175 year of Artis

Zoo in bloom

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In 2013 it will be 175 years since Artis first opened its gates. Artis’s founders first began the construction of a city park containing animals in 1838. If you take a stroll through the zoo today, you’ll be walking past the same trees, plants and shrubs as millions of other visitors before you over the past 175 years. The saplings planted back then have grown into the huge forest giants of today.

Artis has become the green heart of Amsterdam, an oasis of peace and nature in the middle of the city. We want to celebrate that. Throughout 2013, Artis will be the most colourful and fragrant flower garden in the Netherlands. And wherever there are flowers, there is always a feeling of celebration – they create a very special atmosphere. Come and admire our colourful parade of 176,875 flowersand 36,000 plants. Take a spring walk among tens of thousands of crocuses, winter aconites, grape hyacinths and large groups of traditional Dutch stinsenplanten. Enjoy the flower beds full of daffodils, fritillaries, crown imperials and tulips.

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And there are more than 80 species of tulips around our gardens, including the unique Artis tulip, which was bred specially for our anniversary year. In 2013, Artis is going to be the most colourful and exquisitely attractive place in the whole of Amsterdam. The flowers will be blooming until late into the autumn and it’s going to be a riot of colour more vibrant than all our parrots, toucans and cockatoos put together. This is Artis’s gift to all its visitors. At 175 years old, Artis is still a park in bloom.

1 April to 31 October: 9 a.m. until 6 p.m
ZOOmeravonden (‘Summer Nights at the Zoo’, every Saturday during June, July and August): 9 a.m. until sundown
Zoo Artis in Amsterdam is 175 year. 


Gateway to the Canals

Museum Het Grachtenhuis is

the gateway to the canals of Amsterdam.

One of the world’s greatest urban projects – the 17th century Amsterdam canal district – is presented in six rooms. Visit the multimedia, interactive exhibition and travel through 400 years of history in 40 minutes. Discover the unequalled power of the real canals in room 7.

Museum Het Grachtenhuis
Herengracht 386  |  1016 CJ  Amsterdam  |  + 31 – (0)20 42 11 656
Open: From Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 and 17:00
For more info: Het Grachtenhuis.

Expat Survival Guide Helping Children Cope

Nice blog round Expat and the kids.



Expat Survival Guide


Children: seen and heard

Their happiness is your happiness. Be honest about the move and avoid making promises you can’t fulfil (like their friends coming to visit).

Before the move, encourage them to research online (or view photos); keep your attitude positive and treat it like an adventure. It will be impossible for them not to feel excited.

TearsAvoid showing any stress you may be feeling in front of your children; they will pick up on it and it will fuel their own anxieties.  It’s a good idea to ask them straight up about their own concerns, since you can then tackle each worry head on. Let them know that it’s ok to feel frightened by change and encourage them to share their feelings.

Involve them in decision-making and let them share their opinions. They’ll feel more secure knowing that they’re being heard and treated…

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Surinamese fabrics

The exhibition “The Black Page of the Golden Age ‘uses colored fabrics with special designs. Nine different fabrics and two Surinamese African fabrics highlight the objects and slavery track by the Golden Age exhibition. The Surinamese substances come from Koto Museum in Paramaribo.

Visit Amsterdam Museum — Kalverstraat 92

Amsterdam Museum has rich collection of works of art, objects and archaeological finds brings to life the fortunes of Amsterdammers of days gone by and today. From a medieval child’s shoe and the map of Cornelis Antonisz from 1538, giving a bird’s-eye view of the city, to the impressive Civic Guard paintings from the Golden Age. Photos and film material show the happy times as well as the drama of the modern city’s inhabitants. You’ll witness the poverty in the Jordaan area in the 19th century, but also the idealism of the sixties and Ajax’s success at football.

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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Beethovenserie 2013/14

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From the New World

The Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel conducts Esteban Benzecry’s Illapa, named for the Inca god of thunder and lightning and suitably wild. The mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn is the soloist for Peter Liberson’s Neruda Songs, based on poems by the Chilian Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda.

Dvorák’s symphony nr 9, From the New World, will also be performed.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 5, 6, 7 and 8 (matinee).

Veronika Eberle in
the programme by Heinz Holliger

Veronika Eberle is the soloist for Alban Berg’s violin concerto. Also on the programme are two works by Heinz Holliger, who also conducts. Zwei Liszt-Transkriptionen is an orchestration of two of Liszt’s late piano concertos; Ardeur Noire is a new work and a homage to Debussy. The orchestra also plays Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Alagoanna.

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, June 13 and 14.

More info on: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

“Save the housing, build rental housing”

Even before the Romans give a good handle: would you buy a healthy housing market, build a lot of good rental housing.

media_xl_1661888To prevent housing prices explode once again, the buyer can also rent decently. Now remember him that choice, says Rik Smits.

“Si vis pacem, para bellum,” said the ancient Romans: if you want peace, prepare for war. As the Romans knew little else than war, we can translate that wisdom very well: look beyond your nose. For example, in the housing market, because the report of the committee Verhoeven we shoot no nose length: housing prices have exploded – we already knew, everyone counted himself rich – old hat, there was madness credit sought and given – yawn, municipalities and real estate sector played a semi-fraudulent pyramid scheme on any other costs – what else is new? And as icing on the cake: everyone participated and benefited, so everyone has debt.

