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Month: May 2016

Discover Delft’s History: Vermeer

One of the many advantages of living in this beautiful city is that you can take some time to really dive deep into discovering Delft’s fascinating history.  I love exploring culture with my children.

World-famous Dutch painter, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) lived a large part of his life in Delft.  “Almost all of his paintings are apparently set in two smallish rooms in his house in Delft; they show the same furniture and decorations in various arrangements and they often portray the same people, mostly women” quoted in Wikipedia.

Here are five ways to learn more about him and his beautiful works of art, along with some events you may like to visit. Read more

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Delft Mama of the week: Anna

Delft Mama of the week, Anna, has been a part of the community for nearly 4,5 years. As a daughter of a pastor and a director of an elderly house, she grew up with a very active social life. It’s no wonder that since February Anna has been the chairwoman of Delft MaMa. She is the mother of Nátán (2), but she attended long before becoming a mother: “I was invited by a friend to one of the playgroups in the library just to meet other internationals. Eventually I had lots of friends who were mostly moms, I was also looking after kids and after two years of living in Delft I became a mother myself.”  Read more

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Delft Mama of the week: Nina

Delft Mama of the week, Nina, is a mother of two boys. Living close to Delft, she considers herself as part of the Delft community. A lot of fellow moms recognize her name through various efforts she has done to help those in need, especially the refugees all across Europe. “I like that my name is connected to the refugees. I’d like to do more than I do. I’d like to give more back to Delft MaMa in particular, because for me Delft MaMa community was really a way out. Before I moved to Holland, I was pregnant with my second child and, it was clear to me that first I have to do my best to fit into the local community. I found Delft MaMa, I contacted them and I got right away a response. I was very enthusiastic that there was someone on the other side giving me all the information I needed at that time, to make first firm steps in Holland.” Read more

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Positive Birth Story: Sanna

Before she was even pregnant, Sanna had always pictured of having her children in her native country, Finland, and preferably via Caesarean section. Finding herself expecting a baby in the Netherlands hadn’t been a part of the plan, but she welcomed the upcoming challenge by deciding to learn everything there is to know about the pregnancy and giving birth in the Netherlands. Just like many first time mothers, she went online to look for information, only to find herself freaked out about the horror stories. This is a story how she turned her fears into strength. Welcome to Delft MaMa Blog’s new series called POSITIVE BIRTH STORIES. Read more

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Delft Mama of the week: Fabi

Delft Mama of the week, Fabi, is a relatively fresh face to the city and runs the DMM Instagram account since a couple of weeks. The family of three moved to the Netherlands after living in Asia for years. “I always thought about the things we have in common: we were living in China and all the things that were very symbolic to China in some point were also very symbolic to Delft, for instance the Delft Blue china.” Read more

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A Chance to Welcome Refugees to Delft

We have all been touched by stories of refugees travelling to Europe. Over the next year and a half, Delft is expecting 6.000 Refugees to join our community, and these families have encountered tremendous struggles that are almost unimaginable. As part of the Delft MaMa SLiDe (Soft Landing in Delft) Project, Delft Mamas have been sharing their well-known kindness and compassion to the newcoming Refugee Mamas and Families in Delft. Warm-hearted volunteers have organized activities for refugee children at events including the Taste! Christian Community Delft “Welkoms Maaltijd”, the Taste! Dutch Conversation Club, and in the future we will also provide support for the Dutch Up Your Life “New to Delft” Workshops that will soon start in Tanthof.

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You know you are a mother when…

1. You know you are a mum with double standards when… You tell your kid that he should not eat candy whilst you sneakily unwrap a chocolate bar, fly it into your mouth and wolf it down with not even moving your jaw.

2. You know you are a pram pusher when, when you walk with no pram to push, you still go leaning forward and with your arms semi-flexed and rock a shopping trolley back and forth.

3. You know you are usually cycling with your kid when… you go singing, whistling and pointing at yellow cranes even when he is not around. Read more

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Delft Mama of the week: Claudia

 

Delft Mama of the week, Claudia, is a mother of Katerina (2,5) and a new born Nikolas (2 weeks). “Since I was a kid I wanted to be a mom. I used to play and care so much for my dolls like real babies. When growing up I had a closer feeling with my three younger sisters and one brother. Now I have fulfilled this dream for a second time and it feels great to think that so much of you is in them. The biggest surprise about having two children has been the behavior of my daughter Katerina. Read more

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Food: Going organic

Our ‘fresh from the farm’ (or farmers’ market) approach to grocery shopping here in Delft has been the outcome of a lot of little changes to our lifestyle in the past few years as well as the product of quite a bit of research.  So, now I am one of those people who, when I get onto this topic, you can’t shut up! Read more

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