Week in Review

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July is almost over but more interesting news keeps coming. This week, we covered a couple of stories that highlighted Netherlands’ rich history and art. Let’s take a look back at some of the most up-to-date happenings that made it to our top popular stories this week.

Dutch Slavery in Amsterdam: A Hidden History Revealed. On July 14, around 20 locals and visitors celebrated the Amsterdam Heritage Day. The group toured the city to visit the famous areas and heritage buildings, to commemorate the history of slavery in the city. The tour began at the Amsterdam Museum on the Kalverstraat and ended at the Geelvinck Hinlopen house on the Keizersgracht. Other significant places included in the educational trip were Begijnhof with a stop at the hidden Engelse Kerk, the Golden Bend, and the Palace on the Dam. All these historical sites share their own unique accounts of Amsterdam’s 250 years of slavery. 

Teaching New Amsterdammers Arrogant Biking. Cycling is a convenient, standard way of moving about the cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam and The Hague. However, some people, including expats, may have a bit of a hard time trying out bicycling for the first time through traffic and in the busy streets. Which is why Ruud van Es, bicycling instructor of the Fietscollege, came with an idea to assist expats to safely join into the Dutch biking culture. Van Es offers training lessons for first-time bikers and for those who want to learn how to safely ride around on their bikes. 

A’Dam Summer Terrace Expansion. With the ongoing summer heat, the city center may be allowed to expand their terraces and spaces to accommodate more tables and chairs (for cafes and eating places) after 10 in the morning. But safety of the public will be prioritized and such expansions will require permits.

Girl Walibi Accident Loses Foot.  A 10-year-old girl lost her leg following an unfortunate accident at the entertainment park Walibi Holland on Tuesday. The ride has been shut down and there has been an ongoing investigation led by police authorities and the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. 

3D Copies of Van Gogh’s Paintings. Vincent Willem van Gogh is truly an icon in the world of arts and painting. To celebrate his works, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and Fujifilm teamed up to reproduce the renowned painter’s masterpieces. Through a process called Reliefography, his paintings are relived, replicating the original look and feel of his famous works. Three of the five paintings included in the collection are The Harvest (1888), Wheatfield Under Thunderclouds (1890), and Sunflowers (1889). 

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