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Food Wasting!

These days, there is such an excessive range and amount of products that it is nearly impossible for all of the products to be sold in time, as they have…

Video: Internationals at Codarts

Rotterdam is well-known for its multicultural population. Rotterdammers are coming from everywhere; Germany, Italy, and even China. In this video we will focus on international students at Codarts, the music…

Islam ≠ Terrorism

Islam ≠ Terrorism

The Western world has been walking on its toes because of recent tensions… Following the drastic division of the Dutch political scene into left/right and the ongoing discussions on social…

The Cocktail Revolution: NOAH

The Cocktail Revolution: NOAH

The cocktail revolution has taken place, introducing us to countless new bars, restaurants and other establishments that have embraced the cocktail culture. A great example of a bar which has taken…

Awkward Greetings

Awkward Greetings

You go for one kiss on the cheek, but the other goes for two, you try to make up for it by going back in for the second kiss, but…

Rotterdam: From a destroyed heart to the number 6 on Lonely Planet

Rotterdam hasn’t always been the beautiful city it is today. After being bombed to the ground during World War 2, Rotterdam had to be rebuild almost entirely. Obviously, this typical…

Olliebollen – The DUTCHin’ Donuts

Olliebollen – The DUTCHin’ Donuts

Someone once said, “The best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach”. Although the Netherlands has never been a popular food destination, olliebollen will surely change your mind. Indeed,…

Crossroads Decriminalization Feature

Today the Crossroads team is visiting Rotterdam, a vibrant port city in The Netherlands, famous for its relaxed drug policy. Yet it might surprise some that actually Portugal is the…

Kruiskade: Where Culture meets Cuisine

As Rotterdam is home to a diversity of ethnicities, we decided to go on a gastronomical adventure to explore what multicultural cuisines the city has to offer. We visited Kruiskade,…

Kopjes Catcafe in Amsterdam

We are sure you have been to many ordinary cafe’s in your lifetime, however we bet that you never were in a single one, where you can play and pet…

Ted Tries Things: The perfect Tinder profile

Ted Tries Things: The perfect Tinder profile

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love”, as Albert Einstein once said. But what is then? In the digital era, a new possible “suspect” has come into play:…

The Origins of Kapsalon

Jaerim Hong (408931)           Anouk van Dongen (407465) Sharon Schilder (414030)     Inge Wessels (407463) In this video, four IBCoM students go on a journey to learn about one of Rotterdam’s…

Rotterdam’s Markthal: Art-chitecture with Food for Everyone

Rotterdam has a lot to offer. And food is a very important part in the picture. One of Rotterdam’s latest prides is the Markthal. Inside you can find food from…

The “SPIRIT” of the Vegan Revolution

When walking down the streets of Rotterdam, there are many places where you can go for dinner. But instead of going to your favourite Italian or noodle bar, next time…

Rotterdam as a Travel Destination

Rotterdam as a Travel Destination

In this video feature, four Erasmus students research how Rotterdam is appreciated as a travel destination. As recently, Rotterdam was ranked number 5 on Lonely Planet’s best travel list, it…

Your Average Third Culture Kid

Being a Third Culture Kid really has its perks, but what are the emotional implications of being one? This shines light upon the fact that while people wish they could…

Can Canada teach the rest of us to be nicer?

Life is hard enough, with plenty of jagged edges and pointy bits. Why not coat it with a glaze of politeness and humility? My Linh LeMore Posts…

From Cologne “RAPEfugees” to German segregation

From Cologne “RAPEfugees” to German segregation

The joy and happiness of multiple German women on New Year’s Eve in Cologne were certainly burdened as many were sexually assaulted and robbed by foreign immigrants and refugees. The…

Star Wars Podcast

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Podcast “The Force Awakens” has had a record number of viewers on its opening week, cementing its place in the cinema hall of…

It is Your Oyster with Elif Kahyaoglu

Traveling is some people’s passion, while it seems like too much work or stress for others. It Is Your Oyster is here to support all travelers around the world and…

National Geographic Travel Radio: Uganda

National Geographic Travel Radio: Uganda

National Geographic Travel Radio   In this weeks National Geographic Travel Radio our host Jan Thurm will be talking to Daniel Roelands, a third-year International Business Administration student from Rotterdam,…

5 Best Christmas Markets in the Netherlands

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Who Run The World? Girls and boys.

Nowadays feminism is a pretty misunderstood topic. While some might consider it man-hating or a movement exclusively for and by women, it is important for people to acknowledge that what…

“You don’t harbour the zebra at the tiger residence”- Racism on facebook

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Digging deeper: a student’s opinions on Aamir Khan

In this week’s Radio 1 feature, we dig deeper into the Aamir Khan effect that has imploded on social media all over India. Trust me when I say it’s going…

#TalkForAChange: Why Would You Leave Your Home in Bulgaria?

#TalkForAChange: Why Would You Leave Your Home in Bulgaria?

