Not only by keeping our students sane, smiling and focussed during their remote Dutch language lessons every day, but also by taking part in the annual cultural events SDS was keen to organise, even if it was ‘just from a distance’. Especially at times like these, we felt even more the importance of connecting, staying positive and bringing some ‘gezelligheid’ (meaning as much as cosiness) by enjoying typical SDS celebrations and cultural moments together.
Back in March, we managed to edit a heartfelt video compilation together with our entire SDS community in order to share this message with all the hard working medical staff all over the world. But also especially for all our families and friends as well as the elderly people back home in Belgium and the Netherlands who haven’t been able to receive visits from their loved ones for a long time. It was heart-warming and touching to see all parents and students engaging in their own home recorded videos, bringing joy and laughter to those who needed it!
A typical Dutch celebration followed on the 27th of April, called Kingsday. On this national holiday most Dutchies tend to dress up in Orange and celebrate the King’s birthday by going out on the streets in order to sell their unwanted household goods, play typical Dutch games, dance, drink and eat typical Dutch snacks together.