For further information, please contact any of the organisers:

Expat Mortgages Henk Jansen
Mie-Lan Kok Estate Agency Mie-Lan Kok
Buma Algera Civil Law Notaries Bert Buma
Expatax Arjan Enneman



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