Sofia, Bulgaria Bulgaria is facing a huge problem due to its significant population decline. At least 3 million Bulgarians live abroad, and just 230 000 have returned to Bulgaria over the…

Christmas in Paris in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks

This radio feature is about the Christmas atmosphere in Paris in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 13/11/2015. Through interviews of both tourists and locals, as well as detailed…

“Lesbian life in the Bible Belt is hell”

“Lesbian life in the Bible Belt is hell”

  A profile of the lesbian girl Betty, who used to live in the Bible Belt, will be given to you in this 5 minutes during radio feature. You will…

Wacken and the German Heavy Metal Scene

No matter whether we want or not, we all are constantly exposed to pop music. On “Beyond The Hype” we want to tackle this issue by introducing our listeners to…

Is The Force Awakens strong enough to reboot the franchise? – Check out my review to find out

Is The Force Awakens strong enough to reboot the franchise? – Check out my review to find out

*SPOILER ALLERT*– Have a listen to our Star Wars- The Force Awakens review. Carey’s Credits first ever post where our host, Nerena Carey, will be briefly reviewing the most anticipated movie of…

I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes. Christmas is all around me!

It’s Christmas time! It is the period of sipping hot teas under a warm blanket while watching ‘Love Actually’ for the seventh time in a row. Christmas is definitely my…

5 Minutes of Randomness with Zoti goes not so random – on working and studying

While 5 Minutes of Randomness with Zoti is usually, as the title suggests, quite random and senseless, it sometimes touches upon topics that might be of inspiration to some. That…

Ninette’s Naughty Nights: Getting the hang of gay slang

Ninette’s Naughty Nights: Getting the hang of gay slang

In today’s NNN-edition, special guest Ted Hoogkamer will take the heavy task of teaching our beloved Nini some new words – gay words. That’s right, in light of this week’s…

Exchange Destinations: Let’s Choose Prague!

Exchange Destinations: Let’s Choose Prague!

Every January, IBCoM second year students are busy with choosing destinations they would prefer to go to on their exchange. Exchange Destinations is here every Tuesday evening to bring a…

Marijiuana Stories

Marijiuana Stories

  This weeks feature for “Points Joints” on Erasmus FM investigates how international exchange students cope or do not cope with relaxed drug laws here in the Netherlands. This weeks story…

Radio Podcast: Home

   The definition of ‘’home’’ is hard to grasp, even more so for an IBCoM student. It is one of the hardest and most common questions asked; yet we still…

Holiday 101 Radio special segment on Bangkok, Thailand.

Mateo Garcia Ramirez, host of the Holiday 101 station, will introduce the South East Asian country of Thailand and share some tips and personal experiences that he had while visiting…

The increasing popularity of esports

Esports have become increasingly more watched in the last few years, sometimes even getting more viewers than big traditional sports events. This feature takes a look into what motivates the…

Hip-Hop in 2015

As 2015 has come to an end, the time has come to reflect on the great Hip-Hop music that has been released last year. During this annual New Year’s broadcast at…

Diversity in Fashion

Fashion 24 is a radio station dedicated to fashion insiders who want to stay up-to-date about the latest news, trends, and insights from the fashion world. This week on our…

Traffic chaos in Vietnam

  The radio feature discusses the dangerous and chaotic traffic in Vietnam. Everyday, throughout the country, approximately 26 people die of road accidents. The horrible traffic also involves serious traffic…

Voyageur

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Young In Rotterdam

Young In Rotterdam Magazine We decided to create the magazine for young students in Rotterdam, as we felt there was a lack of resources for internationals to get to know…

Vitamin Sea Magazine

Vitamin Sea Magazine

Vitamin Sea Ever felt like winter is just too boring and you need a break? Plan a getaway! This magazine offers you some great places to find rest and to…

Rotterdam After Dark: The Clubbing Culture of Rotterdam

Rotterdam After Dark: The Clubbing Culture of Rotterdam

Clubbing has emerged as one of the most popular pastimes of students in Europe. In this edition of “Rotterdam After Dark,” I delve into the world of clubbing in Rotterdam.…

Traveltastic Magazine

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Food Fights, Rotterdam’s food culture changes

Food Fights, Rotterdam’s food culture changes

Food Fights How do food cultures change when colliding in Rotterdam? Last year I moved from the country to the city, Rotterdam to be specific. Having attended a secondary school…

Rotterdam: Heaven on Earth for Skateboarders

Skateboarding is a popular hobby among the youth, and you can probably find skateboarders everywhere across the country. However, when talking to fanatic skateboarders, it soon appears that not every…

‘Oliebollen’ Tradition – Unveiling the Mystery

‘Oliebollen’ Tradition – Unveiling the Mystery

It’s 3pm on Friday and there are already long queues waiting patiently in the wind under the cold rain attracted by the magic smell of freshly fried ‘Oliebollen’- Dutch doughnuts.…

Milano: Pizza of my heart

Milano: Pizza of my heart

Milano. A city radiating with energy, fashion, culture, design, and beauty at every corner. Most travellers would mistake Milan for a city from any country other than Italy, with high-rise…

Roffa, mon amour

ROFFA, MON AMOUR In October the influential digital travel specialist Lonely Planet published its yearly ‘top 10 cities in the world’. On the list one can find cities as George…

Experience Real Hawaii at Oahu Beaches

Aloha, Paradise, and Pacific Ocean are only a few words that remind me of Oahu. In case that a question pops up in your mind, Aloha is a word that…