The latter is not true, now join the millions of tenants who pay for the damage exceeds example, no blame. But a lie is so safe, because if everyone has debt, one is called to account. It is glass and pee: PvdA and VVD already turning their equally worn as irrelevant mantras, while the dogs of the media in a cozy corner along the tear moribund mortgage.

Anyway, in guilt and punishment a man can not live. So let’s have it specifically about how the housing market can come without the risk that the same misery again arises. Feet
Even before the Romans give a good handle: would you buy a healthy housing market, build a lot of good rental housing. This seems paradoxical, but it is not. Neoliberals have had and at one point an iron right: a market can only function in consumer choice. They forget convenience only often that it is essential to that freedom that belongs to the choice of purchase to see off. Not purchase is the safety valve that prevents price bubbles arise.

When something like ordinary bread that works fine. Is one baker too expensive, then we go to another, and they are all too expensive, then we eat a while brioche. Or Dad or nasi if necessary. That will prijsopdrijvers learn! But to live there, you can not even temporarily waive. Well of purchase.

Pressure relief valve
The indispensable stabilizing pressure relief valve of the homes for sale market is a large, high competitive rental market. But there is knowingly not expected willingly or unwillingly, people should buy. That is fifty years old, still fanatically pursued Hague houses jihad that has caused all current misery. But is such a viable rental market? Can you build modern, good affordable rental housing for the middle class in a profitable way? It appears so.

Builders say that they already have put 90 thousand euros. Reasonable house down with modern tools and techniques Let’s not do screwy and there, including some foreground (in an apartment that does little to be) for a nice not too large middle-class example of making 200 thousand euros. That money we fund the same amount for another thirty years. Calculation of the total 15 percent for management and maintenance, and suppose that we want as a landlord exactly like a regular buyer at the end of the ride home free possession.

Pure profit
From that moment, every penny that the house still yields by rental or sale almost pure profit. The situation as we reach the tenant who pays the costs incurred thirty years of acquisition and maintenance, or the difference between the costs incurred and the value of the house. In this case, that a total of 260 thousand euros, say and write representing a rent of 722 euros a month.

It’s not about that for a nice house very affordable 722 euros, but the idea. To the order. I like to let me explain by an expert why the previous reasoning miserably wrong, irresponsible and even dangerous. But until that time seems a good and extremely affordable priced rental market feasible. The only requirements are that good will in politics, not too crazy land speculation by municipalities and a little awareness of their core by the corporations that control the rental market.

Translate from the newspaper Volkskrant


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Once we have received your property search request, we will first search in our own housing stock to see if we can make an appropriate match.But even if there are no objects available in our listings that meet your requirements, we still are able to offer a solution. Take on NK Housing Real Estate as your exclusive representative and benefit from our wide network of housing. We know all other real estate agents in town and around.

NK Housing Real Estate, as licensed broker, has access to all professional databases and is able to select properties that do meet your requirements easily and very efficient. Furthermore, by using our service this way, you will have a specialised real estate agent on your side who knows the market very well, knows how to negotiate and who will provide personal attention. You will be guided in finding the best house, signing the right lease agreement. You will receive assistance during the check in and afterwards. For instance with transferring the energy bills to your name.

After the letter of intent is signed by both the landlord and the tenant the rental agreement will be drawn up by one of our Real Estate brokers and a check in appointment will be made.

At the check in NK Housing Real Estate will take care of the inspection report. This inspection report ensures that there will be no misunderstandings during the check out between landlord and tenant about the delivery at the end of the agreement.

For more information see also our website.

Year of Dutch-Russian relations

Hermitage Amsterdam | In 2013, the Netherlands, Russia, and the city of Amsterdam will celebrate their special relationship. The two countries have been major trading partners since the Dutch Golden Age, and their ties grew stronger in the centuries that followed. When Napoleon was defeated in 1813, Russian Cossacks advanced as far as the gates of Amsterdam. One Dutch prince even married the sister of a tsar. The year 2009 saw a crowning moment in Dutch-Russian relations: the opening of the Hermitage Amsterdam, the only European satellite of the famous St Petersburg museum.


Belt plaque: battle between a monster and a horse, Siberia, 4th-3rd century BC, Chased gold. 12.3 x 8.2 cm.
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Peter the Great, an Inspired Tsar |until 13 September 2013

The exhibition will be based on the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, with additional pieces from the collections of museums and institutions in the Netherlands and elsewhere.

Naumenko & Fomin:

Russian Passion | Sunday 26 May, 14 pm Church Hall

An entirely Russian programme, performed by two top Russian musicians. In 2010 violist Alexey Naumenko and pianist Misha Fomin formed a musical duo. They play works of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, among others.

For more information: Hermitage Amsterdam

Amsterdam Turns Green

Nice spring pictures of Amsterdam


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These are some photos I took – via Instagram – in the last couple of days just walking down the street (you may find them all on Instagram if you search for #amsterdamming).
It is simply impossible not to be charmed by the delicate arrival of Spring in the city!

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Cycle Parade for Bicycle Museum

Schermafbeelding 2013-05-23 om 08.48.45Last Sunday a large group of people cycling on a wide variety of very different bicycles made a tour through. The Cycle Parade through Amsterdam to celebrate the opening of the Bicycle Museum. The temporary museum is open until 29th of June and can be found in Oosterkerk

See also: Bicycle Dutch and Amsterdam Bicycle Museum.