Putting down the beer

Isabella Balanchi – Studies show that many poured a few extra drinks during the Covid-19 lockdowns. But now that the world is open again, a counter-movement is trending. It is called mindful drinking and invites people to explore why they drink – with the goal to cut down or quit completely. I met Laura Willoughby from Club Soda for a talk about the drinking culture … Continue reading Putting down the beer

Guided by crystals

Jesse Hattink – Crystals are pretty and mysterious – some also believe they have healing abilities. Minerals might be the next big thing in alternative medicine.  22-year-old Lobke Bremmer lives in Amersfoort and is a collector of minerals and crystals. She believes that they do have healing and supporting abilities. “I have a Lapis Lazuli crystal, for example – it guides me morally and it … Continue reading Guided by crystals

Fleeing – with a mental illness

Anna Monastyrova – Fleeing your country because of war is a traumatic experience. Imagine doing that with a mental illness – you could assume that’s even harder. That’s the case for Marianna, a young refugee from Ukraine struggling with bipolar disorder. Back in Ukraine, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but her diagnosis is still not final. She needs cognitive-behavioural therapy and help with choosing … Continue reading Fleeing – with a mental illness

“Our ride against cancer”

The cycling group ‘The Climbing Régâhs’ from The Hague organized a cycle tour in Pijnacker to raise money for the Juliana Children Hospital in The Hague, one of the largest pediatric hospitals in The Netherlands. This year was supposed to be the 11th time that the team would ride the Alpe d’Huzes to raise money. Due to the Coronavirus, this event, along with other planned … Continue reading “Our ride against cancer”

“Corona strikes at Amersfoort high school”

The Amersfoort high school hasn’t even been open for two full weeks or the first cases of the virus are present. On the weekend of 13 September the school found out that multiple teachers have been infected with the corona virus. Over a span of two days, two teachers have been tested positive and three more are waiting at home until they can get tested. … Continue reading “Corona strikes at Amersfoort high school”