Another “Fucked Up” Gay Falsehood

By Ted Hoogkamer   “Yo man”; “Hey there”; “U a top?”; “Yeah u up for it?”; “Omw”. This astonishingly elaborate chat is a case that is likely to come to…

Beards: The Mask of Masculinity

Beards: The Mask of Masculinity

In recent times, it has become more than noticeable that facial hair has crept its way ‘back into fashion.’ This is not to say that having facial hair was ever…

Living in no man’s land: Floortje Dessing’s journey to the end of the world

Living in no man’s land: Floortje Dessing’s journey to the end of the world

Have you ever thought of living at the end of the world? Floortje Dessing, presenter of TV show Floortje Naar Het Einde Van De Wereld (Floortje To The End Of…

I’d like to change my ethnicity please…

I’d like to change my ethnicity please…

Would it be too drastic to claim that I absolutely detest my country? Would it be treachery on my part to denounce every moral and paradigm my ancestors have graced…

Fake It ‘Til You Make It: The Grey Area in Pop Music and Authenticity

“Justin Bieber doesn’t make real music”. “THIS is real music”. These type of comments litter the videos of pop singers and musicians in general. You could replace “Justin Bieber” with…

Mauritius: The Multicultural Island of the Indian Ocean

Mauritius: The Multicultural Island of the Indian Ocean

When I first told people I was travelling to Mauritius, the most common responses were blank faces, followed by an “ah yes… In the Caribbean… Right?” or occasionally an honest…

Things to do in the Dutch Winter Wonder Land

Many people make trips abroad during the holidays to get into the real ‘Christmas spirit’. All too often, people choose to go to the German Christmas markets or to big…

The Aamir Khan Effect: A New Wave Of Indian Patriotism?

The Aamir Khan Effect: A New Wave Of Indian Patriotism?

Quite recently, famous actor and philanthropist Aamir Khan made some comments about his family’s feelings regarding spending their lives in India. “Sometimes, Kiran (his wife) is scared about the future…

From Bond girls to Bond women?

From Bond girls to Bond women?

Spectre Movie Review (2015) Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Monica Belluci Director: Sam Mendes   Bond: Who are you? Pussy: My name is Pussy Galore Bond: (pauses) I…

Bitcoins in Rotterdam

Bitcoins in Rotterdam

Bitcoin is the world’s most popular virtual currency. Orchestrated by an unknown creator, this technology promises to change the way we exchange goods forever. However, recent events have shifted the…

The Quest for a Better Future: Multiculturalism and the Dutch Liberal Model.

Image: www.dutchnews.nl The terrorist attacks perpetrated in Paris on November 13th, 2015, gave rise to a climate of fear where Islamophobia has spread in an exponential rate throughout Europe. In…

Gaming: The Killer of Ambition

Gaming: The Killer of Ambition

Gaming: The Killer of Ambition As I made my way into his room, engulfed in the faint scent of Doritos and sweat, I found Arnold stooped over a large computer…

Why I don’t tell people I’m a Christian

Through the years I’ve learned it’s better to brush over that part of my identity, until people get to know me better.   I am part of the Netherlands Reformed Congregations: a…

Gentrification in Berlin

Berlin, baby “I have been to Berlin five times already. And I will go again around New Years” says Evy V., Arts and Culture student at Erasmus University Rotterdam. And…

A Journey through Thailand

People have always had the urge and desire for adventures, journeys and explorations, the excitement of learning and experiencing from the unknown is what drives us to set out and…

Brutalism: from Manifestation of Power of the Establishment, to a Symbol of Counter-culture

Architecture is what makes or breaks the city’s atmosphere. Don’t we all love cosy Mediterranean villages with their old and crooked buildings or massive medieval cathedrals in central Europe? Skyline…

The Art of understanding Contemporary Art

The Art of understanding Contemporary Art

Why we should equally appreciate the night watch by Rembrandt and the stick men by Keith Haring. Recently the new exhibition Keith Haring: The Political Line opened its doors in…

When traditional Chinese food meets with French style

I’ve always been passion about food ever since I was a little kid. Luckily I was born in a country, which is known for its variety of food, China. My…

An Explanation of Four Letters

An Explanation of Four Letters Love Love is not just a four letter word. It’s not a thing nor a place and is impossible to comprehend as just a simple…

Internationals at Erasmus Sport Clubs: Aye To or Way to Go?

Internationals at Erasmus Sport Clubs: Aye To or Way to Go?

As soon as I entered the noisy, not so cosy, but nice sportscafé from Erasmus Sport, I saw Larissa sitting at one of the tables in the corner, together with…

Lesbian life in the Bible Belt is hell

Lesbian life in the Bible Belt is hell

  Betty in a conversation with the interviewer “A profile of a lesbian girl living in the Bible Belt” Betty had her coming out one and a half year ago.…

Waking Up On the Wrong Side of the Road

Waking Up On the Wrong Side of the Road

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of the Road Written by Romana M. Moussa   We all have those days when nothing goes as planned, everything is just simply pissing…

The freshman experience: life changing

I have been awake all night. It seems that my brain won’t stop working. Tomorrow (or actually today) is my birthday, but that is not that reason that I can’t…

