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Queens day by Hanske Mulder, mei 2nd, 2011

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Once a year the city of Amsterdam just explodes and turns into orange. This is the 30th of april when everyone is celebrating Queensday or how the locals call it: “Koninginnedag”. read more

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It only takes a word by Hanske Mulder, februari 9th, 2011

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There is this old man with the long grey beard, the dark big coat and the pink hat who everyone seems to know but actually no one does. He stands on the Dam Square in Amsterdam or just on any street in Utrecht. read more

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A very different Christmas by Hanske Mulder, december 26th, 2010

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This year we celebrated Christmas together here in the Mission House. For me this was a completely different and unique experience. It was the first Christmas that I had spent in another country and away from my family. read more

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Sinterklaas is in the House by Hanske Mulder, november 10th, 2010

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The fifth of December in the Netherlands is a special day. This is the day that 1500 years ago a legend, Sinterklaas, died. This man was a bishop from Mira in Turkey and is the protector of seafarers, children and people who get married. One of the acts he became holy for is that he stopped the sea from storming. Another one is that he saved the lives of three little boys. read more