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Dijkpoorter in Hattem, Netherlands

Hattem, Hanseatic city in The Netherlands

I would like to tell you more about Hattem, my hometown in The Netherlands. But first of all, I would like to introduce myself again. My name is Judith, I am 22 years old and I live with my parents, one older brother, and two younger sisters. I do the course of Executive Secretary / Management Assistant at Deltion College in Zwolle. I work as an intern by the company Hola People, which is based in Liverpool.

History

I live in Hattem. A gorgeous Hanseatic city in the eastern Netherlands located on river The IJssel. This 800-year-old city has a rich history. I would definitely recommend you to visit Hattem. It is very touristic and everything is in walking distance. The history is not there without town-gate the Dijkpoorter, the windmill, the church, the city wall, the history from the very first beginning and of course the story and monuments behind World War 2.

The church in Hattem

What to do?

There are three museums to see in Hattem. My favorite museum is “Bakkerijmuseum”. Here you can see how the baker made his bread back in the time. During your visit, you can make your own bread as well – which is also fun for the kids. Hattem has a shopping mall, good restaurants and places where you can drink and talk about your visit in this charming place. For a drink, I would recommend you to go to Banka (Address: Markt 5). Here you have the view of the historical inner. Also, I would like to recommend you to go to Herberg Molecaten (Address: Molecaten 10). That is a restaurant which is based in the forest. The food is good and the staff is very friendly. After that, you can take a walk in the forest. As much of things you can visit, there is nothing better than a walk in the forest. Hattem is the beginning of the Veluwe. The Veluwe is a forest-rich ridge of hills in the province of Gelderland. You can also visit other beautiful Hanseatic places near like Kampen, Zwolle, and Elburg.

Restaurant in the forest of Hattem

Back in the time in Hattem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities

Hattem is located on river The IJssel. You can rent a boat in the form of a clog or a canoe and paddle on the water to see more from the nature of Hattem. Or you can take a walk at the port. You can do the tour with a guide to see every place and to hear the history behind it. Hattem goes back in the time every year with an event called “Dikke Tinne”. At this day, Hattem shows how the people lived back in the 17th century.

The event Dikke Tinne in Hattem

 

Bungalow parkMolecaten park in Hattem

Do you want to go on a vacation to Hattem? Vacation park Molecaten is located in the forest. You may choose between the camping or a bungalow. There is an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and a playground for the children.

 

 

As much as I love to be in England for a while to get more life experience and to see more from the world, I will always find my way back home. And my home is placed in this charming Hanseatic place called Hattem.

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Social Language Learning in Chicha Restaurant, Liverpool

A new social language learning experience in Liverpool

Hi Language Lovers, Hola People is about to start a new type of Social Language Learning, over a glass of Sangria in one of the coolest restaurants of Liverpool, Chicha Restaurant (55 Bold Street, L1 4EU), specialised in Peruvian cuisine.

The main objective of our events is to offer a great experience to everyone who wants to practice and improve languages.

How does this new programme work?

The activity will be held weekly and will consist of:

  • 50 min – Language lesson
  • 20 min – Break where you will be invited to have a sangria (or another drink of your choice) and snacks
  • 50 min – Language lesson

Total duration per session: 2 hours

The lessons (delivered by native teachers) are academic but mostly focus on conversation, and will include games and fun activities.

The languages that are available at the moment are Spanish – German – Italian – French – English.
If you would like to learn another language please let us know, we may be able to organise it for you.

It will start the week of 9th and 15th October, and it will last 4 to 10 weeks, finishing the week of 11th and 17th December, just before Christmas.

If you want to know more and are maybe interested in taking part in it, you can find more detailed information and a form to register in this link: languagessangria.holapeople.co.uk

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Let your life dance

Everybody loves to dance, yet we feel that not everyone is  good in performing. Our body automatically responses to rhythm as well to music. All our senses are being tuned in the minute we listen to music, we can feel the way emotions are being expressed. The way the tones are uplifting or down to earth. Bringing in the connection with our emotional body and memories. I know as a kid I was always being struck deep in my heart when the marching bands passed down our streets. At a concert by a band with only a rhythm section, the first song they played opened my heart so wide open, tears started to flow.

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Social Language Learning improves confidence

Fear of socialising?

Can you talk with a person you just met? Are there awkward silences? Do you not know what to say? We are people and we all have fears and many times the fears can be present when we are in front of people that we have just met. There are people who open up less and some who open up more, but why does this happen?

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Public Speaking

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of speech is “the expression of or the ability to express thoughts and feelings by articulate sounds”, when according to the same source the definition of public speaking is “the action or practice of addressing public gatherings; the making of speeches”.

To most people’s mind, however, public speaking is one of their greatest fears, if not the greatest, as we feel vulnerable when we are exposed to an audience that we do not know, and we are afraid that we are going to be criticised. According to many pieces of research, the fear of speaking in public can be greater than the fear that many people have for spiders or even for death. On top of that, there are many people that have nightmares because of the Q&A sessions when they have to present their own projects.

But why is public speaking such an important skill to obtain and what are the benefits of it?

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Bordeaux, UNESCO heritage

France’s cultural wealth is based on the diversity of its regions and cities in the territory. Amongst them, Bordeaux has been elected “the place to be” in 2017 by Lonely Planet, the travel guide leader. A ranking including cities like Cape Town, Los Angeles or even Seoul.

Bordeaux has nothing on Paris given the plurality of its cultural infrastructures. Indeed, registered at the world patrimony by UNESCO, it is easy to enjoy spots like:

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Champs Élysées

Why visit France?

The world is such a big place and maybe you have already visited a lot of countries during your holidays, weekend trips, or even for work. But now you might be asking yourself, “What should I do?” “Where can I go?” or “I want to see something different”. Why not go to France?

France is a beautiful country, with a wonderful culture and is full of surprises.

Why is it worth visiting France then?

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Galicia landscape

Discovering Galicia – Natural Landscapes

Galicia is one of the most unknown regions of Spain. However, when you visit it for first time, you will remember it for its landscapes, people and gastronomy. Galicia is located in the north west of Spain and it has a total area of 11,418.7 sq m with 1,030 m of coastline. Galicia is the seventh largest autonomous community of Spain and has two official languages: Galician and Spanish.

In this article, we are going to present some of the most impressive natural landscapes to enjoy yourself and discover all the charm this autonomous community has to offer.

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Be a better you

Personal development is a lifelong process in a one’s lifetime as it is an everyday struggle with ourselves that does not end when traditional education ends. This is actually the whole point of this process: the fulfillment of our personal potential, transforming day by day, to be a better version of ourselves.

Personal development cannot be easily defined as it involves a lot of things like self-awareness, self-esteem as well as a lot of soft skills like the ability to communicate your feelings and goals effectively. Those traits can have a very positive impact on both one’s personal and professional life and can enable one to build strong relationships.

Personal growth

There are however, some simple steps in order to manage your personal growth.

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Discovering Galicia – Cultural Heritage

Galicia has an extensive cultural heritage, legacy of the numerous villages that historically occupied the region, such as the Celts, Romans or Suebi, amongst others.

In this article we will present some examples of the ample cultural heritage that you will discover when you visit Galicia. Here are some of the most notorious places you cannot miss:

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