Old and unusable workwear meets creativity

Old and unusable workwear meets creativity

Fashion is everywhere we go. Clothes, accessories, shoes, computers, apps everything follows some sort of fashion trends. Fashion weeks usually are the ones that introduce what is going to be…

Finding Humanity

Finding Humanity

  What exactly makes us humans? A question Yann Arthus-Bertrand asked himself when he encountered this farmer in Mali after his helicopter broke down. He had spent the entire day…

“Conceal don’t feel, don’t let them know”

“Conceal don’t feel, don’t let them know”

  Today, I was abused again. I cannot tell anyone. My partner was hitting me so hard, I had to crouch on the floor and beg for it to stop.…

The Biggest Monkey: Chef’Special & the American Dream

The Biggest Monkey: Chef’Special & the American Dream

It’s a Friday evening, the sky is dark gray and a light drizzle is coming down from the clouds that cover it. It has been this way for 3 days…

Doing Exchange in Prague: A Great Value Option

Doing Exchange in Prague: A Great Value Option

In this new series we want to help IBCoM students decide on what destinations to pick for their exchange wish lists. We have reached out to our international students who…

Should having fun be a crime?

Should having fun be a crime?

  John Brouwer’s* (21) dream of working as a creative business developer in the United States has been destroyed in a single crushing blow, when what was supposed to be…

The Crazy Cat Lady We All Know We Are

We all know the sad, stereotypical image of that old lady sitting, alone in her way too detailed pink apartment with shiny, flowery tea sets and, of course, lots of…

Travel, Independence and Romance: a Triangle Love Affair

Women of this popular culture dream of travelling, discovering new lands, running the world; but we still dream of love. A passionate, unrestricted and addictive type of romance with a…

Sugar and its uninformed haters

As I write this, I am listening to two adolescents talking about their new found obsession with coconut flakes as substitute for sugar in cakes. Raised in a healthy environment,…

How your Facebook profile picture can save the world…and your ego!

How your Facebook profile picture can save the world…and your ego!

The news is shocking. Last night, on November 13, 2015, 130 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Paris. It is the number one news story all over the…

Why It Is About Time to Start Trusting Your Au Pair

For stay-home mothers, the decision to return to work is a big step; to swap the playground with the coffee room, the diaper changing table with a desk full of…

A Night On the Town: Exploring the Clubbing Culture of Rotterdam

A Night On the Town: Exploring the Clubbing Culture of Rotterdam

Bed. Blender. Annabel. Toffler. Many students living in Rotterdam will recognize these names, especially those who are avid partygoers. As someone who isn’t very interested in clubbing, I aim to…

A new western student’s perspective on life: my personal experience through “Visionary music festivals”

In 2015, near Christmas, the world is suffering as well as humans: economy is recessing, world conflicts and tensions are getting bigger and bigger, the U.N. climate summit is being…

Rotterdam: Why the City is Becoming Holland’s Heaviest

Rotterdam: Why the City is Becoming Holland’s Heaviest

When you think of Rotterdam, Holland’s “harbour city”, the first thing that comes to your mind isn’t exactly a heavy music scene. In fact, you’re more inclined to think of…

The return of the LP

The vinyl record, commonly referred to as LP (long-play), was introduced in 1948 and quickly became the standard of the entire record industry. Repeatedly challenged through the years by tapes,…

Burger Wars Rotterdam

Burger Wars Rotterdam

Rotterdam is becoming the food capital of the Netherlands, and the gourmet burger has become one of its signature dishes. Sem takes a look into the world of burger crafting,…

Not made in China

In the Netherlands, the Chinese cuisine has been popular for almost a century. Many Chinese restaurants, however, do not serve traditional Chinese food due to the fusion between Chinese, Indonesian…

No, I don’t Smoke.

No, I don’t Smoke.

Even though both soft drugs and alcohol are legal in the Netherlands, there seems to be a socially acceptable difference between them both. Alcohol is greatly integrated into student lives,…

Some Traditions Need Change

Some Traditions Need Change

Sinterklaas is a holiday celebrated annually in the Netherlands, on the night before Saint Nicholas day. Zwarte Piet is an important figure of the holiday and has been the center…

“People should experience what life is about” – Rotterdam and its artists

“People should experience what life is about” – Rotterdam and its artists

Rotterdam is a city that is known for its architecture and its port. It is a city that is famous for industrial power and was thus target of bombings during…

Sophia’s Wednesday Evening

Sophia’s Wednesday Evening

Meet Sophia, a 24 year old student from Breda who engages in voluntary work with children in Rotterdam.  Sophia is part of a voluntary organization (Voorlees Express) which helps foreign…

S.O.S. Save our Social Centres!

De Vloek is an independent social centre supporting creative expression, attracting visitors from across the continent. As an autonomous space, it does not rely on financial support from the government,…

Rotterdam vs Amsterdam – Tourism

Rotterdam vs Amsterdam – Tourism

Amsterdam and Rotterdam are the two largest cities in The Netherlands and offer tourists a variety of hidden and not so hidden treasures. While the Amsterdam tourist seeks comfort in…

Vintage – Old is the New New

Recently, a new trend has emerged throughout the Netherlands: vintage clothing. The utmost place where this trend is visible is at the IJhallen in Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ largest flea market.…

The multicultural face of Rotterdam

Rotterdam its habitants come from all over the world. Therefore you will feel at home here, no matter where you are from! You will find that there are shops, restaurants, supermarkets…

Lichtjesavond 2014 – A tale of consumerism

Every year in December the Dutch city of Delft hosts an event called “Lichtjesavond”. During the event Delft is transformed into a colourful city with lightshows and a christmasmarket and…

Businesses Exploiting Holiday Seasons

This podcast is a specialist radio feature focusing on Culture and Society. Particularly, I will claim in this feature that as we are living in the sphere of consumerism, our…

Give Up Your Prejudice and Smile

We are living in a very busy world today, where we focus on ourselves and the people closest to us. Yet, there is a group of people that might need…

TV series as a big distraction

TV series as a big distraction

The time of just turning on the TV is over. Nowadays people download and stream series that they like. Especially people in the category 18 to 29 (Statista, 2015) watch…

The Five Most Defining Moments In The WWE In 2014

In this quick One Time & One Time Only short podcast, WWE Street Team Member Dylan Kap will discuss the five most defining moments in the WWE in 2014. The…

A Student’s Best Friend

A Student’s Best Friend

    Many college students drink coffee regularly, or rather survive off of it. Caffeine is the most acknowledged benefit to drinking coffee, as it clearly contributes to staying awake…

Backpacking: broaden your horizon.. and your resume?

Backpacking: broaden your horizon.. and your resume?

Backpacking is becoming a tremendous hype and it can be seen that more and more youngsters are travelling abroad. The activity to go overseas is essential in ones learning capability…

The Best List of 2014: 10 songs

Do you recognize that feeling? Looking back to last year and really not knowing what the best songs were? No? …  Huh… Well if you ever do, than you should…

Trading Ken for steroids

Trading Ken for steroids

Men in contemporary society are increasingly feeling the pressure of society and the media when it comes down to their bodies. The ideal body image that is being portrayed by…

The Christmas Edition – Radio Assignment

This radio feature explores when the Christmas season begins for people. People were asked when the Christmas season begins for them and they each had different answers, most of them…

The Psychedelic World of LSD

The Psychedelic World of LSD

The Psychedelic World of LSD is a radio feature which questions the strict regulations of international drug policies. By focusing on LSD as one of the drugs with illegal status…

Pegida – Why Germans demonstrate

Pegida – Why Germans demonstrate

Pegida is a movement in Germany that is widely discussed in mainstream media. Some consider it to be racist because of its anti-islam statements and others consider it a platform…

Vinyl is Back

Vinyl is back; the statistics don’t lie about it. In the United States alone, the annual sales went up from 1 to 6 million in only 6 years. But what…

The film Festival Rotterdam – A gain for the city Image?

The Rotterdam Film Festival- A gain for the city image? This year, the 44th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam will take place from 21 January to 1 February 2015.…

3FM Serious Request Too Noisy?

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Fit or Quit

The main idea of the radio feature is to satirically analyze the highly superficial fitness trend that currently drives more and more people into gyms and pushes them to buy…

Radio Faeature: Rotterdam is worth visiting!

According to the New York Times, Rotterdam belongs to the top 52 places to go in 2014. Next to world cities like Cape Town and Los Angeles, and magical places…

Markthal Rotterdam: Does it Live up to the Hype?

Rotterdam boasts world famous architecture and the latest addition to ‘Manhattan on the Maas’ is no exception. The Markthal, opened in October 2014, is expected to draw upwards of seven…

Demystifying Astrology

      Are Pisces generally more emotional and sensitive, whereas Gemini are supposed to be very social?! Motivated by the beginning of a New Year each of us secretly…

What’s wrong between the media and women? Radio Eleven – The Radio for Women

Radio Eleven – The radio for women and intellectual listening. This episode of the today show at Radio Eleven will discuss the media’s impact on women in heterosexual romantic relationships,…

Coffee is more than just a drink

Coffee is the second most widely consumed beverage after water. However, the popularity of coffee runs much deeper than only its taste. People go out to get coffee at coffeehouses…

it is hard to learn Dutch in the Netherlands

Due to the international nature of Dutch society, many internationals do not get a chance nor have the need to learn Dutch language. This feature is discovering whether it is…

Rotterdam, a treasure for Finnish tourists

A lot of Finnish tourists know only Amsterdam as a free-minded must-see city of the Netherlands. The second largest city, Rotterdam is a dynamic and growing city with its skyscrapers…

Dutch Language Lesson: Basic Introduction

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to start learning the Dutch language? That’s great, here I have the perfect opportunity for you to put that resolution into practice! In…

92.3FM IFFR Series: ‘La Source des Femmes’ Review

On the 5pm show at 92.3FM, DJ Nabs does her bi-weekly film recommendations in spirit of the upcoming IFFR event. In this show, DJ Nabs reviews one of her all-time…

Expelled for Being Gay

In 2012, I attended a private Christian school called Crosspoint Academy in Washington State. In October, they came under fire after expelling a student, named Megan, after she came out…

Charming Trdelník and Prague

Christmas in Prague is extremely charming because of its atmosphere. Yet, thanks to a sweet traditional Bohemian dish called Trdelník the Christmas time in Prague becomes very special. Together we…

Racism is dead

Racism is dead

I’m about to have my job interview for a voluntary job at the local radio station in Harderwijk. I’m excited but also a bit nervous. What to expect? Is it…

The backstage of Immigration – untold story by media.

The backstage of Immigration – untold story by media.

United Kingdom is a country with one of the highest net migration (difference between numbers of immigrants and emigrants) in the Europe. Over decades the economy and living standards of…

SHADYXV

SHADY XV     Shady XV | Eminem | Shady Records   Eminem looks back and honors his label Shady records on SHADYXV (album review)   BY ANNE-CARIEN SCHULLER | December…

”You Are An Extremist!”

”You Are An Extremist!”

Hidden under a palm tree that barely provides protection from the bright Arabic sun, you kneel down in the direction of Mecca to do your prayers. While thanking Allah with…

Worst Top 100 of the Year

Worst Top 100 of the Year

On the 18th of October, the best DJ of the world was announced. At least, the best DJ of 2014 according to DJ Magazine. Since 1997, DJ Mag has been…

Tackle the stereotype: the Achterhoek citizen without wooden shoes

The Achterhoek. Have you ever heard of that beautiful area in the east of our small country? No, it is not that area where the ‘Tukkers’ live, that was called…

The positive side of ‘Zwarte Piet’

In the last year there has been a worldwide discussion about our Dutch celebration called ‘Sinterklaas’. The racist background of this celebration and especially of the sidekick of Sinterklaas named…

The key to gender equality

The key to gender equality

Most men still don’t regard themselves as feminists, while if you would ask them if they are pro gender equality they will wholeheartedly answer ‘’yes’’. Why is it that men…

Bill Cosby: How he betrayed a generation

Bill Cosby: How he betrayed a generation

              Last October, American actor and comedian Bill Cosby suddenly got a lot of media attention. During a performance, standup comedian Hannibal Buress accused…

With these words, I’m getting you a world map.

With these words, I’m getting you a world map.

In early August of 2013, I moved from my hometown of 18 years, Stamford, Connecticut, to study at Erasmus University in the Netherlands. When I first got started at Erasmus,…

All Is Fake: Inside The Wrestling Community

All Is Fake: Inside The Wrestling Community

Back in the year 2003(ish), I got a video game from my parents, for the Playstation 2. It was a WWE game, WWE being World Wrestling Entertainment – the largest…

The Future of Fashion is Now – A challenging and inspirational Must-See

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When refugees cross their borders

The journey One last time did I look back to the streets behind me. The streets that I called home. The streets where I learned to ride my first bike,…

I’m a Legal Alien; I’m a Turkish Man in Holland

I’m a Legal Alien; I’m a Turkish Man in Holland

For decades now, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands have been home to several million Turkish immigrants. Although Turkish immigrants have spread around the world very rapidly in the past few…

Two students, one aptitude

It is known that the Erasmus University of Rotterdam is a locus for many international students around the world, creating a culturally diverse place containing a large variety of talents…

Formulaic television – How we love (hating) it

Formulaic television series are a phenomenon we all know, with ‘formulaic’ meaning predictable, unoriginal. These descriptions show us just how negatively we perceive such formulas. With successful, mind-blowing series such…

Café “Suhumi”: How Georgian emigrants managed to recreate their tiny piece of homeland in Hague, Netherlands

Exactly 21 years ago. After being persecuted from motherland, due to civil war in Abkhazia, Georgia, Izolda Kvitsiani, came to Netherlands with her family – having no choice but to…

Jazz, a poor relation in Russian musical family

Jazz, a poor relation in Russian musical family

Finally, I tumble into the door of my sweet home after an exhausting three-hour journey back to my small country town from the center of Moscow, Russian capital. I drop…

Rotterdam North Hofbogen Spirit

Rotterdam North Hofbogen Spirit

Station Bergweg – Hofbogen (dec. 2014) |            High Line NYC (nov. 2014)      |  High Line NYC – tracks (nov. 2014)  The last greens…

Silence, please! Erasmus University opens quiet contemplation room.

Silence, please! Erasmus University opens quiet contemplation room.

On the 28th of November 2014, Erasmus University opened its quiet contemplation room on campus. Students, staff and visitors can use this space for prayer, meditation or just to have…

The contemporary cultural moments of our society

We live in a society today where we want to belong and connect with each other, we want to share what we belief. We mainly share content that appeals to…

The Top 2000: Reinforcing Its Own Stuffy Image

The Top 2000: Reinforcing Its Own Stuffy Image

Christmas. The time of family, good food, Santa Claus, and, for a lot of Dutchies, establishing a comfort zone in front of the radio to listen to Radio 2’s annual…

Meanwhile: Grenoble saves itself from advertising

Meanwhile: Grenoble saves itself from advertising

A world without any ads, without evil companies invading our lives trying to convince us to consume their products and without this whole segment of industry that is advertising: can…

Social Economy and Art: A personal approach

Social Economy and Art: A personal approach

Amsterdam – Profit maximization and the pursuit of one’s material self-interest are principles being deeply embedded within the sphere of the global market. When thinking about Adam Smith’s rule of…

Last Church Standing

By Eline Kimmel ————————————————————————————————————————— DRIMMELEN – Think back of the last time you went to church. Was it for a happy occasion such as a wedding or perhaps for the…

Calorie count labels on popcorn? – Where is the freedom?

The FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) battle against obesity is going to another round as the FDA passes a law that requires vending machines, chain restaurants, bakeries and many other…

‘Together we beat the Bridges’: a wintry 15K run through Rotterdam

Buckets full of rain, harsh and cutting wind, or better said a typically cold winter afternoon in the Netherlands. These weather conditions, however, did not discourage the record number of…

Zwarte Piet: How tradition can divide a nation

Zwarte Piet: How tradition can divide a nation

I am Dutch and I love traditions. I really do. Who thinks of Dutch traditions will probably think of King’s Day, eating herring, or the celebration of Sinterklaas on December…

Don’t you forget about me: 4 reasons those in their ‘80s deserve some attention

How many times have you seen them in the corner of your eye, while riding past in your car or on your bike? Those blank sad stares, glazing over the…

Ancient Greek myths still enrich contemporary theater

Ancient Greek myths still enrich contemporary theater

On a chair, at the center of the stage, a woman is sipping from her champagne as she talks to the audience with a calm voice. You could immediately see…

Prostitution stamps: the ultimate challenge for Eastern European girls when applying for a Dutch job

Prostitution stamps: the ultimate challenge for Eastern European girls when applying for a Dutch job

By Maria-Stefania Cojocaru Are you one of those people who find the Dutch culture simply fascinating? Are you one of those people who perceive Dutch culture as the heaven for…

Why sticking to New Year’s Resolutions is so terribly hard

It’s that magical time of the year again; The time of beautiful sparkly Christmas trees, enchanting lights everywhere, building goofy snowmen, fireworks, champagne (a lot of champagne) and the time…

J.K. Rowling Planned to Kill Main Characters of ‘Harry Potter’

J.K. Rowling Planned to Kill Main Characters of ‘Harry Potter’

2015 is coming as well as the 50th anniversary of Joanne Rowling, the writer of famous novels about wizard Harry Potter. Last book was published in 2007 and read by…

Big Life Decisions: To Join Or Not To Join?

Big Life Decisions: To Join Or Not To Join?

  You have left the nest and moved out of your parents’ home to pursue your future life goals. You enrolled into university         and are about to start freshers…

Kieft as winner of the NS audience prize: an unwise surprise

Kieft as winner of the NS audience prize: an unwise surprise

Every single day an abundance of delays, packed like sardines on our way to work, and sky high prices robbing our purses. It is almost obvious to say that we…

3FM Serious Request: Still Serious Business after ten years

20 December 2004 marked the birth of a new tradition. It was on this day that the first edition of 3FM Serious Request took place, and after a successful event…

The double power of Samba

The double power of Samba

Movie sequels are rarely seen as better than the original movie. I wonder why a general tendency of disappointment and a common feeling of unmet expectations seems to exist among…

The Markthal: artificial, expensive and highly overrated

The Markthal: artificial, expensive and highly overrated

                  When you ever visited Islands like Gran Canaria or tourists spots such as Kemer, you immediately get what I’m talking about:…

Nollywood: Nigeria Like You Have Never Seen It Before

Nollywood: Nigeria Like You Have Never Seen It Before

As a culture journalist, I travel to the places that I seek to learn about, in order to raise awareness for subjects that, in my opinion, lack and at the…

Let the tourists stay in Amsterdam

The Rotterdam of the present consists of an open-minded, young and tolerant society, which embraces modern architecture, such as de Rotterdammer, de markthal and the cubical buildings, and gives room…

Maps to the Stars review, David Cronenberg at his best!

Film review by Nathalie Dezoteux   David Cronenberg has always kept his distance from Hollywood. The well-renowned director began his career while exploring his passion for psychological indie genre films…

The West is the best!

The West is the best!

”Post-World War II reconstruction has changed the face of one of Europe’s largest ports, where striking, cubed architecture gives shape to the most modern skyline in the country. But it’s…

A Cineramic Experience

Over the past century, Rotterdam has seen cinema theatres come and go. Many of these cinema theatres have either been demolished, bombed in World War II, or even redeveloped in…

Biertje? Small Brewery Survival

Today, beer is the most enjoyed beverage worldwide. Heineken is one of the biggest beer suppliers in the world and the absolute leader on the Dutch market. However, the small…

Is Rotterdam’s live music scene dying?

Despite its reputation as a vibrant and multicultural modern city and the Eldorado of innovation and architecture, Rotterdam’s night life is said to have lost much of its charm compared…

On a Hunt for Culture

Since 2012 up till this day, The Netherlands are suffering from government budget cuts which mostly reflected on the Healthcare and Cultural sector. The latter is supported much less in…

That Kapsalon

What happens when two cultures decide to merge together to create a delicious – yet greasy, iconic dish? Kapsalon happens. This Turko-Dutch fast food plate created by a hairdresser started…

Keep Streets Alive

Street music is an indispensable part of any city and especially of such a culturally rich city as The Hague. However, in the spring of 2013 a law was introduced…

Slag Bij Waterloo Festival

Slag Bij Waterloo Festival

A film promoting the upcoming Slag Bij Waterloo Festival on August 30th. Paredes_Nick_Goup_FMore Posts…

A one-of-a-kind jewelry designer

Meet Nevin Arig an exceptional jewelry designer from Istanbul. After studying Graphic design at the Fine Arts Academy of Istanbul, she came to the Institut des Arts et Métiers of…

Explore Rotterdam with the new Food Card

International Students Rotterdam (also, “Your International Family”) is an organisation founded in 2011 in order to make international students feel at home. Its goal is to help internationals integrate into…

Museum Night excites thousands in Rotterdam

On the 8th of March, Rotterdam celebrated Museums Night with more than 15.000 culture and art-loving visitors. A lot of different age groups joined the event this year contributing again…

Winterswijk celebrates Mondriaan’s 142nd birthday

Pieter Cornelis Mondriaan, or as most people know him: Piet Mondriaan, would have reached the age of 142 this weekend. As one of the most famous Dutch painters, along with…

Coffee Moments

Coffee Moments

Coffee Moments Have you ever thought of the role coffee has in your life? That magical scent in the morning which helps you open your eyes, the fancy take-away cup…

Rotterdam: Museums open doors all night long

The annual Rotterdamse Museumnacht was back on 8 March 2014. Rotterdamse Museumnacht 2014 was opened in Villa Zebra Rotterdam. Throughout the night, museum night participants are free to explore various…

Over 51 institutions attend Rotterdamse Museumnacht

On the 8th of March 2014, the annual Rotterdam Museum Night was held in conjunction with over 51 cultural institutions and extra events. Museums were open all night exclusively to…

Rotterdam Museum Night attracts 12,000 visitors

One night, more than 50 museums and galleries and endless pieces of art and culture. On Saturday evening, 8th March, Rotterdam showed all it could offer in terms of culture.…

Visitors satisfied with Museum Night in Rotterdam

On Saturday the 8th of march, Rotterdam held a yearly festival namely the Rotterdam museum night. A total of 50 museums such as the maritime, belasting and douane museum, as…

Museum Night Strikes Again

Rotterdam art lovers are ecstatic and completely exhausted after the marathon they experienced this Saturday on the 8th of March from 8 pm to 2 am. The annual Museum Night…

Bobbing Forest Art Project kicks off

On the 11th of March 2014 the opening of the Bobbing Forest Art Project will take place at  the RDM Campus in Rotterdam South. “It fits the new and modern…

Rotterdam: Library honours photogtapher

From March 3rd  until March 30th visitors of Rotterdam’s Central Library will have the opportunity to take a look at a photography exhibition called “Fabulous Iceland”. On the 6th floor…

Ahoy hosts Rotterdam Fabric Fair

On Friday the 7th of March 2014 the Stoffen Spektakel took place in the Ahoy Arena Rotterdam. The Stoffen Spektakel is a fabric fair on which several nationally known fabric…

Eat More ready for 6th Month Anniversary

This news report focuses on Eat More, a restaurant specialized in Indian and Pakistani cuisine, and it’s upcoming sixth month anniversary. Despite the current economic climate, Eat More found success…

Museum Night 2014 books success

On the night of March 8, 2014, Rotterdam once again held its annual Museumnacht event. This celebration of art, this year with the theme ‘Tracks,’ invited over 50 museums to…

Opening New Hostel Witte de Withstreet

ROTTERDAM – One of the hippest streets in Rotterdam has a new addition: King Kong hostel. It has had its grand opening Saturday the 8th of March, and IBCoMMotion went…

Museum night exposes hidden treasures

On the night of the 8th of March, Rotterdam Museums opened up once again for the exclusive early event Rotterdamse Museumnacht, where special exhibitions, installations, performances and workshops were amusing its visitors. Saturday…

Rotterdam largest street market attracks thousands

Have you been to Blaak square? If yes, when was it? Unless the day was Tuesday or Saturday, visiting again would be good.  Every Tuesday and Saturday, there is the…

Albert Heijn presents Chinese Week

After a few weeks of culinary themes, national food shopping brand Albert Heijn ends their journey around the world with their most important stop yet: Chinese week. From the moment…

Carnival in Düsseldorf

Carnival is a highly celebrated event on a global scale. In Europe, Carnival is most prominent in cities such as Dusseldorf, located just over the German border, next to the…

Carnival in Tilburg

Tilburg is a city in North-Brabant located in the south of the Netherlands. Usually it’s a quiet and peaceful place, however, once a year there’s this huge event going on.…

PPI Rotterdam announces ONE Indonesia event

In the beginning of March, Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Rotterdam, a branch of the Indonesian students organization based in Rotterdam, released the announcement that they will be hosting ONE Indonesia, a…

The world was celebrating, Rotterdam kept calm

The world was celebrating, Rotterdam kept calm

International women’s day is not popular in Rotterdam. Though people know the date, they seldom celebrate or do anything special. Young Dutch feel that men and women earn the same,…

‘De Pupillen’ tackles illiteracy

In an attempt to tackle illiteracy, Delfshaven’s neighborhood association De Pupillen is launching a new project. Not only foreigners, but also illiterate Dutch people will be able to come to…

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